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New Mass Timber Capabilities in Fall 2022

Canadian Timberframes purchases Canada’s largest Hundegger CNC machine with
6-axis robot
   

BC based timber frame manufacturer increases mass timber capabilities with the installation of new CNC machine, and facility expansion.

 

GOLDEN, BC — Canadian Timberframes (CTF), a premier design, manufacturer in the timber frame industry, announces that it has purchased Canada’s most equipped Hundegger K2 Industry 1300 machine. The largest and most advanced K2 Industry to come to Canada, this machine will increase CTF’s timber size capacity by 500 per cent; enabling them to cut large scale engineered wood products. This machine is scheduled for installation in Fall 2022.

 

“This expansion and new machine is our commitment to our expanding industry and our industry partners. Combining both the most advanced K2 Industry 1300 with an in-sequence 6-axis robot, this new machine allows us to meet the growing requirements of the mass timber industry, while simultaneously increasing our capacity to produce authentic timber frame products,” says Jeff Bowes, President and Owner of CTF. This announcement is accompanied by the news that CTF is increasing the size of their facility by 50 per cent, adding an additional 10,000 sq. ft. to their facility, to accommodate this machine and further optimize production.

The purchased CNC machine with a 6-axis robot is one of the most efficient and comprehensive solid wood processing machines for heavy timber and glulam in the mass timber industry. With over 34,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity to come, this new machine enables them to run larger timber sections (18 x 51 x 70’), handle more complex & larger scale commercial projects in both timber & mass timber, and deliver results that align with CTF’s reputation of excellence.

Timber and engineered wood products are a strong, low-carbon

building alternative to concrete and steel.

22 years after Canadian Timberframes brought Canada’s first Hundegger K2 machine to the country, they are once again innovating. “We congratulate Canadian Timberframes on the upcoming installation of the largest and most advanced K2i in Canada, and one of the largest & most advanced installations in North America,” says Hans Hundegger, founder and president of Hundegger.

 “We are preparing for the future of this organization; our success has been built on quality products and services. This investment back into the company is not only for our clients but our employees. This investment allows CTF to remain competitive, strengthening our market position and offering world class Timber Frame products, while growing within the mass timber and tall wood construction industry” says Stephanie Bowes, Vice President of CTF.

“Canadian Timberframes promises extraordinary quality and professional service; it is our highest priority, focus and my promise!” says Jeff. “As far as our customer service is concerned, construction will not affect our regular operations”

Canadian Timberframes works closely with Clients, Architects & Builders throughout North America – Servicing the entire United States; and beyond.

To contact us about your project visit www.canadiantimberframes.com/contactus  or download our ebook, visit www.canadiantimberframes.com/ebook; to subscribe to our monthly newsletter please visit https://www.canadiantimberframes.com/newsletter

About Canadian Timberframes: CTF is the leading North American manufacturer and provider of heavy timber frame solutions. We manufacturer everything you need to take your home to lock up. We offer only the finest products and exceptional service. For more information please visit www.canadiantimberframes.com.


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Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal Mini Case Study: Steel versus Heavy Timber Construction

Just six miles out of Sitka, Alaska lies the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal, formerly known as the Old Sitka Dock on Halibut Point Marine. The deep-water port hosts large vessels up to 1,100 ft including cruise ships, yachts, and commercial vessels. With a rise in tourism and forecasted growth over the next ten years, a new terminal was proposed to host the steady increase of visitors to Sitka.

 

Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal in Sitka Alaska design rendering by Canadian Timberframes Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective

Create a Terminal Bay that is natural in feeling to compliment the scenic location, is inviting to guests, memorable & cost-efficient.

 

Design Description

The Sitka Cruise Terminal is a hybrid timber frame structure comprised of glulam and #1 grade Douglas fir timber. Canadian Timberframes used building information modelling (BIM) to create a 3-D model indicating member sizes and connection arrangements. Model information was used to create shop drawings and to control the computer numerical control (CNC) router used to fabricate the timber components.

During the design phase, close communication between the design team (Canadian Timberframes), structural engineers (Fire Tower Engineered Timber), the contractor (McG Constructors), and the supplier (Canadian Timberframes) all worked in partnership to troubleshoot and avoid future installation problems.

 

“We love the look and feel of the large wood timbers and have many comments from people who have seen the facility. They have all been very positive. ~Chuck McGraw, McG Contructors

The large-scale timbers are proportionate to the scale of the project and give the space a warm, contemporary and tactile feel, that connects with the natural environment surrounding the terminal.

 

Building Materials

The timber was grade stamped at Canadian Timberframes in-house sawmill, the timber was cut and stained in the shop, allowing for speedy erection once on site.  Erection went seamlessly McG Constructors, who mentioned it took a similar amount of time as it would have with a steel structure. 

 

 

Considerations

The new cruise terminal was originally designed as a steel building. The cost of the steel structure was unappealing to the owners. Canadian Timberframes was brought in by McG Constructors and consulted on the project and the possibility of a heavy timber construction to be considered as a cost-effective solution.

 

Result

When McG Constructors, Inc compared the two quotes: one using steel for construction materials and the other using heavy timber and glulam for construction, the answer was clear. Heavy timber & glulam supplied by Canadian Timberframes was the way to go. It achieved their objectives and saved them approximately 50% in their construction materials.

 

Conclusion

The Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal on Halibut Point was originally designed as a steel structure. The heavy timber structure was cost-effective and resulted in a more desirable aesthetic building for tourist traffic. To see the various stages of design and construction of this Terminal please check out the project page.

 

CTF Celebrates Staff 15 Year Anniversary and Duct Tape Award Winners

Quarterly Town Hall Staff Recognition

During April Eleanor Phillips celebrated 15 years at CTF and last week we were able to recognize her achievement at the town hall.

Eleanor started in the shop sanding and staining, before hand cutting, operating the forklift and packaging. After 6 years on the shop floor she moved into the office and is now a Sales Associate. Her knowledge and experience is a great asset to CTF. Thank you and congrats on your 15 years at CTF!

The Q1 Duct Tape Award was presented to Leo Mitzel. Leo is an excellent team player. He takes a meticulous approach to any task and we want to recognise his leadership around our precut timber inventory. He is proactive and works tirelessly until the job is done.

The Q2 Duct Tape Award was presented to Jeff Ennis. Co-workers nominated Jeff because of his friendly and considerate nature. He takes initiative, works independently and does the job with gusto and determination. Thank you for your contribution.

Rick Celebrates 20 Years at CTF

20 Years As Our Head Sawyer

Rick started at CTF on July 1 2000 and has been the head sawyer ever since. His work ethic, knowledge and drive have had a major influence on our success and the quality of our work. The CTF team helped celebrate his 20 year anniversary at the start of July with a team BBQ and presentation.

Before joining CTF Rick worked in the logging industry and the move to CTF was a perfect fit for him and CTF. He works outside at the sawmill year round, whether in the heat of summer or the middle of winter his commitment to getting the job done does not change. Rick is greatly admired and respected, his contribution cannot be measured and the team is proud to celebrate his 20 years at Canadian Timberframes.

 
 

Projects Under Construction across North America & New Zealand

The CTF team has been busy shipping new projects across North America and the World which are now under construction and featured on our website. Follow the progress of these builds and dozens more on our website as we update them with the latest images from the building sites. Thanks to our clients and building partners for keeping us updated on how their projects are going.

Wanaka Swiss Chalet - 6,856 Sq Ft - Wanaka, New Zealand
https://canadiantimberframes.com/projects/wanaka-swiss-chalet



Franconia Notch Timber Frame Home - 3,085 Sq Ft - NH
https://www.canadiantimberframes.com/projects/franconia-notch-timber-frame-home



Long Island Lake House - 6,634 Sq Ft - NH
https://canadiantimberframes.com/projects/long-island-lake-house



Marabou Ranch Steamboat Springs - 4,284 Sq Ft - CO
https://canadiantimberframes.com/projects/marabou-ranch-steamboat-springs



Durango Timber Home
- 9,200 Sq Ft - CO
https://canadiantimberframes.com/projects/durango-timber-home



Cody Wyoming Timber Frame Home - 2,770 Sq Ft - WY
https://canadiantimberframes.com/projects/cody-wyoming-timber-frame-home

Lookout Ridge Sun Peaks - 3,475 Sq Ft - BC
https://www.canadiantimberframes.com/projects/lookout-ridge-sun-peaks



Timber Creek Ranch - 7,194 Sq Ft - ON
https://canadiantimberframes.com/projects/timber-creek-ranch



 

 

 

 

2020 Spring Cottage Life Show

Drop by Canadian Timberframes Trade Show Booth at Spring Cottage Life Show

1. We have built a solid reputation as one of the world's premiere timber frame companies not only because of our quality, precision, and passion but because we truly care about our clients needs.

2. Our custom wall & roof systems + additional components offer exceptional value during the installation process and provide an efficient & cost effective solution. Offering cost savings to home owners & time savings to builders in various ways.

Canadian Timberframes offers decades of experience working with clients throughout Ontario and we would love to meet up with you between March 26 - March 29, at the International Centre, Mississauga during the Spring Cottage Life Show.

PS.  We would like to provide you with two complimentary tickets to the show if you are interested in attending, please contact us.

Here are the details of the Spring Cottage Life Show. If you are interested in two complimentary tickets please contact us.

We are passionate about our work. The Canadian Timberframes philosophy has always been to provide our North American clients, builders and architects with personal timely service, attention to detail, outstanding quality and exceptional value. Check out projects in Ontario and contact us to discuss your timber frame requirements.

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