Beautiful Things Happen When Lightning Strikes
Tampa Bay Lightning fans can enjoy an even more enhanced experience at the newly remodeled Lexus Lounge at the Amalie Arena. Goodwin supplied nearly 3000sf of 3-1/4″ vertical and character grade River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in an 80%/20% mix to the project. Dan Peterson, Heritage Wood Finishing Company, finished the wood with Diamond 7, a beautiful and durable finish he formulated exclusively for Goodwin.
The patterned placement of the cypress on the bar fronts, walls and ceilings is designed to be reminiscent of lightning strikes and fulgurites (“Fulgur” is Latin for lightning).
“Every tree has a story to tell, and we are extremely proud to be able to include the tremendous story of this River-Recovered® Heart Cypress wood from Goodwin in our Lexus Lounge. The detail and craftsmanship are stunningly beautiful. This wood adds the perfect ‘pop’ to this world-class space.” – Mike O’Donnell, senior facilities project manager, Amalie Arena – Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Words cannot describe the breathtaking experience of walking into the arena surrounded by beautiful and sustainable antique wood on either side.
The lounge is contemporary, modern and sleek. Its bright glow is warmed and complemented by the antique heart cypress appointments. The bald cypress is native to Florida and would have grown in great stands all around Tampa Bay; reaching 100ft. in height and 2000-3000 years old.
Goodwin partnered with architect Beverly Frank, (Gould Evans Architects) now principal at BFRANK Studio in Tampa, Florida; Mike O’Donnell, senior facilities project manager for Amalie Arena; and Bryan Curry of Curry Cabinetry in Tampa.
Photos by Native House Photography