Piedmont Hospital

Recycling trees to build better healthcare

Root-to-Fruit story in progress

 Piedmont Hospital embarked on an expansion to better serve metro Atlanta's growing population and healthcare needs of the community. The expansion began with the establishment of the Marcus Heart and Vascular Center through the philanthropy of The March Foundation. This state-of-the-art facility speaks to Piedmont’s reputation as a premier destination center for cardiovascular care, and will enable the critical expansion of other key healthcare services.   Piedmont engaged Atlanta-based furniture maker Skylar Morgan to repurpose the lumber from the trees on the project site into specialty furniture items for use in the new facility. Eutree was brought in to help to salvage and mill the the timber from the logs into slabs and dimensional lumber.

Piedmont Hospital embarked on an expansion to better serve metro Atlanta's growing population and healthcare needs of the community. The expansion began with the establishment of the Marcus Heart and Vascular Center through the philanthropy of The March Foundation. This state-of-the-art facility speaks to Piedmont’s reputation as a premier destination center for cardiovascular care, and will enable the critical expansion of other key healthcare services. 

Piedmont engaged Atlanta-based furniture maker Skylar Morgan to repurpose the lumber from the trees on the project site into specialty furniture items for use in the new facility. Eutree was brought in to help to salvage and mill the the timber from the logs into slabs and dimensional lumber.

 A local grading company and tree service was brought in to carefully remove the trees and transport to Eutree's manufacturing facility. Special care was taken to minimize impact to the tree canopy and surrounding environment. Piedmont plans to plant new trees once the build is complete.  Because optimizing the usefulness and economy of materials is a primary component of sustainable design, each tree is selected for a specific purpose. This selection criteria is a core value of of the "Root-to-Fruit" process that allows for intentional design of a product that goes into the building.

A local grading company and tree service was brought in to carefully remove the trees and transport to Eutree's manufacturing facility. Special care was taken to minimize impact to the tree canopy and surrounding environment. Piedmont plans to plant new trees once the build is complete.

Because optimizing the usefulness and economy of materials is a primary component of sustainable design, each tree is selected for a specific purpose. This selection criteria is a core value of of the "Root-to-Fruit" process that allows for intentional design of a product that goes into the building.

 Piedmont's team was engaged throughout the process, and participated in observing the log milling process onsite at Eutree's lumberyard.

Piedmont's team was engaged throughout the process, and participated in observing the log milling process onsite at Eutree's lumberyard.

 Eutree's Chief Sawyer, Sims, oversees the milling of each log into slabs on the Wood-Mizer 1000 sawmill.

Eutree's Chief Sawyer, Sims, oversees the milling of each log into slabs on the Wood-Mizer 1000 sawmill.

 Once all of the logs are cut into slabs on the mill, they're stacked and stickered to air dry in the lumberyard for several months.

Once all of the logs are cut into slabs on the mill, they're stacked and stickered to air dry in the lumberyard for several months.

 Once air dried, the slab stack is lifted onto a bobcat to transport to the kilns for heat drying.

Once air dried, the slab stack is lifted onto a bobcat to transport to the kilns for heat drying.

 The slab stack is loaded onto the kiln cart.

The slab stack is loaded onto the kiln cart.

Eutree Piedmont Hospital Root to Fruit Live Edge Slabs
 A forklift is used to push the kiln cart with the slabs back into the kilns.

A forklift is used to push the kiln cart with the slabs back into the kilns.

 The slabs are heat dried in the kiln for 30 days.  After the drying process, the kilns are reopened and the slabs are surfaced, and then transported to Skylar Morgan to be made into custom furniture items for the hospital.

The slabs are heat dried in the kiln for 30 days.  After the drying process, the kilns are reopened and the slabs are surfaced, and then transported to Skylar Morgan to be made into custom furniture items for the hospital.

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Stay tuned for more finished furniture items from the fine craftsmen at Skylar Morgan coming soon!