Team “Northwell Health”
Why did your team take on this challenge?
The Greenbuild Pub Table Challenge captured the attention of the Associate Safety Professional project team at Northwell Health because our team has never crafted carpentry work like this before.
We liked using different tools and equipment—it was an exceptional learning experience for us.
How did your team pre-plan to create the most sustainable table?
As the table design requirements noted the need to be deconstructed and reconstructed many times, one team member looked to another country's historic proven method for building structures.
In ancient Japan, craftsmen were known for using the “Tsugite Joint Technique,” a Japanese joinery technique for crafting wooden structures without any nails or glue, allowing the piece to fit together like a puzzle.
Where will this table go and who will benefit if the table isn’t chosen for Greenbuild?
If our pub table isn’t used at Greenbuild, it will be donated to Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore University Hospital in New York.
Our team collectively decided that it should go to the hospital so they can utilize it in various ways based on the hospital’s needs.
What are the most sustainable features of your table?
The pub table is made of southern-yellow pine—sourced from Georgia-Pacific and known for its renewable characteristics—and western red cedar—for every western red cedar tree harvested, three are planted.
Due to the Tsugite Joint Technique, the table can be deconstructed and reconstructed with minimum tools (such as a soft head hammer, etc.)