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Amusement Park Timber Framing

By Derek Folsom on August 13, 2015

If you’ve visited Six Flags in New Jersey in the past couple of years, you probably haven’t had enough time to admire the phenomenal timbers that are located at the Camp Adventura load platform, or the store, or the Safari Station.  It’s okay if you were distracted. I understand it’s hard work to reign in the kiddos after their 3rd bowl of Dip N’ Dots in 6 hours (please don’t judge — if they eat anything I consider it a victory).

Timber-Frame-Pavilion-Camp-Aventura-Load-Platform

Above, is the 3D model for the loading platform for the Safari Adventure. The frame is rough sawn hemlock, which really matches the safari motif.  Below, you can see the frame completed and in use as a group of adventurers head off to check out the giraffes, rhinos, llamas, and exotic birds.

Aventura-Load-Platform-Timberframe

The Camp Aventura outpost timber frame is used as combination of a store, nature center, snack bar, and rest area.  The model below shows the douglas fir frame with 2 full length sheds.

Post-and-Beam-Camp-Aventura-Outpost

Here is a photo of what the outpost looks like completed. l think it looks like a good place to grab a snack or souvenir.

Camp-Aventura-Timber-Store The Safari load platform has a post and beam structure designed to both load and off-load visitors from outback vehicles as they go to the Wild Safari section of Six Flags Great Adventure.

Timber-Frame-Safari-Load-Platform

Just like the outpost, the Safari load platform was constructed with rough sawn douglas fir and has one full length shed.  Below, is a great shot of the exposed timbers with a dark finish.

Safari

Our timber framing projects are quite unique at times, which is fun for us!

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  1. I really like how you pointed out that, “The frame is rough swan hemlock, which really matches the safari motif.” I agree that it really does give it the safari outlook and environment. I went to six flags the other day and the structures really caught my attention. How durable is timber against the weather elements?

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