A Goodwin Visit

A Goodwin visit with Melissa Wylie of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Last week The Goodwin Company enthusiastically welcomed Melissa Wyllie for a Goodwin visit. Melissa is the CEO and President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. The Trust’s mission is to “Promote the preservation and the inclusive sharing of the diverse architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida.” This mission coincides tremendously with Goodwin’s work with many historic preservation projects and recovering Florida’s sunken history.

Over the years The Goodwin Company has successfully nominated several projects for the Trust Preservation Awards. Materials for these projects were supplied by The Goodwin Company. Projects nominated by Goodwin won awards in 2018, 2015, and 2013. In 2018 Gainesville’s Matheson History Museum’s Library and Archive building won the Meritorious Achievement in Adaptive Use award, nominated by Jeffrey Forbes. In 2015 Gainesville’s 1926 Firestone Building won the Honorable Mention Award for Adaptive Use, nominated by Jeffrey Forbes. In 2013 Gainesville’s Gainesville Depot was awarded the award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Restoration/Rehabilitation and Green Building, nominated by Carol Goodwin. The Goodwin Company as well as Carol Goodwin and Jeffery Forbes are members of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

Melissa’s visit coincidentally came during National Preservation Month. National Preservation Month is celebrated every year in May since 1973. With events focusing on promoting historic places. It was certainly a pleasure having Melissa visit the Goodwin Company. We look forward to seeing her again at the Preservation on Main Street Conference in New Port Richey July 21st – 24th. Where The Goodwin Company will be participating and we hope to see you there!

Learn More about the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation!

Goodwin Company’s Loving Craft is On Display at The Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum's Engineered Floor from The Goodwin Company

“I am writing to offer my highest praise, and most profound gratitude to The Goodwin Company for their partnership on the creation of the floors of our new art museum. The beautiful floors of our 23,000 sq ft exhibition galleries were lovingly crafted of exquisite reclaimed heart pine, salvaged from the joists of the 1926 M. Leo Elliott designed former Sarasota High School.

As an art museum director and curator, meticulously designing every aspect of the gallery experience was paramount to the success of the project. After seeing the gorgeous raw lumber during the demo phase of the project, centuries-old, I became committed to repurposing this special wood—from an historic, aesthetic and environmental standpoint, this was unquestionably the right thing to do.

But it was not easy.

We were so fortunate to find our partners at The Goodwin Company to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The floors are beautiful in their own right, and they provide an elegant platform and framing device for the wide range of contemporary art we install there. They complement, but never compete with the art. We could not be more pleased with the results.

Goodwin understood the complexity involved in adaptive reuse, and the particular challenges involved in repurposing a 1920s era building into a high-performance building, with the necessary environmental conditions for an art museum, and the heavy foot traffic of a public space. During construction Goodwin brought the first technical director of the National Wood Floor Association to meet with the entire team and assist with the subfloor, sound attenuation and insulation requirements. Once the floor was installed, Goodwin brought the finish manufacturer’s team onsite to consult with the Museum’s curatorial and facilities team to ensure the long-term preservation of this fine art environment.

In addition to their consummate professionalism and technical expertise, the Goodwin team was a pure delight to work with, always going above and beyond to creatively problem-solve and to ensure the highest quality product possible.

If you are considering The Goodwin Company for your project, I would be delighted to share more about this journey, should you wish to discuss.

With best regards,

Anne-Marie Russell, Founding Executive Director, Sarasota Art Museum

Learn more about this project!

Dressed Up Decks

Temperatures rise, the air gets thicker and the days grow longer – summer is upon us! As the seasons change and the atmosphere becomes more inviting, we start looking for ways to spruce up our common areas. Whether you plan on having guests over or it’s just for your satisfaction, it’s always exciting to get creative and revamp our areas!

Take a look at how one homeowner chose to design the deck that surrounds his outside koi pond! Goodwin’s own Jeffrey Forbes assisted with selecting twelve of our River Recovered® Heart Cypress slabs for the project. Our cypress wood makes up either side of the deck and its associated skirting.

Goodwin Company River Recovered® Heart Cypress slabs for deck.

Goodwin Company River Recovered® Heart Cypress slabs used for deck.

Why choose cypress wood for exterior application? River Recovered® Heart Cypress certainly is an excellent wood to be used outdoors! Throughout the span of hundreds of years, an organic oil forms in the heart of the wood called cypresene. The build-up of cypresene oil makes the wood incredibly rot resistant.  An exterior grade Danish oil was used for finishing, bringing out the superior grain of the wood. Applying the finishing oil quarterly will help maintain the deck’s striking appearance and provide longevity.

But this particular homeowner did not stop with the beautiful renovations of the outside! Two of our hand hewn River Recovered® Heart Pine beams are displayed in a bedroom, and are perfect for breaking up the rather large area. These beams were harvested over a century ago, from trees between 200-500 years old! The non-structural columns add even more character to the already creative room. We would love to see how you have dressed up your deck. Especially if you have used Heart Cypress!

Take a closer look at sinker cypress wood!

Other great ideas to spruce up your deck this summer!

As Versatile as They Are Beautiful

Do you remember the beautiful and unique River-Recovered® Heart Pine Curly poker chip holders we featured awhile back?  The same millwork expert who created the poker chip holders is at it again!

Take a look at these gorgeous wooden boxes handcrafted by Jerry Yermovsky of Architectural Millwork Consulting (AMC).  These particular boxes are made up of our extremely rare Curly Heart Pine Sap Wood with blue sap stain.  Jerry chose to use curly heart pine because of its notable features.  In fact, curly occurs in only one of every 400 logs!  He has also used our other grades for his custom creations, like our vertical heart cypress and wild black cherry.

Goodwin’s showroom displays more of his specially made boxes.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing architectural millwork craftsman.  Thanks for sharing these with us, Jerry!

Linking the Past with the Future – Sarasota Art Museum Opens with Incredible Story of Adaptive Re-Use and Building Material Recycling

Goodwin Company Tapped to Transform Historic Wood Assets into
Modern Engineered Heart Pine Flooring

The new Sarasota Art Museum is a remarkable story of adaptive re-use and building material recycling.  Housed in the old 1926 Sarasota High School building, it is a contemporary art museum in the Kunsthalle tradition and now a premier venue for revolving shows of contemporary art.

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress, was recruited to participate in this adaptive re-use project by general contractor, Willis-Smith.  The focus was to transform the second and third floors of the high school building by remodeling the boxy classroom space into two open concept exhibition halls.

All of the heart pine joists from each floor were removed and replaced with steel joists.  The design team envisioned recycling the beams and turning them into finished wood flooring.  Willis-Smith contacted Goodwin and the rest is history.

Goodwin Company cleaned the beams of all foreign objects, re-sawed the material into 1×6 lamellas and then milled it into 23,000 square feet of Precision Engineered heart pine flooring.  What resulted was a magnificent story of adaptive re-use and building material recycling.

 “Goodwin Company is often specified for adaptive re-use projects because of our dedication to ensuring each and every piece of antique wood is carefully cleaned, sawn, and milled to the highest standards,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company.  “It was important to ensure this new modern space gave a nod to the heart pine that was so much a part of the building’s rich history.”

The old Sarasota High School is a three-story building designed by architect Leo Elliott in the neo-gothic tradition. Behind the Sarasota Art Museum sits the modern Sarasota High School designed in 1959 by architect Paul Rudolph. Architecturally, the two buildings stand in stark contrast to one another.  Several years ago, the circa 1926 building came up for sale and was under the threat of demolition. Concerned parties influenced the Sarasota School Board to lease the building to the Ringling College of Art & Design to create the new Sarasota Art Museum.

Lawson Group Architects led the adaptive reuse of the buildings, and Terence Riley of Keenan/Riley is the design architect for the project.  Sarasota Art Museum’s executive director, Anne-Marie Russell, played a significant design role as well.

Look for more photos of the complete project coming soon!

Hicks Koski Tower
Tom & Sherri Koski Gallery
Photography: Ryan Gamma
Artist: Sheila Hicks Questioning Column

Sarasota Art Museum Hicks Koski Tower

Goodwin Precision Engineered Heart Pine

Renovation In-Process