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Name: Camp Kawartha



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Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): Outdoor Education Center and conference facility

Construction method (load-bearing, post and beam, hybrid): load bearing

Square footage: 1500

Stories: one

Stage of completion: 85%

Date of occupancy: Winter 2004

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Builder (owner, contractor, both): General contractor: John Cockburn of the Rotary Club of Peterborough, Bale work and plastering: Camel's Back Construction

Designer: Dale Brownson


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Volunteer participation: Over 1500 volunteer hours, most coming from the Rotary Club of Peterborough

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Building Inspector: Ken Currie, Dummer Township

Ease of getting building permit: easy once building inspector had current information on straw bale building (OSBBC building inspector's package was helpful)

Foundation method and material(s): slab on grade

Roofing method and material(s): engineered trusses

Bale wall style: load bearing

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): no pins, plastic mesh

Plastering methods/materials: base coats of cement/lime/sand

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Heat source(s): wood stove

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