Kenai Timber Frames – Welcoming in 2016!

The New Year Is Off To A Promising Start!

I know we’re already more than three weeks into 2016, but I would like to wish everyone a happy new year. Now that I’m finally getting settled in my new house in Southwest Denver, as well as my new office in Lakewood, it’s time to get back to work!

So far, things are off to a good start. I’ve just started engineering a new residence in Longmont, CO for a repeat client, Dave Evans. The house will be a single story, semi-contemporary design totaling over 2,500 sq. ft. The preliminary design does not include any timbers, but I’m anticipating a very interesting structure.

Dave, who holds a degree in architecture, has designed and built several of his own homes. In the spring of 2013, we had the opportunity to design, engineer and build a 1700 sq. ft. timber frame storage barn for Dave & Melissa in north Boulder County. That was followed by a 1900 sq. ft. timber frame guest house adjacent to the barn. The main house is still on the drawing board. I’ll be featuring these projects in the near future!

A few more photos from the Rice project

I did receive a few more pictures from the Rice project, compliments of Dave Clingman at Wood Source. Looks like this project is moving right along. Hopefully, we’ll get to design & build a lot more trusses for Dave and his clients.

I’m Excited About This One!

Just before the holidays, I was really excited to reconnect with an old-time colleague of mine, Dick Orr, of Architectural Structural Components in Ohio. Dick & I first worked together about 25 years ago, when we designed and supplied the roof framing system comprised of open web trusses (wood chords/steel webs) for a church in Central New Jersey.

After catching up, and of course rehashing old times, Dick immediately got me involved in a project back east. Without giving too much away at this time, I will mention that the project is in western Virginia and will include approximately 35,000 board feet of Douglas-Fir timbers, including fourteen trusses spanning about 49 ft. and spaced at 10 ft. on center. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) will be installed to enclose the roof.

This project is still early in the conceptual design phase, but with Dick’s sales expertise and my experience with truss design and fabrication, I’m optimistic that we’ll get the opportunity to engineer and supply all the timber work.

Needless to say, this will be a challenging project and will certainly keep me busy.

A few more projects in the works

I’m also very excited about a few more truss projects that have found their way to my desk. Two of these projects are here in Colorado, while a third is the development of a 60 ft. wide clear span rigid frame building system, somewhere in the mid-west, incorporating a moment resisting connection design with glue-laminated columns & rafters. I think this one’s going to be a little tricky!

So to wrap things up, I’m anticipating 2016 to be a breakout year. Over the past few months, these blog articles have generated a lot of positive feedback from friends, clients, co-workers and colleagues – many of whom I haven’t heard from in years. I want to thank you all for your encouragement & support. Decades of hard work and persistence is finally coming to fruition!