|2017 SIPA Building Excellence Awards — Commercial Entry Spotlight
North Star Lodge
Category Entry Commercial, Industrial, Institutional Under 10,000 sq. ft.
Total conditioned space: 5,800 sq. ft.
Built by: Hy-Tec Construction, Brainerd, Minnesota
SIP panels manufactured by: Enercept, Inc., Watertown, South Dakota
North Star Camp needed a meeting and dining hall for their church camp near Brainerd, Minnesota, and looked to Enercept who has produced SIP roofs for many new cabins on the site. Other considerations for the project included speed of assembly and the long-term energy savings.
Faced with a mid-winter build using solid timber trusses, the crew, using jumbo 8' x 24' SIP panels, could achieve a weather-tight enclosure quickly with minimal weather-related exposure. SIP panels are set over 12 foot on center, solid Eastern White Pine Timbers. SIPs were also used over conventional trusses to allow for a conditioned attic space above the kitchen for mechanicals.
The orientation of the lodge takes advantage of passive solar gain and the timbers used were harvested from standing dead trees.
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7701 Las Colinas Blvd., Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063