Events & Raisings

October 12, Ribbon Cutting! First Complete CLT in NYS

We’re officially opening our CLT project! Our fine woodworking division, NEWwoodworks, has settled in and our sister company, Pioneer Millworks is making the most of their new shipping/loading space. Join us on Thursday, October 12th at the main entrance to the building as Jonathan says a few words to mark the culmination of this endeavor followed by a short tour for those interested. Read more about this project on our blog: Update on the First Complete CLT Building in NYS

Where: 1180 Commercial Drive, Farmington NY

When: Thursday, October 12th

Time: 10am to 11am  

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Check out our blog for the details and imagery from the raising and building process.

CLT construction is an economically and environmentally conscious alternative to steel and concrete construction, a material that is new to the U.S. building industry. “We see CLTs as the wave of the future and are investing in our Western New York campus to better position the region and our industry to ride the wave,” states Jonathan Orpin, our Founder and President.

The raising will begin the week of January 23, 2017 and is estimated to run 3 weeks from start to completion of the 21,000 sq ft building’s enclosure. Both the walls and roof of the new building will be constructed with CLT panels. CLTs are large wooden panels, typically consisting of 3, 5, or 7 layers of dimensional lumber, oriented at right angles, glued together. The panels will average 8 feet tall and 38 feet long at 3 ¼ and 3 ¾ inch thickness. Using a crane, the panels will be lifted into place and fitted by hand to the supporting timber frame. Each CLT panel has a shiplap edge that will nest the panels together and be secured with metal fasteners. 

The environmental and building efficiencies of CLT construction align with our people and planet ethos. “The CLT panels are pre-designed and highly engineered, of superior quality with precise tolerances – all specific processes that reduce infiltration of outside air, allow extremely efficient raising time, and leave little to no waste on-site,” explains Jonathan. Tight tolerances and reduced air infiltration results in minimal heating and cooling losses, lowering the energy consumption of the completed building.

CLT panels offer other ecological advantages. Wood is a naturally occurring and renewable resource which stores carbon. “It is one of the best materials available for reducing greenhouse emissions,” said Orpin. 1M cubed of wood stores 1 ton of CO2 and processing the wood to produce the panels takes significantly less energy and resources in comparison to concrete and steel. Additionally, the CLT panels we are utilizing are made from wood harvested from sustainably managed forests; from small trees and wood pieces otherwise underutilized.


Location: 1180 Commercial Drive Farmington, NY 14425
Architect: New Energy Works
Builder: New Energy Works
Size: 21,000 sq ft