Tucked away just two miles from historic downtown Bethlehem, PA, Kirkland Village, a Presbyterian Senior Living Community, offers a new approach to senior living. With outstanding dining options, an extraordinary fitness and aquatic center, walking trails and community gardens, Kirkland Village empowers individuals to focus on their social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth.

Expanding to meet a growing demand for independent living, Kirkland Village introduced Northwood Gardens featuring one- and two-bedroom floor plans with up to 2,100 feet of large, open living spaces and covered terraces.

Known for quality custom wood framing, Quality Buildings was selected by Benchmark Construction to provide the complete framing package and give life to the architect’s vision and high caliber design.

Quality Buildings supplied all labor, material, equipment, and supervision necessary to provide a complete rough carpentry wood framing package: wood framed walls with Huber ZIP Sheathing for the exterior walls, roof sheathing, Engineered Roof and Floor Truss System with Advantech sub-floor Sheathing, cabinet blocking, temporary and permanent bracing, and shear wall blocking to construct one of two 4-story wood framed buildings with underground parking.

Project Complexities:

  • Having two separate buildings, with six vastly different customizable floor plans, built in close proximity to each other limited the equipment access needed to set the floor and roof trusses. To keep the project on schedule and increase efficiencies, Quality Buildings utilized a large crane to position the trusses.
  • As a LEED Accredited project, each individual unit was isolated with attic draft stopping, floor joist draft stopping, and caulking at built-up stud areas. All exterior doors and windows were installed as per the manufacturer’s requirements, and all windows aligned to create a vertical stack not to exceed ½” total. Additionally, low or zero emitting, recycled content and regional materials were selected for the project.
  • In keeping with the historic architecture of the area, brick and stucco finishes along with beveled soffits and unique eyebrow dormers were added to the structures giving unique character and charm to the buildings.
  • The project spanned a year and a half and required 6,500-man hours of wood framing.