Building a Community’s Vision: Kent YMCA
Installation of the girders and beams.
This fall, the citizens of Kent will have a new YMCA that promises to be so much more than a gym. We are honored to be part of a large team bringing a community vision to fruition on the city’s East Hill. When completed the center will include a community kitchen, dedicated studio space for classes, outdoor playing courts, and outdoor gathering space. This YMCA is unique in that it is situated between two city parks, expanding outdoor recreation and play opportunities.
We fabricated the glulam timber roof framing for two wings of the building, including the aquatics center. The roof over the pool required three 12-1/4 x 94-1/2″ x 94′ girders made from Alaska yellow cedar. The remainder of the pool roof glulam beams are Douglas fir, fabricated at Cascade Joinery and treated to preserve them in the extreme conditions of the pool enclosure. The roof of the second wing is comprised of Douglas fir glulam with main beams that are 5-1/8 x 30″ x 62′.
In total, we provided about 55,000 board feet of timber, and the three large pool room girders represent nearly half of that total. The total roof area is about 19,500 square feet. We look forward to seeing the finished YMCA as it opens its doors to the Kent community in September.
For over 25 years the Cascade Joinery has crafted a wide range of buildings—homes, retail buildings, churches, community centers, restaurants, office buildings and public pavilions. We’re lucky to have spent these years working with wonderful people, in beautiful places; building structures we can be proud of.
Craig Aument and Jeff Arvin founded the Cascade Joinery in 1990. Jeff has moved on to new challenges and John Miller joined as an owner in 2006. John and Craig head a team of skilled craftspeople that are committed to the promise of great service and extraordinary quality.
In addition to the fabrication and installation of crafted timberwork, we provide specialized and creative structural timber engineering, connection detail design, and guidance for timber specifications, design consultation and value engineering.
Our team includes LEED and Built Green certified professionals who can design and supply building systems that incorporate the latest advances in to deliver comfort, durability and value for our clients. Cascade Joinery is expert in SIPs (structural insulated panels), both in design and in-field installation.
OUR TEAM OF OWNERS
It takes the combined talents of many people to create a good team—and we’ve always benefited from the talents of extraordinary individuals.
John is patient, persistent, and passionate about quality. He oversees all aspects of the Cascade Joinery. He began his career in construction as a carpenter and soon started working with timber. John is a registered Journeyman with the Timber Framers Guild. John is the current president of the Timber Framers Guild.
Few people practice multiple crafts at an expert level, but Craig is one of them. He is one of the founding owners of the Cascade Joinery, and leads our homebuilding team. Craig’s work and his custom family home have been featured in Fine Homebuilding magazine, and his reputation for excellence in business and craft has been a part of the Cascade Joinery for over 25 years. Craig is a registered Journey worker with the Timber Framers Guild and an inspiration for us all.
Omar first joined us as a summer intern from the Bellingham Tech carpentry program in 2005 and has recently returned to work with us. A quiet and steady presence in the shop, Omar cares deeply about the quality of his work and it shows in the results. He makes furniture from the offcuts in his spare time and is the father of two beautiful boys, 2 and 5 years old.
Susan is steady, reliable and thorough. Our one-woman book keeping department, she keeps everything in order and under control.
Derek grew up in the Seattle area. He is a recent graduate from Western Washington University with a BS in Math and BFA in Music. He has been working in timber framing ever since. His father is a carpenter and Derek has more jobsite savvy than your average math major.
Evan came to Whatcom County over 20 years ago from northern Michigan. He has been working in carpentry for 12 years and enjoys skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, and camping in his free time.
After 23 years of this work, I ask myself: What’s important here? Aim to do excellent work. Serve well both clients and colleagues. Keep a sense of humor.
Graduated from BTC in 2005 with an associate’s degree in Building Technologies and began working with us. He’s been here ever since. In 2014 he graduated from the Timber Framers Guild apprenticeship program as a Journeyman Timber Framer. He runs our shop crew and makes it all happen.
Willis came to the Joinery from Colorado. He is in his second year as a Timber Framers Guild apprentice. When not in the shop he can be found swinging flies for steelhead.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Matt began his 15-year carpentry career on Nantucket restoring historical post and beam structures. He moved to Whatcom County in 2007 with his wife and two sons and is pleased to be part of the Cascade Joinery team.