33 acres and 20 historic buildings up for redevelopment at Fort Vancouver – Portland Business Journal

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A historic picture of a 1905 barracks building at Fort Vancouver, which is up for redevelopment.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, across the river from Portland, is a unique 200-acre cultural site in the Northwest with ties to the earliest days of settlement in the Oregon Territory. Since 2012, it’s also owned about 33 acres of former Department of Defense land that the National Park Service is now looking to redevelop into a “dynamic, sustainable public service campus.”

via 33 acres and 20 historic buildings up for redevelopment at Fort Vancouver – Portland Business Journal.

Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design Steampunk Teardrop Trailer Dave Moult Exterior – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Dave Moult, of the UK, enjoys taking the old and making it new. Yet, he eschews modern design and instead opts for timeless 19th century ideas through his work. Moult invests many hours in his creations, including the rehabilitation of an old teardrop trailer.

Many of the details of the trailer’s interior have been crafted by hand. The original chandelier piece is born of a vintage tea pot and copper pipes. The illusion of a library is devised by using a clever wallpaper and much of the interior incorporates found wood, leather, and various metals. All of the leather present in the trailer is from an old couch which the designer purchased for the equivalent of $22.

via Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design Steampunk Teardrop Trailer Dave Moult Exterior – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Adaptive re-use: A blueprint on how to profit

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Why does adaptive reuse attract investors? Investors and operators have several motives for jumping in. The primary motive is profit and gain. The idea of recycling, preservation or history is additional motivation. Another driver may be your creative side emerging and visualizing the project as a learning experience or adding another arrow to the business knowledge quiver. Regardless of the driver, determining profitably is the single most important factor.

via Adaptive re-use: A blueprint on how to profit.

Detroit deconstruction projects prompt need for ‘reclamation hub’ | MNN – Mother Nature Network

To many, Detroit is defined by decaying, derelict homes. The city aims to raze a majority of the over 70,000 forsaken properties. (Photo: Danielle Walquist Lynch/flickr)

Bloomberg also crunches numbers to share some staggering statistics: given that the average home and basement produces 400 tons of debris when razed, all of Detroit’s derelict properties combined would yield around 28 million tons of demolition waste. That’s enough to fill 280 of America’s largest aircraft carriers.

Spearheaded by the administration of newly instated Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the pilot deconstruction program will take place in southwest Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood with several local deconstruction firms vying for the job. The winning bid will be announced early this summer.

via Detroit deconstruction projects prompt need for ‘reclamation hub’ | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

Lieberman ‘Collects and Curates’ for New Design Business – Memphis Daily News

She lived in Atlanta at a time when urban

revitalization became something of a movement there, fueled by things like adaptive reuse of existing buildings. And that’s something that also fascinates her about Memphis, where she believes her design talent could be particularly useful in a city that’s becoming increasingly comfortable with its architectural and design character.

via Lieberman ‘Collects and Curates’ for New Design Business – Memphis Daily News.

Rustbelt Reclamation brings new life to salvaged materials

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He’s come full circle with his business, which produces customized furniture made of reclaimed materials in an old elevator factory on East 36th Street. Not only is he finding new uses for goods that would have been thrown away, but he’s revitalizing Cleveland’s manufacturing past.

All Rustbelt Reclamation furniture is made by a crew of about 20 people right in Cleveland. And many of the pieces are created with floorboards harvested from now-closed factories where people who helped build the city, the region and the country once stood and worked.

"Wow, all of that was going to be in the landfill, and now it’s not.'"“Wow, all of that was going to be in the landfill, and now it’s not.'”

via Rustbelt Reclamation brings new life to salvaged materials.

Pre-Demolition work underway at Green Hotel | NJ.com

Green Hotel.JPGThe former Green Hotel, on Cooper Street in Woodbury, on Friday, April 24, 2015. (Staff photo by Jason Laday)

“The process has already begun, demolishing the building,” said Camden Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd on Friday.

The city planning and zoning board in August 2014 voted 6-1 to approve the demolition, over the protests of the members of Woodbury’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The building once known as the Green Castle Hotel, originally built in 1881 and turned into apartments in 1920, has been the subject of debate between Holy Angels Parish and preservation advocates for years.

via Pre-Demolition work underway at Green Hotel | NJ.com.

Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com

ramsey.JPGWalter Ramsey, Montague town planner, said the town is looking for a buyer and developer of Building 11, part of a mill complex on the Connecticut River in the Turners Falls village. (Photo by / Cori Urban )

“Building 11″ is a free-standing, seven-story brick building on about fourth-tenths of an acre between the Connecticut River and the power canal in the Montague village of Turners Falls. The 35,280-square-foot brick mill building constructed about 1900 is being offered under the town’s Commercial Homesteading Program for a nominal fee to the builder/developer making the best proposal based on well-defined criteria contained in the request for proposals.

via Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com.

Lawmaker wants to upcycle retired aircraft carriers into Puget Sound toll bridge | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Will Bremerton, the town best known for blackberries and naval base, be home to an inlet-spanning bridge fashioned from decommissioned warships? (Photo: Clemens Vasters/flickr)

What hasn’t been done before — and what Young is pitching via a proposed $90,000 feasibility study recently introduced into the state highway budget — is a floating bridge built entirely from repurposed Vietnam-era aircraft carriers. Channeling Xerxes, Young envisions a string (well, just three) of these retired — mothballed, technically — Navy vessels, each a little over 1,000-feet-long, spanning Sinclair Inlet.

via Lawmaker wants to upcycle retired aircraft carriers into Puget Sound toll bridge | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

Waste not, want not – The Construction Index

Above: Construction waste is segregated and stockpiled for re-use on other sites

Current figures show that the UK recycles more of its construction and demolition (C&D) waste than most other EU countries. Some projects have recorded landfill diversion rates of more than 90% while the overall average rate in 2012 was a respectable 66.4%. That average rate is predicted to increase to 75.5% by 2020. An optimistic estimate, maybe, but still in line with the Waste Framework Directive which set a 2020 recycling rate target of 70% (by weight) for re-use, recycling and other recovery of C&D waste.

via Waste not, want not.

Save the Planet 2015: Proof for progress of waste management in SE-Europe | Recyclingportal

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Bulgaria and the countries from the Region are facing numerous challenges to achieve the high European waste management targets. Till 2020 they have to recycle 70 per cent of their construction waste and 50 per cent of the municipal waste. SE European countries are streamlining the legislation and introducing new facilities in cities, landfill sites and industry enterprises.

via Save the Planet 2015: Proof for progress of waste management in SE-Europe | Recyclingportal.

Gentler side of demolition: Deconstructors take houses apart, stick by stick | OregonLive.com

The city of Portland is trying to encourage property owners to deconstruct, rather than demolish, unwanted buildings. It is launching a public process intended to promote deconstruction and to help advocates explain the advantages of a slow demolition, rather than one carried out in a day or two by a single worker on a backhoe. The City Council will hear a report on the subject in June.

via Gentler side of demolition: Deconstructors take houses apart, stick by stick | OregonLive.com.

Portland home demolitions, September 2003-March 2015 | OregonLive.com

 

 

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Small houses on larger lots and old houses that haven’t been well-kept are frequent targets of developers who can profit from tearing them down and building a new house – or two, three or even four. City permit data show demolitions shot from 115 in 2010 to 308 in 2014. The trend has spawned a chorus of neighborhood protests and the attention of City Hall.

via Portland home demolitions, September 2003-March 2015 | OregonLive.com.

Barn Busters: Reclaimed wood transforms region’s heritage | Johnson City Press

Barn Busters: Reclaimed wood transforms region's heritage

Mike McKinney, owner of RHAM Inc., makes it his business to seek out dilapidated barns and reclaim the wood the original builders used to construct them. (Nathan Baker/Johnson City Press)

McKinney said an oak stable door pulled from a 70-year-old barn still standing on the McKinley Road property, can be bought for 10-cents a foot, then combined with other reclaimed boards to create a table that will sell for $2,000.

via Barn Busters: Reclaimed wood transforms region’s heritage | Johnson City Press.

Shelley Fralic: The sad reality of architectural salvage

The Legg House was demolished last June to make way for a tower. Doors from the heritage residence are among the items for sale at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s sale of architectural salvage items.

The Legg House was demolished last June to make way for a tower. Doors from the heritage residence are among the items for sale at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s sale of architectural salvage items. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG

Ironic in that we tear down 1900s arts and crafts homes, built with old-growth fir, leaded casement windows, wood-planked floors, stained glass windows and French pocket doors, and replace them with boxy pseudo Craftsman eyesores hastily constructed of chipboard and drywall, the solid wood and artistic detail of yore replaced by slapped-on stucco and MDF.

via Shelley Fralic: The sad reality of architectural salvage.

Q & A with Sandtown Millworks General Manager James Battaglia

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We make dining tables, benches, coffee tables, storage pieces, consoles, beds, barn doors, and many other timeless pieces by hand right here in South Baltimore. Our work is primarily made from wood, which we salvage from old buildings around Baltimore being renovated or demolished.  Most of the buildings from which we get our material were built between 1880 and 1920.

via Q & A with Sandtown Millworks General Manager James Battaglia.

Haute 100 LA: Rick Caurso Reaches Agreement to Acquire Glendale Masonic Temple

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“We are glad to extend our presence in Glendale through a project that truly offers a prime example of adaptive reuse,” stated Caruso. “This is a local architectural gem. The prospect of reinvigorating it, preserving its architectural history while providing the community additional modern office space and several new social hangouts is exciting.”

via Haute 100 LA: Rick Caurso Reaches Agreement to Acquire Glendale Masonic Temple.

✔ DiResta Barrel Table – YouTube

The folks at Dickel ordered this table as a gift. The design was chosen out of 6 concepts I sent over. The tree was cut down at my “Homestead” in the Catskills of NY state. The barrel was provided from the George Dickel distillery. The glass is from ADC glass in the Lower East Side on NYC. Thank you for watching

via ✔ DiResta Barrel Table – YouTube.

Reclaimed Piano Chandelier – Gallery: Lighting and Wall Treatments 1 – Stroudfoot Design…Sleek Decay…Furnishings & Lighting…Custom, Turn-Key…Design-Build

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MATERIALS: Piano keys reclaimed from early 20th Century piano. Bulbs: 3 x 1 ft incandescent display bulbs.

Stroudfoot’s full-service workshop and design studio is located in Liberty Village in downtown Toronto. Clients are invited to tour its studio to view Stroudfoot’s inventory of reclaimed raw materials, an inventory replenished through regular sourcing around Ontario and the NE United States. From antique woods to one-off vintage pieces, the workshop and design studio is at the heart of Stroudfoot.

via Reclaimed Piano Chandelier – Gallery: Lighting and Wall Treatments 1 – Stroudfoot Design…Sleek Decay…Furnishings & Lighting…Custom, Turn-Key…Design-Build.

Webber building in need of buyer – Montgomery, Alabama

-webber07.jpg_20140628.jpgWorkman install a beam to help keep the rest of the Webber building from collapsing in downtown Montgomery, Ala. on Saturday June 28, 2014.(Photo: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

“As far as public buildings go, I’d rank the historical significance of the Webber building right up there with the Capitol and the old Klein building. Montgomery Theater Building played a major role in Montgomery’s history,” said Mary Ann Neeley, former executive director of the Landmark Foundation. “There’s all sorts of connections there to that building so to lose it and to have the wall collapse was certainly devastating to many of us at that time and to lose the building itself.”

via Webber building in need of buyer.

Adaptive-reuse project means makeover for West Barracks | The Columbian

The long-vacant Infantry Barracks at Fort Vancouver will be renovated into studio and one-bedroom apartments over the next year as part of an $8.3 million “adaptive reuse” project involving four buildings. (Natalie Behring/The Columbian)

The city of Vancouver is funding the $8.3 million project with a combination of state grants, revenue generated from operation of Fort Vancouver property and city bonds, including “mini-bonds” that citizens can purchase for $500 to $10,000.

“Anything we can do to preserve and restore those buildings, we should do that,” Mayor Pro Tem Larry Smith told the city council at last Monday’s workshop. “This is probably one of the greatest assets of our community.”

via Adaptive-reuse project means makeover for West Barracks | The Columbian.

Urban Miners Puts Old Home Materials To Good Use – New Haven Living – Hartford Magazine – Hartford Courant

Urban MinersUrban Miners, a company that salvages buildings and materials for reuse and resale is full to the ceiling with door knobs, doors, windows, hardware and an eclectic mix of other odd items. (Stephen Dunn)

“I was looking at an 1810 house that needed to come down,” he says. “Walking in there was like being transported back to a lumberyard from the Revolutionary War. It was timber-framed, with wide boards for the flooring and roof sheathing. Someone has preserved all this wood for 200 years, and it’s still good, lots of it better than you can buy today. And then someone comes along with a bulldozer and throws it all away? It drives me nuts.”

Joe DeRisi

Joe DeRisi is the owner of Urban Miners, a company that salvages buildings and materials for reuse and resale. His former factory building is full to the ceiling with doors, windows, hardware and an eclectic mix of other odd items. (Stephen Dunn)

via Urban Miners Puts Old Home Materials To Good Use – New Haven Living – Hartford Magazine – Hartford Courant.

Homes Away From Home | Central Addition landmarks will be moved/salvaged/deconstructed | News | Boise Weekly

(L-R) The Jones House, the Fowler House, the Beck House, the Wood House and the Stewart House.(L-R) The Jones House, the Fowler House, the Beck House, the Wood House and the Stewart House. Kelsey Hawes

Some of the oldest homes in Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood will live to see another day. Threatened by arson, vandalism, the wrecking ball or a combination of all three, five of the 100-plus-year-old properties are being saved by California-based developer LocalConstruct, which will help foot the bill for moving, deconstructing or salvaging the buildings.

via Homes Away From Home | Central Addition landmarks will be moved/salvaged/deconstructed | News | Boise Weekly.

Use VAT to reward ‘green’ refurbishment – not demolition – The Ecologist

Destruction driven by the 20% VAT penalty on property refurbishment? Demolition of Wychwood House on the Woodberry Down Estate, London in June 2007. Photo:  Sarflondondunc via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).Destruction driven by the 20% VAT penalty on property refurbishment? Demolition of Wychwood House on the Woodberry Down Estate, London in June 2007. Photo: Sarflondondunc via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

When I’m not teaching students, I help run a sustainable architecture firm and entirely by accident, we find ourselves in the business of destroying perfectly good houses and sending them off to landfill, all in the name of sustainable design.

via Use VAT to reward ‘green’ refurbishment – not demolition – The Ecologist.

This old cottage: Times Argus Online

Stefan Hard / Staff Photo Slate, still in good condition, will be carefully removed from this roof on a buiding inside the Waterbury State Complex so the material can be reused for new or renovated construction.

“The idea is to keep materials out of landfills, and reuse building materials,” said Surwilo, who noted the approach is part of a new mindset in state government that is gaining momentum.

Deconstruction of the 1930’s home would also provide about three months work and valuable experience for a deconstruction crew, some members of which were trained for such work with assistance from a federal EPA grant to ReSource and Yestermorrow Design School.

via This old cottage  : Times Argus Online.

Restoring Lakewood apartment on the cheap has been a labor of love for retiree: Cool Spaces (photos) | cleveland.com

Jackie Taylor, 63, hangs out with his dog Rufus inside his open kitchen in his upstairs flat that he has almost finished renovating in Lakewood. Taylor broke down a wall to the left to give the kitchen and open feel. The entire kitchen redo has only cost $2,000 with used materials, he said. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)

He prides himself on creating an affordable vintage space where everything is restored, repaired and reused. Most of the materials came from Habitat for Humanity.

“At first I bought it as an investment,” says Taylor, who paid $200,000 for the building. “But after spending so much time here working on the apartments, I thought, ‘I really like it here.'”

Jackie Taylor had to scrape all the white paint off of the original woodwork which includes built-in bookcases and a bench in the living room of his 1920s apartment. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)

via Restoring Lakewood apartment on the cheap has been a labor of love for retiree: Cool Spaces (photos) | cleveland.com.

Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News)

Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101

Cllr Melanie Baker said the application had proved “a very emotive issue”.

“A building is not just bricks and mortar,” he said.

“It holds historical information and values.

“My greatest concern is that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

“I for one feel I cannot be part of destroying part of our heritage.”

Cllr Clive Smith said he had initially been sceptical about the value of the shed and concerns raised by conservation groups in the town, including the Malvern Civic Society, but after looking more closely at the issue had come to understand why people were upset about the plans.

via Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News).

Expensive painting sold for $12 at local Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times

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Meagan Nowicki was shopping at Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Metro Restore on Greenfield in Detroit when a painting caught her eye. She says she thought it looked familiar and for a price tag of $12, she couldn’t pass it up.

Turns out the piece of art is worth an astonishing $900. Detroit artist, the late Max Shaye painted the piece before he died in 2004.

via Expensive painting sold for $12 at local Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times.

Meet Viridian Reclaimed Wood – YouTube

Most people think of reclaimed wood from old barns and schoolhouses. Our story was born in 2004 down at the shipyard, with a lot of grit and a couple of friends’ idea to rescue some really amazing wood from winding up in a landfill. Wood from far off ports arrives daily as shipping pallets and crates, but it’s extremely difficult to recycle. Through years of trial and error we pioneered a method for up-cycling these dockside discards into products with lasting value.

This video explains the why, how and what we do to make the most of every stick of wood we reclaim.

via Meet Viridian Reclaimed Wood – YouTube.

Visionary| Bôhten Eyewear

Bôhten’s mission is to develop a compost management initiative that reuses environmental reclaimed material (barley, wheat, straw, stone) to design our contemporary eyeglasses. We are the representation not yet recognized that seeks to pay homage to a love of fashion without the loss of social responsibility. Join us on our quest as we seek to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, employment both social and environmental awareness for the underprivileged. This is a journey that will be nothing short of historic.

via About Us | Bôhten Eyewear.

Salvage Works – Portland, Oregon

Whew, we moved!
Our new address is 2024 N. Argyle St. Indoor wood warehouse!  Bigger shop and showroom! Three bathrooms! Now, if we could just get the phones working….

Salvage Works is a lumber yard and wood shop specializing in reclaimed lumber and barn wood from deconstructed houses and barns.

In addition to our full retail yard, we have a wood shop where our skilled craftsmen build beautiful furniture and fixtures for homes, restaurants and stores.

Located in the historic North Portland neighborhood of Kenton, visit us at:

2024 N. Argyle St.

Portland, OR 97217

via Salvage Works.

Manor House Stables, A Champion’s Home Reborn: Remodelista

AR Design converted Manor House stable, door: RemodelistaThe original stable corridor, which the architects retained, now functions as an elegant enfilade.

Until one day when Andy Ramus of AR Design Studio, which was completing renovations to the Manor House, recognized the potential of this historic stable. Shortly after, Lovely Cottage’s stable received a new lease on life as a modern three-bedroom house featuring much of the structure’s original barnlike character.

AR Design converted Manor House stable exterior: Remodelista

With the exterior of the single-story brick structure refurbished, the original wood-framed windows were replaced with modern glazing and powder-coated steel frames. (more photos at Dezeen)

via Manor House Stables, A Champion’s Home Reborn: Remodelista.

CAF Talk Covers Industrial Reuse and Future of Fulton Market – The City that Works – Curbed Chicago

IMG_2924.JPG[Amenities, such as outdoor space and flexible floor plans, are key selling points that attract companies to renovated and restored buildings.]

Using the 1K Fulton building and renovation of the Montgomery Ward building on the Chicago River as examples, the discussion explored how industrial re-use allows the city to preserve historic building stock, gives tech tenants the massive floorplates, flexible floor plans and character they want out of their commercial space, and bring development and jobs to the city.

via CAF Talk Covers Industrial Reuse and Future of Fulton Market – The City that Works – Curbed Chicago.

Adaptive reuse a lesson for Saskatoon

Last night I received some sad news of a friend’s passing. He loved his house and worked on it endlessly.

This article struck me today. It is relevant for many of us who care about history, buildings, and the people who love them.

How typical it is of Saskatoon that its citizens awoke on Thursday morning to the news that two local buildings which are part of the city’s history and heritage are being demolished, almost as one read or listened to that unhappy news.

How little this pimple on the prairie cares about its past. Apparently there is nothing of importance in where it has been, only in the sad mess it is making of its future.

Read the entire article via Adaptive reuse a lesson for Saskatoon.

Detroit’s 70,000 abandoned homes a treasure trove for rubble-sifting artisans: ‘It’s like a treasure hunt’ | Financial Post

Bryan Mitchell/BloombergReclaim Detroit workers salvage wood from an abandoned house on Elmhurst Street in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Bryan Mitchell/BloombergReclaim

“It’s like a treasure hunt,” said Craig Varterian, executive director of Reclaim Detroit, a nonprofit group that’s stripped and sold materials from almost 70 demolished homes. Floorboards and joists of early 20th century maple, walnut, hickory, fir and even chestnut are prized for their density and fine grain.

As Detroit ramps up demolitions of vacant dwellings, Mayor Mike Duggan plans a reclamation center in a city-owned building to keep tons of rubble out of landfills and create jobs and merchandise. Recycling would become a centerpiece of the city’s blight-removal effort, which is struggling to maintain funding.

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Craig Varterian, executive director of Reclaim Detroit, walks down a hall lined with reclaimed doors at the organization’s office and warehouse in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

via Detroit’s 70,000 abandoned homes a treasure trove for rubble-sifting artisans: ‘It’s like a treasure hunt’ | Financial Post.