Steve Shelton from the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh stands in front of paneling of reused woods built by his students.
Project RE, is a social enterprise in which trainees and apprentices in the building trades work alongside budding architects making prototypes and products with reclaimed materials in the back of Construction Junction at 214 N. Lexington St. in North Point Breeze. (The RE stands for reuse materials, rebuild communities, restore lives.)
Mr. Shelton, founder of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, calls it “a think tank with tools.”
Project RE accumulated $2.3 million in grants from four foundations and Ford Motor Co. support to build a mobile fabrication lab, which is used in the wood shop and as an educational tool in neighborhoods.