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 bouquet tree will be the central focus and main climbing feature of this incredible natural environment, promoting nature play for a variety of ages.

Architect: DPA Design
GC: CW Driver
Engineer: KPFF

Oregon Zoo Chimpanzee Towers: Two White Oak and Black Locust climbing structures are being developed  for 13 chimpanzees at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon.  Each structure will stretch 18' into the air and offer multiple climbing platforms for the chimps.  Progress drawings show the branching columns that will be used to hold the structure and the alternating platforms.  WholeTrees is excited to be developing climbing towers our fun loving, agile cousins.
*Preliminary rendering by CLR Design

Architect: CLR Design
GC: Lease Crutcher Lewis, LLC
Engineer: Engineering Ventures

Production

Install

Waters Elementary School: Fabrication is almost finished for these log stools, balance logs, and stepping logs for Waters Elementary in Chicago's Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood. When in-school education resumes, these pieces will provide hands on environmental learning and nature play. 

Architect: Bailey Edward
GC: DBM Services

MHA Interpretive Center: Crews are currently in New Town, North Dakota working to install an Earth Lodge in the MHA Interpretive Center. This octagonal structure was completely prefabricated at our Westby shop out of locally sourced Cottonwood. The structure was then dismantled and shipped in individual pieces to New Town where it is getting put back together piece by piece within a nearly complete building.

Fabrication and processing is currently underway in Westby on the roof trellis elements that will adorn the exterior second floor of the Interpretive Center and will be erected following the Earth Lodge installation. There are four trellis structures that will be constructed of Black Locust trees sourced from a Department of Natural Resources forest reclamation project in middle Wisconsin.

Fabrication and processing is underway in Westby on the entryway for the Interpretive Center. The structure is built of locally sourced White Oak and Red Pine from northern Wisconsin.

Architect: DSGW Architects
GC: Woodstone Inc.
Engineer: Engineering Ventures

Undisclosed Zoo, San Diego: Crews have completed fabrication and two phases of installation for this nature playground. White Oak split log benches were installed in July and the rest of the products were delivered in the beginning of August.

Architect: DPA Design
GC: CW Driver
Engineer: KPFF

 

Bidwell Park:  Round timber play features are delivered and installed while general park construction continues. We look forward to joining the community when this redevelopment and expansion project in Colbert, Washington is completed in spring 2021.

Architect: SPVV Landscape Architects
GC: LaRiviere Inc.

MHA Interpretive Center:

Earth Lodge: Crews are currently in New Town, North Dakota working to install an Earth Lodge in the MHA Interpretive Center. This octagonal structure was completely prefabricated at our Westby shop out of locally sourced Cottonwood. The structure was then dismantled and shipped in individual pieces to New Town where it is getting put back together piece by piece within a nearly complete building.
*Photo Credit: WholeTrees / Michael Laverdure

Trellis: These four Black Locust trellis structures provide shade and the exterior second floor.

Architect: DSGW Architects
GC: Woodstone Inc.
Engineer: Engineering Ventures

Finish Shots

La Crosse Riverside Park Bandshell: WholeTrees worked with Roald Gundersen Design to create the structural round timber system for the Riverside Bandshell. Local Rotary clubs have spent the last several years fundraising and now the community can look forward to gathering along with river. This high profile project pairs oak columns and beams with 45’ red pine rafters.

Architect: Roald Gundersen Design
Engineer: SCL Consulting Engineers

Blakely Elementary School: With back-to-school meaning back-to-the-computer for most this fall, we want to remind everyone of the wonderful learning spaces that await them when in-person instruction resumes. Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary School is nestled in the scenic woodlands of Bainbridge Island, Washington; just a ferry ride across Puget Sound from downtown Seattle. Rising up to 25' tall, the striking tree columns inspire a love of nature in viewers young and old, while paying homage to the abundant forests surrounding the building site.
*Image Credit: Forma

Architect: Mithun
GC: Forma
Engineer: Lund Opsahl

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi – Health & Wellness Center: WholeTrees is proud to partner with 7Generations and CSM Group to complete the Health and Wellness Center for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in 2019. These Red Pine trusses are comprised of 16'  pre-built sections that were craned into place and connected. These trusses bring character, warmth, and life to the structure while maintaining the form of the curved roof. Using structural round timbers instead of glulam allows for a more natural and unique finished product.
*Image Credit: CSM Group

Architect: Seven Generations A+E
GC: CSM Group
Engineer: Engineering Ventures

Current Events in the Wood World and WholeTrees in the News

Summer Read - The Overstory by Richard Powers:
"Everything in the forest is the forest. Competition is not separable from endless flavors of cooperation."
"People aren’t the apex species they think they are. Other creatures-bigger, smaller, slower, faster, older, younger, more powerful-call the shots, make the air, and eat sunlight. Without them, nothing."
"What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down."
"Something shines out, a truth so self-evident that the words dictate themselves. We’re cashing in a billion years of planetary savings bonds and blowing it on assorted bling."

"This is not our world with trees in it. It's a world of trees, where humans have just arrived."

WholeTrees BIM in rendering: "While learning Unreal Editor, I decided to use some FBX assets from WholeTrees in Madison, WI who offer design and engineering service that incorporates their unique raw timber construction. I quickly built an outdoor park shelter (Fusion 360) and incorporated their structures into it. Thanks to Brushify for all of the terrain assets. "
* Video Credit: Michael Hammond

Impact Finance: WholeTrees Structures joins the steering committee for the Impact Finance Center’s 2-year initiative to connect investors with forest products innovations. Funded by the US Forest Service, this initiative will build bridges between impact investors and carbon-smart forest product initiatives in the Mass Timber sector.

Original Mass Timber Maine: WholeTrees partners with Original Mass Timber Maine for the first 2 years of a partnership backed by the US Endowment for Forestry and For/Maine. More on this expansive market development campaign for Structural Round Timber (SRT) coming soon.

Upcoming Events:

  • AZA Annual Conference 2020: (Sept 14-18) WholeTrees Structures is a proud sponsor of the first-ever virtual Annual Conference. Stop by our digital booth and connect with us during The Buzz on Monday the 14th.
  • Impact Finance Center’s Sustainable Forestry Investor Club (Sept 16) WholeTrees CEO will be on a social venture panel and sites on the Steering Committee for this 2 year initiative.
  • Advancing Mass Timber Construction 2020: (Sept 29-30) - Sponsored in part by WholeTrees Structures and Original Mass Timber Maine, this digital event is dedicated to improving collaboration and integration across end-to-end project workflow.
    Images: Logo for the event.

Other Projects using SRT:

  • Collingwood – Nicola Logworks - Fire Tower Engineered Timber
  • Paradieschen – Bruce Ofield – Canadian Pride Log & Timber - Fire Tower Engineered Timber
  • Bertram Creek Amphitheatre - StructureCraft

Summer woodland travels for WholeTrees: Unessential travel to other people and places is limited for all but we still visit forests when we can. Our CEO searches for mushrooms, the ultimate world wide web for forest-wide communications. Shown here, recent edible finds - Chicken of the Woods, Chanterelles, and Hen of the Woods. As Richard Powers writes in the Overstory, "Everything in the forest is the forest. Competition is not separable from endless flavors of cooperation."

Special Thanks to the following for providing video footage: CSM Group | Tri North | Autodesk Redshift | Dinsmoor StrategiesMichael Peterson Photography