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Trailhead Building at Theodore Wirth Park

Minneapolis, MN
  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

  • No. Of Stories

    1

  • Sq. footage

    14,200

A gateway to the Nordic ski and mountain bike trails of the Minneapolis Parks System, the trailhead building is used extensively by the public and area high schools for training and competitive meets. The highlight is an innovative mass timber roof that cantilevers in two orthogonal directions, tapers to a point at its tip, and is fully exposed on the interior. Glulam girders cantilever from 10 to 25 feet, following the trapezoidal shape of the roof, and are supported in part by a colonnade of Douglas-fir glulam columns and wood-frame walls. The unique roof and colonnade provide an elegant entry, while exposed wood on the interior creates a natural connection between gathering spaces and the outdoors. While embracing its surroundings with the use of mass timber, this building has also been embraced by its community. It was chosen as a hosting facility for the 2020 Cross Country Ski World Cup.

  • Construction Type:

    V-A

  • Building Type:

    Assembly (Worship, Restaurant)

  • Material Types:

    Mass Timber

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