Texas Project -Furniture & Architectural Pieces for New Office

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In October, woodworkers TJ and Zack made the 917-mile drive to Austin, Texas to deliver a trailer loaded with furniture and architectural pieces to our client’s offices new site in Texas. 

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Among the many items was a 40inch by 10ft conference table handcrafted from word reclaimed at the Colfax Hardware Store in Colfax, Illinois. The delivery also included nine cabinets, with the cabinet boxes constructed by JC Custom Woodworking, and the cabinet doors handcrafted by our guys at Sangamon Reclaimed. JC Custom Woodworking also engraved two 9ft by 4ft front doors for the project.  

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The 19th-century building that is now home to our client in Austin, Texas has 16 beams, each 13ft, and a further 12, at 12ft, all 12 inches wide and now wrapped in materials reclaimed in, and around, Illinois. 

Our team worked on the project for three weeks and the most complex aspect of the order was the build of 35 panels. Each panel was handcrafted from reclaimed wood (from a building in Chicago), more than 100 years old, bent, twisted, settled and in need of serious attention. The panels were each 3 inches wide cut from pieces anywhere from four to 48 inches wide. Some of the panels are made of 150 pieces. We also delivered 2,500lbs of steel to hang alongside the panels. 

TJ has been a member of our team since 2016 and at 22 years old our youngest. If you’ve purchased one of our Flags for Heroes TJ will have built it for you. Zack, 30, joined us in May last year is our Director of Sales and primarily works on our popular live edge pieces. You can see our live edge tables in local Springfield businesses, such as Free Press Coffee on the MacArthur Boulevard corridor. 

Designer Spotlight -Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your profession/industry?

I love helping people and solving problems. I think that design is this perfect marriage of aesthetics and math and you have to love both in order to design well.


In your opinion what are the trends going to be in 2019 - or what trends are you already seeing? 

In commercial design, we’re seeing a lot of “resi-mmercial” design, meaning residential making its way into commercial spaces. We’re seeing a lot of influence from what makes a home comforting and translating that into commercial spaces, whether it’s a lobby, an office, or break room. The new office is looking to hire and retain talent and those looking for jobs, in Springfield, Chicago, or anywhere, want to make sure that a place where they spend most of their time, will be a comfortable environment.


Where do you like to use reclaimed wood in a home or commercial space? And why? 

I’ve used Sangamon Reclaimed in a variety of spaces, most recently my mother-in-law’s bathroom for just some simple shelving. I’ve also collaborated with them on a 12’L table for a break room. I think whether it’s a small space or a large one, having something unique and custom really makes a space interesting and they’ve always helped me achieve that.


You worked with SR to deliver a table for Dot Foods - why was buying locally so important in this case? 

This is a great story! One of my favorite clients, Dot Foods, wanted a custom table for their break room, but not just any table. So I reached out to Sangamon Reclaimed and they found some reclaimed wood from a schoolhouse in Brown County. Dot Foods is in Mt. Sterling, IL, and most of their employees are from that area. Having something locally made and sourced for their employees was just a lovely way to bring in their community into the space.


Favorite public building in Springfield?

I’d have to say the Dana Thomas House, and not just in Springfield, but probably of all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. He was a visionary and I love that building and what it means to have one of Wright’s greatest works just down the street!


What impact do you think Sangamon Reclaimed has made on the furniture business in Springfield - and has it been an asset to the industry locally? 

I’ve known Brian since high school and to see the impact he’s made on this community is just beautiful. I love how he’s decided to make his passion project work for our community and to see how they’ve grown in such a short amount of time. They’ve really invested in people and creativity there and I think it shows how innovative they are.


What’s the most important question a person should ask before purchasing a piece of furniture? 

“What’s the investment I’m putting into this?” With the Amazon and Staples era of furniture ordering, we see some of our clients making fast, cheap choices on furniture for speed of delivery. Unfortunately, that means you’ll see that piece not only deteriorate quickly, but that it could be made with harmful chemicals that can have a lasting effect. Furniture can take time and money, but by doing more research, I think clients can educate themselves on what they’re getting, not just how quickly they’re getting it.


Favorite project in 2018? 

Now that I’m a project manager, I help manage projects from beginning to end. That includes Dot Foods, where we are renovating their existing building. It’s one of my favorite projects because of how they treat their employees and in one large aspect, that’s the space where they spend their time.

Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

Phone 217-753-5742