WFM staff spoke with Mark Olson, product manager at Laramie, Wyo.-based Centennial Woods, at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) tradeshow in June 2013 in Denver. Our goal: to find sustainable, house of worship-appropriate products for church leaders to consider and potentially speak with their architects and builders about. Olson reported that Centennial's wood was chosen recently for a church prayer wall project.
Centennial Woods products can be used for exterior, interior, siding, soffit and fascia usages, and doors. From the company's website, this explanation of how the wood is harvested:
"Centennial Woods LLC is a private company founded in 1999 with the idea of reclaiming and repurposing weathered wood from Wyoming Snowfences. Since inception, Centennial Woods has grown to become one of the largest providers of reclaimed wood in the world, with a reputation for quickly providing high volumes of beautiful, consistent, "barn wood" and providing customers with great service.
THINK GREEN: Hundreds of miles of Wyoming Snowfence line the highways and byways, enduring the harsh elements to make travel safer during our seven-month winters of constantly blowing snow. It turns out these conditions are ideal for producing stunning and sustainable weathered wood. Before Centennial Woods began harvesting Wyoming Snowfence, older boards were often left on the frame too long, and were either burned or thrown in a landfill when replaced. In 1999, Centennial Woods discovered the strength and beauty of Wyoming Snowfence and vowed to repurpose it. By developing an international market for this sustainable Wyoming resource, Centennial Woods has repurposed more than 7 million feet of reclaimed wood from Snowfence, saving Snowfence owners more than $11 million and avoiding emissions of more than 11,500 tons of CO2 emissions."
Centennial Woods reports that unlike most barn wood or salvaged building plants, its wood has not been treated or paintedwhich means that no lead paint or off-gassing enters a facility along with the product.