Commercial Case Studies

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View our past commercial case studies below. We have worked with a wide variety of clients to help build their unique and stunning vision.

Normerica has been building premium timber frame construction experiences for our commercial clients since 1979. Our commercial clients around the world know that they can count on us to provide the highest quality timber frame packages for all of their most ambitious and luxurious building projects. Whether they’re small cabins, churches, ski lodges, clubhouses, or even multi-unit residential or resort developments, our team has worked with architects, engineers, designers, and builders to create one-of-a-kind elegant timber frame structures.

 

In today’s competitive landscape, timber frame construction not only sets you apart by allowing you to provide your own customers with a uniquely memorable experience that leaves a lasting impression, but it will take the worry out of the building process. Normerica’s building system is comprised of a structural timber frame and our industry-leading wall and roof system. All of the timbers, wall, and roof components are prefabricated with a high level precision and delivered along with every other piece of material – right down to the nuts and bolts – to your building site ready for construction. Normerica’s unique post and beam construction system combines state-of-the-art building science with the best modern technology to create stunning buildings that will serve your clients for generations.

 

Check out some of our commercial buildings below to experience the breadth and beauty that is timber frame commercial building.

Timber Frame Clubhouses

Big Sky Golf Clubhouse

Architectural design (in conjunction with Young & Wright Architects), structural design, manufacture and construction by Normerica Building Systems for 8,680 sq.ft. clubhouse. This building is a combination of 4,320 sq.ft. of cathedral ceiling Timber Frame construction with another 2,360 sq.ft. of R24 Superwall panels with truss roof.

Blue Springs Golf & Country Club

Structural design and manufacture of a 5,500 sq.ft. Timber Frame Clubhouse, featuring heavy timber trusses, Blue Springs is the home of the C.P.G.A. Golf Academy.

Breezy Point Golf Clubhouse

Structural design, manufacture and erection supervision of a 5,000 sq.ft. Golf Clubhouse, featuring a combination of traditional Timber Frame construction and heavy timber trusses. Main portico entry features pine decking and heavy timber trusses supported by 40 foot long glulam beams. A similar beam and truss roof carries through the entry into the main lounge and bar areas. The administration, kitchen and pro-shop areas are constructed using Normerica’s R-24 superwall structural building panels and pre-engineered roof system.

Cardinal Golf Clubhouse

A Normerica Design/Build project in collaboration with Michael Pettes Architects, this stunning timber frame clubhouse featuring a contemporary timber design with a dramatic vaulted ceiling, showcasing the towering strength and beauty of the exposed Northern White Pine posts and beams. The 7,500 sq.ft.-plus clubhouse is highlighted by timber to timber windows that offer scenic panoramic vistas of the picturesque new RedCrest Course. A cozy 1,500 sq.ft. covered porch offers an area where golfers will be able to enjoy the views while relaxing before or after a round of golf. Men’s and women’s locker rooms, a state-of-the art kitchen, lounge areas, elevator access, an open concept pro shop and a casual dining area with a bar overlooking the course are just a few of the other key features. The clubhouse is extremely energy efficient with increased wall and roof insulation that results in an energy efficiency rating that is 33 per cent above the norm. Construction started January 2009 for opening early August 2009.

Golf Ranch – Pro Shop

Design, manufacture and erection of a 1,250 sq.ft. pro shop for a golf teaching facility near Caledon, Ontario. The building features Timber Frame construction with an exposed pine cathedral ceiling in the main restaurant and service area. A loft above the kitchen provides private office and classroom space.

National Pines Golf & Country Club

Structural design, manufacture and erection supervision of a 7,000 sq.ft. Timber Frame Clubhouse. Rated by Golf Digest as one of the top courses in Canada.

Oaks of Cobden Golf Club

This is the second clubhouse project for one of our clients. The 4,448 sq.ft. Timber Frame Clubhouse was designed by John Stark Architects of Toronto and engineered, manufactured and installed by Normerica. Built in 1998 and situated near the historic town of Cobden, approximately 90 kms. west of Ottawa, this efficient design features Timber Frame cathedral ceilings throughout the main floor with locker rooms on the walkout basement level.

Pheasant Run Golf Club

Design, manufacture and construction of a 36’ x 72’ (2,592 sq.ft.) golf cart storage building. This open Timber Frame structure was designed to store golf carts during winter and as an outdoor pavilion for tournaments during the golf season. In 2005, a multi-purpose Timber Frame Gazebo was built to take in the view of the surrounding countryside.

The Raven, at Three Peaks Golf Clubhouse

This 13,880 sq.ft. Timber Frame Clubhouse was built for Intrawest and was designed by Odell Architects of Evergreen Colorado. Normerica’s responsibility was the structural design, manufacture and installation of this impressive timber structure. With late Fall 1999 site assembly, the Clubhouse opened to the public in the Spring 2000. This Clubhouse is the centrepiece for the surrounding resort housing development.

Vespra Hills Private Golf Clubhouse

Architectural and Structural design in conjunction with the manufacture of a 20,000 sq.ft. clubhouse. Traditional timber frame construction complete with timber trusses and vaulted ceilings. Commercial kitchen, lounge areas, men and ladies locker rooms incorporating massage areas, elevator access, are just a few of the many features of this building. The covered timber frame walkway with bell tower will link the existing pro shop and the new clubhouse and lead to the foyer that will include a soaring 40’ maple tree inside the building.

Windermere Golf Clubhouse

This 8,822 sq.ft. Normerica Design/Build project, was completed in May, 2003. The clubhouse features Normerica’s signature vaulted ceilings, bold, exposed pine posts and beams, structural hammer beam trusses and mortise and tenon joinery. Combined with a huge expanse of windows and doors uniquely designed into two large gables that overlook the golf course, the beauty and warmth of pine timber allow for the easy harmonization of the new building with its natural and historic surroundings.

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Timber Frame Ski Industry

Alpine Ski Club

Built in 1997, this 14,000 sq. ft. Timber Frame Clubhouse addition features clear-span parallel cord timber trusses spanning 52 feet on the upper level. Structural design of the building was provided by Normerica along with the factory assembly of all the timber trusses in addition to the white pine timber frame.

Beaver Valley Ski Club

Structural design, manufacture and erection of a 3-storey 8,400 sq.ft. addition to the existing clubhouse. Architectural design by John Stark Architects of Toronto, this building features timber frame construction and an exposed pine cathedral ceiling in the 52 ft. x 32 ft. members lounge. Timber Frame construction is also featured in the main entrance and connecting foyer to the existing clubhouse. The total building is enclosed in R-24 structural superwall panels by Normerica.

Blue Mountain South Lodge

Conceptual and Engineering Design by Normerica in collaboration with SMV Architects. Onsite construction by Normerica of a 11,781 sq.ft. timber frame addition to the existing south lodge near Blue Mountains’ Intrawest Village. This much needed improvement to the existing lodge increased seating by 100% in a dramatic timber frame setting. Extensive renovations to the existing lodge will also be completed by the 2009-2010 ski season.

Cascade Lodge, MT. Norquay

Like a mythical phoenix, Banff Mt. Norquay’s proud new Cascade Lodge arose out of the ashes of a devastating fire which destroyed this famous ski resort’s previous lodge in December 1995. Normerica’s innovative design and modular components allowed for the complete design and construction of the structure within just 9 months (start to finish) and was ready for the 1996/97 ski season. With 50 ft. ceilings and windows reaching 30 ft. high overlooking the magnificent Rocky Mountains, Cascade Lodge was voted “Best New Base Lodge” for 1997 by Ski Canada Magazine. The 27,000 sq. ft. lodge features 14,500 sq. ft. of cafeteria space on the first floor, with a pub, restaurant and 170 seat capacity conference room on the second floor.

Craigleith Ski Lodge

A Design/Build project in collaboration with Young & Wright Architects opened for the 2004-05 ski season, this Timber Frame structure of 29,427 sq.ft. (13,723 lower and 15,704 main) is built just east of the existing north lodge. The entire main floor is a douglas fir timber frame with pine cathedral ceilings, enclosed with R-24 wall panels and an exterior finish of wood siding and stone. All 4 elevations have an abundance of windows to allow natural light to flood the interior and provide unobstructed views of the skiers as they traverse down the mountain. The building has been designed to easily accommodate a future addition if required.

Cypress Day Lodge

This 4,700 square metre (50,000 square foot) Timber Frame Day Lodge will be the host for the Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing competitions of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Designed on 3 levels, the ground floor accommodates a full ski school and rental complex, ticket sales, washrooms, retail facility, and a cappuccino bar. Level 2, the main floor, includes self serve restaurant service and seating for approx. 700 skiers and a bistro style service facility seating up to 250 people. Level 3, the loft floor, is a mezzanine style area which hosts overflow dining in peak periods, group or special events, and banquets. The building is enveloped with energy efficient R24 walls and R38 roof systems. The roof breaks into large gables at the areas where doors need protection from the falling snow and to provide large windows for natural light.

The building is the central hub for all activities in the park during both the summer and winter seasons.

Devil’s Glen Ski Club

Structural design, manufacture and on-site construction of an 11,000 sq.ft. Timber Frame addition. Architectural design by Young & Wright Architects of Toronto and Vancouver. In the spring of 2006 Normerica was approached to design, engineer and construct an addition to the main lodge of approximately 7800 sq. ft. When completed, this addition will include an expanded commercial kitchen facility, a children’s nursery, additional guest lockers, updated washroom facilities, barrier free elevator and approximately 330 additional seats. This is the second addition for Devil’s Glen by Normerica, the first addition was built in 1990.

Heights of Horseshoe

The Heights of Horseshoe is located on 102 acres of land in beautiful Oro-Medonte Township, features 28 private runs – ranging from green to double black diamond. This project consisted of astructural design, manufacture and erection of a Heavy Timber Frame addition to the existing clubhouse.

Architectural design by MCL Architects of Barrie, Ontario. The building features a 4,100 sq.ft. main clubhouse with soaring cathedral ceilings and a 320 sq.ft. entry portico.

Sun Peaks Resort

Mid mountain lodge completed in 1995 comprising of a 4,000 sq.ft. full timber frame building designed for 250 lb. snow load. Complete design/build project including architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical installation by Normerica.

This very remote location with difficult accessibility required a high level of prefabrication including factory finished acrylic stucco wall panels. Total construction time was three months.

Normerica was engaged again in 2017 to design and build a further 4,000 sq.ft expansion of the original lodge that was built over the summer of 2017 and ready for the opening of ski season November 2017.

Timber Frame Resorts

Big White Townhomes

Six Timber Frame Townhomes located a short walk from village centre. With 4 bedrooms plus a kid’s loft, fabulous cathedral ceilings, great room with open concept kitchen/dining room, and a single car garage, these homes are unique, convenient, comfortable and great value for any resort project.

Bigwin Island Estates

Normerica along with Eagle Landing Company has developed 4 exclusive models to compliment the Bigwin lifestyle located on the pristine shoreline on Lake of Bays. Each timber frame home will boast large entertainment areas, great rooms with soaring ceilings and massive stone fireplaces, spectacular kitchens with islands and pantries, and spacious master bedrooms with private ensuites. The designs of each room will capture the best views of the lake, working in harmony with the surrounding environment. Homes will range from 2400 to 4100 sq. ft. and more in both one and two storey designs. Bigwin’s unique island setting exemplifies the sense of privacy and exclusivity experienced by these homeowners.

Buffalo Mountain Resort

Just a short walk from the town centre of beautiful Banff, Alberta, nestled amid the majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find the stunning Buffalo Mountain Lodge. Normerica, working closely with architects from the IBI Group of Calgary, created a unique accommodation design that seamlessly incorporated our world renowned Timber Frame system into the ambiance of the existing resort building. The large expansion was composed of 48 luxurious guest accommodation suites with soaring cathedral pine ceilings, Timber Frame porches and connecting walkways. Even working through the harshest winter months, Normerica and its construction crew were able to complete this project on-time and on-budget with minimal disruption to the resort’s regular activities.

Cedar Ridge Properties

At the heart of Cedar Ridge is a natural, unspoiled environment that will fulfill the expectations of anyone for their ultimate dream residence. Here, you will find a sheltered, undisturbed landscape overlooking a secluded channel on the southern tip of Georgian Bay, rich in amenities and spectacular panoramas. Each 2 acre lot offers the sense of privacy and seclusion that only nature can provide. Normerica offers a collection of exciting timber frame designs which will help create a place where you can truly feel at home.

Diamond’s Edge

The complete design, manufacture and installation of 15 Post & Beam cottages situated on Nutt Lake adjacent to the Diamond in the Ruff golf course in the heart of Muskoka. Normerica was hired to oversee the construction of the cottages, trades etc. and to Project Manage the entire construction project. Normerica also constructed a utility building and RBC (Rotating Biological Contractors) superstructure. Normerica-trained technical engineers managed the project from start to finish.

Five Trees Affordable Housing Project

Located at the base of the world renown Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, Normerica supplied and installed 15 energy efficient Panels-Plus houses with Timber Frame porches. Aesthetically pleasing, high quality designs by Augie Reno Architect, at an affordable price.

Las Iguanas Villas

The newest addition to our projects in the Caribbean is the 15 luxury oceanside Las Iguanas Villas with Normerica/Conor Developers Inc. Each of the private villas ranges from 600 to 1000 square meters and are located around the new Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Models feature interior pools, jacuzzi, and Caribbean style terrace with views to lush tropical gardens, and often to the sea, the lakes or the golf course itself. The “insulating concrete” system used in the construction of these villas affords extremely quiet homes with energy efficient air conditioning throughout. They are also engineered by Normerica to meet the strict hurricane guidelines of Dade County, Florida.

Lora Bay Collection of Homes

Normerica is honoured to be a part of the Lora Bay development located just three kilometers to the west of Thornbury, Ontario. With spectacular views of Georgian Bay on one side and the Blue Mountains on the other, Lora Bay is a wonderful new master-planned, four season recreational community taking root. In celebration of this project, we have collaborated with some of Ontario’s finest architects to create a very special collection of exciting authentic timber frame designs exclusively for Lora Bay lot owners. We are pleased to offer a variety of homes designed to appeal to the most discerning homebuyer in sizes ranging from 1,700 – 3,000 sq.ft. Come and be a part of this year round playground.

Rocky Crest Resort

Normerica provided the structural design, supply and installation of the 1,520 sq.ft. Timber Frame Welcome Centre. Rocky Crest is a prestigious addition to Club Link’s collection of golf and vacation resorts.

Trillium Resort & Spa

Structural design and manufacture of a 1500 sq.ft. Timber Frame dining room with 34’ clear span timber trusses. Normerica also provided a number of Timber Frame duplex cottage units for rental accommodation.

Give your customers a unique timber frame experience.

Our commercial construction guide provides and overview of the advantages of choosing Normerica to create and craft a stunning timber frame structure that will truly set your business apart.

Timber Frame Special Purpose

Adena Springs

When Adena Springs wanted a new state of the art stud barn and breeding facility in Aurora, Ontario they selected MacEachern Building and Contracting for the management of the 12,000 square foot project. The design of the barn required an expansive timber roof.\r\nFor expertise in the engineering and manufacture of the heavy timber structure, Steve MacEachern then turned to Normerica for assistance. Collaborating with the barn’s architect and management of Adena Springs, Normerica’s in-house design and engineering team redesigned the original plan for a stick framed roof into an elegant, insulated, glulam timber structure, befitting the international showpiece the facility has become for the thoroughbred horse breeding world.

All Saints Anglican Church

Working with the project managers, Dalton Construction, Normerica supplied and installed the heavy timber trusses & purlin roof system to replicate the 100 year old timbers that were destroyed in a fire December, 2009. The trusses span 40 feet and were fitted into the existing structural pockets and corbels within the church walls. Normerica collaborated with an architectural historic consultant to design and reproduce the decorative trusses and ceiling beams of the chancel ceiling, using only the aid of pictures to confirm the fine detail. These 20 foot long identical trusses were manufactured and constructed using cabinet quality joinery while incorporating elaborate infill panels.

Chaparral Aspen Ranch

Normerica is proud to be the supplier for all of the Timber Frame buildings at this exclusive ranch development located in Woody Creek, near Aspen, Colorado. The magnificent riding arena with it’s 96’ clear-span glulam beams, garage and a 7,500 sq.ft. horse stable are all part of this exciting project.

Club De Campo Gran Bell

The complete design, manufacture and installation of a 24,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Recreation Complex and Clubhouse located near Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. The expansive Recreation Complex is the showpiece and focal point of a new luxurious 600 unit residential community called the ‘Club De Campo Gran Bell’. Approximately 170,000 board feet of Eastern White Pine timber was used to complete the two-storey structure. A huge vaulted Timber Frame cathedral ceiling spans the entire upper level, and expansive windows allow patrons to take in the surrounding view while they relax or dine. The lower level houses a complete gymnasium facility, lockers and storage area. Construction started Fall 1998. Normerica-trained technical engineers oversaw the project from start to finish.

Grenadier Landing Sales Pavilion

This interesting Timber Frame project is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Metropolitan Toronto. This 2,546 sq.ft. condo-sales pavilion will be totally dismantled and then reconstructed again for other projects. (Could it be, because of the Normerica Timber Frame structure, that 80% of the units in Phase One of the project sold out during its first grand opening weekend of May, 2000.)

Lac Seul Community Centre

Structural design, manufacture and erection supervision of a 6,800 sq.ft. community centre for the Lac Seul First Nation, at Lac Seul, Ontario. Located just north of Sioux Lookout, the 43 ft. wide by 84 ft. (3,612 sq.ft.) long main hall features 22 foot high side-wall panels. The adjoining administration area has a mezzanine overlooking the main hall. This pre-engineered structure utilized Normerica’s own structural R24 superwall panels throughout to speed up on-site erection time.

 Los Establos Equestrian Centre – Casa Club

Working with local architects, Normerica structurally designed and manufactured the restaurant, bar and auxiliary buildings for the centrepiece of this new housing and equestrian development located near Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The complex heavy timber roof structures are designed to Miami Dade hurricane standards and cover an area of approximately 10,000 sq.ft.

Mimico Yacht Club

Architectural, structural design, manufacture and construction of a 6,500 sq.ft. timber frame yacht club. Constructed in 1985, this structure overlooks the beautiful waters of Lake Ontario and offers a spectacular view of Toronto’s cityscape including the CN Tower and Rogers Centre.

McGarry Memorial Funeral Home

This 6,600 sq. ft. Timber Frame Chapel, Reception and Crematorium, located in an idyllic setting near Ottawa, Ontario has received numerous design awards from the funeral industry. Ronald S. Hill Developments Inc. utilized the drafting, engineering, and manufacturing expertise of Normerica to supply the main building system components. An overflow crowd from the 100-seat chapel can view the service in the reception room on closed-circuit T.V. A kitchen is available for catered receptions following funerals or use by church groups for the same purpose. It is a fine example of the diversity of Normerica’s Timber Frame building system.

Nantucket Yacht Club

Structural design and manufacture of 42’ long Douglas fir and glue laminated timber trusses with purlin roof system.

Pool Cabana, at the “Pinehills”

This 2,446 sq. ft. Timber Frame Cabana completed in 2003, is located in ‘The Pinehills’, an award-winning, master planned community, just 45 miles from Boston and eight miles from Cape Cod. This exquisitely designed building provides both pool change rooms on the lower level and a casual reception/meeting area in the upper level. The great room features a dramatic cathedral ceiling with six timber trusses while it’s many large windows allow the natural light to flow inside. The Normerica Cabana perfectly compliments the array of luxury, golf course, single and condominium homes in this New England golf course development.

St. Brigid’s Summer Camp

Structural design and supply of a Timber Frame Lodge and Dining Hall with central cupola covering 3,280 sq.ft. of floor area.

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