Gainesville Depot Recognized by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.
(GAINESVILLE, FL) — One of the City of Gainesville’s oldest, most cherished buildings – the historic Gainesville Depot – will receive an “Outstanding” recognition in the Restoration/Rehabilitation category at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. (FTHP) annual awards ceremony. The event, scheduled for May 17th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, will be held at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
Whew…I am finally taking a bit of a break from traveling. I must say, one of the highlights of my job is meeting with extraordinary and talented building design professionals. Our CEU classes covering how to create award-winning designs with reclaimed and River-Recovered® woods always prompts captivating conversation. Our CEU classes have become so popular, we will be taping the first one of 2013 and offering an online option as well.We have had some people request an online option they can take at their convenience, so we are making accommodations for those who desire this. Of course, I am always excited to travel and present within companies or for organizations.
We will be taping the class in January, and working out the details for the online option, so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to browse the locations currently scheduled. If you are interested in signing up, please RSVP by calling the number listed for the location which you are interested: Read more
Goodwin Heart Pine Company announced today they are updating their brand and changing their name to, “Goodwin Company”. Owners George and Carol Goodwin founded the business in 1976, which has since become the country’s premier manufacturer for reclaimed and River-Recovered® hardwood flooring and the preferred choice of many architects, designers, builders and homeowners.
“We’ve made the change because the name ‘Goodwin Heart Pine’ was very limiting,” explains Carol Goodwin. “We have a new line of engineered flooring and are offering additional fine wood species, so we dropped Heart Pine from the name and decided to become known simply as ‘Goodwin Company.’”
The announcement comes on the eve of George Goodwin’s birthday. One goal he set was to update his company’s brand before he turned another year older.
“Our current customers know what we offer and understand the exceptional quality of our work,” says George Goodwin. “We’ve worked hard to earn a reputation in the industry as a ‘luxury’ brand, and now we are identifying ourselves as such.”
The company specializes in recovering quality logs (hundreds of years old) from river bottoms and transforming them into the highest quality heart pine flooring available. Not all heart pine is “all heart” – which is what distinguishes Goodwin Company from many of its competitors.
According to Carol Goodwin, “We’ve had a great 36 years in business, and we’re excited to embark on this next chapter.”
The Goodwin Company also offers Continuing Education (CEU) courses and presentations demonstrating the architectural and design uses of antique woods to building design professionals across the country. They will be presenting a free CEU course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at http://www.GreenTrends.org, held at the PGA National Resort and Spa. For more information, call 1-800-336-3118.
About Goodwin Company
Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the country’s leading manufacturer of fine, reclaimed and River-Recovered® hardwood flooring. Esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments. Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
I found a very nice excuse for taking a little break this coming Wednesday, August 15th. It is National Relaxation Day! In such a fast-paced culture, everyone wants a breather at times. We do appreciate all the hard work that goes to make our great country run smoothly, and keep our families supplied with food, shelter and iPads. So having a National Relaxation day is a nice surprise, spread the word!
Stress, we know is normal, but we do all need to attend to the ways we can unwind and relax too. This Wednesday, take some time to play with your grand-kids, or your cat, read a book, get a massage, see a film, or take a nap!
So don’t forget to honor National Relaxation Day in some form or another! Even if just for a few minutes!
The greenest building is the one that’s already built. Quoting American architect Carl Elefante, “We cannot build our way to sustainability; we must conserve our way to sustainability.” We must all of us make wiser use of what we already have.
Former host of PBS’ This Old House Steve Thomas, speaks on sustainability and historic preservation as the opening speaker at Restore Jacksonville Saturday, May 5.
The event is free to the public at the Jacksonville Main Library Conference Center, 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
Attendants will learn how to formulate a plan for maintaining their historic homes and gain valuable information about the local resources, both public and private, that can help them achieve their goals. There is also an emphasis this year on energy efficiency for historic homes. Saturday you will find the educational sessions, film screenings, and rehabilitation resources. Sunday features sustainability tours and a special ULI Jane’s Walk Tour, exploring the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs.
A special offering includes a two-day workshop for contractors and other professionals in the building industry to reinforce preservation standards and discuss energy efficiency for historic homes in hot and humid climates.
Goodwin Heart Pine will be an exhibitor at the Restoration Resource Expo Hall.