33 acres and 20 historic buildings up for redevelopment at Fort Vancouver – Portland Business Journal
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.”
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.
(Photo: Richard Montgomery)
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.
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.
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.
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.'”
The 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.
Walter 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.
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.
Salvaged wood decking from the Columbus Road Bridge acquired by Old School and sand casting forms from Taylor & Boggis Foundry Co. acquired by Rustbelt Reclamation were used to build customized tables at The Corner, the much-anticipated bar at Progressive Field nestled in the stands in right field. Rustbelt Reclamation upcycled the old materials into customized furniture.
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 (Foto: Via Expo Ltd.)
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.
Mike Whiteside, one of the stars of the show and co-owner at Black Dog Salvage said the crew also hoped to take the clockworks inside the tower to salvage or repurpose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
BOSTON — A Billerica waste hauling company has paid $62,500 to settle claims that it illegally dumped construction and demolition waste at an unauthorized site in Methuen.The attorney general says W.L. French Excavating Corp. violated Massachusetts state law by dumping 29 loads of waste, including concrete, bricks and asphalt.
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
Reclaimed Piano Chandelier – Gallery: Lighting and Wall Treatments 1 – Stroudfoot Design…Sleek Decay…Furnishings & Lighting…Custom, Turn-Key…Design-Build
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.
Workman 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.”
Austrian company Fipofix believes that it’s identified a material better-suited to the high seas, saying that its specially processed volcanic fiber-based composite, more commonly known as basalt fiber, offers a better performance-price ratio than carbon fiber or fiberglass and can be recycled after use.
That’s right, we found an old crate which used to cart produce and placed a repurposed sack of grain on top (with some light cushioning underneath, in case your feet need that extra comfort) to create a fun and slightly eccentric ottoman.
While sitting by the campfire recently my eye caught a piece of dark firewood that was different from the rest. Instead of burning it I brought it to the wood shop and milled it down to a manageable piece; turns out it was a very nice piece of walnut, perfect for my next project!
Turning agricultural waste and fungal mycelium into construction materials, this do-it-yourself kit lets you grow your own compostable bio-plastic objects, from packaging furniture to surf boards and architectural building blocks.
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.”
Urban Miners Puts Old Home Materials To Good Use – New Haven Living – Hartford Magazine – Hartford Courant
Urban 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 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)
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. 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.
OctoPi Pi Math Geek painting reclaimed wood sign
The 2015 version of Eco Expo Asia will focus on the theme “Embracing a Green and Sustainable Future” and will include additional targeted themes on certain days, including “Cleaner Production and Waste Management,” “Green Building and Energy Efficiency,” “Global Green Insights,” and “Green Living.”
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.
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.
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)
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. 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.
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.
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.
Made of recycled laminated timber and salvaged aluminum, this rounded pod home floats on the surface of any calm body of water, gathering all of its power from solar panels built into the roof. The Waternest 100 by London-based EcoFloLife and Giancarlo Zema Design Group..
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.
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.
The 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.
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)
[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.
Sanding and Scraping tips I have been using over years.
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
Reclaim 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.
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.