Largest Kebony installation in Washington waterfront project
February 28, 2018 | 9:09 am CST

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Recreational Pier of Washington’s redeveloped southwest waterfront, “The Wharf,” has opened. The new waterfront demonstrates a combination of sustainable building materials, unusual landscape design and unconventional carpentry.

The Recreational Pier sits at the terminus of 7th Street SW. Together with the adjacent 7th Street Park, the Recreation Pier forms a new civic connection that brings the community to the water’s edge. The curving, elliptical outline of the pier starts in the park as a concrete walk before transitioning to Kebony wood decking that pushes out onto the pier.

Kebony was chosen due to its properties and ability to hold foot traffic. The Kebony technology modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with a bio-based liquid. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods reportedly take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability.

Kebony Clear wood was used for the pier’s decking, verticals, benches and cladding throughout. In total over 100,000 square feet of Kebony was used at the Wharf, making this the largest installation of Kebony in North America, to date. See

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