Developer Salvages Urban Timber; Wins Georgia Tree Council Award

Gables Residential Georgia Tree Council Award

Atlanta Commercial Millwork installed the ceiling paneling and millwork throughout the building.

Gables Residential, a national developer and manager of multifamily apartment communities, received the Outstanding New Development Grand Award from the Georgia Tree Council. The award recognizes Gables’ commitment to sustainability and the company’s endeavor to minimize the impact to the tree canopy and surrounding environment. In addition, it highlights Gables’ efforts for thoughtful reuse by recovering, storing, and preserving the trees that were removed from Gables Vinings Village, one of its newest developments in Atlanta, GA,

Gables Residential used the salvaged timber of trees at the Gables Vinings Village site and repurposed them throughout the community. Gables engaged Atlanta furniture maker Madera Arts of Austell, GA, and Eutree to help craft flooring, paneling, furniture, and other architectural wood products from the salvaged timber of the trees for use in Gables Vinings Village.


While the removal of some trees was required to make way for Gables Vinings Village, the company partnered with arborist David Dechant of Arbor Guard to minimize the impact to the tree canopy and surrounding environment. The two groups worked together to recover, store, and preserve the trees from this project. Each of the trees were selected for a specific purpose. The selection criteria is a core value of the project team that allows for intentional design of the product.

Eutree of Villa Rica, GA, was instrumental in milling and drying lumber from the salvaged logs. The company posted a detailed photo essay of the project from log sorting and milling through air drying of lumber and slabs and the phenomenal final installed project. 

See Eutree’s full “Root-to-Fruit” full photo essay.