01 July 2007
01 July 2007
Century Products Lifetime Lumber Chosen for Use in Signature Equestrian Facility A new signature equestrian facility is making a strong green building statement in the selection of construction materials for its fences and stall support systems.
The exclusive O’Connor Signature equestrian facility located at The Oaks, a residential community in Lake City, Florida, currently has installed more than 75,000 board feet of LifeTime Lumber for fencing, and is using LifeTime Lumber posts to support each of the 33 stall systems in the main barn.
LifeTime Lumber is a wood alternative that has the look and feel of wood without the maintenance requirements. Manufactured by Southern California-based Century Products LLC, LifeTime Lumber is comprised of recycled fly ash – an inert waste product from electric utility plants – which is bound together with Baydur polyurethane composite from Bayer MaterialScience. LifeTime Lumber has very similar working properties to those of wood, and the material can be screwed, sawed and nailed together with regular woodworking tools.
""During our product research period, we kept coming back to LifeTime Lumber. The material quality and durability is unmatched in the industry and stands alone when it comes to meeting O’Connor Signature standards,"" said Bradley Dicks, owner of Dicks Realty, the project’s developer.
Equestrian Services, LLC, a provider of turn-key equestrian amenities for communities and resorts throughout the United States, headquartered in Charlottesville VA, is overseeing the plans for the O’Connor facility and selected LifeTime Lumber specifically for the revolutionary project.
“We have been working with fencing products for years and have seen, sampled and installed many different types currently on the market,"" said Michael M. Donovan, principal, Equestrian Services, LLC. ""We are thrilled with the LifeTime Lumber fencing product because it looks and feels like real wood, is available in a variety of colours, is safe, requires no maintenance and is LEED certified.”
“We are honoured that our eco-friendly LifeTime Lumber product has been chosen by Brad Dicks and Equestrian Services to play such a prominent role in the world’s first O’Connor Signature equestrian facility,” said Jim Mahler, senior vice president, Century Products. “Lifetime Lumber offers a mix of strength, durability and flexibility, as well as resistance to water absorption, mould, mildew and rot that makes it a perfect fit for equestrian applications.” Equestrian Services has also used LifeTime Lumber as fencing in previous projects in Florida and Virginia.
Formed in 2002, Century Products has invested several years of research and development work into its LifeTime Lumber product. It now manufactures and sells LifeTime Lumber boards in several sizes, lengths and colours for use in the residential and commercial decking and fencing markets, as well as the equestrian fencing market.
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