The YMCA in Phoenixville, PA needed to expand its quarters to accommodate growth but at the same time wanted to create a beautiful space that lent itself to a variety of public and YMCA specific activities.
Kramer/Marks P.C. Architects envisioned an open entry area that brought the outdoors in with massive tree like trusses and vast expanses of glass.
The upper level running track is designed to give the athlete the feeling of running through the tree branches. What better way to imitate trees than with timber framing.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing assembled and raised the five main and two small entry ‘tree’ trusses in the field and installed the 19,000 square feet of laminated yellow pine decking over the trusses.
The curves were manufactured by Unadilla Laminated Products of glued-laminated southern yellow pine.
“This project provided lots of challenges for out team,” says Hugh Lofting, company president, “but our client, Warfel Construction, is very happy and has asked us to construct and raise the additional trusses required to complete the project.