Ben Brungraber, Ph.D., P.E. | Professional Colleague
Engineer/Worrier at Fire Tower Engineered Timber
It has been my complete pleasure to be involved with Big Timberworks for nearly thirty years. In that time I have been:
Competitor – for twenty years I sold special projects at Benson Woodworking. I lost several fine jobs to BT, but never worried that we had been undercut, nor that the client would not be well treated. Colleague – working on Timber Framers Guild Projects and sharing a wild rush job in Terre Haute. Client – BT has honored us with several fine and fun jobs with challenging structural components over the past seven years. Their projects are never boring. Friend – I am proud to consider myself an old friend of BT. They have hosted me many times over my years of travel. Merle provided me needed moral support, as I turned fifty heliskiing in Banff. (See photo above!)
I like to think of myself as a fine and gifted builder; but I have no problem admitting that I am CERTAIN that anything I build for myself would be built even better, by BT. I can say this of only three entities I have known in my forty years of building. To be specific about what BT brings to any construction project:
GREEN When I say BT is green I am not speaking vaguely and about only arguable savings. BT was an early and enthusiastic recycler of building products, and has gotten so good at it that their patinated look is sought for its own aesthetic. BT also adopted and pursued high energy efficiency building techniques. They even try to guide clients’ designs to down-size; an ongoing effort to buck trends.CREATIVE I love touring finished BT projects, looking at new applications for old and used materials. Sinks made from unlikely objects, hand rails from lift cables, floors of who knows what.CRAFTSMANSHIP The level of finish detailing that BT seems to seek is not just high, but appropriate. They do not, simply, just go for perfectly tight fits every time. Rather, they vary the level of fussiness to the actual need for the place in the building.INNOVATIVE As a structural engineer, I have long enjoyed BT’s efforts in seeking new ways to build (and pre-build) walls and support roofs. They simply never seem to stop improving even the stuff we do not see in the finished building.
In short? Big TImberworks is a wonderful design/build company. They make me proud to be a member of the construction profession.