The cabins are located in a wooded area on GSU’s Trefoil Ranch Camp. They were built using Interlocking Cross Laminated Timber developed byEuclid 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 oflocally-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.
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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-basedapproaches to design that includes architects, clients, stakeholders, and other parties.
+ University of Utah School of Architecture
+ Girl Scouts of Utah (GSU)
Photos byJörg Rügemer