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!

2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference

Be Our Guest!

You are invited to be our guest at the upcoming American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture on April 27th – 29th in Orlando Florida.  Just download the courtesy expo pass and follow the online registration instructions.

AIA Pass

Stop by to see us in booth #1129.  We will have live demonstrations showing how easy it is to install our antique heart cypress paneling.  We will also be featuring our new finishes, colors and textures.

Introducing antique wood adds a warm, natural and relaxing feel to any room in your home or office. From sinker cypress paneling and ceilings to heartpine flooring and accents, the use of River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood in contemporary design is on the rise as consumers seek unique and sustainable products to personalize their work and living spaces.  Come see how we can help you upgrade your home or office!

Sawing Sinker Cypress

Antique Heart Cypress is one of only a few remaining prehistoric tree species. Goodwin Company is proud to specialize in working with sinker cypress. Check out this video demonstrating how Goodwin transforms River-Recovered® Heart Cypress logs into gorgeous wood paneling and ceilings:

Rescued from a North West Florida river bottom, the River-Recovered log in the video displays an ax cut end, dating its harvest prior to 1870.  This was before the large scale introduction of the steam engine and arrival of the railroad in Florida.  The sheer size of these logs attest to their age, and, with an approximate diameter of 3ft or greater, their size allows for larger cuts unattainable in modern cypress. Each log has at least eight growth rings per inch… and often times more. The unique tight, fine grain gives antique Heart Cypress a soft graceful pattern that varies from warm honey and cinnamon tones through to light chocolate coloring in its grain.

Goodwin founder George Goodwin has been the company sawyer for over 40 years.  He saws each log to ensure the most wood is preserved with each cut.  The mill carries the sawn wood down along a conveyer belt to its first level of grading by Goodwin’s specialists. After grading, the boards are cut into standard widths, placed in the kiln and later moulded into heart cypress flooring and paneling as featured in the modern offices of RRSimmons.

Contemporary Application of Building Reclaimed Longleaf Pine

Goodwin was proud to be part of the Nimbus building project in Gainesville, Florida.  We milled pine beams from an old depot building that was previously on the site to create gorgeous building reclaimed longleaf pine walls. Take a look:

River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood is perfect for energy efficient buildings such as Nimbus, as antique wood is an excellent insulator. And, let’s not forget to mention that it perfectly complements and warms up any modern space.  There are many contemporary uses for antique longleaf pine. Contact us to explore how this beautiful wood can make over your home or office.

Preserving the Past by Educating Our Future

Graduate Students Visit Goodwin for a Lesson in Reclaimed Wood

Goodwin Company is located just outside of Payne’s Prairie Preserve and within close proximity of the University of Florida (UF) campus.  This presents an opportunity for us to actively participate in education and environmental responsibility. Goodwin has partnered with UF to incorporate our antique wood into their contemporary, sustainable design projects, including:

  • The Dasburg House, home of Dr. Kent Fuchs, university president. This project featured Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Vertical Heart Pine, Legacy (building reclaimed) Vertical Heart Pine and Curly Heart Pine
  • The Otis Hawkins Center for UF athletes, which features 10,000 square feet of sustainable River-Recovered® Heart Pine ceiling and paneling.
  • The Periplanómenos Whistles featured on campus and handcrafted using Goodwin’s sinker cypress.

Last year, Goodwin had another opportunity to partner with UF.  We hosted graduate students from the school’s architecture program.  Jeffrey Forbes taught them about the history of Goodwin’s antique woods and our manufacturing process.  He also discussed the benefits of specifying Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and building reclaimed antique heart pine and heart cypress, especially in sustainable design. We believe we have an obligation to introduce students to reclaimed wood while emphasizing the importance of designing with sustainably sourced building materials. Through interactions with upcoming architects and designers, we hope to impact the future to reflect the craftsmanship and resiliency of our past.

Enjoy this short video highlighting their visit.

Goodwin Company Featured at IBS 2017

Goodwin Company Featured Alongside the Hottest Contemporary Home Ideas at IBS 2017

Goodwin Company was proud to show off our wood at the 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS).  This year, the show featured the latest in contemporary home ideas.  We were excited to see just how many ways our River-Recovered® Heart Pine and River-Recovered Heart Cypress can be used to complement the numerous products showcased.

Special thank you to Hafele America. Their booth featured a beautiful Heart Cypress slab countertop. Michael Bright of Bright Woodworks in St. Petersburg, Florida crafted it using Goodwin wood. It was one of the biggest hits of the show!

Jeffrey Forbes, Goodwin’s marketing coordinator, produced this wonderful video summarizing the 2017 IBS:

IBS 2017 reinforced that sustainable design is becoming more and more important to consumers. Goodwin has and always will operate using sustainable, eco-friendly manufacturing practices. Esteemed architects and designers specify Goodwin’s materials for all types of work, including modern and sustainable design projects.

2017 is the year to add wood to your contemporary space.  Wood walls are especially chic and add depth, warmth and character. Not only is it easy to install, but its insulation benefits are impressive (one inch of wood is equivalent to 15” of concrete).  Incorporating wood on the outside of your home or corporate space is also “in” for 2017.  Antique Heart Cypress, including the on-hand, faster ship stock Goodwin currently on has special, is perfect for exterior ceiling and paneling because it is not only absolutely gorgeous, but also rot resistant.

Enjoy Jeffrey’s video from IBS, and give us a call to see how we can help you make over your space in 2017.

When Antique Wood Meets Modern Technology

Now, you must admit, this is really, really neat.  Have you ever wondered how antique wood paneling is installed on the outside of a building?  Click the link below to watch a LIVE feed of Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress siding being installed on the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) in Houston, Texas:

https://www.workzonecam.com/projects/gilbanebuilding4/menildrawing/workzonecam2

MDI was established in 2008 and the new building – designed by the esteemed Los Angeles firm Johnson Marklee Architects –  is the latest addition to the Menil Collection campus. MDI was founded to recognize the crucial role “drawing” plays in the culture of modern and contemporary art.  This internationally recognized institute has become a center point for numerous exhibitions, collaborations and scholarships.

Goodwin worked closely with Johnson Marklee Architects on this project.  The exterior of the MDI will complement the original Menil Collection that is clad with 36,000 lf of Goodwin’s River Recovered-Heart Cypress siding. Goodwin was specified for this project because our antique heart cypress is durable and rot-resistant. The sinker cypress paneling was painted to match the original architecture of the building.

Let us know what you think of the LIVE feed!

 

A Search for Quality

When did we stop reaching for the most inexpensive item on the shelf at the grocery store? When did grabbing a carton of milk or eggs on our way home from work become result of a series of ethical decisions?  A few years ago, I would have scanned the refrigerated section of the grocery for the least expensive carton of eggs, put them in my cart, then moved on to the next item on my grocery list — 2% milk with the latest expiration date.

But recently, I have noticed myself analyzing my purchases with greater detail before I make a purchase. A quick Google search led me to a list of all the varieties of eggs sold at my local supermarket: organic, free-range, naturally pasteurized, vegetarian, and the list goes on. In choosing the type of eggs I want to buy, I also have to consider the packaging of the eggs. If I buy the plastic carton, it will hold up long enough to be reused when my roommate brings eggs home from her coworker’s farm. But if I buy the paper carton, it will recycle most easily and doesn’t require any plastic.

Why did such a small task begin to involve so many decisions? I think it is a result of our increased demand for quality. We have all heard that ignorance is bliss, but with limitless information at our fingertips, we can no longer claim ignorance. As a result, our culture is becoming more ethically concerned. This means we are looking for products that meet our needs, but we also want to spend our money investing in the local economy, and caring for the environment. Maybe this is why the millennial generation has also been called the “civic generation”—a name earned by our desire to care for place—the environment in which we invest our lives.[1] We crave uncomplicated quality and authenticity in our spaces.

I have found that nothing brings these elements to a space as effortlessly as nature itself. Natural light, plants, or even an earthy color palette can bring the simplicity and life we crave in our spaces. But nothing has the same transformative impact as wood. It brings the outdoors in while contributing a durability and livability unique to the material. As a product of nature, it does not try to mimic the life we wish to find in our spaces but exposes the authenticity and history innate to the material. We see this in the pictures below that show the transformation that Goodwin’s heart pine LEGACY®  floors had on the historic Firestone building in downtown Gainesville, Florida.

The tongue and groove flooring in this room are building recovered, meaning they were once beams in 19th century industrial buildings in the U.S. The reuse of this wood speaks to its strength as well as the sustainability of the product. A room long forgotten and left lifeless is now a hidden gem in the city…and it’s available for lease starting November 2016!

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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.

[1] Morley Winograd, and Michael D. Hais. Millenial Momentum: How a Generation Is Remaking America. New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Rutgers UP. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.