Yale’s Kroon Hall project featured expansive coverage of FSC® certified Quarter Sawn Red Oak lumber. Walls, ceilings, and even stairways adorned dramatic planking that showed off the natural beauty and character of the wood. The design team opted to use a clear finish topcoat to accentuate this beauty, resulting in a warm and magnificent display of nature. One of the unique features of this project is that much of the lumber was harvested from Yale’s own FSC® certified forest by students of the Yale University – School of Forestry. Months of planning and preparation went into selecting trees to be harvested. After months of planning, the trees were eventually harvested, milled into rough sawn planks, and finally kiln dried so they could be utilized for the project. Legere Woodworking worked closely with the design team throughout this process to ensure success. It isn’t everyday that we are involved in the decision making process of selecting and cutting trees, so this was quite an exciting opportunity for us. All of this collaboration and hard work paid off creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for students, faculty, and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.