Katie Deuel, executive director of Home ReSource in Missoula, said thousands of items from the old Mercantile found their way into homes, schools and offices across the city. (Martin Kidston/Missoula Current)
“One woman had a table made for her husband,” Deuel said. “He had worked at the Merc for 35 years, so she really wanted that. There’s some great human interest stories in there. People recognized the value of it as material that came locally from our ecosystem and stayed in the community.”
Source: Piece by piece, deconstructed Merc found new uses across Misssoula ~ Missoula Current
A sign welcomes visitors to Fort Vancouver National Site as a historical warehouse building, skinny building in background, is seen nearby Thursday morning. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)
“As a woman- and Native American-owned small business, RJS Construction, Inc., is beyond excited to be a part of a project that is focused on respect for history and consideration for the environment,” Chris Boring of RJS Construction said in a news release about the demolition. “We look forward to partnering with the National Park Service and Fort Vancouver as they move forward with the removal of buildings and salvage of historic wood.”
Source: 5 buildings at Fort Vancouver National Site to be demolished | The Columbian
Unbuilders is quickly becoming Canada’s deconstruction industry leader.Over the past year, Unbuilders has saved over 100,000 board feet of lumber and 250 tonnes of garbage from being thrown in landfills.In the most recent unbuild, just 3% of materials from an entire house ended up in the landfill.
Source: Vancouver-based Unbuilders aims to transform how homes are demolished | Daily Hive Vancouver
The first rule of thumb is to choose something solid and sturdy to support the weight of the basin – remember that it’ll be much heavier once it’s filled with water.
Source: How to upcycle a vanity unit – Upcycled vanity unit – Upcycle ideas
The Alcatraz Photography Studio in Berkeley, Calif., transformed a century-old box of a building used as a Halloween costume store into an artistic space. PHOTO Billy Hustace Photography
The project team was encouraged by the client and designers to reuse and expose original building materials. The team preserved the wooden floor covered with colorful paint drips, giving the space a unique character. This sustainable approach was noticed by the judges, who appreciated the “simplicity, beauty and attention to detail” of the small project, noting that such renovation and adaptive reuse “could be considered a lost art.”
Source: ENR California Best Projects 2018 Renovation/Restoration: Alcatraz Photo Studio | 2018-10-02 | Engineering News-Record
Art and wall light made from reclaimed Napa wine barrels
In our continuing effort to be environmentally conscious and recycle (and also make more awesome projects), we came up with this fun filled idea to reuse wine barrel rings in a unique way.
Source: STUDIO Hehku Art and wall light made from | Etsy
The TS1 model uses responsibly sourced components to create the first environmentally conscious piece of luxury footwear. A fraction of the energy used to create new sole units goes into preparing the waste tyre material for production.
Source: Tyre Sole Driving Loafers, brown suede – Hugs & Co.
St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, Illinois, was a skilled nursing facility when it shut down in 2010, the same year the Art Deco building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
With the senior population and demand for senior housing guaranteed to grow over the next 20 years, yesterday’s offices, hotels, schools and commercial buildings can be repurposed into the senior housing of tomorrow.
Source: How Adaptive Reuse is Helping Create the Senior Housing of Tomorrow – Senior Housing News
Children play in front of Sumner Elementary School in North Lawndale. Across the street, the construction dump looms. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Sumner Elementary School archive)
“I just thought, ‘Well, somebody’s just parking their trucks in there,’” said Woodson, “’til a guy said, ‘Ms. Woodson, come down, look at this. Do you know that somebody’s over there dumping in that lot?’” And they were. Load after load of broken concrete, rebar, bricks and stones
Source: The City podcast: How Chicago residents battled an illegal dump — and the mob
Although Stickbulb, the lighting brand that creates modular fixtures from recycled lumber, has received lots of attention in the design world (even winning “Best in Show” at NYC x Design in 2017), the company has never had a proper showroom until now.
Source: Stickbulb’s First Showroom in Long Island City | Architectural Digest
RE–USA: 20 American Stories of Adaptive Reuse A Toolkit for Post-Industrial Cities by Matteo Robiglio, JOVIS Verlag GmbH, 2017
Robiglio analyzed his observations and turned them into an “adaptive reuse toolkit” that can be used by cities but is really addressed to concerned citizens intent on reviving their neighborhoods. Consisting of eight steps and addressed to “you and your family,” the processes outlined are intended to chart a path of redevelopment and acknowledge and build upon the industrial legacy by emphasizing adaptive reuse.
Source: Book Review: RE-USA 20 american stories of adaptive reuse – UrbDeZine NYC
Stardust, a Southeast Valley nonprofit headquartered at 1720 W. Broadway Road in Mesa, is partnering with several Valley companies to divert used building materials at construction sites from the landfill to repurpose and resell.
Stardust, the only building-material reuse nonprofit in metro Phoenix, has created “Starve the Landfill,” focused on sustainability in the construction industry. Starve the Landfill stresses the importance of deconstruction and donating building materials to be reused and repurposed.The goal is to create a strong community of eco-friendly contractors and suppliers that want to reduce their material waste.“One of the amazing benefits is that local companies will be acknowledged for their partnership and commitment to sustainability and the reuse of building materials,” said Karen Jayne, CEO of Stardust.
Source: Mesa nonprofit wants tons of improvement in construction- recycling effort | Life | eastvalleytribune.com
Anaviv’s Table serves 10 diners a night, three days a week. Photo: Anaviv’s Table
It’s small and cozy and has a big table made from reclaimed wood from the old Cal stadium. Just the right size for a dinner party of ten, as it turns out.
Source: Anaviv’s Table offers high-end fare in an intimate dinner party setting — Berkeleyside
In addition, deconstruction can potentially generate jobs around harvesting, processing and selling materials. Arlene Karidis | Sep 20, 2018
“The reuse economy is similar to the recycling industry in that it creates more jobs throughout the value chain than strictly disposing material in a landfill. As the reuse market continues to grow, more jobs will be created downstream, including warehouse operations, retail, value-added manufacturing and job training,” says Blomberg.
Source: Deconstruction Niche Attempts to Tackle C&D Waste
Experiential passageways for cars and pedestrians will connect to the different buildings on site. (Courtesy S9 Architecture)
ATCO brought on S9 to collaborate on the adaptive reuse of the complex’s 12 main buildings and connect them through experiential passageways. In between each structure, the team will lay out gathering spaces for people to eat, hang out, or put on events.
Source: Charlotte is converting an old Model T and missile factory into workspaces – Archpaper.com
Photos by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Deconstruction is underway at the power plant on 15th Street in Jasper. The company deconstructing the plant anticipates that 90 percent of the building’s material will be reused or recycled.
“We have a tremendous response from farmers, architects, as well as collectors of old memorabilia for most of the items slated for repurposing,” a Green Earth spokeswoman said in an email. She said the company plans to salvage compressors, generators, 60 percent of the beams, electronic switches, metal grading, miscellaneous electronic equipment and the front façade of the building.
Source: Power plant parts may be shipped across world – Dubois County Herald
The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station, which began operating in 2014, is certified as LEED – Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation was earned for the facility’s sustainable design, recycled content building materials, rainwater harvesting, efficient energy and water use, and more.
Source: King County’s Factoria Recycling & Transfer Station earns ‘Best Project’ award from Engineering News Record Northwest – King County
Mr. Guy is an associate professor of practice and director of the MS in Sustainable Design program, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America (CUArch), Washington, DC. He is also the director of the Center for Building Stewardship, and director of the MS in Facilities Management program at CUArch. Mr. Guy’s teaching and research focus on sustainable and healthy materials and C&D waste, life cycle assessment, prefabrication and modular design, design to use reclaimed materials, design for deconstruction, and building deconstruction. In 2005, he co-founded the Building Materials Reuse Association, and he has conducted deconstruction projects throughout the US.
Source: Deconstruction vs. Demolition | Fairfax, VA
The goal of this event is therefore to bring together individuals and organizations active in related areas of heritage conservation, urban, architectural and construction history, critical heritage and discard studies, building deconstruction, sustainable materials and waste management, to address these gaps and possibilities for bridging between these areas as part of projects, policies, research or creative practices.
Source: symposium overview – WASTE HERITAGE deconstruction, salvage & re-use
An architect’s rendering of The Resource Rows
“We keep excavating for new resources to turn into construction materials when we have so many things above ground that are super-accessible. We just need to find the innovations to use them,” says Lendager.
Source: Bricks and more, ta: recycling entire buildings – Positive News – Positive News
Elevator Alley is a complex of hundreds of grain silos—now filled with breweries, event spaces and more—along the Buffalo River. PHOTO: JIM SCHWABEL/ALAMY
In recent years, cultural institutions, visitor bureaus and artists have turned the elevator complexes into money-making attractions, from museums and luxury hotels to shopping venues and art installations.
Source: Grain Silos: From Empty Relics to Cultural Landmarks and Luxury Hotels – WSJ
Courtesy of Lovett Commercial Rendering of 1818 Washington St. in Sawyer Yards
Repurposing old buildings continues to be popular in the Inner Loop. The latest sizable one combines two things millennials love — art and breweries.
Source: Sawyer Yards’ 115K SF Adaptive Reuse Expansion Will Create One Of The Country’s Largest Arts Communities
Similarly, it’s a common fallacy that (unless you are renovating your house to passive house energy standards) new windows are more energy efficient or durable than historic ones. First, it will take up to 240 years to recoup enough money from energy savings to pay back the cost of installing replacement windows. Second, let’s be real: New windows are not nearly as good looking. Old windows are very hard to replace, but much easier and often cheaper to restore to modern standards. Finally, no other types of
Source: Home renovation: where to start – Curbed
Should a huge new house supplant a more modestly sized old one?
One of the ironies of the tear down trend is that the new construction usually features “green” elements such as solar collectors, LED lighting systems, triple-glazed windows, heat sinks and super-insulated walls and roofs. But the bigger new houses encroach upon open space, uprooting mature plantings that benefit air quality, and remove trees that can provide shade and minimize the energy required to cool buildings.
Source: Don’t Tear Down This Old House
Donna Aspden and her husband Kevin are the original recyclers, having built and created more than 500 stunning headboards during the last 30 years, transforming discarded materials into pieces of art for clients to use in their most personal of personal space, their bedrooms.
Source: Headboards made of salvage the stuff of sweet dreams | The London Free Press
Photo from Carmine Street Guitars courtesy of Sphinx Productions.
The main focus of Carmine Street Guitars is custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej. They are renowned for their handcrafted guitars made from reclaimed wood rescued from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings.
Source: Ron Mann Returns to Venice – Northernstars.ca
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The old cotton press warehouse structure stretches along a portion of Front Street in downtown Meridian. Part of the building is being dismantled and the rest will be saved and repurposed. Material from the building is being reused in buildings across the street and around Mississippi.
“The pine, it’s being shipped and flooring is being made out of it, and its bricks are being used in buildings all over Mississippi,” Massey said.
Source: Brick by brick Meridian cotton warehouse dismantled | Local News | meridianstar.com
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“We chose ‘Salvage’ as our title because of its great impact,” Jeanroll told Panay News. “What may first come to mind is an act of killing, [but seeing our pieces] you may begin to realize that [through our art] we aim to rescue something from complete destruction.”
Source: ‘Salvage’ : Three young Ilonggo artists find beauty in scrap pieces of wood
Photo courtesy of J. Breneman/NRRI
Moving forward, Krause states that educating the public about deconstruction as an alternative to demolition is essential. “Every state has that looming ‘filling-up the-landfills’ problem. This project addresses it directly,” stated Krause.
Source: Taking it apart rather than breaking it | BusinessNorth Exclusives | businessnorth.com
Find the King of Jeans sign among other local treasures at Provenance. | Photos: Khanya Brann unless otherwise noted
These companies all offer design and construction services (and impeccable craftsmanship) and dig into their inventories of endangered treasures to create the furniture pieces of your dreams.
Source: These 5 Philly Architectural Salvage Stores Are Worth the Visit
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program offers grants that promote the prevention, recovery or reuse of solid wastes.
Source: State of Oregon: Materials Management – Materials Management Grants Program
Ironside Newark exterior. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.
“Given the historic nature of the building and the prior uses in the building, we quickly recognized that the bones were irreplaceable and therefore repurposing it for its intended use as loft-style office with street-level retail would be a great second life if you will for the building,” Sommer explained, adding that “we’re seeing a tremendous amount of velocity on both fronts.”
Source: Inside Ironside: How a Former Newark Warehouse is Being Brought Back to Life | Jersey Digs
Bisnow/Julie Littman Bisnow’s Bay Area Construction and Development event held in The Fairmont in San Francisco
“Everyone wants brick and timber, but there is only so much of that and a lot of it’s been taken,” Build Inc. President and partner Lou Vasquez said during Bisnow’s Bay Area Construction and Development event. While the temptation might be to tear down an old building, especially if it costs too much to restore it, there is inherent value in restoration, Vasquez said. “You can’t buy that character. You can’t build that character,” he said.
Source: Demand Rising For Offices In Historic Buildings, But Supply Limited
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The wall art is made using reclaimed wood from older homes in Portland, OR and the surrounding area. Some of the pieces are primarily made from reclaimed lath and plaster. Each piece of wood is carefully selected by it’s color, texture, and character during the arrangement of the design.
Source: Gallery — HK DESIGN PDX
Combating blight and replacing the tax base: Unutilized structures are creating blight in markets across the U.S. And local governments are losing revenue from both declining sales and property taxes as retail stores close and prior growth industries such as financial services contract. How can cities replace lost sales and property tax revenue from closed stores and branch banks? Ironically, the solution is what local communities least understand and most resist: reusing a structure or property. It is a fe
Source: Adaptive Reuse: Turning Blight into Bright | CCIM Institute
“The show supports artists, many of whom generate a substantial amount of their income at this event,” Badiali said. “In essence, the Crackedpots Reuse Art Show has inspired and supported job creation for almost 20 years.” Badiali serves on the Building Deconstruction Advisory Group, for the city of Portland. The advisory group assists the city in how to salvage items from buildings rather than demolish the old structures and toss out the rubble. Badiali is a reuse artist herself, so the event caught her eye and she decided to help organize the event this year.
Source: Pamplin Media Group – Beautiful junk for sale at Crackedpots art show
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Burnham Mansion will be demolished soon, but crews are currently stripping the interior detailing from the historic home.
The demolition is being done to make room for the $87.1 million Central High School expansion.
Source: Crews stripping Burnham Mansion ahead of demolition – Wandtv.com, NewsCenter17, StormCenter17, Central Illinois News-
It takes more workers to pry apart a building than to operate a wrecking ball. Although that makes deconstruction more expensive, creating additional jobs is appealing in a city where 23 percent of residents live in poverty.
Source: Cities Look to Create Jobs With Deconstruction Projects
Cracked Pots artist Terry Powers with some of his creations. (KATU)
Organizers say this year’s show has diverted 20 tons of material that would otherwise have landed in a landfill.
Source: Cracked Pots Reuse Art Show: Snazzy garden art with a sustainable edge | KATU
Debris remains where a demolished rowhouse once stood on one of many blocks slated for demolition in Baltimore. When possible, city officials want to dismantle and salvage materials from buildings rather than demolishing them.
Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press
The two Baltimore enterprises address multiple problems at once. Details Deconstruction takes apart blighted buildings and salvages or recycles materials that are still valuable — a process called deconstruction. Brick and Board processes and sells reclaimed materials, saving them from the landfill. And both hire people with criminal records and prepare them for jobs in the construction industry.
Source: Instead of Razing Buildings, Some Cities Want to Reuse Their Bones | The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pleasant Green house in Crozet was built in the 1800s. ZACK WAJSGRAS/THE DAILY PROGRESS
“Instead of just salvaging the [house’s] hickory, could we go a step further and actually save the original log cabin that dates back to these transactions that happened with Jeremiah Wayland,” said Jennie More, a county planning commissioner whose grandmother was born in the home. “Our family would very much like to explore that possibility, but we also understand the property owner has salvage rights and that it may not be possible at all.”
Source: Family says 1800s Crozet home in project’s way shouldn’t be destroyed | County News | dailyprogress.com
Fitted with electrical sockets, a wood-burning stove sourced from the original mast-step, and a sail canvas door, the attention to detail is impressive. The shed has even been made watertight using marine resin. Boat Pod is a finalist in the Unique category.
“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the incredible, imaginative and innovative sheds entered into this year’s competition,” says Shed of the Year founder Andrew Wilcox. “I’ve judged the finalists eleven years running now, and it’s amazing to see how the sheds evolve each year as entrants take inspiration from others and realize that creating your own shed on a budget is a more than achievable project.”
Source: From floating retreat to vintage taxi: 2018’s Shed of the Year shortlist
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is seeking bids to salvage a Burnside Island cottage built by the uncle of songwriter and Savannah native Johnny Mercer, following calls by preservationists to halt demolition plans for the 101-year-old structure.
Source: Georgia DNR seeking bids to move, salvage Mercer Cottage
OLD HARDWOOD is salvaged from the 78-year-old former Smithey’s warehouse building in North Wilkesboro as part of a joint venture between building owner Cam Finley and North Wilkesboro-based Revient Reclaimed Wood. Second Street is seen through a hole left by a tornado last fall.
The old Smithey’s warehouse had part of its roof torn off by a tornado that touched down in Wilkes in October 2017. “As soon as I saw what was inside it, I knew it was a great building for us to salvage,” said Shepherd.
Source: New life for old wood | News | journalpatriot.com
Photo credit: Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
The 7th annual ReStore ReUse Contest is an amazing showcase of innovative building projects constructed predominantly of used building materials. Past projects Past projects have run the gamut from small tabletop items and wall décor to artist studios and tiny homes. The majority are medium sized and include furniture, yard art, planters, chicken coops, little free libraries, sheds and more.
Source: ReStore accepting submissions for annual ReUse Contest | WLOS
If you can “Believe” it, superstar Cher is selling her four-bedroom, three-bedroom Beverly Hills home for only $2,499,000. This warm, inviting home has high ceilings and hardwood floors made from reclaimed wood throughout.
Source: Peek Inside Cher’s Beverly Hills ‘Retreat’ On Sale For $2.5 Mill | Beverly Hills, CA Patch
An environmental collaborative aims to remove vacant properties, plans to salvage materials from 30 buildings in north St. Louis in 2019. Refab, a salvage yard in south St. Louis, is identifying buildings that qualify for deconstruction.
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“When you strategically disassemble a structure, there’s more opportunities to find and remediate environmental hazards,” Ginn said. “It would allow us to reduce the amount of waste we’re sending to landfills and you don’t have as much dust spreading through neighborhoods.”
Source: Environmental coalition plans to salvage materials from vacant north St. Louis buildings | KBIA
GoodWood is hiring a full time Deconstructionist. $20 an hour to start, some construction or deconstruction experience is welcome. You can contact David Greenhill at Talk@GoodWoodportland.com.
GOOD WOOD IS A DECONSTRUCTION & SALVAGE COMPANY LOCATED IN PORTLAND, OREGON. WE PROVIDE DECONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND OFFER AN AFFORDABLE OPTION FOR SALVAGED OLD-GROWTH LUMBER.
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