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For the design team at Centerbrook Architects and Planners who were working on a Student Center renovation at Quinnipiac University, the structural steel posts needed to support the second floor just wouldn’t do aesthetically. Said Partner–in-Charge

Jefferson B. Riley: “We wanted the warmth of wood and thought it would be nice to have woods representing all the continents, as a nod toward the university’s increasingly international student body.”

The solution? A collaboration between Centerbrook, architectural woodworking firm Modern Woodcrafts, and Contact Industries that resulted in custom-designed, factory-finished staves veneer profile wrapped in 27 different veneer species. and a unique installation system.

The result? An exotically stunning interior that came in under budget, pleasing the designers, the students, and the administration.

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PROJECT PROFILE

PROJECT: QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, CARL HANSEN STUDENT CENTER RENOVATION

CLIENT: Modern Woodcrafts

ARCHITECT: Centerbrook Architects and Planners — Jefferson B. Riley, Partner-in-Charge / Jon Lavy, Principal / J. Klebeck, Project Manager / Laura Taglianetti / Andrew Safran

CONTRACTOR: O&G Industires — Mark Jeffko, Project Manager

SUBCONTRACTOR: Modern Woodcrafts — Mark Bolton, Project Manager

DETAILS: 70,000 square foot renovation project included addition of cantilevered second floor supported by steel posts clad with profile wrapped staves. Two hundred sixteen staves wrapped in 27 different veneer species, including woods representing all continents.

PRODUCT: HOLLOW WOOD COLUMNS USED TO CLAD STRUCTURAL STEEL POSTS

CONSTRUCTION: Core material formed with finger jointed pine and moulded into a unique tongue and groove pattern with a 45° arc. Each stave profile wrapped with specified veneer in one of 27 different species.

FINISH: Factory applied UV-cured, no VOC clear top coat

ADHESIVE: Type 1 Hot Melt

TEST PROCEDURES: Boil Test

END USE: Wood cladding for steel posts

SUBSTRATE: Fingerjointed pine

VENEER: Each of 27 posts in a different veneer species, representing woods from every continent