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!

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.

Historic Home Renovation Featuring Reclaimed Wood

We’ve featured photos of the gorgeous home in the Old Northeast Neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Florida owned by our good friend Maureen Stafford.  A previous article featured her reclaimed wood kitchen floor.

Maureen is restoring another historic home in St. Petersburg. She used 400 square feet of Goodwin’s Legacy building reclaimed heart pine select and vertical heart pine in the closets (which she made) and to fill in where she took out the floor vents. The replacement wood was a critical improvement to the new floor reclamation square footage.

Enjoy this video of the home.  Great job, Maureen!

Makes you want to move to St. Pete, huh…

Video courtesy of Jeff Royer, Distinctive Focus Photography

Read more about Maureen’s reclaimed wood kitchen floors

Luxury Condos in America’s Oldest City Feature Antique River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Longleaf Throughout

The Lakeview Condos in historic St. Augustine Florida date back to the late 1800s.  The Lakeview building was constructed between 1885-1893 by the firm of McGuire and McDonald, famously known for constructing the Ponce De Leon Hotel.  Both structures were built by Standard Oil tycoon, Henry Flagler; the Ponce as a luxury hotel and the Lakeview building as the male staff quarters for the hotel.  Originally, the Lakeview building was referred to as the “Ponce De Leon barracks.”

Fast forward to 2004 when the building was purchased and developed into luxury condominiums. Lakeview sits on the edge of Lake Maria Sanchez in a prime area of town just blocks off the heart of the old city.

October 2016 brought powerful hurricane Matthew to the area, which flooded the historic district of America’s oldest city as it passed at high tide.  Sadly, the Lakeview building took on five inches of water from Lake Sanchez.  Goodwin worked closely with the owners association to replace the original heart pine flooring.  Most units were restored using River-Recovered Heart Pine Character or Antique Longleaf pine.  Much of the replacement heart pine was either 2-1/2″ or 3-1/4″.  The 800-1000sf units are now light and airy living spaces with wonderful architectural transoms over the doors and arched passageway. Goodwin is always most pleased when we can be a part of historic restorations.

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!

Sydonie Mansion

Historic Restoration Featuring Antique River-Recovered® Heart Pine Floor Boards

A popular destination for discerning visitors, Mount Dora, Florida is one of the quaintest little gems in the south.  It is home to the historic Sydonie Mansion, built in 1904 for Pittsburgh steel magnate, James L. Laughlin. It is the only known example of the work of esteemed architect, Grosvenor Atterbury, in the entire state of Florida. Atterbury specified quarter sawn, vertical grain, 2-1/2″ “hard” pine flooring throughout the majority of the 22,000 square foot palatial estate home.

The Laughlin family eventually sold the estate to Hampden Dubose Academy.  Then, in 2014, current owners Clark & Amy Frogley set out to restore the mansion and open a museum/event venue.

The leaking roof over the porch caused the center boards leading to the front door to rot.

The Frogleys, wanting to honor Atterbury’s original specifications, turned to Goodwin for assistance.  We milled full length 16ft tongue and groove River-Recovered® heart pine floor boards to help restore the porch to its former safe and stately glory.  The Frogleys then sanded and finished the beautiful porch that had long ago been painted brown.

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Gainesville’s Historic Preservation Movement

Goodwin Company would like to extend a special “thank you” to Peggy MacDonald, executive director of the Matheson History Museum.  She authored a wonderful story in this past Sunday’s Gainesville Magazine about Gainesville, Florida’s historic preservation movement.  She made note of Goodwin’s contributions of Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring for the museum’s newly restored Library and Archives building; previously the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle and Melting Pot Restaurant.  She also mentioned the Firestone building, which received a 2015 Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP). We milled River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heart pine for that project as well.

Enjoy!

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Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Floors Blend Perfectly with Contemporary Accents

We are proud to show off the beautiful kitchen in the home of our good friend and client, Maureen Stafford.  Maureen is a preservationist and past president of the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Goodwin milled 1020 square feet of Legacy building reclaimed heart pine select and vertical flooring to help with her restoration project.

We absolutely adore her gorgeous reclaimed wood kitchen floors.  Just look at how the antique wood perfectly blends with the contemporary countertops, appliances and accents:

People often ask if antique wood is suitable for kitchens and the answer is, “YES!” In fact, most people who install reclaimed wood kitchen floors say they will never go back to having any other type of flooring in their kitchen, period. Goodwin’s new proprietary finishes formulated exclusively for resinous reclaimed and River-Recovered® antique wood are perfect for wood floors in your kitchen. The Diamond finish is second in hardness only to diamonds, making it suitable for high traffic areas, kids and pets. Oh, and all of our finishes are environmentally friendly, too.

Interested in learning more about how reclaimed wood kitchen floors can breathe new life into your home? Give us a call, we are here to help!

This is How We Finish…

This video shows Goodwin’s Naily heart pine being finished on site by our partner Heritage Wood Finish Company (HWFC).  Goodwin has partnered with HWFC to develop proprietary, custom finishes specifically formulated for our resinous antique River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood. Goodwin now offers a variety of install ready products – including wide plank flooring, wood walls, wood ceilings and wood paneling – featuring custom colors, textures and environmentally friendly finishes:

  • Zero to very low volatile compounds
  • Second in hardness only to diamonds
  • Customizable to fit your specific design needs
  • Child, pet and environmentally friendly

Goodwin’s antique heart pine beams are recovered from 19th century industrial buildings where carpenters would choose the best face of the beam to nail to. This results in our beautiful naily faced floor grade we get to enjoy now, two centuries later.

Our finisher guides the milled flooring and wood paneling material onto the finishing machine. This is the final process in the manufacturing of our finished wood flooring and paneling for wood walls and ceilings. The grade in the video features rich red tones as a result of oxidation during its life in the industrial buildings. Splashes of yellow heart can be found throughout the grade as well. The black staining around the nail holes is also a result of oxidation. This chemical reaction occurs between the extractives in the antique wood and the iron nails that were used so many years ago resulting the rustic unique character that we see today.

This historic reclaimed wood can’t help but hint to its past even in modern spaces, like the window sills featured in Gainesville, Florida’s Swamphead Brewery. As you can see, introducing antique wood walls, wood paneling or wood flooring adds a warm, natural and relaxing feel to any room in your home or office. From sinker cypress wood walls, 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 home and work spaces.

2017 Florida Historic Preservation Conference

Visit Goodwin at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Houston, Texas 2The Florida Trust will host its 39th Annual Conference on May 18-20, 2017. Goodwin will be a part of this year’s Conference Marketplace.  We will have a booth set up from 2pm on Wednesday, May 17th through Friday, May 19th at the Hilton Bayfront, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Preservation Reinvented for Art and Enterprise.”

Each year, the Florida Trust Annual Conference attracts professionals and volunteers from throughout the state, including historic site managers, architects, archaeologists, designers and municipal planners. Historic preservation is a priority for Goodwin, and we are proud to be part of this exciting event!

If you happen to be in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, feel free to stop by the Conference Marketplace and say “hi” to Jeffrey Forbes, Goodwin’s Marketing Manager.  Jeffrey will have the latest Goodwin products on display, and is happy to discuss any current or future projects you have in mind.

Hope to see you there!

The Firestone Building in Gainesville, Florida received an “Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse” award from the Florida Trust in 2015.  Goodwin milled the River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine for this historic renovation project.

Tree Fest at Swamphead Brewery

Goodwin was proud to be a corporate sponsor of the 3rd Annual Tree Fest , a yearly event to benefit the Alachua Conservation Trust.  Tree Fest, presented by Solar Impact, was hosted by our friends over at Swamphead Brewery. We were excited to collaborate with owner Luke Kemper and marketing director Brandon Nappy on this event.

A few years back, Goodwin provided our antique wood for Swamphead Brewery’s tasting room, affectionately named, “The Wetlands”. The focal point of the room is the feature wall behind the bar which represents every wood Goodwin offers.

Swamphead

The bar top is absolutely gorgeous and was handcrafted from heart cypress and heart pine log rounds hand scribed into one another for a 3D effect.

Swamphead

The seating area is clad in Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character, while the window surrounds are a mix of naily heart pine and select heart cypress.

It was exciting for us to see just how much Swamphead Brewery has grown into becoming a staple in the Gainesville community.  We were certainly honored to partner with them on Tree Fest.

Oh, and Amy Lamb of Native House Photography recently took some incredible photos of Swamphead Brewery.  Be sure to check them out:

Goodwin is Having a Blast at NWFA!

Carol Goodwin and Dan Petersen are enjoying seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the 2017 National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. Carol and Dan are displaying Goodwin’s new install ready products featuring custom colors, textures and environmentally friendly finishes formulated specifically for resinous antique River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood:

  • Zero to very low volatile compounds
  • Second in hardness only to diamonds
  • Customizable to fit your specific design needs
  • Child, pet and environmentally friendly

According to Carol, builders and building design professionals have requested install ready products in the past but they were difficult to offer due to the resinous nature of antique wood.  Now, new finishes formulated specifically for Goodwin allow the company to deliver custom crafted, install ready products to their clients.

Come by and say “hi” to Dan and Carol today and tomorrow (April 13th and 14th) at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  They are at booth #923.  You will want to see samples of this beautiful wood.

Goodwin Booth #923

NWFA Opening Ceremonies

Phoenix Convention Center

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.