WholeTrees July/August 2020 Update

Design Undisclosed Zoo, San Diego: This nature playscape features climbing logs, balance beams, log bridges, and a large climbing tree “bouquet” that connects to a bridge.  3D scanning helped align design and product for a very unique piece with specific design requirements. Collaboration with engineers and the landscape architects determined final rotation, branch length, angle, and height.  Once installed, this …

STRUCTURE Magazine features WholeTrees in its June edition

The Future of Structural Round Timber ‘The most optimal market value of a timber thinning is when it is used as Structural Round Timber in place of other high-margin mass timber and steel alternatives in commercial construction.’ Read the Article Invasive Species as a Hot Commodity – WholeTrees Contributes to Scale ‘The most optimal market value of a timber thinning …

WholeTrees May/June 2020 Update

Design Iowa Governor’s Mansion: The pool house at the Iowa Governor’s Mansion is being restored to its former glory.  This photo from 1937 shows the original round timber pergola and pool.  WholeTrees is excited to be part of the restoration process and will be providing all of the black locust timbers to reconstruct this beautiful outdoor space.  Precise measurements were …

Autodesk Redshift features WholeTrees project in Lake Oswego, OR

Inspired Design Give Trees a New Life ‘When the construction of a new middle school near Portland, OR, called for the removal of a number of trees on-site, the project team came up with a sustainable—and striking—solution: Repurpose the tree trunks as structural columns throughout the building. Construction giant Skanska, Pacific Northwest firm Mahlum Architects, and Madison, WI-based company WholeTrees …

ARCHITECT Magazine features WholeTrees in its May edition

Invasive Species as a Hot Commodity – WholeTrees Contributes to Scale ‘Whole timbers are the original mass timber’, Baxter says. Standard mass timber products such as CLT, she adds, typically require a ‘predictable, non-variable tree, meaning monocropped agriculture, so it still points to a paradigm of mining an agricultural resource.’ Read the Article Invasive Species as a Hot Commodity – …

WholeTrees March/April 2020 Update

Design *National Gateway Renderings By Landworks Studio Jewish Community Center – Fredonia, Wisconsin: The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee, collaborating with Manske•Dieckmann•Thompson, has asked WholeTrees to envision a magical amphitheater pavilion for their upcoming stage at the Rainbow Day Camp.  This 3D rendering of the WholeTrees truss system with round timber trusses and columns shows our vision …

WholeTrees January/February 2020 Update

Design East Maine Learning Center: Architects used WholeTrees’ 3D scanned inventory, imported from our beta platform, to show the precise trees that they would like to use in the space. This type of visual design and selection process allows our clients to search our inventory, select exactly the tree they would like and import it into Revit drawings of the finished …

WholeTrees November/December 2019 Update

Design East Maine Learning Center: Architects used WholeTrees 3d scanned inventory, imported from our beta platform, to show the precise tree that they would like to use in the space.  This type of visual design and selection process allows our clients to search our inventory, select exactly the tree they would like and import it into Revit drawings of the finished space.  …

WholeTrees September/October 2019 Update

Design Minnesota Zoo Tiger Lair: Drawing inspiration from a previous WholeTrees arboretum, we are once again teaming with the Architects at Damon Farber to create this shelter for tiger viewing at MN Zoo.  It will incorporate a cantilever roof, large branching columns, and steel guy wires to give it a modern and industrial, yet natural look.  This will definitely be a favorite spot. Design: Damon Farber …

WholeTrees is smartly repurposing timber across the Midwest

Wisconsin-based design and construction company WholeTrees Structures finds both architectural opportunity and environmental advantage in designing and building with intact tree trunks that would otherwise be used for firewood or pulp… Read the Article