These three cabins in Utah were built using no glue, binders, adhesives, or products with volatile organic compounds. As an inaugural project of a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Utah (GSU) and the School of Architecture at the University of Utah, these structures are meant to raise awareness of careers in the AEC industry for women.
The cabins are located in a wooded area on GSU’s Trefoil Ranch Camp. They were built using Interlocking Cross Laminated Timber developed by Euclid Timber Frame PC, a company focusing on natural building methods. This includes using no glue, binders, adhesives, or products with volatile organic compounds. Their research is supported by the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, which is interested in the high-value use of locally-sourced wood damaged by a pine beetle infestation prevalent in the American West. Unusable in traditional stick-frame construction, the wood currently remains in the forest and increases the risk of wildfires.
The cabins are part of an initiative to expose Scouts to female practitioners and encourage participatory design processes. The year-long series of outreach events, including the construction of the cabins, provided an opportunity for the girls to engage with an institution of higher education and learn about community-based approaches to design that includes architects, clients, stakeholders, and other parties.
Photos by Jörg Rügemer