Deconstruction junction: Milwaukee’s reuse future – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

(Image courtesy of the Delta Institute via Extracting Value through Deconstruction)

On Jan. 1, the country’s second deconstruction ordinance went into effect in Milwaukee. In short, the ordinance “provides deconstruction requirements for the removal of Milwaukee’s older and more historic primary dwelling structures.” Deconstruction, in contrast to demolition, is the process of systematically dismantling a structure in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner, aiming to maximize the recovery of materials for reuse and recycling. The ordinance targets primary-dwelling structures built in 1929 or earlier. This reason for this specification? The likelihood that those structures will contain old-growth lumber and other valuable building materials.

Source: Deconstruction junction: Milwaukee’s reuse future – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

Deconstruction begins on old Butte Creek Mill site | KTVL

The deconstruction is in preparation for the installation of the Keller Mill this Spring. The Keller Mill has been nonoperational for over 60 years, but was built in the same time period as the Butte Creek Mill. (Genevieve Grippo/KTVL)

The deconstruction is in preparation for the installation of the Keller Mill this Spring. The Keller Mill has been nonoperational for over 60 years, but was built in the same time period as Butte Creek. Using the donated parts of the Keller Mill will contribute to keeping the rebuild as authentic as possible.”The grinding wheel– all that stuff is going to be back as it was. So it’ll be grinding flour again,” said Hammonds.

Source: Deconstruction begins on old Butte Creek Mill site | KTVL

Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

Interior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic (photo by Adam Jeselnick)

“None of us are aware of why the owner changed his mind and moved up his demolition plans.” She added that Ruis had also rejected a request to salvage architectural elements, either prior to or during the demolition process.

Source: Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

Home design: How to refresh your kitchen AND look after the planet | Property | Life & Style | Express.co.uk

Ex-display kitchen and Vapos hot water tap

The Used Kitchen Company sells ex-display kitchens / Caple’s Vapos hot water tap costs from £1,006

“There is no sense in hiring a skip and sending a kitchen to landfill when we could recycle it and allow its owner to earn some cash by selling it on.”

Source: Home design: How to refresh your kitchen AND look after the planet | Property | Life & Style | Express.co.uk

The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore’s Urban Blight | WIRED

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“I thought: Can we measure this correlation of clustering of vacant houses the same way we made measurements about astronomy,” says Budavári. Next to unpacking the mysteries of the universe, Braverman says, “working with us would be relatively easy.”

Source: The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore’s Urban Blight | WIRED

Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Tobey Parsons of McGee Salvage checks in on work to a home in Svensen that utilized reclaimed timber from the trestle bridge at Clatsop Spit.

“When we realized the wood was in good shape but untreated, we started to explore options of recycling rather than cutting it up as firewood,” Morrill said. “I was talking to some local builders, and one of them suggested I call Tobey, and he developed a scheme.”

They brought in a mobile mill and spent four months processing the timbers into boards 16 to 19 feet long and more than 3/4-inch thick. Some of the boards have found their way onto the floor of a wooden barn house under construction by general contractor Duane Clayton in Svensen.

Source: Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

AmeriCorps helps renovate Mtn. View’s House of Abigail | Local News | westplainsdailyquill.net

Mtn. View, Mo.

AN 11-PERSON TEAM from Americorps is in Mtn. View helping renovate House of Abigail. Team members Adrian Stephen and Rachel Silverman are carrying boards into the house for a floor the team is building.

Over the course of this six-week project, the AmeriCorps team will start by completing the deconstruction of the building’s interior. This will include removing the reaming walls, ceilings, floors, plumbing and other objects that cannot be reused after the renovation.

Source: AmeriCorps helps renovate Mtn. View’s House of Abigail | Local News | westplainsdailyquill.net

Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

(Photo courtesy of City of Wilmington)

“The former fire station is on the historic register and it is surrounded by the beautiful community of Forty Acres,” Purzycki said in a press statement. “Given the character and uniqueness of the properties in the surrounding neighborhood, the City will look for creative uses for the property that take into consideration what’s appropriate for the community. Considering the structure’s historic nature we hope to receive ideas for an adaptive reuse that preserves the building’s exterior.”

Source: Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back | Nation | postbulletin.com

The shed is among five buildings that comprise the last traditional smoked-herring facility in the U.S., and an organization called Lubec Landmarks has worked for almost 25 years to preserve it. Lubec Landmarks President Rachel Rubeor said legal tangles, including salvage rights claims by some Canadian citizens, could doom the building.

Source: Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back | Nation | postbulletin.com

A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Paneling was reclaimed by 93ft from a chambers office in Derbyshire. Above, custom lights are designed and manufactured by 93ft, complete with repurposed original light fittings to contrast against the original London stone. Wayfinding light box designed and made by 93ft.

Source: A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana is demolished overnight – Archpaper.com

The exterior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic, pre-demolition. (Courtesy Montana Preservation Alliance)

The exterior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic, pre-demolition. (Courtesy Montana Preservation Alliance)

The FLWBC notes that this is the first viable, or mostly un-altered, Wright building to be torn down in 40 years, and that it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The demolition was done by developer Mick Ruis in Whitefish, Montana.

Source: Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana is demolished overnight – Archpaper.com

Las Vegas Expands Discoveries Marketplace | HomeWorld Business

las vegas world market center

For buyers, Discoveries provides an array of found objects, antiques, repurposed and recycled home décor, furnishings, jewelry and clothing, all available for order writing and immediate delivery. These resources will be presented alongside Las Vegas Market’s existing Home and new Design Home categories, and concurrently with the debut of Artexpo Las Vegas as IMC seeks to develop cross-category synergies and efficiencies for buyers.

Source: Las Vegas Expands Discoveries Marketplace | HomeWorld Business

Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

(Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Officials from both groups gave similar explanations Monday for why they began marketing their proposals long before they’d normally be made public. In short, both wanted to get ahead of the city’s deliberations on the matter and get their ideas before a broad audience, hopefully generating public support for efforts to save a building whose future has long been in question.

Source: Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

Demolition News » Video – Playing into the hands of protestors…

This video captures the moment when contractors took the roof off a home and sent bricks flying out onto power lines and the road; and knocked the water main open on the corner. Residents had been asking about the poor dust control measures moments before this happened

Source: Demolition News » Video – Playing into the hands of protestors…

Buck the trends | NWADG

OUT: There are a few trends interior designer, foodie and author Athena Calderone is happy to see the back of in 2017. “I would love to see reclaimed wood, industrial furnishings and rustic accents eradicated in 2018,” she tells us. “Design is moving toward a slightly more lush and sexy direction. Rustic on top of rustic just feels dated and excessive. Salvaged oddities were seen everywhere from the Brooklyn Flea to Brimfield in the past, and while many of these items are indeed treasures, it is true that too much of one thing is never a good idea.” Ain’t that the truth?

Source: Buck the trends | NWADG

Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned ...

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned land in Christchurch was shipped it to Nelson.

“It was a lot like a kid with a box of Lego, you have got one house made out of it and you pull it all to bits, put it back in the box and then make another one but it looks completely different.” He estimated a third of the materials used in the build were recycled. Some from their home in Christchurch, other parts from the demolition yard. He estimated the value of recycled materials in the house was about $150,000.

Source: Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz

The New Carbon Architecture, or why we should be “building out of sky” (Book Review) : TreeHugger

Frieze building being demolished

Jim Howe: Frieze Building, Ann Arbor Michigan, 20047/CC BY 2.0

In chapter 3, Larry Strain makes a great case for renovation, noting that there are two reasons to do it: The first is to reduce operating emissions from existing buildings, and that applies to all buildings. The second is to reduce embodied emissions by renovating existing structures instead of building new ones.

Source: The New Carbon Architecture, or why we should be “building out of sky” (Book Review) : TreeHugger

Filmmaker launches new co-working space for creatives near Sacramento State | The Sacramento Bee

UPcyclePOP aims to find new uses for the discarded, bringing artists to Folsom Boulevard pop-up market. Ed Fletcher The Sacramento Bee

The three days of UPcyclePOP attracted hundreds of people as more than a dozen local artists displayed and sold their works, from end tables made from car pistons to televisions with the appearance of old tube sets to ash trays turned into beautiful windows. Prior to the event, she knew none of the artists.

Source: Filmmaker launches new co-working space for creatives near Sacramento State | The Sacramento Bee

Historic barn to come down – piece by piece | Free Press Standard

A barn built on school board property in the 1800s will be distmantled and moved in January. The barn was sold in November at a public auction.

ECO Deconstruction Owner Jeff Albert told Director of Programs Ed Robinson every piece from the old barn will be re-purposed, redesigned, and given new life.  Much of the old barn wood he purchases is used for flooring.“It looks really good.  It is in really good condition from what I can see.  We will start at the top and work our way down.  People really like to use the hand hewn timbers when building homes.  And the stones have a good value too,” Albert said.

Source: Historic barn to come down – piece by piece | Free Press Standard

NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

The old Toronto Power Generating Station along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls is one of the former power-plant buildings that the Niagara Parks Commission is hoping to repurpose. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

“I’m just wondering what the long-term plan is to try to bring that back to life. It’s falling apart. (It) is really sad to see what is happening there. I think most of the proposals we got years ago, everybody wanted a boutique hotel, and nobody up here wanted a boutique hotel, so I’m wondering if you’re thinking about this, what we’re going to do in the future — if you have some plans.”

Source: NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

Cape May man dumpster dives for his wooden art | Living | pressofatlanticcity.com

Peter Henderer is a Cape May artist who takes his wood from homes and dumpsters to make his art at his studio Thursday Dec 14, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

For some pieces, he’ll use shovels for fish bills, rakes for fins and light bulbs for eyes. All of the work is done in a shed in the backyard of his grandparents’ Cape May home, where Henderer will cut, sand and stain plywood before coating it with polyurethane to withstand any climate.

Source: Cape May man dumpster dives for his wooden art | Living | pressofatlanticcity.com

Copper salvaged from Maine’s Capitol dome to become public art – Portland Press Herald

The Maine Arts Commission announced its selection Tuesday as part of the State Capitol Copper Dome Reuse Project. The artists will use century-old copper sheathing, which was replaced in 2014. The pieces vary in size, but average 20-by-36 inches.

Source: Copper salvaged from Maine’s Capitol dome to become public art – Portland Press Herald

Port to remove Anacortes Junk Co., work to preserve iconic facade | All Access | goanacortes.com

Anacortes Junk Co.

The port will remove the more-than-100-year-old Anacortes Junk Company building from Second Street. The site is the original location of Marine Supply & Hardware opened by Greek immigrant Efthemios “Mike” Demopoulos in 1910. Jacqueline Allison/Anacortes American

The port has been working with the museum to understand the historical significance of the stable before removing it, Executive Director Dan Worra said last month.

Source: Port to remove Anacortes Junk Co., work to preserve iconic facade | All Access | goanacortes.com

Throwback Post: The making of our ‘Whiskmas’ tree – & other whisky barrel gifts! – The Scotch Whisky Experience Blog

The Scotch Whisky Experience Christmas Tree Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs

200 whisky barrel staves were used in the construction of the tree, created by Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs. A wood craftsman based near Glasgow, Niall creates stunning whisky barrel furniture, with chairs, tables and an array of other gifts created from repurposed barrel staves. However, our 8ft Christmas tree was one of his biggest challenges yet!

The Scotch Whisky Experience Christmas Tree by Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs

Source: The making of our ‘Whiskmas’ tree – & other whisky barrel gifts! – The Scotch Whisky Experience Blog

Historic home finds restoration thanks to Craigslist ad – UNG Vanguard

Featured photo marks the project’s development on Dec. 15, 2016 (photo by Michelle Correll)

“I’ve had so many wonderful, wonderful folks thank me for saving the house,” Carter said. “The thing that makes me feel the very best is that it makes other people feel good.”

Renovations as of Sept. 15, 2017 (photo by Michelle Correll)

Source: Historic home finds restoration thanks to Craigslist ad – UNG Vanguard

Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

Installation view of Emily Neufeld’s Before Demolition, her solo exhibition at Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery. (Photo: Dennis Ha/Courtesy of BAF Gallery)

Houses are the subject of Neufeld’s work, sure, but they’re also her canvas, her materials and her gallery. And since 2014, she’s found a way inside ordinary bungalows and split-levels around East and North Vancouver before the bulldozers arrive, securing permission through the builders.

Emily Neufeld. Grand Boulevard. 2015. (Courtesy of the artist)

Source: Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

Downtown Algonquin building to be demolished for $26K | Northwest Herald

Mike Malory – photo credit

Historic commissioners would be allowed to go through the building and salvage anything they choose before demolition.Mitchard said the brick from the building will be preserved and used in the plaza area between Village Hall and Bold American Fare restaurant.“Because it is common brick and it looks cool, we are going to try to use it to build a community fire pit there to be used for gathering,” Mitchard said. “We are dreaming at this point of what we could do with it.”

Source: Downtown Algonquin building to be demolished for $26K | Northwest Herald

Eco-friendly modular home is built from upcycled agricultural waste – Curbed

Biological House was unveiled in Middelfart, Denmark. Photo via Inhabitat

Tomato stems and wood chips, for example, were turned into composite boards, which were then used to build the house. Collaborating with another local architectural practice GXN, Een Til Een used digital production technology to design an adaptable structure that can be quickly assembled and just as easily disassembled—which is why it was built on screw piles instead of a traditional concrete foundation.

Source: Eco-friendly modular home is built from upcycled agricultural waste – Curbed

American Recycler News, Inc. – Carpet recycling increases much needed landfill space

Carpet removed in construction and demolition projects cause a myriad of problems, including the cost and accessibility of carpet recycling programs. The difficulty of recycling carpeting is because a carpet is comprised of an assembly of parts – the face fiber and backing system – each of which plays a role in the performance of the carpet.The face fibers are considered to be the most valuable part of the carpet for recycling. However, identifying and separating the type of face fibers is a tedious process, considering each face fiber has different properties, so they must be separated. What’s more, the backing systems most often include latex and polyvinylchloride (PVC) backing systems, both of which require different procedures in properly recycling these carpet components.

Source: American Recycler News, Inc. – Carpet recycling increases much needed landfill space

Here are the winners of Architect’s Newspaper’s 2017 Best of Design Awards – Archpaper.com

Green – Civic: Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab (Courtesy The Living)

 

 

First, the Adaptive Reuse category could have been three times as big as it was, because almost every category received some kind of reuse project. From lofts to retail spaces in disused buildings, the amount of old structures made new is astounding and speaks to larger movements in U.S. architecture. Reclaimed spaces are currently stylish and it is generally better for the environment and local culture when we reintegrate existing structures into their cities.

Source: Here are the winners of Architect’s Newspaper’s 2017 Best of Design Awards – Archpaper.com

Video: Never Before Seen Aerial Views of NYC’s Abandoned Sea View Hospital & Staten Island Farm Colony | Untapped Cities

The Sea View Hospital first opened in 1913 and was once the largest and most renown tuberculosis sanatoriums in the country. Having evolved over the past century into a unique blend of active hospital (operated by NYC Health + Hospitals) and adaptive reuse of many buildings, the facility is poised to become the city’s first planned Wellness Community in Staten Island.

Source: Video: Never Before Seen Aerial Views of NYC’s Abandoned Sea View Hospital & Staten Island Farm Colony | Untapped Cities

So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring

Construction time again. Deviatov Aleksei

The big unsaid: What I mean here is the carbon emissions involved in making, renovating and then eventually dismantling the building. This includes everything from mining the materials for the cement to chopping down the trees for the floorboards to transporting everything to the building site to digging the foundations; and then later from knocking the building down to disposing of its constituent parts. We sometimes refer to the emissions while a building is functioning as the operational carbon, and all the other emissions across its life cycle as the embodied carbon.

Focusing on one and not the other is puzzling to say the least – we’re effectively trying to take the carbon out of our energy bills while paying no attention to the carbon in the buildings themselves.

Source: So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring

Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal

Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other found detritus, Bordalo has become famous for his uncanny depictions of animals—those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy. While scale often plays a large role in his outdoor wall-mounted street pieces, the artist also created considerably smaller assemblages attached to old doors, siding, and windowpanes.

Source: Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal

SustainableScoop- Jim Schulman, Alliance for Regional Cooperation – YouTube

Founder of Community Forklift & Executive Manager of the Alliance for Regional Cooperation, Jim Schulman discusses his work on the Building Materials Reuse Association. His work in cooperation with the DC Sierra Club and others are pushing building code changes to help rescue building materials from the waste stream.

National Preservation and Philanthropic Groups Partner for $25 Million Funding Initiative Aimed at Transforming the Nation’s Cultural Landscape to Fully Reflect the American Story

New African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Will Help to Preserve Overlooked Historic Places, Bring Preservation Funding to Underrepresented Communities and Uncover the Untold Stories of Communities of Color

In addition to helping support direct action needed to protect threatened sites of historic significance and addressing critical funding gaps for their preservation, the fund will also help to uncover hidden stories of African-Americans connected to historic sites across the nation,  empower youth through National Trust’s Hands On Preservation Experience program, support research on preservation’s impact on contemporary urban problems that disproportionately affect communities of color, and advocate for preservation funding for underrepresented communities.

Source: National Preservation and Philanthropic Groups Partner for $25 Million Funding Initiative Aimed at

Introduction: Joe Connell, Incoming Executive Director- BMRA News, November 2017

BMRA Interim Executive Director, Joe Connell

I am excited about leading the BMRA into its next stage because I believe that it is only together as an industry that we can address the issues facing us. Across the country there are countless building material reuse companies and organizations operating to save our resources. Yet way too often we operate alone, or in organizational silos. My vision is that we can all embrace the same goals, and support each other to the same ends.

Source: BMRA News, November 2017

Astoria nonprofit Big Reuse will close after 12 years due to rising rents – QNS.com

Big Reuse employees picking up construction materials slated to be thrown away.

“Salvage warehouses should be increasing, not decreasing with what we know about climate change and knowing that building materials make up the largest portion of our material waste,” she said.She said that the company is “really proud of the work we’re doing” and made great strides in terms of diverting waste from landfills and encouraging Queens residents to channel their “inner sustainable-ist.”

Source: Astoria nonprofit Big Reuse will close after 12 years due to rising rents – QNS.com

“Upcycling” Assets: Planning for Regenerative Growth – Urban Land Magazine

Barrie Barton of Right Angle Studios speaking at right at a ULI Australia event in Sydney.

“We’re all in this together. So, stop thinking about the people that are just in our direct industry and [think of] all of the brands and all of the incredibly smart, creative people that you can work with to get together with the same objectives. We’re not that different, really. And there are some really exciting opportunities with people outside of the property bubble—to misuse that phrase—not the least of which is our citizens.”

Source: “Upcycling” Assets: Planning for Regenerative Growth – Urban Land Magazine

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention