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Gilbert Lodge
Since 2004


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Project Spedifications
Contractors Details
Paul M. Hirst of Oldham Hirst Design Architect of many exceptional residential and commercial buildings across the country. 
Wes Hanson Builders General contractor with a keen eye for detail.
Electricians Mark and Paula Persons Quotes from the project.
Gilbert Lodge Square Feet
Upper Level with living quarters 2416
Main (ground) level with garage 2960
Lower level/basement/utility area 1048
Outbuilding 280
Total 6704
Building Site Size
Frontage on Gilbert Lake 280 feet 
Frontage on Island Drive 195 feet
Depth from Island Drive to Gilbert Lake 214 ft. on one side and 322 ft. on the other.
Geographic Location Details
Latitude 46 degrees 22.734 minutes North  (46-22-44.0 N)
Longitude 94 degrees 11.530 minutes West  (94-11-31.8 W)
World Map Grid Square EN26VH
Land elevation at Gilbert Lodge 367 meters (1204 ft) Above Mean Sea Level  
Air Handling Details
Furnaces Three Lennox high-efficiency natural gas units, including one in the garage.  Also, off-peak electric heat.    
Air conditioners Two Lennox central air conditioning units integrated with the furnace systems.  One for the Main and one for the Upper Level.
Humidity Control Computer controlled Aprilaire humidifier with humidistat and outdoor thermometer to set humidity level in winter.
A commercial dehumidifier handles summer humidity.
Air Exchanger Venmar AUS Solo
Utilities Details
Water and sewer provided by Brainerd City Utilities 5 micron water sediment filter
Culligan automatic water softener
Hot water 50 gallon natural gas water heater and a 50 gallon off-peak electric heater.  
Electrical power provided by Brainerd Public Utilities.

There are nine electrical distribution load centers throughout the Gilbert Lodge facility. 

200 ampere underground feed using 225 ampere copper cabling to nine electrical panels.  Power is backed-up by an automatic 22 KW Kohler power generator system.  Power outages covered by the generator so far:
2003:  2 incidents totaling 2.40 hours
2004:  3 incidents totaling 0.9 hours
2005: 10 incidents totaling 4.20 hours 
2006: 4 incidents totaling 3.3 hours
2007: 5 incidents totaling 0.8 hours
2008: 6 incidents totaling 6.21 hours
2009: 1 incident totaling 1.50 hours
2010: 2 incidents totaling 0.45 hours
2011: 1 incident totaling 2.50 hours
2012: 1 incident totaling 4.15 hours
2013: 1 incident totaling 0.10 hours
2014: 6 incidents totaling 2.35 hours
2015: 5 incidents totaling 9.73 hours
2016: 2 incidents totaling 2.37 hours
2017: 0 incidents totaling 0.00 hours
2018: 3 incidents totaling 2.79 hours
2019: 2 incidents totaling 1.01 hours
2020: 8 incidents totaling 2.68 hours
2021: 1 incident totaling 1.00 hours when the temperature outside was 0 degrees
2022: 2 incidents totaling 1.2 hours
2023: 2 incidents totaling 1.7 hours
Electronic Devices Details
Toshiba DK-280 Business Telephone System 25 telephone sets plus three door boxes. 
Security System Door sensors, window sensors, water sensor, motion sensing and more.  
Central Vacuum System Available for cleaning rooms on all three levels of the main building
Global Communications Gilbert Lodge Amateur Radio Station
Computer Connections Details
Internet connectivity 100 Mb broadband connection with router, firewall, and a managed 24-port network switch.
Internet computers Several computers are available to guests at all times.
Wired Internet Wired 10/100 Mb/1 GB connections for guests in their rooms.   
Wireless Internet 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wireless 802.11b, g, and n are provided to guests anywhere on the Gilbert Lodge grounds. 
Guest services The Network Administrator is available at all times to resolve connectivity problems. 
Gilbert Lake Details
Lake Size 369 Acres, 7.8 Miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 45 feet. 
Lake Elevation 358 meters (1175 ft) Above Mean Sea Level  
Fishing Northern Pike, Blue Gill, Bass, and Crappie. 
Public Access On the north side of the lake via Gilbert Lake Road.
Community Group Gilbert Lake Association  http://www.gilbertlake.org
Lodge Limo Details
Ford Lincoln MKX AWD Known at the Lodge as "The President" or "Mr. Lincoln," it has all-wheel drive and amateur radio communications.  There is also a Lincoln Nautilus available to guests.  

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