New life for old wood | News | journalpatriot.com

OLD HARDWOOD is salvaged from the 78-year-old former Smithey’s warehouse building in North Wilkesboro as part of a joint venture between building owner Cam Finley and North Wilkesboro-based Revient Reclaimed Wood. Second Street is seen through a hole left by a tornado last fall.

The old Smithey’s warehouse had part of its roof torn off by a tornado that touched down in Wilkes in October 2017. “As soon as I saw what was inside it, I knew it was a great building for us to salvage,” said Shepherd.

Source: New life for old wood | News | journalpatriot.com

ReStore accepting submissions for annual ReUse Contest | WLOS

Photo credit: Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

The 7th annual ReStore ReUse Contest is an amazing showcase of innovative building projects constructed predominantly of used building materials. Past projects Past projects have run the gamut from small tabletop items and wall décor to artist studios and tiny homes. The majority are medium sized and include furniture, yard art, planters, chicken coops, little free libraries, sheds and more.

Source: ReStore accepting submissions for annual ReUse Contest | WLOS

Peek Inside Cher’s Beverly Hills ‘Retreat’ On Sale For $2.5 Mill | Beverly Hills, CA Patch

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If you can “Believe” it, superstar Cher is selling her four-bedroom, three-bedroom Beverly Hills home for only $2,499,000. This warm, inviting home has high ceilings and hardwood floors made from reclaimed wood throughout.

Source: Peek Inside Cher’s Beverly Hills ‘Retreat’ On Sale For $2.5 Mill | Beverly Hills, CA Patch

Environmental coalition plans to salvage materials from vacant north St. Louis buildings | KBIA

An environmental collaborative aims to remove vacant properties, plans to salvage materials from 30 buildings in north St. Louis in 2019. Refab, a salvage yard in south St. Louis, is identifying buildings that qualify for deconstruction.
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“When you strategically disassemble a structure, there’s more opportunities to find and remediate environmental hazards,” Ginn said. “It would allow us to reduce the amount of waste we’re sending to landfills and you don’t have as much dust spreading through neighborhoods.”

Source: Environmental coalition plans to salvage materials from vacant north St. Louis buildings | KBIA

Good Wood, Portland Oregon – Hiring Deconstructionist

GoodWood is hiring a full time Deconstructionist. $20 an hour to start, some construction or deconstruction experience is welcome. You can contact David Greenhill at Talk@GoodWoodportland.com.

GOOD WOOD IS A DECONSTRUCTION & SALVAGE COMPANY LOCATED IN PORTLAND, OREGON. WE PROVIDE DECONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND OFFER AN AFFORDABLE OPTION FOR SALVAGED OLD-GROWTH LUMBER.

Source: Good Wood

Bidding for Community Building deconstruction to go another round – TamaToledoNews.com 

“It is important to us to use local contractors but also people with experience in deconstruction to help us reach our goal. Since there is local interest, we will reopen the bid process.”

Source: Bidding for Community Building deconstruction to go another round – TamaToledoNews.com | news, information, Iowa, Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

He turns wood from Detroit’s vacant buildings into beautiful guitars

mark wallace guitars rec center

The Brewster-Wheeler recreation center [left] provided the maple wood for the Brewster Wheeler guitar.

“One of my favorite sources for the wood is the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center,” said Wallace, 41. The rec center was located right next to the housing projects where Diana Ross once lived. She and The Supremes were known to hang out there, he said. Wallace harvested maple from the center’s benches to create his Brewster Wheeler series of guitars. Another line, called the Cadillac Stamping collection, is made from wood reclaimed from a former auto parts plant.

Source: He turns wood from Detroit’s vacant buildings into beautiful guitars

Global Trend: Flint uses dam removal & river restoration to spur urban revitalization

Naturalizing the stretch of river that snakes through downtown Flint will transform a concrete wasteland into a usable public space that is aesthetically pleasing. It also will complement the rest of the 142-mile long Flint River, parts of which are as remote and scenic as rivers in northern Michigan.

Source: Global Trend: Flint uses dam removal & river restoration to spur urban revitalization

Detroit Audio Lab: Man builds speakers out of city’s reclaimed wood – Story | WJBK

“The little bit of what we do is we bring that back,” Bauer said. “You get a little memory so we are starting a whole new generation and you get a little memory of what people are doing and you really get a really high quality audio product.”

Source: Detroit Audio Lab: Man builds speakers out of city’s reclaimed wood – Story | WJBK

Diederick Kraaijeveld in Portland, Oregon August 14th & 15th at Crackedpots 19th Annual Reuse Art Show – Oudhout – Buildin’ Manhattan

Months and months of long working days….over 6000 pieces sawn to perfection….Buildin’ Manhattan! Kraaijeveld created a 10 feet long Manhattan in wood, special wood: red cedar from Manhattan water towers. Shipped in a sea freight container from New York City to the Netherlands. One day the piece will be back in New York…….

Source: Oudhout – Buildin’ Manhattan

House where Rosa Parks lived in Detroit after escaping South up for auction | MLive.com

In this April 6, 2017 photo Rhea McCauley a niece of Rosa Parks poses in front of the rebuilt house of Rosa Parks in Berlin.

“From the viewpoint of art and design, the story of the house and its history since leaving Detroit is a demonstration of the new reach of preservation and the power of creative adaptive reuse,”

Source: House where Rosa Parks lived in Detroit after escaping South up for auction | MLive.com

Kingsport Times-News: Historic Rogersville house to be razed, but you can still salvage the antebellum brick

Demolition contractor Brant Grimm told the Times-News Friday he expects to begin razing Rogersville’s historic Blue Spring House in three to four weeks. He said he said he’s willing to salvage the brick and some large timbers from the 175-year old structure, but that wasn’t part of his original plan.

On Tuesday, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to award the bid to demolish the Blue Spring House, which dates back almost 200 years, on East Main Street to Kingsport-based Grimm Construction for $23,900.

Source: Kingsport Times-News: Historic Rogersville house to be razed, but you can still salvage the antebellum brick

Peoria firm bid $7,586 to win salvage rights to Burnham Mansion, other buildings | News-Gazette.com

Photo by: Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette
The Burnham mansion at 603 W. Church St., Champaign.

“The properties were originally constructed in the late 1800s for use as private residences, but in recent years they have been subdivided into multiple apartment units. The properties are wood-frame construction. Many of the original architectural elements remain in the properties,” the notice said.

Source: Peoria firm bid $7,586 to win salvage rights to Burnham Mansion, other buildings | News-Gazette.com

The Old Main Post Office: Before and After | Chicago magazine | Real Estate & Neighborhoods July 2018

Describing the structure as a “Sleeping Beauty,” Schulze says that the redevelopment of the Old Main Post Office is not only significant for representing a major adaptive reuse and revitalization of one of Chicago’s great buildings, but it’s one that is expected to help breathe new life into the sleepy stretch of the South Loop and West Loop Gate.

Source: The Old Main Post Office: Before and After | Chicago magazine | Real Estate & Neighborhoods July 2018

Old Delta uniforms get new life through ‘Upcycle Project’


Looptworks CEO Scott Hanlin said they collected more than 350,000 pounds of uniforms. Anything that’s still high quality was donated; anything that didn’t fit the bill was modified.  “That’s what Looptworks does really well, is working together with companies to get zero waste to landfills and repurpose a lot of those materials,” Hanlin said.

Source: Old Delta uniforms get new life through ‘Upcycle Project’

In My Opinion: Time to think beyond recycling – Resource Recycling News

Support the reuse industry. This area needs considerable help, and it’s where state leadership is crucial. One state leading the pack is Minnesota. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has shown its support for the industry in many ways, but here are a few of their initiatives that can be replicated by your state: Hold a statewide summit for industry stakeholders; support the launch of a statewide reuse support network (ReuseMN); offer a free, online materials exchange (MN Materials Exchange); conduct a study

Source: In My Opinion: Time to think beyond recycling – Resource Recycling News

NY’s Biggest Dumping Bust Nabs 24 on Long Island

“The individuals and companies arrested in connection with this alleged illegal dumping scheme put the health of Suffolk County residents at risk out of pure greed,” Sini said. “These defendants are alleged to have knowingly dumped solid waste and potentially hazardous materials into our residents’ backyards and parks just to line their pockets.”

Source: NY’s Biggest Dumping Bust Nabs 24 on Long Island

GLEAN artists work through the weight of waste | Metro

Close-up of hands adding lace "skin" to a wooden boat frame.

Now in its eighth year, GLEAN was created to help raise awareness about our consumption habits and inspire new ways of looking at trash as a resource. The program is a partnership between Metro, the government that manages the greater Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; Recology, a company that manages garbage and recycling facilities; and crackedpots, a local environmental arts nonprofit. Artists are selected each year by a jury of arts and environmental professionals.

GLEAN exhibit challenges ideas about waste; showcases artists at Bison Building, Aug. 3 – 25

Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Carolyn Drake, Liz Grotyohann, Benjamin Mefford, Brittany Rudolf and Eduardo Cruz Torres – transformed an unpredictable stream of trash from the Metro Central transfer station into art. Their works will be on display and sale at the Bison Building, 421 NE Tenth Ave., Portland. Opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 Friday, Aug. 3. Ends Aug. 25. Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. More details at Gleanpdx.org or 503-278-0725.

Source: GLEAN artists work through the weight of waste | Metro

A social tool for evaluating the environmental impact of residential buildings

“We have tried to work toward the concept of sustainable construction, also taking into account concepts related to the recycling and reuse of materials, and putting this tool at the disposal of all the agents involved in the construction sector, such as students, professionals and the users of the house themselves,” adds Solis.

Source: A social tool for evaluating the environmental impact of residential buildings

#MeToo hit architecture. Now what? – Curbed

The Architecture Lobby’s Think-In explored ways to improve the “soft infrastructure” of architecture, including better labor practices and achieving gender equity. Michael Schissel

“We need to improve laws and policies to better protect those who report abuse and to make abusers accountable,” Berkowitz continued. “We have to educate our culture at large to upend [the] negative backlash accusers experience. What can architects do to respond to or prevent abusive behavior? How can we organize labor to create a fair and equitable workplace?”

Source: #MeToo hit architecture. Now what? – Curbed

The Problems with Deconstruction » Urban Milwaukee

2075 N. Cambridge Ave. Photo by Dave Reid.

“I mean, I thought we were doing something great here. But it’s contingent on, as usual, the private sector, money, fear of hiring ex-offenders.” Bauman called this program a case study in the obstacles confronted by attempts to create jobs. “If every time you try to create jobs for the folks most in need and the folks you want to keep off the street and keep out of the criminal justice system, if there’s a million obstacles put up, we’re sunk. We’ll never solve the problem.”

Source: The Problems with Deconstruction » Urban Milwaukee

New building system using construction waste explored | WSU Insider | Washington State University

WSU team Jose Becerra, David Drake and Jacob Sauer (l-r) display brick they have made from drywall construction waste.

Building construction and demolition waste is a growing problem in the United States. In 2014, contractors disposed of 534 million tons of waste, a tripling since 2003. Drywall, also known as gypsum board or sheetrock, is a ubiquitous interior wall covering that is cost effective but wasteful to install. Building a 2,000 square-foot home generates more than a ton of drywall scrap.

Source: New building system using construction waste explored | WSU Insider | Washington State University

ReUse Industries opens combined store/makerspace | Local News | athensnews.com

Makerspace Luke Black

Athens Makerspace Manager Luke Black configures a metal lathe, gotten from ACEnet, in the metal shop.

“Now, along with our successful Columbus Road thrift store, we have ReUse on Union to provide community access to high-quality donated goods in niche categories as well as our online store, Athens FabMaker on www.etsy.com, which provides high-end and vintage fabric to artists and designers around the world.”

Source: ReUse Industries opens combined store/makerspace | Local News | athensnews.com

Stardust a landfill alternative — recycled building supplies – Glendalestar.com: News

Photo by Darrell Jackson

Pictured is the interior of the Glendale location where Stardust Building Supplies offers a large assortment for sale to the public.

“Our deconstruction service is free and we have a list of questions that we ask to determine if the job is something we can do,” Fulton said. “Due to Environmental Protection Agency rules, we cannot do houses that were built before 1978 due to rules about asbestos and lead paint. A job supervisor will also do site searches to make sure the job is something we can do.”

Source: Stardust a landfill alternative — recycled building supplies – Glendalestar.com: News

Edgefield – crackedpots art show – McMenamins

crackedpots art show

This popular summer event showcases more than 100 artists’ creations made of recycled, found or discarded materials. Wander the grounds next to our Little Red shed, and ponder booths containing everything from bird feeders to furniture to sculpture, wearable art and beyond, which will be on display and for sale.

Source: Edgefield – crackedpots art show – McMenamins

Business Spotlight: Old Lumberyard boasts treasures of yesteryear | News | corsicanadailysun.com

“We have lots of architectural items,” Plyer said. “In the form of doors, windows, newel posts, stained glass.”“We have a wedding registry as well,” said Carmichael. “If you’re a vintage lover, come pick what you want and we set it up in a display. We will make a tea towel with the couple’s names on it. All our tea towels sold right now benefit Relay for Life with their proceeds.”

Source: Business Spotlight: Old Lumberyard boasts treasures of yesteryear | News | corsicanadailysun.com

Cambridge Conversion Project Recognized as Preservation Model – Banker & Tradesman

859 Mass Ave Cambridge

“The restoration and reuse design of 859 Massachusetts Ave. is an inspiring example of community-wide dedication to both preserving history and caring for the future,” Charles Sullivan, executive director of the Cambridge Historical Commission, said in a statement.

Source: Cambridge Conversion Project Recognized as Preservation Model – Banker & Tradesman

One house into three? House deconstruction team recycles large unwanted homes | Stuff.co.nz

Treena Gowthorpe and Kate Otter-Lowe are setting out to prove that a house can be deconstructed and recycled for the ...

Treena Gowthorpe and Kate Otter-Lowe are setting out to prove that a house can be deconstructed and recycled for the same price as demolition.

“You take a house that isn’t wanted in the community and deconstruct it. You carefully harvest all the materials from the house and then you use those materials and reconstruct it into tiny builds,” she said.

Source: One house into three? House deconstruction team recycles large unwanted homes | Stuff.co.nz

First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law » Urban Milwaukee

2075 N. Cambridge Ave. Photo by Dave Reid.

2075 N. Cambridge Ave. Photo by Dave Reid.

There are a number of city-owned properties that have to be demolished. And using the requirements of its residents preference program, firms going after the deconstruction contracts will have to meet workforce goals and train unemployed or underemployed city residents in this new trade.

Source: First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law » Urban Milwaukee

Entire Sydney office fitted out with recycled materials and furniture wins sustainability award

The entrance to the office. Photo: Supplied

The entrance to the office. Photo: Supplied

The premises, a previously unused diesel generator room, have indeed become a spectacular showcase for the virtues of salvaging both cast-off plant room space that might otherwise languish, and materials that would have ended up in landfill.

Source: Entire Sydney office fitted out with recycled materials and furniture wins sustainability award

Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

A window bank unearthed during the restoration process.

The building lived many lives before being decommissioned—barracks, courthouse, offices—and like archaeologists, building crews were able to uncover some original building components that had been long covered up. Vinyl flooring had been placed over terrazzo tile in the original mess hall. A utilitarian wall turned out to be hiding a whole bank of historic windows.

Source: Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

Got a locker full of stuff? Deposit it in the Furniture Bank | TreeHugger

Furniture bank

via The Furniture Bank

All that money I spent on rent for the storage locker could have been put to much better use, and all that furniture and stuff that I was storing is now being put to use as well, for people who really need it, and not a bit of it goes to landfill. This truly was a win-win situation.

Source: Got a locker full of stuff? Deposit it in the Furniture Bank | TreeHugger

Plain English contemporary dream kitchen in a converted London schoolhouse

The main work space is flanked by two satellites: a cloakroom and elevator to the right of the stair, and, on the opposite side, an open panty.

Above: The main work space is flanked by two satellites: a cloakroom and elevator to the right of the stair, and, on the opposite side, an open panty.

The wide-plank flooring is original, newly lightened with a soap and lye finish. The black metal long-armed sconces were designed by the architects.

Source: Plain English contemporary dream kitchen in a converted London schoolhouse

Vintage university building materials being auctioned off | CTV Regina News

Items from the U of R’s College Avenue campus are available through an online auction

“Much of this stuff dates back to the original building,” explained Carol Reyda, Project Manager for the University of Regina. “This is stuff that was used back in the early 1900’s.”

Source: Vintage university building materials being auctioned off | CTV Regina News

Dreyfuss + Blackford’s historic power station conversion breaks ground in Sacramento – Archpaper.com

(Courtesy Dreyfuss + Blackford)

The adaptive reuse project covers 53,100 square-feet, including 22,800 square-feet of new space, to convert the structure into a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) center. There will also be a two-story addition that protrudes from the east side of the power station, containing main circulation, classrooms, offices, a café, and a 120-seat planetarium that rises above the building.

Source: Dreyfuss + Blackford’s historic power station conversion breaks ground in Sacramento – Archpaper.com

NYC’s toxic construction debris litters mid-Hudson

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo estimated 5 million tons of construction and demolition debris is generated annually in the New York metro area. Much of it ends up in the mid-Hudson.“Due to the rural nature of the mid-Hudson Valley area and its proximity to New York City, illegal dumping has been an especially difficult problem through the region,” Cuomo said in February 2017. “Haulers see an easy way to cut costs by dumping loads of waste sourced from New York City in the mid-Hudson Valley.”

Source: NYC’s toxic construction debris litters mid-Hudson

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Local blacksmith forging a culture of reuse / Featured news / Newsroom / The University of Newcastle, Australia

Mr Maguire said the day will not only be about fixing damaged items, but also about bringing the community together through a celebration of practical skills that are often overlooked in today’s modern world.

Source: Local blacksmith forging a culture of reuse / Featured news / Newsroom / The University of Newcastle, Australia

Old building materials from College Avenue Campus being auctioned off | Regina Leader-Post

Jackie Schmidt, president of Heritage Regina, stands among some of the materials which will be included in an online auction being put on by Heritage Regina. Many of the items are building materials removed from the College Avenue Campus of the University of Regina. BRANDON HARDER / REGINA LEADER-POST

Schmidt noted that much of the wood is old-growth wood from trees that were more than 100 years old.“Every lot has a historical story behind it,” said Schmidt. “These are architecturally significant. They belonged to the (College Avenue Campus) and we want to make sure that they are not put into the landfill.”

Source: Old building materials from College Avenue Campus being auctioned off | Regina Leader-Post

Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat 

Domino Park – Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Domino Park will open June 10.

Set to open to the public on June 10, the park — which was installed with reclaimed relics from the former Domino Sugar Refinery — has been converted into a quarter-mile long stretch of open green space running along the Williamsburg waterfront.

Source: Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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