I had the honor of working on the initial design of a large Timber Framers Guild community building project in Pemberton, BC. Follow along on the TFG’s project blog, check out some wonderful images by a local photographer, and give the original design a spin in your browser.
After the project was vetted to meet TFG standards for a community building project, and the Village of Pemberton secured fundraising and a grant, my initial design was handed off to the Village of Pemberton and ISL Engineering. Robin @ ISL (and a TFG member) did the heavy lifting crunching the numbers and getting the structure to work with a high snow load and the potential for seismic events. Tension and bracing steel was added in key locations, and the 44′ trusses I envisioned took on a unique solution to developing bearing surfaces capable of handling the roof loading.
Upon releasing the design to the the site team, the need for some very long, and very large beams changed from a challenge to an opportunity. To make a challenging project more interesting, the site team chose to build the 4) 44′ Pratt trusses with some incredible logs, opening the door for some wonderful layout and log work instruction to be folded into an already ambitious project.
As I see the structure rise up against those incredible mountains I feel nothing but awe and respect for everyone involved who took a leap and contributed to an ambitious pot of stone soup. Many hands truly do make light work, and communities that take a leap believing in service, craft, design, and hard work can better their world – and ours.