Monday, March 7, 2016

Reclaimed Flooring Specialist Recognized for Preservation of Historic Oak at Local University

Historic Oak outside Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans
Albany Woodworks was recently recognized for its role in preserving the remains of the historic oak located on Loyola University's campus in New Orleans, LA. A recent article by the Loyola Maroon touched on the process of turning the nationally registered oak into benches to be placed in the newly renovated Monroe Hall, a result of controversy over taking the oak down for the renovation of the building.

Reclaimed oak benches

The results of the project were stunning, a natural edge bench preserving the wood's origins that is paired with industrial legs symbolizing the past meeting the future of the University's path. 

Reclaimed oak benches

Before and After- The wood was carefully dried for 14 months to protect the integrity and beauty of the wood.

Reclaimed oak benches

Richard Woods, CEO of Albany Woodworks, joined the project out of his love for custom projects and preserving the past. He also had a connection to Loyola University; both of his daughters are alumni of Loyola University.  For the full story, click here.