YMCA Camp Thunderbird

YMCA Camp Thunderbird

Project: Duke Energy Pavilion, Lake Wylie, S.C.

Firm: C Design, Inc.

Product: One 14-ft (4.2-m) diameter Powerfoil®

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Project Summary

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s Camp Thunderbird has been providing children with the finest summer camps since 1936. Located in Lake Wylie, S.C., Camp Thunderbird’s most recent addition, the Duke Energy Pavilion, is a 10,500-sq-ft (975-sq-m) shelter used to host camp activities during adverse weather conditions. Funding for the pavilion was provided through a $1 million Duke Energy Foundation grant. Featuring a 14-ft (4.2-m) Big Ass Fan, the Duke Energy Pavilion uses green building practices such as daylighting, natural ventilation and renewable materials throughout the facility’s design. With no HVAC system in the pavilion, the 14-ft (4.2-m) Big Ass Fan circulates air and cools the space year round. The goal of the project was to develop a design in keeping with the wooded camp and to create an inspirational building. The Duke Energy Pavilion was designed by C Design, Inc., and was the recipient of the 2009 WoodWorks® Wood Design Award. The award recognises creativity and innovation of projects by AIANC members that specify, design or build commercial, industrial and institutional projects with wood. The inclusion of Big Ass Fans is an integral part to an award-winning sustainable design.

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