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.

Educating the Next Generation of Sustainable Building Design Professionals

Goodwin Company was proud to welcome students from Will Zajac’s architectural design studio at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville. Goodwin’s marketing director and resident historian, Jeffrey Forbes, gave the group a behind the scenes tour of Goodwin’s lumber mill.  Students learned about how River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood is sourced, processed and incorporated into sustainable design projects. Heart pine and heart cypress is not only ideal for traditional building, but these woods are trending in contemporary design.  Reclaimed wood feature walls are becoming especially popular in office buildings, high rises and ultra-modern living spaces.

Enjoy the photos of the tour!

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!

Goodwin Proudly Sponsors Another Sustainable Design Project

Goodwin is a proud sponsor / partner of Team Daytona Beach and their participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Team Daytona Beach, which includes faculty and students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College, is embarking on a Solar BEACH (Building Efficient, Affordable, and Comfortable Homes) House project.  The

BEACH House is designed for a small family to live sustainably without sacrificing comfort.  Goodwin contributed 1000sf of random length heart pine shorts and a 6′-8″ River-Recovered® heart cypress slab to be used as a countertop.

Goodwin was approached by members of the Embry-Riddle and Daytona State College Solar Decathlon team to become sponsor of this project, which strives to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable building practices. Team Daytona Beach will build The BEACH House as an entry into the larger nationwide competition that features university teams from all over the country designing and building sustainable design projects. The 2017 Solar Decathlon Village will be open to the public in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, October 5th – Monday, October 9th and Thursday, October 12th – Sunday, October 15th.

Go Team Daytona Beach!

Learn more about the Solar BEACH House project:

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Floor featuring random length heart pine shorts, similar to the ones used in The BEACH House.

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Slab #66812, which will be converted into a gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress countertop for the project.

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!

Turning Lost Trees into Tomorrow’s Treasures

It’s hard to believe we have been milling antique River-Recovered®, building reclaimed, and storm rescued trees for more than 40 years! Whether rescued, reclaimed or River-Recovered (i.e. sinker cypress, heart pine, etc.), we saw each log onsite. We then allow the boards to fry for a few weeks before sending them to the kiln. We kiln dry all of our wood to ensure our products are mold, insect, and moisture free. The kiln set at approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit and reaches 140 degrees to guarantee the wood is dry and ready for life on land again.

Once the boards undergo their second level of grading, they are ready to mill into reclaimed wood flooring, paneling, or surfaced lumber. The grader always chooses the best face of the wood. As the board runs through the mill it can be given a tongue and groove, back relief, or simply be sawn S4S where the board is surfaced on four sides.

The accompanying video features antique heart pine being milled for installation in a Florida home circa 1900. The antique wood will be used as trim in the home as part of its historic restoration. As early as the 17th century, heart pine was used to construct many North American buildings, especially in the southeast, due to its abundance, beauty, and durability.
Manufacturing building materials from this historic wood is exciting as we see the rich grain of these sunken treasures come to life more and more every step of the way.

Antique heart pine’s selection for both historic projects and new construction designs speaks to the timelessness of the wood we work with here at Goodwin.

Sinker Cypress – Antique Wood Treasures

Goodwin works with sinker cypress that is at least 800 years old. The large diameter logs yield heart cypress slabs that are of great width. Both the size of the slabs and density of its grain makes heart cypress desirable for projects such as walls, ceilings, table tops, shelves, mantles, or bar tops.

Antique wood feature walls are trending in both traditional  and contemporary design. The accompanying video features two pieces of heart cypress that will ultimately frame a wall of Shou Sugi Ban art (a Japanese style of wood burning.) Since the slabs will each run flush with a wall, the best edge of the slab was selected and the other was sawn.

Check out this short video featuring sinker cypress slabs: