Schumer said this project is widely supported by the community because it would preserve significant and distinctive history, while complementing the surrounding neighborhoods. Without these tax credits, the adaptive reuse costs could be prohibitive. Schumer therefore urged NPS to expedite the developer’s application to list the “Nipper Building” on the National Register of Historic Places so that the beloved statue can be preserved for future generations. …
The design collaboration between local furniture maker Stephen Kenn and the menswear label Longjourney includes armchairs made from repurposed leather motorcycle jackets and a sofa upcycled from vintage sweatshirts. (Stephen Kenn X Longjourney)
From afar, the pieces appear to be stylish and modern versions of standard-issue living room furniture. But, upon closer examination, the upholstery covering the chairs is recognizable as patchworked panels from vintage black leather motorcycle jackets. And, while you’d have absolutely no way of knowing it, the eight cushions covering the polished black nickel sofa frame began life as an armload of sweatshirts and tent canvas before being washed, dyed, combed and waxed into a second career, and that some of the frame’s supporting straps are repurposed straps from military parachutes.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The old Excelsior Middle School building on Culp Street has been vacant since it was closed at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. Shortly after it closed, its electrical system was destroyed by thieves who broke in and ripped out the copper wire in the building making it unusable. The Union County School District will conduct a study of the property along with the old Carlsan and Adamsburg school buildings to find the best way to dispose of the properties.
Lawson proposed that the board authorize the study of the properties including the survey, appraisal, and salvage review to help determine the means of disposing of the properties that will best benefit the district. He pointed out that in the case of Carlsan, the study will also include a timber evaluation of the site which has 18-20 acres of pine and hardwood. Lawson said that the evaluation will help determine whether or not the timber should be sold separately or sold with the rest of the property to ensure the district gets the best value possible.
Architecture professor Susan Herringer says Vancouver’s dwindling Modernist stock of houses is considered exemplary of the style. (Evan Ho / Remax)
Ms. Oberlander, who is 94 years old and still working on major projects, says he spent $300,000 or more on painstaking upgrades that were sensitive to the Lassere design, including geothermal heat and high-end appliances in the kitchen that were customized with a colour to fit with the Modernist era. Dr. Friedman had tried to have the house preserved with a heritage designation, but it is in the University Endowment Lands jurisdiction, which is governed by the province. He was told a designation wasn’t available.
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, 92, in New York. (Eric Thayer / For the Globe and Mail)
Meanwhile, the listing agent has received several offers on the house, which he’ll present April 27 to the board members. Vancouver will lose another piece of its history.
For Ms. Oberlander, her community is being dismantled. She shakes her head.
“It makes me feel sick.”
Repurposed versus reclaimed First though, a quick lesson on the differences between reclaimed wood and repurposed wood.
To repurpose wood, sometimes also referred to as upcycling, is to take conditionally good material and re-use it for something other than its originally intended use.
To reclaim wood is to salvage material that has reached the end of its existence, revitalize it with life for use again, and transform it either back to its original intent or for another purpose(s). In short, working with reclaimed wood may require more steps before you get a finished product, but more importantly, both actions save materials from ending up unwanted in a dumpster and eventually in our landfills.
This month marks 25 years since the nonprofit began giving back to the community. Since it started, the group has repaired more than 1,200 homes, putting an estimated $20 million in market value back into the Portland metro area.
Malone said his organization has noticed a big increase in need over the last couple years, as Portland faces an affordable housing crisis. “The need is not going down by any means. If these people moved out, they couldn’t afford another house. Young families can’t afford to buy a house, let alone an elderly person. We are dealing with a lot of multiple family units living in one home, because the kids can’t even afford an apartment,” said Malone.
The sculpture has been renamed as well, to Simon and Anine. Once again, the sculpture was erected using recycled materials donated by the hardware store. Anine and a few friends helped Dambo and his team with the rebuild.
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Using sourced and reclaimed materials is at the heart of Holmes’ practice, carefully transforming the untidy elements into aesthetically crafted pieces. “At first glance my work my appear oddly familiar or utilitarian,” says Holmes in her artist statement, “but on closer inspection of the materials and their re-contextualization, the viewer may need to reconsider initial ideas as they discover more layers of meaning.”
Tim Brudnicki, the owner of Eau Claire Woodworks, discusses the headboards he is making for the Oxbow Hotel from recycled ash trees the city cut down to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer. Brudnicki is among local artisans making furniture and other items from felled ash trees as part of a partnership involving the city of Eau Claire and Wisconsin Urban Wood.
Previously, that wood has been churned into mulch or turned into pulpwood. But now, thanks to a partnership involving the city of Eau Claire, a Madison-based entity seeking to reuse downed urban trees and local artisans such as Brudnicki, those ash trees that lined many city boulevards are being used for other purposes.
“This is a great way of finding better uses for this wood that was otherwise going to a lesser purpose,” he said.
“One day there’s a beautiful house on a corner, and the next day it’s gone,” frets Oak Bay rookie councillor Eric Zhelka, who worries his community is losing its old country charm, its heart and soul. Many of them are shipped south to Washington state, where people appreciate their hand-nailed craftsmanship and character. Oak Bay’s early 20th-century dwellings are being floated on barges to San Juan Island, where they’re offered to folks stuck in affordable housing jams.
Old-time radiators are common items seen at salvage shops like Historic Albany Parts Warehouse. (Photo: Provided)
In honor of Earth Day on April 22, consider purchasing used items that promote the motto of the three Rs: reduce, re-use and recycle. By incorporating architectural salvage items into your next project, you not only keep usable items out of the landfill, but you can also add a bit of history into your own home at significant savings..
ReHouse Architectural Salvage in Rochester has a variety of door plates and other items from older homes upstate. (Photo: Provided)
A 1948 bus front dispenses beer at Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint in Roanoke, Va. (Photo: Black Dog Salvage)
“It requires lots of imagination,” Whiteside says. “I’ve never run across anything I couldn’t figure out how to reuse for another purpose.”
“I love watching someone get excited about something that could have ended up in the trash,” says the shop’s co-owner Garlan Gudger, Jr., a big guy with an even bigger grin who is equal parts salvage expert, preservationist, and treasure hunter.
“We wanted to leverage that project to understand what things were valuable in Gary’s homes. We took advantage of a project the city already was doing to establish that hypothesis,” said Pytel. “The direct market value of building materials could be as high as $13 million. It shouldn’t just be going to landfill.”
Gary wins Knight grant to deconstruct, recycle vacant homes | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines | nwitimes.com
The city and the Delta Institute’s Steel City Salvage project just won a $385,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to deconstruct homes and recycle the building materials like lumber and architectural features. It was the largest individual grant out of the $5 million awarded in the Knight Cities Challenge, which had attracted more than 4,500 proposals from across the country.
“This is not simply about the demolition of vacant and abandoned buildings,” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “But it promotes the deconstruction of vacant and abandoned buildings, as well as the repurposing and recycling of the material. One of the things we know about the city of Gary is there are beautiful homes here that have fallen into disrepair, that cannot be repurposed but the materials in those homes can certainly be reused for something else.”
ReStore’s 7th Annual Recycled Art Contest shines a light on some of Milwaukee’s resourceful repurposers. The contest challenges the public to create works primarily using the donated product found at ReStore. From artwork to repurposed furniture, the only rule of the contest is the majority of materials must be purchased at ReStore.
With 34 entries to choose from, the works are judged by the public with polling stations in store and online HERE. The top five vote getters will receive ReStore shopping sprees. As for the artists, they range from professionals like Debby Koenig of Earthfire Artistry (entry 20) to group art classes from the Milwaukee Center for Independence.
Winners will be revealed during the Third Ward’s Gallery Night, April 15th at ReStore East (5pm-9pm). The entire exhibit will be featured in the Historic Third Ward’s Gallery Night & Day, April 15th & 16th at Restore East (420 S 1st, Milwaukee), with many of the works for sale to the public.
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Built in 1978, the 2,400-square-foot house was the brainchild of Francisco Reynders, a Dutch artist, set designer, and mime who trained under the legendary French mime Marcel Marceau. According to Oregon Live, Reynders was inspired to build the home after finding discarded gun turret shrouds of an WWII aircraft carrier at a junkyard on the Willamette River. Reynders, no fan of regular boxy houses with sharp angles, set out to the create his “organically sensuous” dome home, and the shrouds ended up becoming the two smaller bedrooms and bathrooms—the holes for the warship’s cannons became the skylights.
The Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff launches Recycled Art Exhibition with a new venue | Arts and Theatre | azdailysun.com
Chandelier by Dennis Taylor
This work to help install the work is a demonstration of how the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff has found a sturdy partnership with the Flagstaff Mall. The Coalition’s gallery relocated to the mall as a tenant last year, and this is the first year the recycled art exhibit has taken place there. As one of the organization’s biggest shows, the mall has opened up its space to allow some of the larger pieces to display in the mall’s common areas.
Forgotten history rediscovered during renovation of new Local Republic | Food & Drink | gwinnettdailypost.com
Ben Baily & Chris Collin
“It’s the instruction manual,” Collin said. “That’s pretty hilarious … It’s amazing how excited we get over stuff we find in the old wood. This stuff is awesome.” The renovation work at the future Local Republic site, which involves gutting the building, is unveiling decades of his history that has been hidden in the building through years of various modifications. It’s not quite clear when a boarded-up yellow and green storefront in the middle of Perry Street on Lawrenceville Square was built, but Bailey and Collin know it’s old.
The Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct, winner of the conservation or adaptive reuse of a state registered place at the 2016 WA Heritage Awards. Picture: Supplied
Past and present owners of the Brookman and Moir Street inner-city pocket took out a top accolade for the conservation of their 1890 workers cottages. In 2006, the 58 properties were added to the heritage register. Since then 25 of the owners have worked tirelessly to rejuvenate the homes interior and streetscape.
All photos by Matthew Millman via Freshome
In a stellar example of upcycling, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architecture has created a breezy modern home in Cloverdale, California by extensively reusing wood from the 1970s kit log house that had stood on the site before. In a statement to Freshome, the architects explain that “all of the interior and exterior wood paneling, trim, and decking were milled down from the logs of the original kit house.” And the result is quite nice.
Masterminded by Amsterdam-based architecture studio Bureau Fraai, the 195-square-meter (about 2,098 square feet) project encompasses a 42 square-meter (that’s 452-square-foot) gabled annex meant to provide greater connection between the original structure and the new.
The blue porch ceiling and lattice work come down.
According to Eric Kruger of Deconstruction Works, everything that can be reused will be removed and recycled while only materials that can’t be reused will be sent to a landfill. “After 10 days of work,” Kruger said, “we’re still on our first dumpster of trash.” Kruger noted that the timber frame materials as well as older hemlock and spruce framing and sheathing would go to Vermont Restoration Materials for re-manufacturing while architectural details have been sold to Tillotson Trading of East Corinth.
Eric Kruger of Deconstruction Works in the attic of the Burbank house. All photos by Shawn Cunningham
Postino is known for bruschetta and red wine. JIM POULIN/PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL
Business Insider gave a nod to Upward Projects’ well-known habit of adaptive reuse, describing how Postino was “built within a 1950s-era post office” and its “premiere wines and impeccable food made with local ingredients.”
This November 2015 photo shows a blighted house being demolished on Sanford Street in Muskegon Heights.
“(It is) looking at a large catchment area of the entire Great Lakes and utilizing the Port of Muskegon to bring in that material from other cities throughout the Great Lakes, repurpose it here in Muskegon, and then ship it back out through the Port of Muskegon,” said Kuhn. The study builds on the work Michigan State University researchers began more than a year ago when they looked at blighted homes and structures in Muskegon Heights. MSU worked in partnership with Muskegon County at the time.
The buildings — the barn, stables, and dairy — on Staple Farm in Kent, England were in disrepair. The firm worked to salvage what they could and turn the barn into a home away from home for the couple. Though they wanted to maintain the “barn’s brooding presence,” according to the architects, they added modern amenities like a ground-source heat pump, LED lamps, and security systems. The lights, HVAC system, and security systems are all Internet-connected, so the owners can monitor their barn when they travel. There’s also a fireplace built into the spiral staircase, that leads up to the mezzanine sleeping area.
Known simply as The Old Courthouse, the designated historic building was recently revamped by London interior design firm Sigmar and features a dramatic 35-foot vaulted ceiling in the main living area with an open kitchen (original courthouse box stand included) and an updated mezzanine bedroom.
While many governments and civilians may be fine with dumping those booths at the landfill, artist Martin Angelov shows that outdated structures can be given new life with just a bit of creative elbow grease. Angelov transformed parts of an old telephone booth into a chair in a project described as “a protest against hundreds of abandoned telephone booths in the era of mobile communications.”
(Photo: Davidson County Assessor of Property)
Both listed properties are within the path of development and adaptive reuse of old warehouses near downtown Nashville.
Gibson Gibson is seeking $6 million for this property in the Gulch with a warehouse building on it.
Claudia von Flotow, Key Development project manager, expects the demolition within the next few weeks — by the end of spring at the latest. In the meantime, the company is hashing out whether they can salvage parts of the Expo Building.
Last year, city officials signed off on more money: an $8.6 million contract to demolish most of the old buildings on the property, pushing costs to nearly $22 million. Now, officials hope to recoup some of that. Soon, they’ll hire a broker to list one acre of land, which includes a 45,000-square-foot flour mill. Officials plan to require full restoration of the seven-story flour mill, and they’ll give developers an option to renovate a 21,500-squre-foot feed mill on site.
Plans for Centennial Mills are unclear after city officials said a proposal from Harsch Investment Properties isn’t financially viable. Crews began demolishing part of the property earlier this year. Brad Schmidt/The Oregonian
The seaside hotel in Torquay that inspired John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.
Design and Build masterminds Matt Vaughn (L) and David Spangler (R) unleash their creativity in each furniture piece. Photo courtesy: REvision Division.
“Eberhard’s influence helped us shift from a value-added mindset to actively pursuing difficult-to-divert materials from the waste stream — shifting the focus to education outreach and behavior change,” Gisclair notes. “We wanted people to see the value and what the possibilities are to repurpose materials that are widely perceived as trash — wooden or flooring shorts, frame pieces, things that we wouldn’t normally accept at the RE Store.”
The idea originated with artist and environmentalist Jo Hanson. After creating her own art with trash and assisting with campaigns such as city-wide street sweepings, in the late 1980s Hanson approached Recology about a program where artists could reuse materials from the dump. At around the same time, San Francisco was implementing new recycling laws, and looking for ways to raise awareness about waste. The artist-in-residence program fit that bill.
Online Green Building Tool Helps Industry Choose Safer, Sustainable Materials · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News
The American Chemistry Council’s www.BuildingWithChemistry.org provides the building industry with the tools needed to make “informed decisions” about materials and products that improve safety, energy savings, durability and other sustainability and performance benefits, says Richard Skorpenske, director of advocacy and sustainability at Covestro, and chair of ACC’s building and construction subcommittee.
The website includes an interactive graphic of a mixed-use residential building that highlights how chemical ingredients are used in materials, from polycarbonate panels in skylights, to plastics in piping, to nylon and polyester fibers in carpeting. Individual pages feature specific chemicals used in a range of building and construction applications, with information on where the chemicals are used and the functionality they provide.
Photo via mnmMOD
By replacing traditional insulation with airtight thermal breaks, these prefabricated structural panels reduce heat loss and gain, lending to homes with tighter building envelopes and lower carbon footprints. The panels also contain a high percentage of recycled material and can be easily dissembled and reused at the end of their building lives like a set of LEGOs.
Photo via mnmMOD
An effort is underway to preserve the former Havre de Grace Colored High School building on Alliance Street, which has been put up for sale. (Bobby Parker for The Record / Baltimore Sun)
The school building offers a total of 6,400 square feet and is available for “eco-tourism, education in the arts and cultural preservation,” the Hosanna School Museum said in an announcement. “There is an urgent need for people interested in preserving history to support the adaptive reuse of the building for economically viable activities.”
Preserving the building “was a huge goal because African-Americans only went up to the eighth grade, so it’s a big accomplishment that they went up to the 11th grade” at the Colored High School, she said.
Holyoke Parsons Paper site getting multi-million-dollar revamp by Aegis Energy Services, 30 new jobs | masslive.com
Aegis is buying and expanding at the former Parsons Paper site in Holyoke. (Dave Roback / The Republican)
Established in 1853, Parsons Paper Co. was the first paper company in a city that came to be called the Paper City. A 2008 fire caused extensive damage to the complex, which officials said had been vacant for two or three years. The Parsons property is 4.7 acres between the first- and second-level canals. Adjacent to South Holyoke, the site is one of the 10 key areas designated for redevelopment in the city’s 2012 urban renewal plan, “Connect. Construct. Create. A plan for the revitalization of Center City Holyoke.”
To create the Reclaimed collection, the company’s creative director wandered through antique markets and architectural salvage yards in old New England towns. The prints imitate what he saw: Slabs of concrete, old whitewashed boards, tin ceiling tiles. They’re all made to look old, with the patina of age; there’s weathered wood, reclaimed brick, gritty corrugated metal. The collection includes a few prints with specific images, including stacks of wooden crates and rows of old-fashioned post-office mailboxes.
Frisco plans to tear down grain silos after one collapsed during Tuesday’s storms | Frisco Enterprise | starlocalmedia.com
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“In the meantime, staff is researching demolition and feasibility of reclaiming any materials for use in future construction projects,” he said. The grain storage buildings, which likely date to the late 1940s or early 1950s, are located on 2.6 acres of city-owned property.
This abandoned vintage tractor was rescued from an empty field and magnificently repurposed into a table bar with an elegant glass top, giving it a second and useful long life. Curated by an out-of-the-box thinker and creative type who envisions masterpieces when others only see trash, this special and unique design is for the discerning individual who is not into the mass-produced, cookie-cutter look and wants to ensure that there is nothing common about any of their home furnishings. It comes equipped with two color-complimented bar stools.
City of Springfield seeks ways to make building-rehab projects easier – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL
Langfelder’s nearly year-old administration is in the early stages of drafting an “adaptive reuse” ordinance that may result in code modifications to remove some of the impediments developers encounter when they try to breathe new life into old buildings.
“You hope to see all this stuff up again somewhere and not just packed away in storage forever,” said Tom Ripberger, another lifelong member who helped on Tuesday. “Lots of members have been part of this church their whole lives. That’s a long time, and it’s hard to see it come down. It’s probably for the best, but I just hope we can build a new one.”
Reimagining through reuse: Drew Heath Architects designs Nikki Maloney’s House from scratch with old materials | Architecture And Design
In a bid to maintain the character of the old 1890’s cottage that stood on this Marrickville site, Drew Heath Architects constructed Nikki Maloney’s House by breaking up the original dwelling and recycling it to continue a dialogue with the history of the site and the memories of the client.
Determined to help, in 2012 Preston founded Lamon Luther, named in honor of his grandfather Lamon Luther Wilson, who taught him woodworking skills as a child. Located in Villa Rica, Georgia, the 20,000-square-foot facility has between eight to 12 employees, all of whom have been directly impacted by the housing crisis.
Photo credit: Portland Chronicle contributor
On Feb. 22 the Bureau of Development Services received an application for demolition of the 1937 home. The owners were listed as John and Terrie Marshall, the applicant was Kevin Partain of Urban Visions and the contractor was Renaissance Custom Homes LLC. Renaissance Custom Homes LLC is registered in Lake Oswego to Randy Sebastian. There are a number of trees on the site. A demolition plan is not yet available in the public record, so their fate is unconfirmed.
Despite what looks like a full-on demolition, some of Centennial Mills’ timbers will be salvaged – Portland Business Journal
Though many of the smaller lumber boards at Centennial Mills are not being salvaged.
Orpin said his firm originally hoped to salvage about 800,000 board feet of timber from the Centennial Mills site. However, due to “rot and the difficult cost benefits of saving all the smaller pieces,” he now expects that Pioneer will be able to salvage about 400,000 board feet.