April 05, 2021

Meyer Memorial Trust - Committed to Community

By Lynn Morgan

Meyer Memorial Trust

It's always inspiring to see projects begin with a commitment to community, equity and conservation goals and to be part of those projects right from the start.  Meyer Memorial Trust's   new headquarters was one such project.  Established in 1982 from the estate of Fred G. Meyer, the foundation focuses their work on housing, education, the environment and building stronger communities and is committed to investing in change at the systemic level to ease inequities and disparities in Oregon. 

We joined forces with our parent company, Sustainable Northwest,  LEVER Architecture,  and O'Neil/Walsh Community Builders to help source and provide many of the sustainable wood products in this aspirational new project.  Read the full and in-depth CASE STUDY by Sustainable Northwest to see all the partnerships and thought that went into this amazing building.

Photo Credits to LEVER Architecture (Rendering)  and Meyer Memorial Trust 

November 06, 2020

Mahlum Architects achieves Portland's first Living Building Challenge Petal Certification

By Lynn Morgan

Congrats to our friends at Mahlum Architects for achieving Portland's first Living Building Challenge Petal Certification!

Mahlum Architects is known for translating their sustainable values into architecture and their new Portland Studio reflects that ethos perfectly. The International Living Future Institute's --  Living Building Challenge is hailed as the most rigorous sustainable building program in the world and Mahlum was determined to "Walk their Talk" when it came to building out their new Portland Studio.

We are proud to partner with Mahlum to source and supply Declare Labeled and FSC certified wood products featured throughout the space to help achieve the LBC Materials & Beauty Petals.   We invite you to take a virtual tour of the space to learn more.  

During Sustainable Building Week, local news outlet KGW did a spotlight video of the space, and our own Terry Campbell makes a cameo appearance.  Check it out HERE    

October 19, 2020

Portland Audubon Marmot Cabin

By Lynn Morgan

Portland Audubon’s Marmot Cabin is the perfect place for youth to learn about wildlife, healthy ecosystems and natural history through camps, field trips and Outdoor School. Bordering the Bull Run Watershed on 91 acres of the Miller Wildlife Sanctuary, this inspiring educational center was designed by Harka Architecture and is a testament to the Audubon’s commitment to the natural world. 

The 3200 SF cabin is not only a beautiful space for learning about nature, but also serves as a teaching tool for sustainable design.   Thoughtful material selections include an array of FSC Certified wood products and Pacific Madrone flooring from Sustainable NW Wood.  Images provided by Harka Architecture. 

The focal point of the space is an incredible fireplace built by artist Matt Goddard of Poetry in Stone that reflects the geological history of Oregon with stones from across the state landscape.

Image below by Don Morris. 

We are honored to be part of this project that gives young people a chance to make lifelong connections with the natural world.

June 11, 2020

Portland Audubon & Sustainable NW Wood - Together for Nature

By Lynn Morgan

Nestled in 172 acres of protected land adjoining Forest Park in Portland, Oregon, The Audubon Society of Portland is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to wildlife. Their Wildlife Care Center is Oregon's oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility, treating more than 3,000 injured and orphaned native animals and responding to more than 10,000 wildlife-related inquiries a year.  When planning new and improved structures to house the animals in their care, they turned to Sustainable NW Wood for materials that reflect their long term commitment to conservation.    

Selecting local FSC Certified Western Red Cedar and Western Juniper lumber from restoration projects in Eastern Oregon, general contractor, conservationist and former Audubon employee,  Esther Forbyn created beautiful structures for the Audubon's permanent residents that are not able to be released back into the wild.  With thoughtful planning for the animals'  well-being, safety of the care-takers, and a commitment to quality materials that reflect the values of Portland Audubon, the structures are mostly women-built with all local materials.  These open-air mews allow the animals to feel connected to the surrounding forest, while keeping them safe.  Birds like Ruby the Turkey Vulture,  Julio the Great Horned OwlAristophanes the Raven and Xena the American Kestrel are now permanent residents of the Wildlife Care Center due to injuries and human imprinting that would make it impossible for them to survive in the wild. They are now living as educational ambassadors for their species and Portland Audubon.  The Wildlife Care Center is free and open to the public and a wonderful way to connect with these magical creatures up close and personal. 

April 09, 2020

Project Profile: The Nature Conservancy's Portland headquarters

By Lynn Morgan

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.  When it came time to remodel and expand their Oregon headquarters located in Portland, they were guided every step of the way by their mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.  They held strong to their vision to conserve nature for its own sake as well as for its ability to fulfill the needs of their expansion and to enrich the lives of their employees and all who visit the new space. This project is a shining example of partnership, collaboration, flexibility and sustainability.

Housed in what is now called the Oregon Conservation Center Building on SE Belmont in Portland OR, The Nature Conservancy partnered with Lever Architecture to reimagine their inefficient and outdated space.  Sustainable Northwest Wood was instrumental in sourcing FSC certified lumber, connecting with regional fabricators to develop finished goods, integrating Western Juniper and Western Red Cedar products from The Nature Conservancy’s regional conservations sites.

February 06, 2018

Project Profile: Reclaimed Doug Fir Stair Treads

By KC Eisenberg

When local developer Green Canopy came to us in search of some show-stopping wood for a staircase, we knew just what to provide: Custom reclaimed Douglas fir timbers salvaged from a nearby deconstruction project.

We were able to provide treads and matching accents, including the railing, stringers, and coordinating shelving, in just the dimensions they needed, hewn out of massive reclaimed beams.

We then sanded the timbers smooth, giving them a beautiful look for this graceful new home. 

December 01, 2017

FSC Leadership Awards 2017: Congrats to Green Hammer and McLennan Design!

By KC Eisenberg

Congratulations to Green Hammer and McLennan Design for being among the winners of the 2017 FSC Leadership Awards

Green Hammer won an award for their Cowhorn Winery project, a biodynamic winery and tasting room in Southern Oregon's Applegate Valley. McLennan Design won for Heron Hall, a residence on Washington's Bainbridge Island.

Both of these Living Building Challenge projects are filled with local and FSC Certified woods, as required by the LBC standard. Sustainable Northwest Wood was honored to provide the framing lumber, plywood, Western Red Cedar, and other special items used in these projects.

Click here to read more about the wood that went into the Cowhorn Winery project, and check out Green Hammer's profile of the Cowhorn Winery here.

Click here to read more about the wood that went into Heron Hall. And visit the Heron Hall website here to learn more about this ground-breaking residential project.

September 18, 2017

Project Profile: Cowhorn Winery

By KC Eisenberg

Nestled in the sun-dappled foothills of Southern Oregon's Applegate Valley, Cowhorn Winery makes award-winning, Biodynamic-certified wines. Because they're in daily, direct contact with the soils and ecosystem that produce the grapes upon which their wines rely, when it came time to build a new tasting room, Cowhorn's owners insisted on doing it with only the most responsible, sustainable building products available.

Working with Portland-based general contractor Green Hammer and the design team at 2Yoke, they planned a light-filled, airy space that would meet the stringent criteria of the Living Building Challenge. To achieve this goal, they constructed the buildings with our FSC Certified, locally-manufactured dimensional lumber and plywood. The exterior of the tasting room features FSC 100% Western Red Cedar, specially milled with a custom profile.

The winery also features expansive outdoor areas for alfresco enjoyment of the wines -- these spaces were constructed with FSC cedar and our Restoration Juniper lumber, which also meets Living Building criteria.

May 31, 2017

Project Profile: Campground Blue Pine at Breakside Brewery

By KC Eisenberg

When it comes to Breakside Brewery, the award-winning beer and excellent food are generally all the reasons people need to visit again and again. But at their new Slabtown location in NW Portland, we've got another great reason: The show-stopping Campground Blue Pine in the Pendleton Room.

This private dining and event space was designed to be a modern interpretation of traditional Northwest themes. Pendleton-patterned draperies adorn the floor-to-ceiling windows and custom upholstered dining chairs. The naturally-stained wood was a perfect choice to complement the colors and themes in this space: The wall paneling looks fresh and modern, and the natural wave of the live-edge communal table softens and warms the space.

Our Campground Blue Pine was sourced from beetle-kill and fire-salvage trees in Central and Southern Oregon. We work with small mills, including Malheur Lumber Company in John Day, for this special wood.

Craftsmanship by Clarkbuilt LLC and Mallet PDX.
May 15, 2017

Project Profile: Heron Hall

By KC Eisenberg

On a recent trip to the Seattle area, we were treated to a special tour of Heron Hall, the new home of renowned architect Jason McLennan and his family. Located on the southern end of Bainbridge Island and overlooking a scenic inlet on the Puget Sound, this off-grid home uses FSC framing lumber, siding, and decking.

This home was built to the exacting standards of the Living Building Challenge, which demands that projects use wood that is locally-sourced and is either FSC certified or reclaimed. For the FSC framing lumber and plywood that form the structural bones of the home, and the beautiful Western Red Cedar siding and decking that grace the exterior, McLennan and his builder, Smallwood Construction, partnered with Sustainable Northwest Wood.

On the main floor and for the surrounding fences, the cedar siding is being left in its raw, unfinished state to silver naturally over time. On the second floor, McLennan and his builders used a torch to apply the shou sugi ban technique of charring to the cedar to give it a natural, long-lasting black finish.

Click here to read more news coverage of this exceptional project.

Photos, from top: The courtyard of the home showcases the FSC Western Red Cedar siding; a private courtyard is surrounded in cedar; the architect outside his front door; the home reflected in the estuary nearby.