Ace Hotel Project

The Ace Hotel in downtown Portland is known for its unique design, local flare and commitment to sustainability. Three BLA members can attest to this first hand as their wood is being used to update and enliven the decor in the guest rooms.

The Ace management selected 100% locally harvested, FSC® certified Douglas fir for the project, which was sourced from BLA member Zena Forest Products, just west of Salem. Zena forester Sarah Deumling carefully chose the fir trees to be harvested as part of a program to restore oak habitat, reducing competition from the fir trees and ensuring that the oak could thrive in particular areas of the forest.

Kaster’s Kustom Cutting, a BLA member in Mulino, then milled the logs into lumber. Once dry, this lumber was transported to Sustainable Northwest Wood, the Portland lumberyard and BLA member that partnered with the Ace for its renovations. What a great example of a collaborative effort between BLA members to provide local, responsibility grown wood for the Ace Hotel project!

BLA Members Involved: Sustainable Northwest Wood, Zena Forest Products, Kaster’s Kustom Cutting

Wood Species Used: Douglas Fir

Project Type: Furniture

Beaver Creek Home

Nestled within the mixed conifer forest of Beaver Creek, OR, this new home is built entirely with FSC® Certified framing lumber and locally sourced hardwoods for its interior finishes. The homeowners, founders of an international environmental nonprofit, are deeply committed to responsible forestry and guided the design and build process to ensure their new home reflected these values.

Most of the wood used in this home was sourced through members of the Build Local Alliance. The framing lumber and plywood were harvested from FSC forests in Oregon and Northern California and were purchased through Sustainable Northwest Wood, as was the FSC®  Big Leaf Maple flooring used throughout the home. The Doug Fir trim that frames the interior doors and windows was grown by Hyla Woods and purchased through Sustainable Northwest Wood. BLA member Green Hammer’s urban salvage operation, Urban Timberworks, supplied the one-of-a-kind live-edge countertop for the kitchen.

The extensive use of FSC®  Certified wood products in this home won it an Honorable Mention in the Design & Build with FSC® 2011 competition.

BLA Members Involved: Sustainable Northwest Wood, Hyla Woods, Green Hammer, Urban Timberworks

Wood Species Used: Big Leaf Maple, Douglas Fir, Madrone

Project Type: Trim, Countertop

Fir Connections for a Historic Kitchen Remodel

This gorgeous kitchen remodel was completed in collaboration between three BLA members. Craftsman Design and Renovation, an award-winning Portland design-and-build firm, designed the kitchen updates. Then, in search of the perfect wood, Craftsman’s design team contacted Sustainable Northwest Wood. Sustainable Northwest Wood is a Portland lumberyard and BLA member, which supplies lumber from small mills in rural Pacific Northwest communities. Everything carried by SNW Wood is grown on forests managed to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or as part of stewardship programs restoring native ecosystems.

The result: a super-selectively harvested FSC® Pure Douglas Fir wood from a Girl Scout camp just 20 miles outside of the city. Fir is a traditional wood used in the Pacific Northwest. Though these trees were relatively young, several had extremely tight growth rings, mimicking old-growth trees. When carefully milled by BLA Member Kevin Kaster, of Kaster’s Kustom Cutting, the fir wood provided a perfect match with the existing flat-sawn trim.

This FSC® certified wood was cut through restorative forestry overseen by BLA member Trout Mountain Forestry. They manage camp properties for several youth development groups including the Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. The forest is managed in a way that promotes forest health through strategic thinning, enabling a diversity of ages and sizes of trees.

BLA Members Involved: Sustainable Northwest Wood, Trout Mountain Forestry, Kaster’s Kustom Cutting

Wood Species Used: Douglas Fir

Project Type: Cabinetry

Photos by Pete Eckert for Craftsman Design and Renovation.