At LWB we have an extraordinary in-house paint team that is a vital part of our new construction and remodeling projects. There is a lot of talent on this team and they continually deliver the high level of craftsmanship you’ve come to expect from LWB. This team holds almost 75 years of collective painting experience and comprises Dan Knipstine (38 years), Jon McCoy (15 years), Evan Knipstine (15 years), Austin Lucas (3 years), Eric Swanson (2 years), and Caleb Samland (2 years). We wanted to share a little bit of the history of our paint crew lead, Dan Knipstine, and also talk about the service this crew provides to our clients.
We have had the pleasure of working closely with Bluestone Tree for years and are very excited about their recent expansions in offering reclaimed urban timber. This is a hyper-local rescue of diseased and dying trees that would otherwise turn into landfill products or be burned for fuel. Both burning and mulching will ultimately release the carbon stored in these trees into the atmosphere. Keeping in line with one of our core principles, which is a commitment to lowering the environmental impact in our construction process, we can use these products that Bluestone brings to the market and salvage these beautiful wood slabs and other byproducts of these trees for use in our projects.
We are continuously inspired by Sycamore Land Trust and its efforts to help restore native bird populations to the Midwest. After seeing a post from Sycamore Land Trust about birdhouses that they had put up, we contacted Chris Fox, the Land Stewardship Director, and he provided us with multiple birdhouse plans for building our own.
We’re excited to give you an update about work at our new shop at 900 S. Walnut. While we closed on the space last spring, we didn’t have time to start working on the improvements until well into fall.
When the Coronavirus and the ensuing shutdown hit, we could have never predicted that the construction industry would continue to thrive. In fact, when this started to impact the US and businesses started to close, many of our jobs started canceling and all signs pointed towards a broader slowdown in work. We took that time, like most in our community, to prepare for the worst, while hoping for the best. After being labeled essential, we organized and educated ourselves on how to proceed safely and then got to work. Fast forward a few months and the current reality is very different from what we had anticipated at the start of the shutdown.
Loren Wood Builders is celebrating 10 years of business in Bloomington, Indiana.