How WholeTrees Leverages Technology to Innovate with Timber

WholeTrees Structures® round timber products can be found in museums and educational facilities, the headquarters of tech companies, tribal infrastructure, zoo habitats (for both humans and a wide range of other species), and on the playgrounds of America’s parks. Whether structural columns and trusses in multi-story buildings, branching and beautiful decorative trees in the atriums of mixed-use developments, solar carports, …

What is good wood? Form Follows Forest

WholeTrees Structures used 3D scanning and minimal manual processing to turn these trees into primary structural columns.”In this masterful application of systems thinking and frugal design, the design team used trees that would have otherwise been processed into wood chips or firewood as columns in place of high embodied carbon steel or concrete”Read  More on Passive House Accelerator

Structural Engineering Excellence Awards – Structure Magazine

Structure Magazine announces the Structural Engineering Excellence awards winnersCongratulations to the 2023 SEE Award Winners! Structure of the Year goes to Children’s Museum of Eau Claire by KPFF Consulting Engineers & ERA Structural Egineering in collaboration with WholeTrees and Steinberg HartRead more on Structure Magazine

Winter ’23 – ’24 Update

DesignConfidential Zoo ProjectNew renderings utilizing scans of trees for an intricate lodge design at a world renown Zoo that has worked with WholeTrees before. Design: HGW ArchitectureGC: WholeTrees StructuresEngineer: KPFF SeattleEngineer: KPFF San Diego Kaiser Elementary SchoolOakland Unified School District elementary school natural playground featuring an assortment of WholeTrees’ playscape elements including water flumes, tree forts, tunnels and a log …

WholeTrees Reopens Shuttered Aroostook County Mill

“In addition to creating jobs, the venture in Ashland, a town of about 1,200, is expected to bring new life to a facility that’s been closed for six years. It will also expand the forest products industry with goods that are new to Maine.”Read the article on

FDR Park & WholeTrees featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The playground is unconventional. There are log scrambles and a mega oval-shaped swing set, so swingers face each other — the first of its kind in North America.” – from “At FDR Park’s new playground, designers say being a little scared is kind of the point”Read more about FDR Park at

Purpose Before Profit – Authority Magazine Interview with Amelia Baxter

Interview with Chad Silverstein from Authority Magazine”A purpose-driven company attracts and supports retention of talent motivated by purpose as well as a whole community of clients and investors.” Read Amelia’s Interview on

KPFF, in Partnership with WholeTrees Structures, wins NCSEA “Outstanding Structure of the Year”

“The Structural Engineering Excellence Award signals the growing potential for the use of SRT in modern building design.  In addition to KPFF, the highly innovative building was a result of collaboration across multiple partners – from the visionary leaders at the museum, to world-renowned architecture firm Steinberg Hart, and WholeTrees Structures”Read More on the Press Announcement

Buildings Podcast: What is Structural Round Timber?

Structural round timber utilizes trees in their natural form for structural applications like columns, beams and trusses. Learn how you can use it in projects in this episode of the Buildings Podcast featuring WholeTrees CEO and Co-Founder Amelia Baxter. Listen to the Entire Podcast on

WholeTrees Fall 2023

DesignBurke-Gilman Park Renovation WholeTrees is partnering with Northwest Playground Equipment to support a renovation of a Seattle playground park into a nature-based park for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. GC: Northwest Playground Equipment Landscape Architect: Site Workshop Detroit Zoo – Great Apes of Harambee The Detroit Zoo came to us with a vision for two different Great Ape …