Recycled douglas fir columns

USGBC Headquarters - Reclaimed Doug Fir Columns


Project: U.S. Green Building Council Headquarters

Location: Washington, D.C.

Designer: Perkins + Will - Washington D.C.

Product: Douglas Fir Columns


It's a holy shrine of green building, with interiors graced by reclaimed Douglas fir beams from TerraMai.

As the arbiter of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program - the nationally accepted rating system for green building - it was critical that the new headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council meet the strictest environmental standards. Vital to this effort was the use of green materials, such as reclaimed wood.

In addition to their eco-friendly advantages, the TerraMai Douglas fir beams used in the project also add character, history and warmth to this state-of-the-art project, designed by the Perkins & Will office in Washington, D.C.

The enormous beams used to create these columns came from the old Geneva Steel mill near Orem, Utah. The mill produced most of the steel used to build U.S. warships during World War II.