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  • August 29, 2012
  • by lwinkler

Atlanta, Ga., August, 2012 — Columbia Forest Products announces the winners of the first annual PureBond® Quality Awards at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. Nine winners in three project categories, Residential Kitchen & Bath, Residential Other, and Commercial, were chosen by a team of expert judges.

The winning selections were made based on use of PureBond® hardwood plywood in a project that lead to a quality finished project.

“The PureBond Quality Awards is a way for Columbia Forest Products to recognize the world-class work being produced by our PureBond Fabricator Network members,” said Director of Marketing Todd Vogelsinger. “We’ve created a partnership of craftsmen who build quality custom woodwork for residential and commercial clients using our flagship PureBond brand of hardwood plywood. For the past several years, we’ve admired their work so much, we thought a competition would be a great way to spotlight their accomplishments.”

The winner of the Residential Kitchen & Bath category is NicoSpacecraft of British Columbia, Canada. The winning design was created in collaboration with S2studio for a waterfront residence in Gibsons, B.C. The design of the open-concept kitchen, dining and living areas was tied together using PureBond Classic Core® panels in beautiful Douglas fir, creating a flow that would spill into an outdoor space.

“Building environmentally responsible products for our clients’ homes has fortunately become something they don’t require much convincing of anymore — it finally has become the natural choice, literally,” says Nicolas Meyer, owner of NicoSpacecraft.

“Once educated about PureBond and the health aspects of a VOC-free product, competitive pricing, environmental benefits such as the use of domestic non-threatened species, manufacturing located in Canada and the US, homeowners quickly realize that this trend may not be just a fad and that their needs are met by making a few simple choices,” Meyer added.

The second place winner in the Residential Kitchen & Bath category is Wm. H. Fry Construction of Cupertino, Cal. for an impressive residential kitchen featuring anigre-faced PureBond plywood cabinetry. Third place goes to Lewis and Weldon Custom Kitchens of Hyannis, Mass. for a traditional kitchen design in rich wood tones.

The Residential Other category, which was open to projects like built-ins, furniture and closet systems, was won by d KISER design construct of Omaha, Nebr., a small custom studio. The studio’s work is a range of one-of-a-kind furniture, art installation, high-end custom cabinetry and historic re-creations. The winning entry featured modern floating cabinetry set off by wall and ceiling panels that utilized PureBond Maple-faced plywood. The walls are accented with handmade glass commissioned by a local artisan. The combined effect raises the eye in what might have been perceived as a low-ceilinged basement.

Second place in the Residential Other category goes to Lewis and Weldon, making another appearance for a custom built-in fireplace surround in a clean, white finish. Third place goes to NicoSpacecraft, this time for a mid-century modern-inspired furniture line called “pUre” furniture. The line is made exclusively with PureBond plywood.

The Commercial category was open to any commercial application. As a result, Columbia received a wide range of entries. The winning submission was built by Interior Resources of Canoga Park, Cal. known for both residential and commercial custom installations. The stunning Rosewood veneers showcased in the DISC Sports and Spine Center in Newport Beach draw the eye up and around sweeping curved expanses.

“More people in … commercial and residential projects are realizing the advantages of using NAUF products,” says Steve Chalfin of Interior Resources. “Using these products will have both short-term and long-term health benefits. This is especially true indoors where the VOC’s are much more prevalent. Using the PureBond products is a win-win for both the fabricator and end user.”

The second place winner in the Commercial category is the acoustic ceiling of the Sacramento International Airport, designed by 9Wood of Springfield, Ore. Third place goes to Mountain Woodworks of Big Pool, Md. for a cherry console for a commercial recording studio.

The panel of PureBond Quality Awards judges included Dave Grulke, the Executive Director of the Cabinet Makers Association with 30 years of cabinetry and carpentry experience; William Sampson, editor of CabinetMaker+FDM Magazine, with a lengthy history in publishing, woodworking and business; Eric Pfeiffer, an award-winning product designer and co-author of “Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture;” and Ana White, a mother, homemaker and blogger from Alaska, who designs and posts free furniture plans featuring simple designs, standard materials, and fresh modern styles.

The criterion for the winners was simply demonstrating “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood. “All the entries were impressive and instructive,” said Todd Vogelsinger. “We are very pleased with the level of participation among our PFN members and plan to hold the contest again next year.”

First place winners received a $1,000 cash prize. The second and third place winners received $500 and $100 prizes, respectively. The winners were announced on August 22, 2012 at the Columbia Forest Products booth at the IWF show in Atlanta.

About PureBond® Technology
Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology was a major breakthrough in the engineered wood panel market. Developed by Columbia Forest Products in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University, the first PureBond® hardwood plywood panels were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 50 million have been shipped.

PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology continues to be a market differentiator for woodshops that cater to a health-conscious clientele. Over 850 fabricators have joined the PureBond Fabricator Network (http://www.cfpwood.com/Fabricators/PFN) to identify themselves as leading-edge suppliers who are thoughtful about the materials they use and the concern customers have with good indoor air quality and home resale value.

About Columbia Forest Products
Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is America’s largest manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer. An employee-owned company, it operates facilities throughout North America. It is a leader in sustainable forestry, as well as in developing innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and products for healthy indoor living.

Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood veneer panels to North American fabricators for 55 years. The company is committed to offering the industry’s widest product selection, manufactured in efficient, technologically advanced mills, and backed by exceptional service and product support.

More information on PureBond® products from Columbia, visit PureBond Plywood or email purebond@cfpwood.com.

Contest Winners