Accoya, the world-leading modified wood produced by Accsys Technologies, has been specified for the construction of a giant replica of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky in the United States, the country's largest free-standing timber structure. The wood was selected for its eco-friendly properties and high levels of stability and durability.
Answers in Genesis (AiG) is the organization funding the one-of-a-kind attraction, Ark Encounter, for the purpose of presenting a number of biblical events on a full-size, all-wood Ark. Officially opened on 7 July 2016, Ark Encounter is one of the largest "green" construction projects in the US. The architects, engineers, and construction managers work for Troyer Group – One Source, a firm charged with the management of sustainable building projects in the US. Troyer Group specified 300 to 400 m3 of Accoya to act as the ark’s timber frame.
Accoya was selected both for its ‘green’ credentials as well as its high-quality and aesthetic attributes, which far exceed unsustainable tropical hardwoods. The product is sourced from FSC® certified and sustainable forests making it the ideal wood product for the ambitious project.
Todd Geer, vice president at Troyer Group – One Source, commented:
We were impressed with Accoya’s credentials – the product is fully carbon neutral, extremely durable in exterior applications and both reusable and recyclable. Accoya has been recognised for its environmental standards worldwide, so we were very interested in using Accoya to build the country’s very own Noah’s Ark.
Laura Ladd, head of marketing at Accsys Technologies said:
The Ark Encounter project is an exciting and creative building project. I am thrilled that the Troyer Group chose Accoya to turn the project vision into a reality. Accoya has been widely used for innovative construction projects throughout the world. This project represents project the largest order of Accoya wood in the US, and demonstrates why Accoya outshines its competitor wood products.
Learn more about Accoya Wood:
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