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Stunning Executive Office and Conference Room

We met up with Amy Lamb of NativeHouse Photography in Lakeland, Florida recently to shoot the new SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate office. The place is dripping with River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress supplied by the Goodwin Company. To boot, the office is an adaptive use project, saving yet one more Florida cattle field.
The building was originally designed by Gene Leedy, an architect known for unique features such as precast concrete and structural double T-beams. The remodeled building includes exposed original T-beams and an additional glass atrium on the front of the building. The new architectural design highlights its original signature features and adds modern flair. Marlon Lynn is the remodel architect and Gannon Olmbert of AO Construction managed the build-out.
It is easy to see why Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate won the City of Lakeland, Florida’s Commercial Beautification Award for the month of June 2021. Converting the building from a mid century modern structure sitting vacant to its brand new self took a great deal of design and imagination. Interior wood appointments supplied by the Goodwin Company soften and anchor the voluminous, light office space.

The conference room features an antique engineered floor, a River-Recovered® heart cypress live edged slab table and an incredible pecky cypress wall. A credenza along the wall also harbors a large screen monitor that raises during meetings. A stunning executive office features an antique engineered floor and a River-Recovered® heart cypress waterfall slab desk. This one of a kind piece was crafted by artisan, Clayton Kiddey of Against the Grain Custom Woodwork. Clayton also designed and made the wonderful River-Recovered® heart pine credenza against the wall.

Read more about the project here .

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!