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Students’ 2019 Demo Project Unveiled

Studio 804 is a year-long, comprehensive educational opportunity for graduate students who are entering the final year of the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design. It is a unique instructional model that has earned notoriety among architecture schools worldwide. Studio 804 educates students through experience in all aspects of the design-build process. Objectives include promoting the creative use of materials in the development of affordable, sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. The design for Studio 804’s 2019 project includes many applications for wood products. Inside, flooring and exposed glued laminated beams are featured in the living area. Outside, decking and wood siding are incorporated.

Studio 804 is currently seeking manufacturing partners for materials, an opportunity to showcase Southern Pine products in a unique and innovative setting. Beyond local promotions and open houses, partners can look forward to recognition in national and international publications. 

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Westervelt Expansion Announced

SFPA member The Westervelt Company, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, recently announced plans to construct a new Southern Pine sawmill in Thomasville, Alabama. Click here to read the company’s News Release. The new mill will join the company’s existing facility in Moundville, Alabama, which began operations in 1997.

“We’re excited to be a part of this community,” said Joe Patton, vice president and general manager for wood products. “It’s not only a great fit for us because of the location and proximity to our resources and facility, but because this region and our new neighbors have so much to offer.”

According to the release, the facility will produce approximately 250 million board feet of lumber and create 125 new jobs. The expansion will also take advantage of available workforce and existing customer bases. Construction is expected to begin mid‐2019, with operations beginning in late 2020.

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Successful Seminars in Mexico

Recently, a pair of educational seminars in Monterey and Mexico City enhanced the knowledge of U.S. softwood products among importers, distributors, architects and builders.

During their visit, a four-member team from American Softwoods (AMSO) toured Maderería NASA, one of the largest pallet manufacturers in the country, with operations in Tampico and Monterey. The company’s close proximity to a port enables them to export pallets and custom packaging to a wide customer base. While at the Tampico facility, SFPA’s Eric Gee delivered a presentation to the firm’s purchasing managers and sales personnel. Eric explained Southern Pine grades, various treatments and applications. He fielded questions from the group related to the strength and durability properties of Southern Pine.

The two seminars were well-attended by architects, designers, engineers and lumber distributors. Eric’s presentation focused on the many structural uses of Southern Pine products, primarily in residential construction.

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