When rural Newbern, AL, was in need of a community center, four architectural students teamed up to design what is now the multifunctional Newbern Town Hall. Completed in February 2013, the community’s new civic center is reminiscent of the region’s heritage as a lumber center and a compelling showcase for cypress, one of its hardiest, most distinctive and historically important native woods.
To connote the dignity and significance of a civic structure, the team chose to incorporate heavy cypress timbers, rather than a traditional structural frame and cladding. The 1,909-square-foot building’s walls were constructed by stacking 16 rows of 8-by-8-inch locally sourced cypress timbers.
The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of cypress building products to trade professionals and consumers. For more information, visit CypressInfo.org.
Source: The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Assn.
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