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Friday, August 28, 2015

Jedburgh Academy - Idaho Facility

We are leaning toward the above design for the Jedburgh Academy primary building here in Idaho.

The design is called a 'Monitor'.  We'll use a local contractor and pole barn construction, which is relatively inexpensive and well-suited to our location and intended use.  We intend to have the building completed next summer.  Of course the facility is already evolving - our square range will be finalized this season.  Our Comms tower is in the design phase, and we hope to have it in place before winter sets in.  Our Phase I seed vaults should be completed before the first snow hits!

The Monitor design lends itself  wonderfully toward a training facility.  The main (center) portion of the building can be quite tall, allowing either a loft, or open space, or a complete second-level that could house an apartment and/or offices.  The ground level would serve well as a large teaching area, both for book work and working with gear in a classroom environment before heading out to our expansive acreage for field training.

The 'wings' on either side can be divided nicely into comfortable bunkrooms for visiting students.

This is for our primary site here in Idaho, where we have several building site possibilities, as well as extensive acreage (and great terrain) for every aspect of the Jedburgh curriculum.  We expect students will rotate in for weekend classes, perhaps to stays as long as several weeks for those folks who choose to follow a more 'intensive' pace.  

Remember, Jedburgh Academy is only one facility and school within the national network.  

Every affiliated professional Trainer has his own school and facility - and we are proud to have affiliated Trainers now from coast to coast and border to border.  This will allow our students to receive training near home, and allow our Trainers to travel to affiliated schools when appropriate.  Here at the Jedburgh Academy we'll have the best Comms, Tactical, Medical, et cetera available - or you can get the same high quality training (and in many cases Trainers) in the Carolinas, elsewhere in the Redoubt, or the Appalachian Redoubt, Florida, Texas - wherever we can make it happen.

The goal is to put the best Trainers together with serious III Patriots to build an efficient, proficient and capable 'Officer Corps' for our Liberty Forces.


  1. Is mosby a trainer for yall

    1. He hasn't been approached. Once the internet noise settles down and the Jedburgh Academy demonstrates it is a good vehicle for serious students, I'll ask a mutual friend to extend an invitation.

  2. Nice design-it's flexible,you could do all kinds of different things inside,and it's the type of building that you can get closed in real quick-walls go up fast and easy,as does the roof-hardest thing is setting the posts.

    One thing I would consider changing though-the pitch of the roof doesn't look steep enough to handle the snow load where you're at.

    1. We're a little over three miles from K's site and our roof is a 5-12 pitch with an 80# snow load.

    2. Which is fine,most of the time-until that 5-12 pitch roof gets 2-3' of heavy wet snow on it,followed by more and more snow as the winter progresses.
      In 2003 or 4,NE Ohio saw record snowfalls,one storm came in off lake Erie which was not frozen over yet,dumped a couple feet of snow-then it turned to sleet and freezing rain,then back to another foot to 18" of snow.
      Quite a few roofs failed under that load-people were shoveling snow off of their roofs to save them.
      I was working for a guy who owned 55 rental homes at the time-18 roofs failed,some were beyond repair,some just had several cracked rafters. Almost all the roofs that failed were 5-12 or less,a couple of 6-12's also failed.
      You most likely aren't going to get that kind of snowstorm there-as the snow gets dumped on the east slope much more than the west slope,but there have been seriously heavy snowfalls in your area in the past.
      If I was building a home-or any other building in the mountains-I would have a 7 or 8-12 pitch roof.
      It also depends on roof framing-you could build a 3-12 roof to handle a huge snow load-it just adds to the cost of the building because you use more lumber,the roof framing gets a little more complicated,and it takes more time.

    3. GG,

      I was going to comment on the same thing. Funny.
      I was going to recommend an 8-12 even with a metal roof. My place in central Oregon is way over engineered for the snow roof and has a 6-12. The snow piles up until the sun comes out for a while and the metal roof warms enough for everything to slide off in one loud thump. You don't want to be standing under it when it goes. I have to get off my lazy butt and install snow guards one of these days. But we can have 4'+ of snow piled up at a time.

      That is a nice building design.

  3. The weather vane is a nice touch, are there gun portals up there?

  4. ...and +1 on gamegetter's comment on roof pitch

  5. For classroom space, figure 50SqFt per student (to include table/desk space), plus about 100-150 SqFt for the instructors area, podium, etc. Each exposed pole or other structural feature of the space will reduce the usable space by more than its physical dimensions, so for each such obstruction you should deduct a minimum of at least 5 SqFt., and possibly twice that amount depending on position and confiuration.
    You'll also need at least 64 SqFt of clear area for the primary exit (and any other primary portal, such as a rest room), and another 25 SqFt for any secondary portals including a required second exit.

    This allows you to determine max. class size based upon planned space and floor plan. Obviously, purely open space is best in terms of occupancy and usability, but a usable floorplan doesn't have to be totally clear of obstructions - you just have to plan accordingly.


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