In the mid-18th century when the United States was being birthed, large old growth trees were an abundant resource in the virgin timberlands of our original colonies. As our nation expanded, these old growth trees were a necessary resource. With maturity taking 300 to 500 years, their strength and longevity were impressive as building materials. Many longleaf pine forests were totally decimated as the nation continued to expand and grow following the Civil War and Reconstruction. Finally, towards the turn of the 19th century, steel became widely available for building projects. Today, longleaf pine trees can be found in private and public timberland forests, however, the trees have not reached their full maturity and would require another several hundred years to match the forests of our founding ancestors.
Evolutia's beams are salvaged from old buildings, and we are particularly focused on these old-growth materials. Our reclaimed beams offer unique characteristics, exceptional beauty, and impressive strength while providing a rare physical glimpse into our nation’s history. We cherish the opportunity to extend the life-cycle of this wonderfully mature resource.