Case Study: Evergreen Chapel

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(photo courtesy of Woofter Architecture)

Located at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville OR, the Evergreen Chapel opened it’s doors in September 2013.

Designed by architect Miles Woofter, the chapel was intended to resemble a 1930’s log cabin.

The chapel is over 5,500 square feet, was constructed with Douglas fir logs, and has cedar ceilings. Inside, on the west and east wings of the cruciform, there are two functioning wood burning, stone fireplaces.

Known to Hoffman Construction and architect Miles Woofter as a local supplier, Versatile Wood Products was chosen to produce the highest quality custom windows and doors for this job.

For this project, Versatile was the supplier for all exterior windows and doors. We produced a total of 28 units – over 1000 sq feet of glazing.

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What was the goal?

The goal for this project was to produce custom doors and casement windows​ using vertical grain fir, to compliment this traditional 1930’s log cabin design. All of the units were to be built within an eight week timeline.

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What were the challenges?

As some of the doors were especially tall (each 36” x 114” x 2 ¼” thick), incorporating commercial door hardware specifications was a challenge.

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What was the Uniquely Versatile solution?

Our solution was to combine a custom, craft-built traditional wood window with a high-level commercial sensibility. We also wanted to incorporate modern-day materials, such as insulated glass, while maintaining the look of the 1930’s design.

Working seamlessly with the largest general contractor in the state requires on-target communications, submittals, delivery and follow through. While this is not unusual for Versatile, it was emphasized when working in a commercial field.

 

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