If You Guessed Bok Tower Gardens, You Were Correct!

Remember when we asked you to guess what our latest “gentle giant” was being transformed into? Hint: “her new home will be at a National Historic Landmark”.

If you guessed Bok Tower Gardens, you were correct!

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida announced its expansion plans last year. Today, construction is in full force! Goodwin is proud to be providing headers, window sills, trim and siding for the new children’s interpretive center and outdoor demonstration kitchen. Our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is the perfect complement to the rich culture and history of Bok Tower Gardens.

Goodwin is in the process of milling cypress for the project. Enjoy this video which offers a special inside look at the process:

And, check out these photos of the first run of siding as the transformation continues:


Read more about the expansion: http://boktowergardens.org/blog/gardens-announces-expansion-plans-on-85th-anniversary/

Admiring the Work of a Craftsman Using Goodwin Wood

We recently caught up with Gainesville, Florida craftsman, Steve Kessler, in his shop on a hot & humid July morning.  Steve was finishing up a door project for some clients who are doing a large renovation in their Coconut Grove home in Miami, Florida.

These folks knew exactly what they wanted and commissioned Steve to build their eight doors out of old growth, virgin, bald cypress.  Steve, of course, turned to the Goodwin Company.  We supplied him with tightly grained, thousand-year-old, River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in both vertical and select grain (quarter sawn and plain sawn).

Steve’s doors came with a lot of specifications too.  Some louvers were called out as working while others were faux.  Some louvers had a double face while others had a single.  Steve even found a miller who could mold a single louver disguised as a trio and he used a terrific little joiner called a Festool Domino XL to marry the stiles and rails together.

We think the doors turned out great.  Nothing beats the natural beauty and durability of old growth heart cypress.  Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and A. Hays Town specified it in nearly every residential project they designed.  And in the hands of an experienced professional like Mr. Kessler, it is always bound to shine.  To contact Steve for your next project call him at 352-214-6386.

Wouldn’t you just love some of these in your home?

AIA 2015 People’s Choice Awards – Your Vote is Important!

Voting for the Florida American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 People’s Choice Award is underway. The Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Interpretive Center at Naples Botanical Garden – Lake/Flato Architects is one of the write-in nominations. Votes from the public are required to win. Will you kindly take a few minutes to click this link and vote for the project?

We so enjoyed working with everyone at Lake/Flato Architects an the staff at Naples Botanical Garden. Here are some photos of our work on the project:

How to Vote:

Go to http://floridapeopleschoice.org/Write-In.cfm.   Look for Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Interpretive Center at Naples Botanical Garden and click VOTE.


PreservationNation Tells the Firestone Story

We would like to extend a special thank you to Jamesha Gibson for taking time to tell the uplifting and inspiring story of how Phoebe and Richard Miles turned their high school dream of revitalizing part of downtown Gainesville into reality. As you know, they purchased and renovated the historic Firestone Building.  Goodwin Company was proud to be part of this incredible project, which received an Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse by the Florida Trust for Historic reservation. Please see the full article that appeared in PreservationNation below:



Naples Botanical Garden Time-Lapse Video

Those of your following the Naples Botanical Garden Chabraja Visitor Center project may find this time-lapse video of its construction to be very interesting: Goodwin sawed and precisely milled 20,000 linear feet of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress for siding and trim. The majority of the antique logs used for the project were carefully retrieved out of […]

Back to Dasburg!

University of Florida president, Dr. Kent Fuchs, and wife Linda graciously hosted an evening BBQ this past Wednesday, June 10th, in appreciation of all of the contractors and trades people who worked so diligently to complete the UF Dasburg president’s house. During the event, Dr. Fuchs thanked everyone for their hard work and effort. He also noted all of those companies that had made generous donations to the appointment of the Dasburg house. Goodwin was proud to be among the recognized businesses. Dr. Fuchs then announced that for the rest of the evening the Dasburg would be completely opened and that all were free to roam the house and admire their and other’s handiwork. What a great surprise!   We were able to capture some additional photos of the home and the flooring we provided. Enjoy!