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2003 Structure Report

Camp Business sent out surveys to companies who provide camps with a variety of different structures for use as cabins, temporary shelter, recreation, arts and crafts, performing arts, outdoor adventure… the list goes on.

Companies were asked to provide products and prices, sizes, typical uses, length of construction time, mobility, ease of build, amenities offered, most appropriate climates, the lifespan of the structure and support and warranty information.

Here we've published some of the key information to get you started -- products and prices, sizes/dimensions, typical uses and each company's contact information. Here, we've published products and prices, dimensions, length of construction time and contact information.

Given the product scope of many of the builders, the options and pricing plans available and the diversity of camp needs, we hope to have provided a good snapshot of what's being offered to camps. Specific information will come from the manufacturer, and each company's complete contact information is provided.

We'll publish an annual update each year to keep you informed of changes and upgrades. Your input is valuable and we invite you to let us know if there's any other information we can help provide.

Anchor Industries Inc.

Products and prices: Permanent Camp Tents, Woodsman Supreme, Universal Wall Tents, International Pyramidal, Greywolf, Tee Pees, Hogan Tents. Price varies greatly by size

Sizes/dimensions offered: 8' x 10 up to 16' x 32', custom sizes available

Length of construction/build/installation time: Varies

Contact information: Anchor Industries Inc., 1100 Burch Dr., Evansville, IN 47725, (800) 322-8368, (812) 867-2421, (812) 867-0547 (fax), camptents@anchorinc.com, www.anchorinc.com

Cedar Forest Products

Products and prices: Offers a wide variety of customizable products

Sizes/dimensions offered: Each shelter and building has a variety of sizes, which can be customized

Length of construction/build/installation time: The line comes in kit form with each piece labeled for easy construction by volunteers or contractors. Steel kits are bolt-together construction. Laminated bridges up to 60' in length just need to be lifted into place

Contact information: Bruno Kapacinskas, Cedar Forest Products, PO Box 98, Polo, IL 61064, (800) 552-9495, (815) 946-2479 (fax), sales@cedarforestproducts.com, www.cedarforestproducts.com

The Colorado Yurt Company

Products and prices: Yurts: Modern interpretation of the Mongolian nomadic structure. Averages $17 per square foot without deck. Custom options available. Tipi: Classic and elegant Lakota style tipi. Averages $4 per square foot. Platform Pitched Wall Tent: A camp classic. Adirondack style affordable housing. Averages $4 per square foot

Sizes/dimensions offered: Yurts: 16', 20', 24' and 30' diameters. Tipis: From 12'-28', diameters in 2' increments. Platform Pitched Wall Tents: 10' x 12' to 16' x 20', 5' sidewalls and 8' peak height

Length of construction/build/installation time: Yurts: 1-2 days, once the deck/platform in built. Tipis: 1-4 hours depending on size. Platform Pitched Wall Tents: 1-4 hours depending on size

Contact information: The Colorado Yurt Company, P.O. Box 1626, 28 W. South 4th St., Montrose, CO 81401, (800) 288-3190, info@advancecanvas.com, www.AdvanceCanvas.com

Conestoga Log Cabins Inc.

Products and prices: Conestoga offers 27 standard models, with prices ranging from $5,195–$34,595. Cabin kits come complete with everything necessary to assemble the cabin, including an electrical package

Sizes/dimensions offered: Cabins range from 13' x 9' to 20' x 42'. All cabins are tongue-and-groove logs with an interlocking corner construction

Length of construction: From 2–21 days, depending on size.

Contact information: Conestoga Log Cabins Inc., 246 N. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17046, (800) 914-4606 (phone), (717) 306-4495 (fax), prhee@conestogalogcabins.com, www.conestogalogcabins.com

Country Log Cabins

Products and prices: CLASSIC Series –- Traditional designs for campgrounds. Standard log material is 4" x 6" Eastern Hemlock in D profile or flat-on-flat profile (kiln-dried 6" x 8" White Pine Cabin grade logs are available). Kits include floor system, walls, ceilings, roofing, electrical, windows and doors and covered porch. Basic price per square foot is $28 to $45.

GALLERY Series –- Resort cabins in a Chalet design with sleeping lofts and full amenities. Standard log material is 4" x 6" Eastern Hemlock of either profile (kiln dried 6" x 8" White Pine Cabin grade logs are available). Kits include floor system, interior & exterior walls, ceilings, roofing, windows and doors and porch. Basic price per square foot is $24 to $36.

CAMPFIRE Series -- Specialized designs for youth, religious, medical and other organizational camp projects. Standard log material is 4" x 6" Eastern Hemlock in D or flat/flat profile (kiln dried 6" x 8" White Pine, Cabin grade logs are available). Custom design and engineering services are available. Basic price per square foot is $25 to $45.

COTTAGE SERIES -- New this year, and specifically designed for full year living. These home designs can double as caretaker's residences. Standard log material is 6" x 8" White Pine, cabin grade log. Custom design and engineering services are available. Basic price per square foot is $30-$50.

Sizes/dimensions offered: CLASSIC Series -- Standard sizes start at 9' x 13' up to 20' x 20'. Custom designs available. GALLERY Series -- Standard sizes are 16' x 24', 20' x 24', 24' x 30'. Custom designs available. CAMPFIRE Series -– All models are customized for a client's particular needs. bunk houses, troop houses, dining halls, bathhouses, rain shelters, activity buildings, caretaker's cottage, staff housing, concession stands, camp stores, meeting and worship lodges, etc.

Length of construction/build/installation time: All situations assume that a building site has been prepared and a foundation or equivalent has already been completed. CLASSIC Series -- Most models can be built by two people in a week or less. GALLERY Series -- Typically 3–4 weeks or less with a three-person crew. CAMPFIRE Series -- Depends on specific design and size, complexity of the project

Contact information: Country Log Cabins, 390 Swartz Road, Lewisburg, PA 17870, (877) 295-0085 (phone), (570) 568-1187 (fax), www.countrylogcabins.com. Sales contacts: Joe Kantz, ext. 306, joekantz@kuhnsbros.com; Mike Kuhns, ext. 287, michaelkuhns@kuhnsbros.com

Diamond Brand Canvas Products

Products and prices: Standard Wall Tents with steel frame: 7' x 9', $385; 10' x 12', $610; 12' x 16', $720. Permanent Wall Tents with steel frames: 12' x 14', $795; 14' x 14', $830; 14' x 16', $955. Deluxe Wall Tent with steel frame: 16' x 16', $1,065. Prices offered include tents and steel frames. Optional components -- like liners, floors and alternate pole configurations -- are priced separately. All prices are available from the company

Length of construction/build/installation time: Erection time for basic structures depends upon the frame configuration and pitching location chosen. A smaller tent (e.g. 7' x 9') with a steel frame can be set up by two people in 15-20 minutes, while a larger unit (e.g. 12' x 16') with a steel frame would probably take twice as long. These same units, pitched on wooden or aluminum poles, would require approximately 30 minutes additional time to install and adjust guy ropes. The addition of liners or tub floors obviously adds to the installation time.

Contact information: Diamond Brand Canvas Products, 5414 Asheville Highway, Post Office Box 249, Naples, NC 28760, (800) 258-9811, (828) 687-0965 (fax), edarnell@diamondbrand.com, www.diamondbrand.com

Fun Camp Company

Products and prices: Covered Wagon Kit, $3,617; Tee Pee Kit, $2,135

Sizes/dimensions offered: Covered Wagon sleeps around eight, 9' x 18'. Tee Pee is 18' (custom), 24' (standard), up to 55' (custom)

Length of construction/build/installation time: Covered Wagon, 26 hours. Tee Pee, 24', eight hours

Contact information: Fun Camp Co., Box 7, Oro, ON, Canada LOL 2X0, (888) 297-5551 (phone/fax), sales@funcampco.ca, www.funcampco.ca

Oregon Yurtworks Inc.

Products and prices: Custom round prefabricated buildings, in small, mid-range and large structure sizes. The kits come as complete packages -- floors, walls, windows, doors and roofs -- pre-stained, pre-insulated and pre-roofed. Prices range from $20 per square foot to $40 per square foot, and vary based on options

Sizes/dimensions offered: 14' (158 s.f.), 17' (224 s.f.), 19' (291 s.f.), 24' (454 s.f.), 29' (650 s.f.), 31' (762 s.f.), 34' (883 s.f.), 36' (1,013 s.f.), 41' (1,300 s.f.), 45' (1,566 s.f.), 50' (1,937 s.f.), 55' (2,346 s.f.), 60' (2,796 s.f.) and 70' (3,812 s.f.) diameters. With the ability to add wings in sizes from 6' to 20', the final sizes can be anywhere up to 10,000 square feet. Heights of walls, and window and door placements can also be customized

Length of construction/build/installation time: Typically two days and up to install the shell kits. Larger and more complex structures will take more time, but the company says the pre-fab format saves 25 to 50 percent on the normal setup time for building

Contact information: Oregon Yurtworks Inc., 1285 Wallis St., Eugene, OR 97402, (800) 211-8470, (541) 343-5330 (phone and fax), info@yurtworks.com, www.yurtworks.com

The Original Log Cabin Homes Ltd.

Products and prices (basic price per square foot): Bison/Cody Log Cabin Park/RV Trailers. Pricing ranges from $10,000 and up

Sizes/dimensions offered: Our joineries are equipped with the latest technological advancements. A high-tech integrated saw system is at the heart of the operation. The walls are solid white pine 12" high Tennessee Chink with dovetail corners, or solid white pine 8" high Classic "D" profile logs with Notch & Pass corner. Dimensions are 12x12 to 12x44

Length of construction/build/installation time: From time of order, 30-60 days. May be more, depending on size and options purchased

Contact information: Bison Log Cabin Park RV Travel Trailers

Manufactured for The Original Log Cabin Homes, P.O. Drawer 1457, 513 Keen Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27802, (800) 562-2246, (252) 454-1500, (252) 454-1550 (fax), info@logcabinhomes.com, www.logcabinhomes.com

Pacific Yurts

Products and prices: 12', $3,750; 14', $4,330; 16', $4,685; 20', $5,950; 24', $6,885; 30', $8,585. All sizes are given in diameters

Typical uses: Unique rental cabin, meeting hall, classroom, fitness room, hot tub/spa enclosure

Length of construction/build/installation time: The 12' yurt takes a few hours to set up; the 30' yurt takes a couple of days

Contact information: Pacific Yurts Inc., 77456 Hwy 99 South, Cottage Grove, OR 97424, (800) 944-0240, (541) 942-0508 (fax), yurts@pacinfo.com, www.yurts.com

Panther Lodges

Contact information: PO Box 32-CB, Normantown, WV 25267, (304) 462-7718, (304) 462-7755 (fax), info@pantherprimitives.com, www.pantherlodges.com

Reese Tipis LLC

Products: Indian tipis (tepees, teepees)/Native American Lodges, Tipi Accessories, Wall Tents, Canopies and Apache Instant Tents

Size/dimensions offered: 9' children's tipi to 24' counsel tipi (9', 13.5', 15.75', 17.5', 19.5' 22.5', 24'). Tipi size is the distance from the center of the door to the back of the tipi at ground level when the tipi is properly set up

Length of construction/build/installation time: Tipis, 2-5 hours. Wall tents, 1-2 hours. Apache Instant Tents, 2-4 minutes

Contact information: Reese Tipis LLC, 2291-J Waynoka Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915, (866) 890-8474, (719) 265-6519, (719) 265-1018 (fax), info@reesetipis.com, www.reesetipis.com, www.tipisetup.com, www.apachetents.com

Reliable Tent & Tipis

Products and prices (basic price per square foot): Tents, $2.45-$4.55 per square foot (depending on size and fabric). Tipis are $25-$35 per foot of diameter (depending on size and fabric)

Sizes/dimensions offered: Tents -- 8' x 10', 10' x 12', 12' x 14', 12' x 16', 12' x 18', 14' x 16', 16' x 20' (with either 5' or 6' walls). Tipis -- 12', 14', 16', 18', 20', 22' and 24' diameter

Length of construction/build/installation time: One to two hours

Contact information: Reliable Tent & Tipis, 120 North 18th St., Billings, MT 59101, (800) 544-1039, (406) 252-6508 (fax), connie@reliabletent.com, www.reliabletent.com

Sweetwater Bungalows

Products and prices: Prefabricated and portable tent cabins. Kits include frame structure (wood or metal), fabric walls, windows and a door, starting at $17 per square foot

Sizes/dimensions offered: Four models and three sizes (10' x 12', 12' x 14' and 14' x 20'), ranging from 120 square feet to 280 square feet. Wall height varies from 5' to 7' and a peak height from 9' to 11'

Length of construction/build/installation time: Six to eight hours with two people

Contact information: Sweetwater Bungalows, PO Box 9684, Truckee CA 96162, (530) 587-0303, (800) 587-5054, (530) 587-5638 (fax), info@swbungalows.com, www.swbungalows.com

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