The Governor’s Academy Bill ’67 and Peter ’71 Alfond Coastal Research Center – Byfield, MA


Architect: Flansburgh Associates

Photographer: Robert Benson

Exterior Cladding:

SAMITTO – Shou Sugi Ban charred FSC®-Certified Accoya®
Species: Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata)
FSC®-Certified: FSC® mix 70%
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Products Sizes (4)
Finished on face only, sealed on back & 2 long edges
Solid +/- 3/4″ thick x +/- 5-3/8″ wide

Finished on face only, sealed on back & 2 long edges
Solid +/- 3/4″ thick x +/- 5-3/4″ wide
Surfaced-4-Sides (S4S)

Finished on face and two long edges, sealed on back
Solid +/- 3/4″ thick x +/- 7-3/4” wide

Finished on face and two long edges, sealed on back
Solid +/- 3/4″ thick x +/- 5-3/4″ wide x 6′-16′

The Bill ’67 and Peter ’71 Alfond Coastal Research Center at The Governor Academy in Byfield, MA, offers experiential learning by providing students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and real-world projects immersed in nature. The state-of-the-art facility, spanning 6,800 sq.ft., will incorporate an aquatic laboratory supplied with water sourced from the Parker River. The sun filtering through the tree canopy and gently touching the gray Accoya wood seamlessly integrates the building with its natural surroundings. Accoya wood stands out as a sustainable building material with a range of eco-friendly attributes. Sourced from responsibly managed forests, the fast-growing softwood used in Accoya undergoes an acetylation process that enhances its durability and resistance to decay without the use of toxic chemicals.

SAMITTO by reSAWN TIMBER co. features charred Accoya® wood burnt with the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique. SAMITTO can be used for interior or exterior wall cladding. Accoya® wood is the outcome of decades of research and development, combining a well-established and extensively proven wood modification technique with leading-edge patented technology – acetylation, delivering a high-performance wood solution for outdoor use and in challenging applications.

Project Needs: The building is an aquatic studies center on the campus of a prep school in Massachusetts, about 45 minutes north of Boston on a salt river. The clients were looking for something that would seamlessly blend the school building with its surrounding natural environment and offer an environment for students to do hands-on collaborative marine research in a lab environment.

Project Solutions: The clients decided that reSAWN TIMBER co.’s SAMITTO charred Accoya® was the optimal choice for the project’s open joint installation. They selected Accoya for its outstanding performance and durability. It’s especially well-suited for a climate with substantial weather variations and close proximity to saltwater.

Project Results: To seamlessly blend with its surrounding natural environment, the project called for durable wood siding, capable of both horizontal and vertical installation. This will deliver the desired outcomes for clients and offer students an exceptional learning experience.

Flansburgh Architects is a highly regarded national firm, specializing in the planning and design of educational and cultural facilities. Their innovative designs have earned them over 125 national and regional design awards, acknowledging their excellence within the industry.

Robert Benson architectural photography encapsulates the fusion of concepts, philosophy, light, and art. His craft involves harmonizing these elements through dialogue and collaboration, transforming them into a two-dimensional image that effectively conveys the architect’s intentions and emotions.

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