With lease, city historic group to reopen door for architectural salvage | WilmingtonBiz

“There aren’t many historic architectural salvage operations in the state,” Edwards said.

A culmination of about 14 months’ worth of planning, the store is being funded with the help of an $11,300 community development grant from the city of Wilmington, and as part of the grant requirements, the foundation’s salvage operation will include an important educational component in the form of workshops and training for young adults in carpentry skills, Edwards said. The workshops, similar to sessions HWF has hosted in the past, will focus on tasks such as window repair and paint preparation for wood surfaces and be held at the new location.

via With lease, city historic group to reopen door for architectural salvage | WilmingtonBiz.

Finger Lakes ReUse Wins EPA Award – Ithaca Times : News

Award-Winning ReUse

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Finger Lakes ReUse (ReUse) as a recipient of its 2015 Environmental Champion Award. ReUse was nominated for this award, the highest honor presented to the public by EPA, by Tompkins County Solid Waste Manager Barbara Eckstrom, in recognition of its accomplishments in transforming waste into jobs and job skills training opportunities for the community.

via Finger Lakes ReUse Wins EPA Award – Ithaca Times : News.

Montgomery’s Webber Building sold for dollar, set for deconstruc – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

The Webber Building as it looked on May 5, 2015. (Source: WSFA 12 News)The Webber Building as it looked on May 5, 2015. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

After the deconstruction, ELSAJA Dexter is planning to try to save portions of the brick walls and is expected to include a plaza and information to recognize the building’s history.

“Because they are the owner of other buildings to be renovated downtown, they have a strong vested interest to carry through on their commitment to manage the deconstruction responsibility and to maximize the amount of salvageable materials from it,” McLeod said.

via Montgomery’s Webber Building sold for dollar, set for deconstruc – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news..

Historic Kirksville High School still set to be demolished despite community protest : News : HeartlandConnection.com

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Codes and Planning has been looking for someone to salvage the building for the past nine years.

“We would love it if someone could come up and say we are going to renovate and use this building, but we have been nine years now waiting for that to happen, and encouraging and going through multiple owners trying to find that person. We haven’t, because the money is at a million dollars plus to bring that property back,” Selby said.

via Historic Kirksville High School still set to be demolished despite community protest : News : HeartlandConnection.com.

Urban Farmhouse Designs has grown by creating popular furniture pieces from reclaimed wood | News OK

photo - This table at This table at “Urban Farmhouse” in Oklahoma City, OK, is made from reclaimed wood from old train cars, Monday, April 20, 2015. Urban Farmhouse is a growing Oklahoma City business that makes furniture from salvaged vintage wood and artifacts from idled railroad cars, barns and other relics of the past. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

“It’s kind of a God thing — the wood seems to find me,” Urban Farmhouse co-owner Jason Thomas said.

Over the course of two years, Urban Farmhouse owners Jason and Cherami Thomas have grown the business from the garage of their rented house into 60,000 square feet of showroom and manufacturing space on S Western Avenue. Customers drive from as far away as Texas and New Mexico to purchase rustic-looking tables and chairs Urban Farmhouse has made from reclaimed wood.

via Urban Farmhouse Designs has grown by creating popular furniture pieces from reclaimed wood | News OK.

Pier A Restoration and Adaptive Reuse in NYC to be honored

Pier A after restoration. Photograph by Edward Hueber/archphoto

“This structure, the oldest functioning pier in New York City, sat vacant and deteriorating for three decades,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “Built in 1886 at the tip of Lower Manhattan, it was once a command center for the bustling harbor traffic on the Hudson River. But its floor plan, based on its original use as administrative offices for government agencies, presented significant challenges for adaptive reuse as a public gathering space. As so much of New York’s maritime heritage is threatened, this rehabilitation demonstrates how the city can both embrace the historic waterfront’s history and give it new life, while preparing for the challenges of a changing coastal environment.”

via Pier A Restoration and Adaptive Reuse in NYC to be honored.

Architectural gem shines again: See Belluschi house saved from the wrecking ball (photos) | OregonLive.com

For this humble home for the Griffiths, Belluschi applied his signature Northwest modern style, using Douglas fir ceilings that extended beyond the exterior walls to create rain-protecting and shade-producing eaves. The plan, which was published in Life Magazine, could expand from one room to four as a family grew, and be built for around $7,000.

The couple lived in the rectilinear home with a sloped roof on Pine Valley Road for more than a half century. When Arthur sold the property after Lucy died, Tim Mather of MCM Construction dismantled it into 2,000 pieces, which he numbered and measured, and then moved the house to save it from being demolished.

via Architectural gem shines again: See Belluschi house saved from the wrecking ball (photos) | OregonLive.com.

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

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.

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.