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PIVOT IS A DESIGN COLLECTIVE. WE ARE A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO ENRICHING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE MET AND ARE MEETING SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIVES.

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Old factory’s bricks, wood are saved. And that’s lucky for Notre Dame. – South Bend Tribune: Business

 

Brick, wood being save from South Bend factory

Six buildings that are part of the former Wilson Brothers Shirt Co. factory — located along Sample Street, a block west of Chapin Street — are being deconstructed. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ

There’s a strong market for those materials, too.

For example, the Wilson complex — like many other factories its age — is a repository of old-growth timbers that have become extremely rare. The hard maple flooring and heart-pine support beams inside the buildings were cut from trees that had been growing for hundreds of years. Old factories are some of the last places where such wood can be found.

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via Old factory’s bricks, wood are saved. And that’s lucky for Notre Dame. – South Bend Tribune: Business.

 

DETAILS team as “Innovator of the Year” – Humanim

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Big News! The Daily Record has named Humanim’s Jeff Carroll and the DETAILS team as “Innovator of the Year.”

DETAILS, a Humanim social enterprise, is a nonprofit deconstruction business with a social mission: creating jobs for people who, for many reasons, have faced difficulty getting hired. We train and hire men and women to take apart buildings – rather than demolishing them – and then we salvage the materials for resale, reuse or repurposing.

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via Humanim – Home.

North Portland Rising | A Fight to Save a 115-Year-Old Home from Demolition Appears Doomed | Portland Mercury

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Finklea, 34, says the house should be saved. He would prefer to retain it on site, but thinks a house that old deserves to be moved and preserved rather than torn down. Finklea says Lowry doesn’t care about preserving the Eliot neighborhood’s integrity, and worries what the large apartment complex will do to the feel of the street he loves.

via North Portland Rising | City | Portland Mercury.

New Orleans Neighborhoods Scrabble For Hope In Abandoned Ruins : NPR

Despite the city's strategy of auctioning blighted properties, houses like this remain 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. Vandals have stripped the home's cypress floors and other architectural artifacts.

Despite the city’s strategy of auctioning blighted properties, houses like this remain 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. Vandals have stripped the home’s cypress floors and other architectural artifacts. Debbie Elliott/NPR

“We’ve still got a lot of blight. We’re by no means done,” says Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin. He says the city of New Orleans is waging an aggressive battle against blight, and has made inroads.

“We’ve either fixed up or demolished somewhere between 13,000 and 15,000 units, as a city,” he says.

A poll by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a little more than half of the people in New Orleans agree that progress has been made on dealing with destroyed and abandoned homes and other properties.

via New Orleans Neighborhoods Scrabble For Hope In Abandoned Ruins : NPR.

Recycled Kitchens, Salvaged Splendor – The New York Times

Jonathan and Barbara Pessolano’s kitchen from Green Demolitions in place, approximately. The couple also bought windows, subway tile and a marble mantel from other salvage stores. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

But after visiting the store, they bought an enormous used kitchen from a house in Upper Saddle River, N.J., this past April for $11,100. Green Demolitions estimated the kitchen would have set them back about $60,000 new.

via Recycled Kitchens, Salvaged Splendor – The New York Times.

Green Building Elements | From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more.

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If you examine some our most prominent building materials, it quickly becomes obvious that the way we’re doing things is causing a multitude of harm to our planet. The effects include a short list of things like land destruction from mining, deforestation, and significant greenhouse gas emissions from high energy consuming manufacturing.

via Green Building Elements | From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more..

Earthquake art from Christchurch auctioned | Stuff.co.nz

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Deconstructing lath for reuse in fine furniture was a tedious business, Arnott says, but the results are immensely sturdy and eye-catching seats. They are the “only chairs like this in the world”, Arnott says.

Oh, somebody somewhere might have built chairs from lath, but not lath from quake-condemned 19 Admirals Way. It’s this New Zealand backstory that imbues the objects with such interest, says Canterbury Museum exhibitions manager Neil Phillips.

via Earthquake art from Christchurch auctioned | Stuff.co.nz.

‘Stop Demolishing Portland’ protests new development in Rose City | KATU

'Stop Demolishing Portland' protests new development in Rose City

Others with the group say they’ve been forced out of their homes as well and that it’s just a matter of time before many other buildings and houses in Portland are demolished and replaced.

Karen Crichton, one of Stop Demolishing Portland’s organizers, says she can no longer afford to live in the city either.

“People literally have nowhere to go,” Crichton said. “It’s not just the loss of people’s safety and security and their neighborhood, their sense of community, we’re losing the character of Portland, too.”

via ‘Stop Demolishing Portland’ protests new development in Rose City | KATU Investigators | KATU.com – Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News – Portland, Oregon.

The Future of Yacht Recycling >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

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More recently a study carried out by ICOMIA (The International Council of Marine Industry Associations) has estimated that there are more than 6 million recreational craft in Europe alone. This also revealed that historically, disposal methods have been crude, and generally involve chopping up composite structures and reducing them to fragments that can be sent to landfill, which is considered unsustainable in the long run. So again, recycling is the only realistic option for the future…

via The Future of Yacht Recycling >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News.

Tiny Reclaimed Wood Cabins That Appear Plucked From the Pages of Dr. Seuss | Colossal

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Dan Pauly builds guest cottages, playhouses, garden sheds, and saunas all appearing to be perfectly suited for an enchanted forest. The small, asymmetrical buildings have a long slanted roof, crooked chimney, and charming front window with built-in flower box. Each cabin designed by Pauly and his company The Rustic Way is built with reclaimed wood, each piece restored to reflect its natural weathered condition.

via Tiny Reclaimed Wood Cabins That Appear Plucked From the Pages of Dr. Seuss | Colossal.

Changing terminology – Renewable Energy From Waste

“They are not calling it solid waste management, they are calling it materials management,” Gedert said.

Sustainable materials management or SMM is a term that has gained much traction in recent months. It is the new buzzword for sustainability, recycling and energy recovery programs, and along with its close relatives zero waste and the circular economy, it is a term that isn’t going to go away. Even the highest public authority on the subject of solid waste is changing its terminology.

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual data on solid waste generation and disposal in June 2015 it was no longer called Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures.” The report they released this year, which includes figures for 2013, is titled “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2013 Fact Sheet.”

via Changing terminology – Renewable Energy From Waste.

El Cerrito considers program to turn discards into art – ContraCostaTimes.com

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Similar to the San Francisco program, the designated artist would conduct workshops and tours about creative reuse of discarded materials, but, unlike San Francisco, participating artists would use their own studio space.

The El Cerrito artists would also contribute a piece of artwork to the city that they created during their residency.

If it is brought to the City Council and approved, the program would be paid for from the city’s development fee earmarked for public art, said commission member Heidi Rand.

via El Cerrito considers program to turn discards into art – ContraCostaTimes.com.

Machinery Row work ongoing, slower than first expected

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Deconstructing the northern ends of the two buildings will open more public space along the river, Bowman pointed out. Creating public access to the river and a public walkway have been part of the plan from the beginning.

FDP’s general contractor, Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies, should be able to choose a firm soon for the deconstruction job, Bowman said. Timbers and bricks from that process will be reused in building out the apartments.

via Machinery Row work ongoing, slower than first expected.

Buying Here: Cobble House Condos in Lawrenceville blend old stone with cool features | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Inside, the units are light and bright thanks to banks of new windows. When stones were removed to create window openings, they were reused in the courtyard.

The wood floors are another reclamation story. About 30 percent of the original flooring was salvaged and reused.

“We salvaged another 30 percent from the buildings that were torn down to make way for the Tower at PNC Plaza Downtown,” the developer said. “The final third is bowling alley flooring from West Virginia.”

The bowling alley — 2 inches of solid maple — was used in two units and all of the hallways. “They don’t even make bowling alleys like that anymore.”

via Buying Here: Cobble House Condos in Lawrenceville blend old stone with cool features | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Why Choose Reclaimed Wood Decking | GreenWerks

Much of the timber used to make a reclaimed wood deck comes from old-growth trees that were part of first-generation forests. It’s not uncommon to learn that a piece of reclaimed lumber came from a tree that was 100 years old (or older) before it was cut down. For this reason, reclaimed wood decking is often 40 points harder on the Janka scale of hardness than virgin wood. Old-growth wood generally is drier, has a straighter grain pattern and a greater density than virgin wood, as well, making reclaimed wood decks ultimately more durable.

via Why Choose Reclaimed Wood Decking | GreenWerks.

Upcycling: Discarded objects reborn as light fixtures – Times Union

This April 19, 2015 photo shows Robert Nicholas' showroom, Splurge, in Asheville, N.C. Nicholas creates lighting fixtures by upcycling or reusing vintage objects. The fixture in the foreground is the skeletal frame from a gazebo roof, which Nicholas is converting to a showpiece fixture for a local brewery. Photo: Beth J. Harpaz, AP / APThis April 19, 2015 photo shows Robert Nicholas’ showroom, Splurge, in Asheville, N.C. Nicholas creates lighting fixtures by upcycling or reusing vintage objects. The fixture in the foreground is the skeletal frame from a gazebo roof, which Nicholas is converting to a showpiece fixture for a local brewery. (Beth J. Harpaz, AP / AP)

Yet when it comes to an object’s original purpose, Nicholas said, “I don’t really care what it was, but I’m intrigued by what it was. It really is more about the aesthetic look of it and the potential of what it can become,” along with its potential for a “wow factor.”

via Upcycling: Discarded objects reborn as light fixtures – Times Union.

Last look? Deconstruction looms for Fifth Church, on Cleveland’s West Side (photos) | cleveland.com

Cleveland is working with a consultant, WR Restoration of Twinsburg, to evaluate the church and determine what materials can be saved. That analysis will provide a menu of potential costs for the city and the future site developers. Disassembling the church, rather than simply tearing it down, would be an unusual – and expensive – proposition.

via Last look? Deconstruction looms for Fifth Church, on Cleveland’s West Side (photos) | cleveland.com.

Urban Ghosts: The Bomber Restaurant’s Landmark B-17 Flying Fortress, Oregon – Urban Ghosts

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It soon became one of the most noticeable, iconic roadside landmarks after ‘landing’ in 1947. But now, the World War Two heavy bomber that long stood watch over Milwaukie, Oregon has been removed for restoration, unlikely ever to return to its rather odd occupation as a gas station awning.

via Urban GhostsThe Bomber Restaurant’s Landmark B-17 Flying Fortress, Oregon – Urban Ghosts.

Bottom Line: Old wood finds new life in lumber reclamation company – News – telegram.com – Worcester, MA

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“We deal strictly with reclaimed material. The whole idea of reclaiming lumber is a green one, and it makes financial sense,” Mr. Poirier said. “Reclaimed lumber is now being traded as a commodity.”

The company now has 18 employees, and Mr. Poirier and his team will travel as far as Ohio to reclaim lumber. Mr. Poirier said he finds his raw materials through a network of demolition contractors across New England.

Once the wood is reclaimed, it is sent to Longleaf’s mill, where it is de-nailed, kiln-dried and milled into flooring and paneling.

via Bottom Line: Old wood finds new life in lumber reclamation company – News – telegram.com – Worcester, MA.

Fort Snelling’s historic Upper Post to be transformed into workforce housing

The approximately $100 million project will be financed through a combination of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, and other sources. “These tax credits make the project feasible from our perspective,” Condas says. Dominium specializes in affordable and workforce housing, as well as the adaptive reuse of historic structures.

“Projects like this one take an incredible investment from a construction cost standpoint, in order to make them work,” Condas says. “Without that stack of tax credits, the project wouldn’t be do-able.”

via Fort Snelling’s historic Upper Post to be transformed into workforce housing.

Market for Green Building Materials Set to Soar

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Erick Vickstrom, research analyst for BCC Research, said increased demand across the sector will “provide an opportunity for both existing players and new entrants into the green building materials market.”

For their research, BCC defined “green materials” as those having at least one of these characteristics:

  • Made from salvaged, recycled, or agricultural waste content

  • Manufactured with efficient, environmentally friendly processes

  • Made from rapidly renewable resources

  • Beneficial to the interior built environment

  • Recyclable at the end of their useful life

via Market for Green Building Materials Set to Soar.

How much of a demolished house can you salvage – try 98 per cent

Brothers Robert and Victor Pace at their salvage yard in Bulleen.

Brothers Robert and Victor Pace at their salvage yard in Bulleen. Photo: Joe Armao

It is important work. As apartment towers rise in the suburbs, period homes are falling apace. The number of domestic demolitions registered with the Victorian Building Authority surged from 5632 in 2013 to 6738 in 2014.

Many of these are standard “crash and trash” jobs in which the home is destroyed and dumped in landfill. But Pace Demolitions is one of a handful of companies that treat these spaces with respect.

The buildings become organ donors, methodically stripped down to their barest elements, with all the most valuable materials harvested for resale, or recycling, thereby reducing waste and preserving a bit of history.

via How much of a demolished house can you salvage – try 98 per cent.

Deconstructing the past for a zero-energy future

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It’s even more impressive that a spa, the type of business with a reputation for being an energy hog, will essentially become the greenest building in town. Grocoff and his team are salvaging everything from the old bricks to the hardwood floors to the structural studs to be reused in the Sun Baths building as well as other future projects. Much of the wood came from Michigan’s virgin forests a century ago, meaning its of a higher quality than what is currently available in stores today.

“There are extraordinary materials in these buildings,” Grocoff says. “There are lots of good uses for these materials.”

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Big Green Recycling Machine – Urban Milwaukee

Stained glass windows salvaged by WasteCap Resource Solutions. Photo by Amanda Mickevicius.Stained glass windows salvaged by WasteCap Resource Solutions. Photo by Amanda Mickevicius.

WasteCap receives a “Raz-List” from the City of Milwaukee. This list includes foreclosed homes and buildings that will be torn down one way or the other. Some are eligible for deconstruction, meaning they torn down by hand by workers, rather than razed by machines. Ogden says the price tag on razing a house is $15,000 charged to the city, so deconstruction saves money for taxpayers. WasteCap also pays the city for materials salvaged from tear-downs.

via Big Green Recycling Machine – Urban Milwaukee.

Former Broadway Market: ‘Deconstruction,’ ‘demolition’ differ

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An excavator hauls a shovel full of debris toward a waiting dump truck Wednesday during the demolition of the old Broadway Market and home of Ann and Alfredo Cipolato, who ran the store before it closed in 2004.

Deconstruction was the old-time approach before the days of mass consumption and mass disposal and it still makes sense. Deconstruction not only creates jobs, reduces waste and conserves resources, it also keeps our unique local history in the community. If you visit the Home ReSource building materials reuse center on Russell and Wyoming you’ll see lots of Missoula’s history, priced affordably and ready to be reused – much of it thanks to deconstruction.

via Former Broadway Market: ‘Deconstruction,’ ‘demolition’ differ.

Knox Heritage accepting proposals for salvage show – News Sentinel Story

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Knox Heritage is accepting proposals for its annual silent auction fundraiser, the Salvage Show, through Sept. 2.The show will highlight how architectural salvage can be used in art and design while benefiting Knox Heritage.Submitted work for the show can be either artwork or functional design such as lighting, cabinets and doorknobs.The Salvage Show is scheduled for First Friday on Oct. 2 in downtown Knoxville.

via Knox Heritage accepting proposals for salvage show – News Sentinel Story.

Longleaf Lumber – MWPA Pine Cone Award

Longleaf Lumber is New England’s antique and reclaimed lumber company, milling fine reclaimed wood salvaged from historic industrial and agricultural buildings. We produce reclaimed wood flooring, paneling, counter and tabletops, stair treads, resawn beams, mouldings, mantels, and roughsawn lumber.

We’re proud to announce that the Maine Wood Products Association (MWPA) has awarded Longleaf Lumber’s Berwick, Maine reclaimed lumber mill the annual Pine Cone Award for innovation, growth, and success in the Maine wood products manufacturing industry.

Awarded to small Maine businesses in the wood products manufacturing industry, the Pine Cone Award recognizes innovative business practices, growth, and success in Maine and beyond.

As a part of our Berwick, Maine mill facility expansion, Longleaf has recently installed a new wood-grinding system to make recycling wood waste more efficient and is constructing a new warehouse and office building. The new building is hosting a rooftop solar photovoltaic array that will help us produce a good deal of our electricity via on-site renewable generation.

We’re honored to receive the Pine Cone Award and are proud to manufacture all our products in the state of Maine. The quality of our flooring, paneling, and other millwork is a testament to the skill and hard work of our millworkers, who give 100% every hour of the day.

We’d also like to thank the federal government and USDA for helping to make our new solar panels a reality. Their REAP program encourages rural Maine businesses to practice sustainability and build enterprises that treat employees, the local community, and our environment with the care and dignity they deserve.

via Longleaf Lumber – MWPA Pine Cone Award.

Railroad Spike Beer Rack Train by RailroadWare

 

 

 

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All aboard functional piece of heavy duty Railroadware. This unique shelving & product display system is an ideal way to display and feature your favorite cans & bottles. It can handle the job storing your products with an attractive rustic style, industrial old world charm and functionality. Your favorite bottle or can is the locomotive. (Fine wines or beer not included.)

Used in restaurants, bars, and homes, The storage system comes with 2-spikes,  2-rebar rails,  2- cast iron escutcheon washer2 ½” dia. and 2-wood screws 1/4″x 2″  that can be removed and replaced with any hardware you need.

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Custom sizes and longer trains are available. Each track carries a train featuring your bottles and cans. You can stack you precious cargo on the rails or purchase multiple shelves. Orient them east or west bound either way they make a nice addition to your kitchen or bar station.

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Attach to wall studs @ 32” O.C. or consult contractor for drywall or other installation. Extra Additional RR spike brackets and ½” rebar gauge track available.

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RailroadWare Logo IconWHAT IS RAILROADWARE?

We upcycle and repurpose common industrial artifacts transforming them into products that provide a historical accent to commercial or residential spaces. Combining the ruggedness of upcycled industrial steel and glass, our products add distinctive depth and texture to your decor without overwhelming. They are also delightfully functional and all made in USA.

Railroad Spike Beer Rack Train 44″ – 6 pack – RailroadWare.