Goodwin Company Featured on ABC “Made in America” Series

Special thank you to Emily Burris and the ABC TV 20 (WCJB) team for featuring Goodwin Company for their “Made in America” series. Check it out:

The Menil Collection

You can find Goodwin wood everywhere!  The 2013 National AIA (American Institute of Architects) Twenty-five Year Award winner is the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.  Goodwin was proud to provide over 36,000 LF of Vertical Clear Heart Cypress to replace the deteriorating second-growth originally used in the structure.  Jim McReynolds of McReynolds Architects of Houston […]

Historic Renovation Receives “Green” Restoration Accolades

Gainesville Depot Recognized by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.

(GAINESVILLE, FL) — One of the City of Gainesville’s oldest, most cherished buildings – the historic Gainesville Depot – will receive an “Outstanding” recognition in the Restoration/Rehabilitation category at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. (FTHP) annual awards ceremony.  The event, scheduled for May 17th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, will be held at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.

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Cypress – “The Wood Eternal”

Cypress has earned the distinction of being known as, “The Wood Eternal.”  The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association’s 1938 handbook titled, Tide Water Red Cypress, eloquently describes its durability:

For over a thousand years, the original massive Cypress doors of Saint Peter’s Church in Rome swung on their hinges. They were still in a perfect state of preservation when replaced with ornamental bronze.”

In fact, recent Cypress log excavations discovered sound wood buried over 100,000 years ago along the U.S. Atlantic Coast. The handbook, which makes for very interesting reading and I highly recommend, also references the termite resistance of the wood:

Cypressene—the essential oil of Cypress—makes Cypress highly repellent to termites. Cypress timbers in 300-year-old Spanish buildings in Florida have resisted termites, while connecting timbers of other woods were destroyed.”

Goodwin uses Cypress and pine for both interior and exterior applications. The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, features Goodwin’s Cypress and pine exteriors on one of their recent projects, Brownwood. The logs on the cabin, the posts in front of the plants and the bandstand ceiling are all heartpine. The bandstand benches, the cabin doors, and other siding are heart Cypress.
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30 Years of Forest Protection

These days we’re all fairly aware of deforestation and the need to protect our trees. We recycle paper, and many people choose reclaimed wood for their homes, for furniture, flooring and more. However it wasn’t always so. Human beings as a race are not very good at using something conservatively unless it is running out. […]

Green Olympics!

Change is in the air, and it looks green! Host cities submit city planning and building proposals, promising sustainability and continued use of Olympic facilities after the Olympic flame has passed. But cities like Beijing and Montreal have failed to follow through with that promise. Many of the structures now sit vacant or are only […]

More Green Buildings

Interest in vertical gardening is growing fast, and no wonder, who can resist these lovely green buildings, especially the ones with salad makings growing on the walls!

More Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Mitz Takahashi is a furniture designer/maker located in Montreal who works with reclaimed wood and materials. His creations range from vintage to modern, and his use of reclaimed wood gives his work that extra flair that makes people take notice. The hallway console, featured here is made from reclaimed Cherry, Walnut, Birch, Mahogany, Maple.   […]

Green Vacation Time

Sometimes in the rush to just get away from it all, we neglect to think about where we are getting away to! I’m sure you are all too aware of the commonly felt, “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation” syndrome.  Well green vacations can often change that sentiment to a real deeply […]