Glulam Timber Frame Pavilion at a Community College in CT

Build a School or Museum Everyone Can Enjoy

Large buildings that see heavy traffic on a daily basis need to be functional and durable. When buildings are used for educational or cultural institutions, aesthetic beauty is a top priority as well, so that students or members of the public will feel both inspired and comfortable. Timber framing is an ideal option for schools and museums because it satisfies all of these requirements, in one spacious and versatile structure.


With a Custom Shop

We design, engineer and construct a broad range of post and beam buildings for public school districts, private colleges, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

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The Process

We make the process of designing your timber frame building simple and collaborative, working directly with architects, project managers, civil engineers, city planners and interior designers. Bring your ideas and inspiration, and together we will create a beautiful, functional custom timber frame that meets your specific aesthetic tastes and practical needs.

We can begin working with you on your custom timber frame school or museum no matter where you are in your design process. However you imagine your timber frame, whether you are looking for a school, museum, educational or cultural center, Vermont Timber Works will design your timber frame to your exact specifications.

After we have discussed the concept for your timber frame building, we will begin the design process by drawing preliminary pencil sketches for review and pricing. Then we will create a 3D model of the building, our engineers will go over the plans to ensure structural stability, and we will share this with you for final approval. Once we have your approval, we will create detailed 2D shop drawings.

After a timber order is placed, raw beams are sent to us from the sawmill. All of our frames are laid out and cut by hand. All the joints are cut, the peg holes are drilled, and each timber is individually marked on the end according to its exact location in the frame. After being cut to size and specification, all the arches are sanded smooth. Then a stain or urethane is applied.

After fabricating the trusses, we assemble them and ship assembled if they are shorter than 10 feet. If they are higher, we will ship them unassembled. If we ship large trusses to a contractor, we will pre-assemble the trusses to ensure that all the joints fit properly before shipping the unassembled parts. If our crew is handling the installation then we will do the final fit on the job site.

Schools & Museums Portfolio

Take a look at our project portfolio and you will get a sense of how well-suited our welcoming, dramatic and airy interiors are for structures that serve large groups. The possibilities are endless:
• Schools, academies, universities, and colleges.
• Classrooms, student unions, auditoriums.
• Cafeterias, dorms, atriums, and entrances.
• Museums, galleries, and cultural centers.
• Community, conservation, and welcome centers.
• Sports clubhouses, pool houses, and rec centers.
• Libraries, historical societies and town halls.

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