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Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company Earns FloorScore® Certification

Offers Capabilities to Produce Custom, Engineered Wood Floors Meeting IAQ Criteria

Dallas, Texas (February 9, 2016) – Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company, a Dallas-based luxury wood flooring contractor, is pleased to announce they have earned the FloorScore® certification through SCS Global Services for a majority of their custom, engineered wood flooring products.

The FloorScore® certification includes unfinished, shop finished and site finished wood flooring. In addition to meeting the FloorScore® criteria, the company also has the ability to provide many of the wood flooring species as an FSC® certified product.

“We are very excited to have the ability to offer our clients the opportunity to design and craft a 100% custom engineered wood floor that meets the FloorScore® criteria” said Rick Farrell, Architect + Design Consultant for Woodwright. “Not only can we offer a product that meets the criteria for Indoor Air Quality, we can also offer it as FSC®. We are confident that these certifications will be a great benefit to our clients pursuing LEED criteria.”

“Our company has always been driven to provide environmentally friendly and healthy wood flooring products,” said James Colten, COO of Woodwright. “Our first commitment came in the form of receiving our FSC® certification in 2008. The next logical step was to pursue the FloorScore® certification on our engineered wood flooring. We are thrilled about reaching this elite status and look forward to further serving our clients’ needs for the highest quality, aesthetically pleasing wood floors.”

To learn more about Woodwright and FloorScore® certification, please visit www.woodwright.net.

About FloorScore®
Contributors to poor indoor air quality include inadequate ventilation, poor cleaning, and/or excessive emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Because people now spend 90% of their time indoors, breathing poor quality air increases the risk for a variety of health concerns.

While industry insiders know that LEED certification has become the standard for environmentally safe projects, FloorScore® has also become the standard for hard surface flooring for meeting stringent indoor air quality requirements. Developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), hard surface flooring and adhesive products are now rigorously tested and independently verified by SCS Global Services, an independent 3rd party certification organization, for compliance with the VOC emissions criteria of California Section 01350. FloorScore® measures the most important risk to indoor air quality, the emission levels of specific VOCs found in flooring products. A FloorScore® certification means that the product actually contributes to good indoor air quality. To learn more about FloorScore®, please visit www.rfci.com.

About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades. Programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. SCS is a Benefit Corporation, reflecting its corporate commitment to creating a material positive impact on society and the environment. www.scsglobalservices.com.

About Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
Since 1985, Woodwright Hardwood Floors Company has been providing and installing exceptional wood flooring. The company prides itself on delivering a quality product in a timely and professional manner. The company manufactures their custom wood flooring in their state of the art facility in Dallas, Texas. The company has showroom locations in Dallas, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.woodwright.net or by telephone at (214) 630-8811.

Breathe Easier with Floorscore® Certification

Did you know indoor air pollution is 2-5 times higher than that found outdoors?

Contributors to poor indoor air quality include inadequate ventilation, poor cleaning, and/or excessive emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Because people now spend 90% of their time indoors, breathing poor quality air increases the risk for a variety of health concerns.

While industry insiders know that LEED certification has become the standard for environmentally safe projects, a relatively unheard of certification that is quickly rising in demand is FloorScore®. Developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), hard surface flooring and adhesive products are now rigorously tested and independently verified by a 3rd party certification organization for compliance with indoor air quality emissions requirements. FloorScore® measures the most important risk to indoor air quality, the emission levels of specific VOC’s found in flooring products. A FloorScore® certification means that the product actually contributes to good indoor air quality.

Fewer VOC’s = Healthier Air = Healthier Humans.

As an FSC® certified manufacturer since 2009, Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company continues to take a proactive approach to maintaining the delicate balance between man and our environment. Having recently completed the rigorous certification process for our engineered wood flooring (unfinished and finished), we are proud to receive the FloorScore® seal of approval. Offering yet another layer of confidence and commitment to providing safe and sustainable products for our architect, designer, developer and commercial partners.

FloorScore® certified products qualify for many rating systems and include the following:

● USGBC – Contribute to LEED credit EQ4.3 (flooring systems)
● California Section 01350 Specification Standard Method, Version 1.1 (2010)
● ANSI/GBI 012010 – Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings
● ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings

For more information on Woodwright’s new certification and our other related green building products (such as Reclaimed Woods, Regional and FSC® materials and VOC complaint finishes) contact your Woodwright Architect+Design consultants or view our certifications. Read more

From Start To Finish: Flooring La Cantera Luxury Resort

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was La Cantera, a luxury resort in San Antonio, TX. Starting in July 2014, the multi-part project spanned almost a year and while the result was one beautiful resort, there were actually three completely separate projects that made up La Cantera: The Sire Bar, which we did two floors for, and the Sweetfire Bar.

Octagonal basket weave with an accentuated grain for the Sire Bar

The talented Mark Cary Looney & Associates, interior designers out of Dallas, worked on both projects. Looney was inspired by a single image for the floor of the Sire Bar and from there, the process began. The design they wanted was an octagonal basket weave with an accentuated grain called a Ceruse finish. With cost in mind, we were tasked to design flooring as close to the image as possible. A difficult task, but we are always up for a challenge.

We created the first sample by chopping up a prefinished floor into the octagonal basket weave pattern they desired. This method saved time and money since we did not have to finish it on-site. The client loved the savings but wasn’t in love with the look. The pattern needed to be larger in order to compliment the rest of the interior. Unfortunately, the prefinished planks did not come in any larger sizes.

We put our in-house sample and CAD team to work and after many rounds of trial and error, we determined that the only option was to install the floor unfinished. While this process was more costly, it was the only way to give the client exactly what they wanted. The final flooring was a success and complimented the interior seamlessly.

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European White Oak flooring featured in the Sweetfire Bar

The second floor was far less complex but just as beautiful. The Sweetfire Bar’s flooring was a straight plank pattern using European White Oak with a Ceruse finish, the same finish used in the Sire Bar. The beautiful long-length herringbone flooring with a straight plank border was inspired by a sample the client found on their own. Although it was love at first sight, the sample they found was a consumer floor and it was not ideal for a commercial setting because of the oils used.

This problem was not going to stop us from giving the client what they wanted. We created a replica in-house with a urethane finish much more suited to the commercial setting. The client loved the outcome but the materials used were slightly above the cost they were shooting for. We went through three more rounds of samples to nail down exactly what they wanted at the budget they needed.

With this project, the client needed flooring that complimented the bars perfectly. We were able to work with the interior designers to provide beautiful flooring for the Sire and Sweetfire Bar that suited our client’s vision as well as their budget.

 

 

In-Depth Process: NWFA Award Winning 3D Medallion

 

Hallway MedallionWe were recently honored with an award from the National Wood Flooring Association for the Best CNC/Laser Cut Wood Floor of the Year. We have received many questions about how the medallion was made so we thought we would share some of the details here.

Emily Owens (Designer in Dallas) approached us on behalf of a client to design a custom seal for the floor in his library. The project already included Rift & Quartered White Oak Herringbone floors with Soldier Stack borders, double hand scraped, stained brown and finished with Tung Oil. The seal was icing on the cake of already extraordinary project.

This medallion is the result of using a combination of our Laser Cutting and CNC capabilities to create depth and dimension unlike any other medallion we had seen. Aaron Craft (On-staff Artist, Laser and CNC Operator) was the driving force behind this very unique approach to creating the medallion. We presented some test pieces to the designer, Emily, and she fell in love with it. This was when the real work started.

We had to make detailed 3D digital models to illustrate how much depth could be perceived with only a 1/16″ deep cut and ultimately created several more samples to verify. Every square inch of the medallion had to be custom designed. Not only starting with the specie and grain like usual, but also taking into account the 3 dimensional engraving that made it come alive.

Close Up MedallionThe original drawing had a checkered background within the seal which could have been extremely time consuming however we laminated Wenge and Maple together in various thicknesses and then using the CNC router checkered the material similar to how a gunstock is done which exposed both species and duplicated the drawing perfectly while adding yet another layer of depth.

After the medallion was assembled, it was meticulously labored over with hand tools to ensure that every square inch was exactly how we had envisioned it.

One of the hardest parts of the entire process was actually convincing the client to use such bold colors. As Rick Farrell said, it just seems un-American to make a brown American flag. We ultimately toned the brightness down using stain and the client embraced it wholeheartedly. This small splash of color added a point of interest within the library without being obtrusive.

Once stained, the medallion was finally laid into the floor. After almost 6 months of work went into it,our installers were understandably nervous while permanently placing it in the floor.

This was, by far, one of our most intricate and unique medallions we have made. We have set the bar very high for ourselves and we cannot wait for the opportunity to continue to push the envelope. We are very grateful to Emily Owens and Sebastian Construction Group for giving us the chance to work on this project.

Internally we would like to thank Aaron Craft (Artist, CNC and Laser Operator), Rick Farrell (Architect and Design Consultant) and Steve Welch (Owner) for collaborating on the actual and the rest of the team for all of the hard work and obsessive attention to detail in the installation and finishing phases.

Woodwright Team Accepting NWFA Award

NWFA Best CNC/Laser Cut Wood Floor of the Year Award

Laser cut hardwood medallion inlay

We are absolutely honored to be chosen by the National Wood Flooring Association as the Best CNC/Laser Cut Wood Floor of the Year.

With over 3,000 members, the NWFA has presented over 200 awards since it began in 1990. A panel of judges made up of industry leaders and professionals evaluate each individual category and this year, there were 78 entries from the U.S., Canada and Russia.

The goal of these awards is to encourage and recognize the highest level of craftsmanship and innovative design in wood flooring. We view these awards as a standard to hold ourselves to and a way for the industry to come together for everyone’s benefit.

The NWFA is dedicated to educating consumers and professionals alike which ensures that our customers have all the information they need at their fingertips and we can better navigate the complex industry that we work in.

Again, we are so proud to be honored with this award and even more proud to be part of this industry. We will continue striving to reach ever higher levels of craftsmanship and we know you will do the same. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Read about the other winners on Hardwood Floors Mag.

Thank you to our team for accepting the award on behalf of the entire company.Woodwright Team Accepting NWFA AwardWood Flooring Expo