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The Incredible Lightness of Heavy Timber

Seem counterintuitive? Read on. By Rick Reynolds Admittedly, the “lightness of heavy timber” sounds like a contradiction in terms. After all, “heavy timber,” by definition, sounds like a “weighty” subject. But buildings built with heavy timber can be “light” in every sense of the word. Before we get into the lightness of heavy timber [...]

2017-06-08T12:06:57+00:00 May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

SuperStudents: Academically Empowered by Green Schools

By Rick Reynolds. How could it be that school buildings can teach in ways teachers cannot? After all, how could an inanimate structure create an environment of creativity and learning that can enhance—even transcend—the dynamic human-to-human interaction between teacher and student? It may seem implausible, but a movement is well underway to educate a new [...]

2017-02-16T14:18:02+00:00 September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Green School Movement Building with Bensonwood

by Rick Reynolds In the growing movement towards green schools as transformational hubs of their communities, Bensonwood is finding its montage building science and innovative materials use increasingly in demand. As a recent example, the Common Ground School—a high school, urban farm, and environmental center in New Haven, Connecticut (and Americas longest-running environmental charter school) [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Green School Movement Building with Bensonwood

Project Update: Sustainable Family Lake House

by Rick Reynolds This energy-efficient lakeside home is designed for an extended family which has been vacationing in New England for generations. The home combines the rustic charm of a New Hampshire cottage with cutting-edge building technology and sustainability. At around 3100 sf, the design requirements were to blend in with the existing Lake House [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 6th, 2015|2 Comments

Sunday River Ski Retreat: The Best of All Worlds

by Rick Reynolds Some ski homes high on the mountain have beautiful views down the valley. Others near the base lodge typically have great views up the slopes. This timber frame home at The Glades at Ridge Run, a new slopeside residential neighborhood at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine, captures both. Situated in the [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 5th, 2015|3 Comments

Featured Project: A High-Performance Vermont Farmhouse

An Interview with Bensonwood Client Stephen Ferber by Rick Reynolds Moving from a cherished mid-nineteenth century farmhouse, why did you decide to build new? For the past 37 years my wife and I had been living in a 150-year-old Greek revival farmhouse on 40 acres. Retired now and in my mid-sixties, I wanted to downsize [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 December 31st, 2014|0 Comments

Ken Burns and Bensonwood Featured at the 2014 Timber Framers Guild Conference

Bensonwood's Tedd Benson (left) and filmmaker Ken Burns at the 2014 Timber Framers Guild conference. by Rick Reynolds The Timber Framers Guild held its annual Conference, August 7-10, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, in the heart of timber framing country. In keeping with the conference’s historical track, the renowned documentary [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Bensonwood Earns FSC Certification

by Rick Reynolds Bensonwood is proud to announce that we have received Chain of Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC Chain of Custody certification provides customers with independent assurance that a product supports responsible forest management. It can also be used to verify that a product is from post-consumer recycled sources. We have long [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Aquatic Dreamhouse Required Fluid Construction Strategies

Pool-Centric Vision Posed Technical Challenges by Rick Reynolds Faced with a significant technical challenge, Alfandre Architecture, PC and its construction company, EcoBuilders Inc., teamed up with Bensonwood to fabricate and install the large-span glulam timbers and insulated shell of this spectacular 6,000 SF timbered dream house — all built around a large 2,000 SF indoor pool [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|0 Comments