Oscar’s Adirondack Smokehouse

American Buildings

It was devastating for the Quintal family to watch their third-generation business burn to the ground on Labor Day weekend of 2009, but as the smoke cleared, they recognized an opportunity to rebuild it even better for future generations better for the environment.

This facility is where it all happens for the famous Oscar's meats and cheeses, and when the 60 year old wood-framed structure burned, it didn't take the third little pig to figure this one out: Build the new place out of something that doesn't burn…like steel!

The new 105' x 65' building in Warrensburgh, NY is an American Building Company’s M1 rigid frame structure that houses the three massive smokers that can each process 1,500 pounds of meat at a time, There are 1,500 square feet of walk-in coolers and freezers, along with the famous and friendly meat counter and enlarged retail area.

An adjoining portion of the original foundation was salvaged and retrofitted for another 2,200 square feet of pre-engineered structure, which houses the business’ shipping and receiving and equipment storage. The front sidewall has a continuous 6' at eave canopy and the daily delivery and pick-up carriers appreciate the 15' x 32' end wall canopy that offers protection from the elements of the upstate New York seasons.

To maintain the Adirondack appeal, the high eave wall, or front of the building, was conventionally framed with light gauge metal studs to a laterally reinforced spandrel beam at 14' and fit-up with a shingled roof walkway canopy, lighthouse red horizontal clapboard siding, and granite veneer water table. The remainder of the perimeter walls is finished with 3" thick ABC insulated panels.

To add to the energy efficient building envelope, Guardian's R-32 Purlin Glide insulation system was used under American's Standing Seam 360 roof panel with a Polar White finish, which has a Solar Reflectance Index value of 81. The ceilings were fully lined with American's Long Span III panels- Polar white in the processing area and Galvalume in the retail area to emulate the original smokehouse ceiling.

The envelope of this structure isn't the only thing that was energy efficient. An open loop geothermal system was installed to facilitate all the HVAC and refrigeration needs of the building. Energy from the Earth's own core is transferred into heat or air conditioning via water to air heat pumps. The energy also runs all of the refrigeration units that keep the walk-in coolers and freezers chilling year round. Coupled with a NYSERDA approved lighting package this is reportedly the greenest smokehouse ever built.

The Contractor was Munter Enterprises, Inc. of Middle Grove, NY. The Architects were Munter Enterprises, Inc., and Paone Architecture P.C. of Saratoga Springs, NY.

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