Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 52

HOW MUCH WOOD?

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GARETH LOVERIDGE, THERESA NEYLON, SHAWN STANKEWICH

WOOD WORKS
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...the selection
of sustainable
and socially
responsible
products needs
to remain at
the forefront
of our design
considerations.

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WOOD AS AN OUTDOOR BUILDING
material is something most landscape
architects take for granted. It is readily
available, can be milled and cut to become
almost any shape, and generally resonates
with people in a positive way. Yet, for those
searching for long-term, low-maintenance
materials, wood has well-known downsides.
Because wood is subject to degradation
and decay, landscape architects often
look past locally available cedar and pine to
tropical hardwoods that are much denser,
rot resistant and, therefore, more stable for
long-term installations. However, responsibly
sourcing tropical hardwood products can
be difficult, due to unreliable supply and
documentation. The physical distance
between a project site and the tropical
hardwood forest also complicates the
calculation of sustainable "trade-offs." This
can make a designer and specifier nervous
enough to question the use of tropical
hardwoods entirely.
Alternatives such as processed wood
products mimic the characteristics of tropical
hardwoods, and several are manufactured
in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Unfortunately, many suppliers currently
have processing plants only in Europe, and
some are sourcing wood from New Zealand,
so the products must travel a substantial
distance around the world - not the most
sustainable practice!

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1, 3 + 6 2 + U: SALVAGED DOUGLAS FIR TIMBER FROM
DEMOLISHED FLOOR BEAMS WILL BE USED TO
CREATE PUBLIC OVERLOOK SITE BENCHES; OTHER
CUSTOM SEATING (# 3) EMPLOYS SALVAGED WOOD
WITH MECHANICAL CONNECTIONS 2, 4 + 5 STONE
34: RUMBER AND IPE BENCHES, WHERE SIMON
(PHOTO 2) TAKES A BREAK AFTER SOME HORSEPLAY
(PHOTO 4) SITE FURNITURE ON THE PLAZA, WHERE
ALTERNATING, ASYMMETRICAL MATERIAL PATTERNS
GIVE EACH OBJECT A DISTINCT PERSONALITY
ALL IMAGES COURTESY SWIFT COMPANY LLC

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Yet the selection of sustainable and socially
responsible products needs to remain at
the forefront of our design considerations.
For most landscape architects who want
to capitalize on the warmth and appeal of
wood while meeting sustainability goals,
updating our material palette demands
continual exploration of new wood and wood
alternative options. This includes ongoing
engagement of clients and suppliers in
embracing opportunities for innovation.

Project-specific demands have a
significant impact on what forms of
wood are most feasible. There is no
one-size-fits all solution, but the following
examples illustrate an evolving process
of conceptualizing, designing and
implementing wood alternatives.
DEEP GREEN IN SEATTLE
For the Stone 34 project, a five-storey
commercial building which is part of
the City of Seattle's Deep Green Pilot
Program, the developers envisaged
a site that would function as an
urban "trailhead" to Seattle's popular
Burke-Gilman Trail. To connect the LEED
Platinum building with its local setting,
Swift Company framed the edge of the
building with a tiered plaza, which offers
seating, drinking fountains, bicycle racks,
and landscaping features designed for
runners, walkers and cyclists. Because
the plaza required materials capable of
standing up to heavy use, the playful
design of the site benches mixes tropical
hardwood lumber with a rubber lumber
product called Rumber. The addition of
Rumber helped give the benches a unique
aesthetic, and also reduced the amount
of wood used by 50 per cent, in favour of
recycled product. Since Rumber, like the
tropical wood, has a long life cycle, the
project reduced its impact on the tropical
forest without increasing long-term
maintenance or replacement cost. But
it must be made clear, while Rumber is
not plastic, it does not pretend to look like
wood or feel like wood.
DOUGLAS FIR THAT TELLS A STORY
A second Seattle LEED Platinum project,
Skanska USA's 336,000-square-foot
complex at 400 Fairview, began with
the demolition of an old warehouse with
significant Douglas Fir timber structural
beams. Early in the design phase, the
designers recognized the fir's value, and
its ability to subtly communicate the site's
history. The wood was carefully salvaged



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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