Amalie Arena/Lexus Lounge Remodel Still Drawing Much Attention

Goodwin was honored to see photos highlighting the River-Recovered® Heart Cypress we supplied for the Lexus Lounge remodel at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida – home of the Tampa Bay Lightning – on the Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) website.

Our good friend Amy Lamb of Native House Photography spent a day photographing this exclusive space inside the Amalie Arena:

Want to see more of the Lexus Lounge?  Check out this video featuring Darryl Benge, EVP and General Manager of Amalie Arena, talking about the “lightning” design concept.

 

The Edge at University of South Florida St. Petersburg is Open for Business!

We would like to extend a special thank you to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg for mentioning antique heart cypress in their article about the renovations to the Coquina Club.

Goodwin’s River-Recovered® heart cypress wood paneling was used to create feature walls, while a heart cypress slab was used to craft a recreation room table and countertop.

Check out these articles on The Edge:

Opening of The Edge Begins a New Era for Student Social Engagement and Recreation

The Edge, Campus Recreation’s $1.3 Million Preview is a Success

Looking to add warmth and beauty of your home or office?  Heart cypress feature walls are trending in contemporary design.  Give us a call, we would love to mill one especially for you.

 

Antique Longleaf Heartpine – Perfect for Modern Home and Office Spaces

More and more people are using antique wood to add beauty and a relaxed feel to their home and office spaces.  The trend of incorporating wood in contemporary design continues to gain popularity, thus the demand for antique longleaf heartpine is on the rise.  Let’s take a look at some of the features of Goodwin’s high quality, River-Recovered® antique longleaf wood flooring and paneling:

  • Whenever there is tight growth sapwood on the outer portions of a River-Recovered log, we saw it as soon as it arrives at our mill. This renders the highest quality material and conserves beautiful wood that would otherwise be lost to the elements.
  • Most boards have arching grain patterns with some pinstripes on the edges. All are graded to exclude machine defects, and face checks, cracks or pitch pockets over 1/8″ wide.
  • The outer boards of River-Recovered logs offer original growth longleaf heartpine with a lighter color tone and fewer knots than most antique heart pine.
  • Tan pink to paler red tones; 33-50% heart; harder than today’s Southern Yellow Pine.

Are you ready to upgrade?  If so, give us a call.  We can develop a customized wood flooring, paneling and/or feature wall plan for any home or office space. We invite you to take a look at two of our favorite antique longleaf heartpine projects – corporate and residential:

Heart Cypress Feature Walls and Paneling a Focal Point of University of South Florida’s Coquina Club

When the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus (USFSP) sought to freshen and update some campus buildings that were designed and built in the 1970s, they turned to our good friend and architect Beverly Frank of BFrank Studio in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Frank specified Goodwin’s River-Recovered® heart cypress wood paneling for the university’s Coquina Club project.

The renovation and addition aligns with USFSP’s Strategic and Master Plan.
The final design includes a multipurpose, indoor/outdoor lounge and event space. This newly renovated student-centered area has an outdoor pool, harborside lawn and access to the Haney Landing Sailing Center.

The Coquina Club features 50/50 mix of vertical and character heart cypress paneling – absolutely GEORGOUS! Goodwin also provided a large heart cypress slab countertop. Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company finished the countertop as well as the heart cypress feature wall and paneling (Diamond 7 interior; WOCA oil exterior).

Here is a sneak peek of the project (more photos to come):

Willis-Smith is the general contractor and Home Pride Cabinets completed the cypress installation. The exterior inset feature wall includes routed lettering by Warren Kay of Kay Enterprises.

Grand Opening of the Matheson Library & Archives

Open to Public this Saturday, October 14th

The Matheson Library & Archives will hold its grand opening celebration and tour on Saturday, October 14th from 11am – 4pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Goodwin milled an Old Florida longleaf heart pine floor for this very exciting historic preservation project.

Grand opening events include:

  • Guided tours of the Matheson Library & Archives (Bobby Parker, librarian and archivist)
  • Tour of the 1867 Matheson House (Peggy Macdonald, museum director)
  • Tison Tool Barn tour
  • Opening of the exhibit, “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida’s Magical Waters”

Formally the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle Church and Melting Pot building, the Matheson Library & Archives has been renovated for the public and researchers alike to enjoy. We encourage you to stop by the grand opening event.  While there, be sure to check out the gorgeous Old Florida heart pine flooring!

 

 

Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) – We Had a BLAST!

Goodwin had an incredible time talking with old friends and meeting new ones at the 2017 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) held at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. We displayed some of our new products, including pre-finished River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine and heart cypress. Many of the people we spoke with confirmed that sinker cypress feature walls are all the rage, as more and more homeowners and businesses are exploring adding them to their home and offices.

Goodwin’s marketing manager, Jeffrey Forbes, produced a short video of highlights from the show. Enjoy!

Johnston Marklee Featured in Surface

Congratulations to Johnston Marklee, a Los Angeles architecture firm that designed the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas. Goodwin milled roughly 7000 sf of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress siding for the project.  Goodwin’s heart cypress was specified for its durable and rot resistant qualities.  The Menil Drawing Institute is scheduled to open in October.

Surface Article

Don’t forget – you can watch a “live” feed of the building being constructed, as was highlighted in a previous post.

Live Feed

Adamick Architecture in New Orleans Has a Heart for Cypress

Special thank you to our friends at Adamick Architecture in New Orleans for including Goodwin in their very informative article about sinker cypress / heart cypress.  We came to know architect Scott Heath while he was working on a restoration project in St. Augustine, Florida.  Adamick is comprised of talented and professional architects.  Their work includes commercial, residential, development, historical renovation and historical tax credits. We look forward to working with them in the future!  Check out the article:

NIMBUS Building Nominated for 2017 AIA People’s Choice Awards

Goodwin proudly partnered with Trimark Properties to mill 2000sf of wood for a feature wall they installed in the Nimbus building in downtown Gainesville. We also provided our reclaimed wood for the staircase, landing and treads.

We are excited to learn that Nimbus is one of the 2017 Florida AIA’s People’s Choice Award nominees.  Click below to see photos and to vote for the Nimbus project until July 28th.

Special thank you to Jason Owen for this incredible testimonial. Goodwin approaches each and every project as a partnership. This longstanding philosophy is one of the many aspects that separates Goodwin from other antique and reclaimed wood companies. Thank you for the kind words, Jason!

River-Recovered® Heart Pine Adds Southern Charm to Popular BBQ Restaurant

Venture down to the foot of the intercoastal bridge in Flagler Beach and you will find a charming restaurant featuring true southern BBQ. Baynes BBQ was founded by Chef Bayne Hayes less than a year ago.

Hayes wanted the interior design of his restaurant to reflect the southern heritage behind his tasty bbq. Goodwin milled 3-1/4″ River-Recovered Heart Pine Character grade to create feature walls and a bar front.  We also supplied a large River-Recovered Heart Cypress slab for liquor shelves behind the bar.

Baynes BBQ is a truly green and sustainable building project, as almost every wood feature in the restaurant can claim the title of reclaimed wood. Even the maple table tops are reclaimed wood from an old bowling alley in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida folk – next time you get a hankerin’ for some true southern fried pickles, Brunswick stew, mac’n cheese, collard greens, piles of BBQ pork, brisket, ribs, chicken & sausage and of course, homemade banana pudding, it’s well worth a trip to Baynes BBQ.  And, when you go, let us know what you think of the heart pine!

Goodwin Featured on Commercial Construction & Renovation

Special thank you to David Corson and Commercial Construction & Renovation for featuring Goodwin in a recent article.

We look forward to seeing David at the upcoming AIA Conference on Architecture on April 27th – 29th
at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  Don’t forget to download your free expo pass and stop by as see us at Booth #1129.  We will be conducting live demonstrations on how to install an antique wood feature wall.  You won’t want to miss it!

Naturally Modern

If you’re the mom who had the fewest hours of sleep this week, the employee working the longest shift, or are the business person with the craziest schedule, you’ve won the silent contest nagging all of us.  It seems that somewhere along the way, we’ve started glorifying busyness.  If we could take an honest look at our lives, I think we could agree this cycle is pointless. As a result of trying to cope with this constant state of exhaustion, we have turned towards modern design in our space. Its simplicity and functionality seems to appeal to the hectic lifestyles we have created for ourselves.

Simplicity.

When you hear the words modern design, images of steel pipes, concrete structures, open spaces, and smooth surfaces may come to mind.  Maybe you pictured a geometric chair in an otherwise relatively vacant space.

But modern design is much more than these extreme images—it strives to seamlessly transition the simplicity of nature into man-built space. Without explicitly natural elements, these spaces seem to fall short.  Wood tends to get forgotten in modern design, dismissed as traditional or stuffy.  But the simplicity of wood is innate and timeless.  It stands alone, bringing the simplicity of nature to any modern space.

Functionality.

What does it do?  Because wood is innately simple and beautiful, it has the ability to perform both functionally and artistically in a space.  Whether its edges are left rough as a tabletop or sanded smooth for flooring or paneling, wood is a diverse material that lends itself to a variety of applications.  Without the use of wood, modern design is vulnerable to creating useful spaces that are unlivable.  But wood brings a certain kind of softness, as Kinfolk’s Tina Minami Dhingra described, without forfeiting beauty, function, or simplicity.[1]

Goodwin’s wood bar top at Swamp Head brewery in Gainesville, Florida shows the practicality and beauty of heart wood in modern spaces.  The unique cuts of the wood bring an artistic yet functional appeal to the brewery, warming up the space making it a more conversational and livable environment.  This natural element is at home even among more traditional modern materials like the metal stools and concrete floors—proving the products versatility, integrating interior and exterior space while exemplifying responsible use of nature’s resources and bringing beauty to a space through a material once thought lost.[1]

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Lauren ColeyGuest Post by Lauren Corley

Lauren Corley is a guest author for Goodwin and is a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida studying Sustainability in the Built Environment with a minor in Innovation. She began her involvement with Goodwin at the 2015 Greenbuild conference in Washington D.C. She is from the Panhandle of Florida and gained an interest for sustainability and its use in space as a high school student. Since moving to Gainesville she has interned for the Repurpose Project as well as the Alachua County Public Schools under the Energy Conservation Specialist.

Sources: Sparke, Penny. “The Modern Interior Revisited.” Journal of Interior Design 34.1 (2008): V-Xii. Web.

[1] “THE KINFOLK HOME TOURS: THE SELF-MADE MODERNIST – Kinfolk.” Kinfolk. N.p., 2014. Web. 19 Aug. 2016.

 

Go Bolts!

Beautiful Things Happen When Lightning Strikes

Tampa Bay Lightning fans can enjoy an even more enhanced experience at the newly remodeled Lexus Lounge at the Amalie Arena.  Goodwin supplied nearly 3000sf of 3-1/4″ vertical and character grade River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in an 80%/20% mix to the project. Dan Peterson, Heritage Wood Finishing Company, finished the wood with Diamond 7, a beautiful and durable finish he formulated exclusively for Goodwin.

The patterned placement of the cypress on the bar fronts, walls and ceilings is designed to be reminiscent of lightning strikes and fulgurites (“Fulgur” is Latin for lightning).

“Every tree has a story to tell, and we are extremely proud to be able to include the tremendous story of this River-Recovered® Heart Cypress wood from Goodwin in our Lexus Lounge. The detail and craftsmanship are stunningly beautiful. This wood adds the perfect ‘pop’ to this world-class space.” – Mike O’Donnell, senior facilities project manager, Amalie Arena – Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Words cannot describe the breathtaking experience of walking into the arena surrounded by beautiful and sustainable antique wood on either side.

The lounge is contemporary, modern and sleek.  Its bright glow is warmed and complemented by the antique heart cypress appointments. The bald cypress is native to Florida and would have grown in great stands all around Tampa Bay; reaching 100ft. in height and 2000-3000 years old.

Goodwin partnered with architect Beverly Frank, (Gould Evans Architects) now principal at BFRANK Studio in Tampa, Florida; Mike O’Donnell, senior facilities project manager for Amalie Arena; and Bryan Curry of Curry Cabinetry in Tampa.

Photos by Native House Photography

Old Florida Longleaf Heartpine – How the Old Becomes New

This year the old Melting Pot building in Gainesville, Florida will become home to the Matheson History Museum’s Library and Archives. Constructed in 1933, this building was originally the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle and later became the Barrow Family Antique Store before it was most recently The Melting Pot Fondue restaurant. The building’s interior is being finished with the Goodwin Company’s Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring reclaimed from old growth hurricane damaged forests. Harvesting these damaged trees does not contribute to deforestation and still produces a wood similar in hardness to Red Oak. Goodwin’s flooring, laced with red toned growth rings, complement the building’s original ceiling beams, contributing to the authenticity and aesthetic of this historic Gainesville building. The Matheson received private donations and a $300,000 grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources to help finance this adaptive reuse project, which was completed by Joyner Construction, Jay Reeves Associates, and Rudy Ditmar of Rudy’s Professional floor sanding. We can’t wait to see this restoration finished and for the building to once again become a gathering place in our community!

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Lauren ColeyGuest Post by Lauren Corley

Lauren Corley is a guest author for Goodwin and is a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida studying Sustainability in the Built Environment with a minor in Innovation. She began her involvement with Goodwin at the 2015 Greenbuild conference in Washington D.C. She is from the Panhandle of Florida and gained an interest for sustainability and its use in space as a high school student. Since moving to Gainesville she has interned for the Repurpose Project as well as the Alachua County Public Schools under the Energy Conservation Specialist.

Sustainable, River-Recovered® Heart Pine

Sustainable, River-Recovered® Heart Pine Adds Eco-Friendly Appeal to University of Florida’s Newest Academic Center

Antique Wood Meets Contemporary Design in Highly Anticipated On-Campus Structure

(Gainesville, FL) – Sustainable, River-Recovered® Heart Pine is the focal point of the University of Florida’s (UF) new, world-class, Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence (Hawkins Center); designed to support and enhance the academic experiences of the university’s athletes. The wood – which encompasses 10,000 square feet of ceiling and wall paneling – was provided by Goodwin Company, pioneers of the River-Recovered® process. Goodwin recovers antique logs from river bottoms – where they have been perfectly preserved for hundreds of years – and mills them into arguably the most beautiful and sustainable wood flooring and paneling in the world.

According to Chip Howard, Executive Associate Athletic Director for Internal Affairs, UF sits upon what once was a vast longleaf pine forest. Longleaf is pinus palustris or “pine of the swamp.” UF Grounds Services uses many native species when planting and several of the new buildings on campus have added young longleaf pines into their landscapes. The incorporation of locally sourced antique heart pine in the Hawkins Center is a nod to the legacy and shared history between UF and that ancient longleaf forest.

“The new Hawkins Center incorporates locally sourced, antique wood into a contemporary design,” explains Howard. “We wanted to build the highest caliber, most unique and modern collegiate academic center to provide all the necessary resources for our students, so Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Pine just made sense. Goodwin is the pioneer in the industry. The sustainability of the wood, coupled with its unmatched quality and remarkable beauty, contribute significantly to the overall aesthetics and appeal of the building.”

This is not the first time Goodwin’s wood has been used on the UF campus. Last year, the company provided their River-Recovered® Vertical Heart Pine, Legacy® Heart Pine and Curly Heart Pine for use in the Dasburg House, home to UF President Kent Fuchs, Ph.D. Goodwin collaborated with an exemplary team of professionals on the Hawkins Center project, including Parrish-McCall Constructors Inc. (project builder), DR Nickelson & Co. (wood installer), Beverly Frank of Gould Evans Architects (specifier of the River-Recovered® Heart Pine) and Chip Howard and his staff.

“Incorporating traditional wood to warm up contemporary spaces is trending,” says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “The Hawkins Center exemplifies the latest and greatest in modern design. We were pleased to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible building design team on this very exciting project.”

The 83,000 square foot Hawkins Center celebrated its official dedication on Monday, June 27, 2016. The center provides UF’s more than 480 student athletes with a study area along with tutoring, academic advising, nutrition, research, wellness, leadership, job placement and other services.

About Goodwin Company
Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring. Goodwin has earned an indisputable reputation for using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Additionally, Heritage Wood Finishing Company produces a line of superior finishing and color options formulated exclusively for Goodwin’s “install ready” flooring. Demand for rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish as esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments. Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Sir Paul McCartney, Dick Cavett, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House, Naples Botanical Garden, University of Florida’s Dasburg House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion. For more information, visit www.heartpine.com

 

Photos by Native House Photography