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New Electric Forklifts
March 16, 2023
Two new additions to the lumber yard!
Solar Energy: Green and Sustainable
February 8, 2023
In 2016 Channel Lumber invested in sustainable energy for their facility in Richmond, CA. Their new energy source is solar. Partnering with Forecast Energy and CED Greentech, Channel Lumber implemented a ground up reconstruction of their energy usage, and is saving on increasing energy costs in the process.
Central Subway Starting Service
September 15, 2022
The MUNIi subway lines have always been a great way to get around San Francisco. Now with the T-line expansion, the most traffic-congested parts of the city can now be navigated underground with speed and efficiency.
August 22, 2022
Channel Lumber is a leading supplier in plywood. There are many different types of plywood from structural to finish. There is a comprehensive system of grading for each plywood category. Let’s take a look at the many types of plywood, and define the grades.
Passive Home Building
July 11, 2022
Passive homes are the latest trend in sustainable building, and set the highest standard for conserving energy, and using eco-friendly materials.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Ipe Hardwood
May 9, 2022
Ipe Haywood t is extremely versatile, and is known for its physical beauty, durability, resistance to moisture, and resistance to insects.
Sustaining Communities: Lomakatsi
November 23, 2021
Forest restoration projects in Oregon and Northern California.
Green Construction Trends in 2021
September 15, 2021
Channel Lumber is a leader in green building.
Seeing the Forest Through the Trees
May 11, 2021
New strategies are being developed so that reforestation is closer to how natural forests evolve.
Green Building 360 Degrees
April 26, 2021
There is a movement in Green Building which is taking a 360 degree look at the the entire building process. LEED is still the gold standard for Green Building, and Channel Lumber has worked closely with LEED over the years, and seeks to support the most sustainable products and practices.
The ABCs of VOCs
April 14, 2021
Channel Lumber is a leader in Green Building, and using safe and sustainable products. We support the use of safe and sustainable products in all aspects of development and construction.
Channel Lumber Custom Shop
February 26, 2021
Channel Lumber specializes in custom shop orders. Our staff and mill workers are the best in the business and we are prepared to meet any of your custom order needs.
Net Zero Part II: A Closer Look.
February 15, 2021
A net zero building is a residential or commercial building whose energy needs can be reduced greatly, and matched or exceeded by the functioning of the building itself.
Biden Takes on Net Zero Building
January 29, 2021
Under the leadership of President Biden, we are seeing an unprecedented effort to slow global warming and climate change.
U.S. Greenhouse Gases are Dropping
December 28, 2020
With the sharp drop of air travel, due to pandemic, greenhouse emissions have dropped by 9%.
October 14, 2020
New home from the ground up in the Berkeley Hills.
September 4, 2020
Channel Lumber is an industry leader in concrete forms.
August 27, 2020
Channel Lumber is an industry leader in sidings. In addition to a vast selection of brands and products, Channel Lumber can also provide custom mill sidings to match your specifications.
3 Great Sustainable Building Materials
July 21, 2020
At Channel Lumber, we believe in Green and sustainable building practices. Many of our products are at the forefront of this industry, and it is…
5 Services for Your Next Construction Project
June 24, 2020
With over fifty year's experience in the commercial lumber business, we have learned what it takes to satisfy customers. The size and quality of our inventory, milling facilities, and our services reflect our commitment to fulfill your every need.
New Solutions to Carbon Emissions
June 24, 2020
Net Zero buildings have been at the cutting edge of Green building in the last decade
World of Concrete
February 7, 2020
Channel Lumber attended the World of Concrete 2020 convention in Las Vegas February 3-7.Concrete is one of the most used building…
Channel Lumber Annual Holiday Party
January 17, 2020
We had a blast at our annual Holiday Party. Check out the pictures below!Enjoying a moment by the treeThe annual Channel Lumber…
December 17, 2019
Channel Lumber has full service custom milling which features industry leading products, expert craftsmen, and unmatched…
LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
November 15, 2019
LEED is a platform by which construction projects can gauge and improve their environmental impact. There are four categories of LEED…
San Francisco Bay Trail
October 7, 2019
Long view of form lumber. The San Francisco Bay Trail is under construction, with gaps in the trail being closed in various…
How You Can Help the Amazon Rainforest
September 4, 2019
As many of you know, the Amazon forest is experiencing devastating, massive fires. Thus far over 80,000 fires have been detected. The smoke…
Leed Platinum: Tumble Creek Cabin
August 26, 2019
Channel Lumber is a key supporter of the green building movement, with numerous LEED gold and platinum certified projects. More and more…
Concrete and Steel: 650 Townsend
August 12, 2019
The interior begins to take form.Originally constructed in 1990, 650 Townsend is a 6 story concrete and steel office building. It has a…
Channel Lumber Sponsors Young Athletes in The International Kickboxing Federation
July 3, 2019
On June 2nd 2019, The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Amateur Modified Muay Thai Rules tournament was held in Benicia, California.…
Channel Lumber Sponsors Team 6918
June 17, 2019
Team 6918, or The Napa Cellar Rats are a robotics team at Napa High School. The team has performed well in several competitions. Channel Lumber is…
Chase Center: Construction Update
May 14, 2019
The New Chase Center in San Francisco The Chase Center, which will be home to the Golden State Warriors next season, is nearing…
March 26, 2019
At Channel Lumber we offer a wide variety of building materials. There have been interesting advances in the world of engineered lumber —…
A Tale of Two Tiny Houses
March 11, 2019
In our ongoing search for sustainable design innovation and inspiration, Channel Lumber would like to feature two top creations in the world of…
5 Green Building Innovations
February 26, 2019
As a leader in the Green and Sustainable building movement, Channel Lumber continues to make a professional investment in offering and…
Concrete Goes Green with Graphene
January 10, 2019
Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material. Cement production accounts for 5% of man made carbon dioxide emissions…
Lumber Types and Top Uses
January 1, 2019
At Channel Lumber, we carry a variety of wood and lumber products for applications in all types of construction. Many of our products are FSC…
Golden Gate Green
November 13, 2018
In a series of independent studies, San Francisco has consistently earned top marks for being environmentally friendly, ranking in the top three…
The Sky is the Limit
October 8, 2018
In addition to the many green projects we work on, we like to showcase innovative green and smart structures here at home and around the world,…
Green Dream: YouTube Headquarters
August 13, 2018
The YouTube headquarter in San Bruno was designed by William McDonough + Partners and Huntsman.Channel Lumber partnered with designers…
Smart and Green: The Manna House
June 18, 2018
Channel Lumber is committed to green and sustainable building. The Channel Lumber headquarters itself has many green amenities and features…
BART Berkeley Hills Tunnel
June 6, 2018
The BART Berkeley Hills Tunnel runs between the Rockridge and Orinda stations. Construction began in 1965, with construction completed in 1967…
Green Giant: Bank of America Tower, Manhattan
May 21, 2018
Channel Lumber is committed to the process of Green Building, and supporting LEED certification. Today we want to showcase a cutting edge Green…
Channel Lumber Custom Lumber Shop: Corbels
May 8, 2018
In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, a type of…
Turn It Up to Ten
April 30, 2018
Concrete Forms for Level 10 Sunnyvale projects.Level 10 is a leading construction company based in Northern California. Channel Lumber…
Earth Day 2018
April 4, 2018
Earth Day is a Global event which will be held on April 22 of this year. The campaign and focus for this years’ Earth Day is “A World…
Today is International Day of Forests
March 21, 2018
International Day of Forests is celebrated on 21 March each year. It was established in 2013 by the United Nations, and the week long symposium…
Alaskan Yellow Cedar
March 12, 2018
Transformational Sailing is an organization which helps Veterans and others with stress related disorders find relaxation through sailing. Their…
Channel Lumber is Friends with the Napa River
February 27, 2018
Friends of Napa River (FONR) is a community organization whose mission is to “be the community’s voice for the protection,…
Net Zero Energy Library in Half Moon Bay
January 30, 2018
Half Moon Bay is building a new 22,000 square foot library with Channel Lumber providing products and services throughout all phases of construction.…
Making the Grade
January 22, 2018
Because wood is an organic product, a wide variety of factors can affect the usability, structure, look, and strength of a given harvest. Even…
Evolution of the Sawmill
January 10, 2018
The earliest type of sawmill, or lumbermill, was the sawpit. The sawpit was a pit over which the log was positioned and held in place by…
Five Tips to Keep Your Holidays Green
December 8, 2017
Sustainability is one of our core values, here are five tips to your holidays green. Purchase a live christmas tree. There…
Form and Function: 4 Types of Concrete Forms Available at Channel Lumber.
November 27, 2017
At Channel Lumber we specialize in concrete forms. We can meet the specifications of nearly any project large or small. There are several types…
Resysta®: Seven Facts about this Leading Edge Product
November 7, 2017
Technology is transforming the lumber industry, and Resysta® is at the leading edge. At Channel Lumber we are pleased to distribute…
October 23, 2017
The Carquinez Bridge which spans the Carquinez Strait between Vallejo and Crocket is actually two bridges. The eastbound span is a cantilever…
The Cutting Edge: 5 Products and Services at Channel Lumber
October 10, 2017
At Channel Lumber we are proud to offer a wide variety of industry leading products and services. From lumber and plywood to hardware to lumber…
Lathrop Generations Center
September 12, 2017
After receiving a $5 million dollar grant from the State of California, the city of Lathrop voted to build the Generations Center. Construction…
Sound Off: New Dolby Headquarters
September 5, 2017
In September 2015 Dolby Laboratories opened its new headquarters on Market Street in downtown San Francisco. The building was a consolidation of two…
Hip to be Square
August 15, 2017
For a group of employees who affectionately refer to themselves as “Nerds”, the employees of Nerdwallet have one of the hippest HQs…
Building Green. What does it mean?
July 5, 2017
At Channel Lumber, sustainable building is one of our primary goals. Sustainability and “Green” building means that the process of…
Deep in the Desert: The Red Rock Casino
June 14, 2017
Channel Lumber provided lumber and services during the construction of the Red Rock Resort in Summerlin, NV. The project was proposed in 2003, and construction completed in 2006. At the time of the construction, there was little development in the surrounding area of Summerlin.
Naples Botanical Gardens
May 29, 2017
The Naples Botanical Gardens in Florida is 170 acres of cultivated gardens representing seven distinct ecosystems. The natural habitats of the…
May the Force be with You
May 4, 2017
30 miles north of San Francisco, Skywalker Ranch is home to a film industry legacy built on the success of the original Star Wars movie. It is situated on Lucas Valley Road, no relation to owner/founder/director George Lucas.
Channel Lumber Goes to Hollywood
April 17, 2017
In the 2003 action film The Matrix Reloaded, starring Keanu Reeves, an entire chase sequence was filmed on a fake Freeway. The Freeway…
Cavallo Point Lodge at Golden Gate
March 22, 2017
In 2008, Fort Baker Sausalito became Cavallo Point Eco Lodge. The restoration project cost $103 million, with products and services provided by Channel Lumber.
The Happiest Place ... in The Presidio
March 17, 2017
When the Disney’s decided to build the Disney Family Museum, they chose the Presidio of San Francisco for its home. The project was large in scope and budget, and faced several design and engineering challenges due to the age and restrictions of Presidio structures.
The Pinterest Headquarters: Where Creative Inspiration is Born
February 22, 2017
Pinterest has a new headquarters in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. The company calls itself the “world’s catalog of ideas” and is truly an expansive index of all things hobby, do it yourself, and personal interest.
Project Feature: Cedar Kayak
January 30, 2017
Here at Channel Lumber we are committed to providing the best lumber products and services in our industry. Our customers often have a personal passion for wood working. We’re always interested and amazed by the variety of projects that our lumber is used for.
Channel Lumber Goes Green with Energy Efficiency, PV Solar and Energy Storage!
January 9, 2017
Solar power inverters. These convert solar DC output to utility AC that feeds into our grid. With this exciting solution on-line and delivering clean energy throughout the Channel Lumber facility, we look forward to 2017 becoming our most energy efficient and green year to date.
December 15, 2016
Channel Lumber played an integral role in the construction of the new Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge. The bridge connects San Francisco to the East bay, with its route passing over Yerba Buena Island.
Channel Lumber Gives Airbnb’s Headquarters a New Look
October 28, 2016
Channel Lumber recently partnered with Novo Construction to complete phase two of an office build out for Airbnb’s headquarters, located in the SoMa district of San Francisco.
Channel Lumber Supplies Tropical Wood for Stanford University Benches
October 11, 2016
Channel Lumber recently partnered with Boyett Construction to build a series of benches on the Stanford University Campus. The installation includes an “X and Y” bench, and in addition circular and bracket bookend courtyard enclosures.
Custom Moulding: Start to Finish
September 12, 2016
Using a computer-aided design (CAD) program we are able to be more accurate than ever.
Resysta® now Available From Channel Lumber
February 29, 2016
As part of our ongoing efforts to provide our customers with the most durable and sustainable products, we are now offering Resysta®.
A Day in the Life of Channel Lumber
December 7, 2015
With a camera in hand, a walk through the lumber yard becomes a visual odyssey. Come along as we take a walk through Channel Lumber!…
Concrete Forming (Looking Up!)
February 26, 2015
Have you ever been stopped under an overpass or bridge and noticed that the underside of the structure looked like plywood?
Now Offering Simpson Strong-Tie Products
February 14, 2015
Channel Lumber is proud to offer a full line of Simpson Strong-Tie products. Simpson Strong-Tie has been a leader in structural products for over 50 years.
Channel Lumber: The Invisible Leader
January 21, 2015
The United States Green Building Council LEED program has transformed the built environment on a global level. From its inception, the LEED program…
The New And Improved ChannelLumber.com
January 24, 2014
The team at Channel Lumber is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website. It has been a team effort and we are more than happy with the…