Dwayne Sperber

Sponsored article: Wudeward Urban Forest Products is now partnering with USGBC Wisconsin to promote the use of urban wood.

Wudeward Urban Forest Products, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, an equal opportunity employer, are excited to present a new award category in partnership with USGBC Wisconsin’s Leadership Awards: Wisconsin Urban Wood Utilization. This award will be given to a local organization that demonstrates outstanding achievement in urban wood design, specification and application. The first recipients of this category will be announced at the 2018 Transformation Awards Reception, USGBC Wisconsin’s premier event honoring the individuals, groups and organizations championing sustainable practices and driving market transformation within our built environment.

Urban wood lumber represents sustainable forestry at its finest—from seed to sawdust. Our city and community trees improve air, water and soil quality and provide habitat, shade and beauty when they are living. Eventually, these trees need to be removed due to death, storm damage or other circumstances. Some municipalities view the felled trees as costly waste. Others work to process these trees into mulch, fuelwood, firewood, industrial pallets, unique wood products and lumber, in an effort to utilize the entire tree instead of wasting it.

Urban trees often produce lumber with unconventional aesthetic qualities. After all, nature is in charge of the inventory. Architects, design professionals, contractors and developers are increasingly using urban lumber to bring an artistic style to a space while telling customers, patrons and visitors a local and sustainable story. Using Wisconsin Urban Wood means buyers are assured their lumber originated from Wisconsin and passed through an entire supply chain of Wisconsin-based people and businesses to arrive as the final product.

Wudeward urban wood table

Wudeward Urban Forest Products works with commercial contractors daily to fulfill high-volume requests for Wisconsin Urban Wood lumber. Here are some ways Wudeward has worked with Wisconsin designers and builders to bring the unique and natural elements of urban wood into sustainable design: 

  1. Shelving: Floating walnut shelves offer a modern twist to built-ins around a fireplace, in an office or throughout a library.
  2. Flooring: Distinctive grains and random widths and lengths make urban wood an ideal material for both solid and engineered hardwood floors. Take an urban elm floor, for example.
  3. Wall cladding: The variation of straight and curvy lines in the grain of ash wood make it an attractive option, such as in a feature wall stained with green undertones.
  4. Furniture: Live edges make a strong statement, either as conversation starters or constant reminders of local roots. The custom waterfall-edge artisan conference table pictured above is cantilevered around a support column.
  5. Ceiling: Assorted lengths, widths and species of urban wood can create an architectural tapestry on the ceiling of a business or residence, adding charm to a smaller room or warmth to an expansive space.

Wisconsin Urban Wood can cushion local economies, reduce expenses for communities and provide a renewable resource to beautify our homes and neighborhoods. This is part of what makes urban wood an essential and natural component of green building and sustainable design. If you are a developer investing in a stronger Milwaukee, an architect designing with local materials in mind, or an executive fulfilling a corporate sustainability plan, specify Wisconsin Urban Wood in your next project to bring our state forest resources full circle.