Bensonwood Pro Tour

Walpole, NH
Friday, December 5, 2014

On a crisp, sunny day in December, NESEA took a Pro Tour of two sites, one in Putney, VT and one in Walpole, NH. In Putney we got a tour of a home that feature accelerated site construction of a high performance shell, and in Walpole we toured the Bensonwood shop and discussed the virtual carpentry and fabrication process.

1:00 - 1:30 PM
Gather at Bensonwood, register and get on the bus
1:30 - 2:00 PM
Travel to Site 1 on the bus
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Tour of Site 1
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Travel back to Bensonwood on the bus
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Presentation and tour of Bensonwood facilities
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Reception with light refreshments, Q&A

Site 1 - Unity Homes: Accelerated site construction & high performance shell

  • Putney, VT (Exact address will be provided in confirmation email)
  • Projected 6.5 weeks from end of shell raising to completion (client move-in)
  • 5 days shell raising
  • Projected building performance information & specifications
  • Parallel processing: site work happens concurrent with shop work on shell
  • Tour guide: Danny Veerkamp, Project Manager at Bensonwood

Site 2 - Bensonwood: Shop tour and explanation of BWC virtual carpentry and fabrication process

  • Walpole, NH (Exact address will be provided in confirmation email)
  • Discussion of the virtual build process and how it relates to shop prep & information flow
  • Montage building (panelized construction)
  • Optimized approach to balance 3 factors: panels, kit of parts, and modules
  • Available technology & equipment that makes the shop process(es) more efficient
  • Assembly details (wall, roof, floor panels)
  • Tour guide: Hans Porschitz, Company Steward and Head of Project Management

Parking and Final Reception Site - Bensonwood

Parking, bus pick-up and drop-off, a tour, and the final Q&A session and reception took place at Bensonwood's headquarters, located in Walpole, NH. For over 40 years, Bensonwood, a long-time NESEA member, has been crafting beautiful and healthy, high-performance sanctuaries capable of enduring for centuries.

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