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NYC’s toxic construction debris litters mid-Hudson

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo estimated 5 million tons of construction and demolition debris is generated annually in the New York metro area. Much of it ends up in the mid-Hudson.“Due to the rural nature of the mid-Hudson Valley area and its proximity to New York City, illegal dumping has been an especially difficult problem through the region,” Cuomo said in February 2017. “Haulers see an easy way to cut costs by dumping loads of waste sourced from New York City in the mid-Hudson Valley.”

Source: NYC’s toxic construction debris litters mid-Hudson

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I just wanted to thank you, because since I get all the updates through Reclamation Administration I found today out pieces from the old Waldorf Astoria in NYC are for sale – so I bought an old Waldorf Astoria door bell!!!! Yihaaa! – Diederick Kraaijeveld, Oudhout.com.

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Local blacksmith forging a culture of reuse / Featured news / Newsroom / The University of Newcastle, Australia

Mr Maguire said the day will not only be about fixing damaged items, but also about bringing the community together through a celebration of practical skills that are often overlooked in today’s modern world.

Source: Local blacksmith forging a culture of reuse / Featured news / Newsroom / The University of Newcastle, Australia

Old building materials from College Avenue Campus being auctioned off | Regina Leader-Post

Jackie Schmidt, president of Heritage Regina, stands among some of the materials which will be included in an online auction being put on by Heritage Regina. Many of the items are building materials removed from the College Avenue Campus of the University of Regina. BRANDON HARDER / REGINA LEADER-POST

Schmidt noted that much of the wood is old-growth wood from trees that were more than 100 years old.“Every lot has a historical story behind it,” said Schmidt. “These are architecturally significant. They belonged to the (College Avenue Campus) and we want to make sure that they are not put into the landfill.”

Source: Old building materials from College Avenue Campus being auctioned off | Regina Leader-Post

Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat 

Domino Park – Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Domino Park will open June 10.

Set to open to the public on June 10, the park — which was installed with reclaimed relics from the former Domino Sugar Refinery — has been converted into a quarter-mile long stretch of open green space running along the Williamsburg waterfront.

Source: Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dismantling Of Historic Hayward Field East Grandstand Begins . News | OPB

 

Workers remove seating planks from the East Grandstand at Hayward Field and take them to a truck for transport Monday, June 11, 2018, in Eugene, Oregon.

Workers remove seating planks from the East Grandstand at Hayward Field and take them to a truck for transport Monday, June 11, 2018, in Eugene, Oregon. Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard

In a first step toward dismantling the 93-year-old grandstand, workers removed original seat boards and placed them in a truck. The salvaged Douglas fir bleacher seats are among numerous items that are to be reused in a modern stadium that is to be built on the same site as Hayward Field in time for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships.

Source: Dismantling Of Historic Hayward Field East Grandstand Begins . News | OPB

Eco-group faces imprisonment after reviving an abandoned Spanish village | Inhabitat

a group of people in the fields

Nicole Jewel

Currently, six members face more than four years imprisonment each along with a fine of up to $30,000 that will be used to demolish and destroy all of the effort that the group put into rebuilding the village over the last five years.

Source: Eco-group faces imprisonment after reviving an abandoned Spanish village | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Meet the Ecopreneur Who Loves to Talk Trash | St. Thomas Newsroom

Jason Utgaard

“It was a snowball effect leading to the intersection of my enhanced awareness of the sheer volume of material I was responsible for nationally distributing through my roles as a buyer/VP, and this surge of sustainably made products I saw while doing sourcing work,” he said.

Source: Meet the Ecopreneur Who Loves to Talk Trash | St. Thomas Newsroom

Planning Board denies yet another proposal to reuse West Side firehouse | WBFO

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“I’m not a developer. I don’t understand the machinery, the political machinery, to become a developer and make something else out of it,” said Blochoe. “Five previous owners have failed in doing something to this place, if my count is not mistaken, and I have no other plans.”

Source: Planning Board denies yet another proposal to reuse West Side firehouse | WBFO

Instruments from Trash: Sirish Satyavolu on his passion – The Hindu

Sirish Satyavolu | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

‘Collab House at Out of the Box’ is currently working with Sirish towards upcycling trash to music playing instruments. This includes a series of meet-ups starting this Friday where people can come together, collect trash, design instruments and bring them to life at an in-house session .

Source: Instruments from Trash: Sirish Satyavolu on his passion – The Hindu

Nonprofit touts benefits of housing deconstruction over demolition | Waste Dive

 

“It’s much more oriented toward local governments and economic development practitioners,” who are looking at the steps community leaders can take to encourage greater deconstruction, Pytel said. “Waste is typically a consequence of a bunch of other decisions. We’re going up a few levels to get at the decisions that end up creating waste, as opposed to looking at things as waste to begin with.”

Source: Nonprofit touts benefits of housing deconstruction over demolition | Waste Dive

At this Saskatoon shop, come for the metal recycling, stay for the crazy art installations | CBC News

BN Steel and Metals owner Mark Riffel calls the metal recycled dinosaur in front of his shop Rusty. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

“There is a reuse side to things that [don’t] just have to be melted down and made into the same old piece of steel or plate or pipe. There’s a creative side.”

Source: At this Saskatoon shop, come for the metal recycling, stay for the crazy art installations | CBC News

City industries paved the way for art – SHINE

A Baowu Steel facility in northern Shanghai will be regenerated into an art and education hub, named Shanghai International Art City. Ti Gong

“Keeping the authenticity of the buildings has become a kind of art itself,” said Yongwoo Lee, artistic director of the Shanghai International Art City Research Institute. “Industrial heritage goes far beyond existing architectural recognition with unique standing and image.”

Source: City industries paved the way for art – SHINE

Featured Artist Jen Hardwick | Artsy Shark

Fish Fish

“Fish Fish” Mixed media 12″H x 16 1/4″W

I thought my art career would be as a painter but three years ago I signed up for my first art show and started working with recycled materials.  At the time I had no idea that these assemblages would become my passion and take me along an entirely different artistic path.

Source: Featured Artist Jen Hardwick | Artsy Shark

Construction waste to be turned into gas masks and sports equipment

Construction waste to be turned into gas masks and sports equipment

MDF is widely used in the walls of buildings and has so far proven hard to recycle. Credit: Pxhere, licensed under CC0

‘At the end of the building or renovating you probably have fibreboard as waste and, at this point, it’s not recyclable—it’s only burnt or landfilled,’ explained Dr. Vanreppelen. ‘But we’ve developed a process to use it to make a product called activated carbon, which is used as a filter in water purifiers or gas masks.’

Source: Construction waste to be turned into gas masks and sports equipment

Deconstruction Project Recycles Materials from Tax-Forfeited Property | www.WDIO.com

Four workers survey how to pull plaster off one of the walls.

Four workers survey how to pull plaster off one of the walls. Baihly Warfield/WDIO

Better Futures Minnesota is managing the projects, Miigwech Aki is providing labor, and the Natural Resources Research Institute is adding in their expertise. They each believe the extra time involved with deconstructing a building instead of demolishing it is worth it.

Source: Deconstruction Project Recycles Materials from Tax-Forfeited Property | www.WDIO.com

Pilot program aims to reuse, recycle materials from condemned buildings | Duluth News Tribune

Thomas Adams, president and CEO of Better Futures Minnesota“Oftentimes, when people compare demolition and deconstruction, they compare just the cash outlay right at the beginning. But we don’t believe that’s a fair comparison,” he said. Adams pointed to the legacy of overflowing landfills and the health risks they present. He also noted the increase in jobs and taxes generated by dismantling a building.

 

Thomas Adams, president and CEO of Better Futures Minnesota

Source: Pilot program aims to reuse, recycle materials from condemned buildings | Duluth News Tribune

 The Last Shot // Caleb Ruecker photographer – Portland OR Historical Crisis – YouTube

Due to a rapid population growth, historic buildings all over Portland are being demolished to make more room for the growing city. But these historic buildings and landmarks help give the city its’ character. That character is what helped portland gain it’s ‘odd-ball’ reputation. Are those days over? Is the city changing permanently? Caleb is a Portland native whose goal is to capture the character of old Portland and share it with us all

New architecture school brings lessons to life – REMI Network

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The addition of the L-shaped, two-wing building offers students a study in contrasts between these two modern construction methods, as well as between 19th-century-style timber construction and 21st-century CLT construction. Levitt said CLT was a natural choice considering the importance of timber and wood resources to northern Ontario, although there was little precedent for its institutional application in Canada at the time, much less on this scale.

Source: New architecture school brings lessons to life – REMI Network

Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

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“Adaptive use involves less waste of materials and less need for new building materials like drywall, plaster and concrete, which are highly energy and carbon intensive, even with the most sustainable production methodologies,” Green Generation Solutions CEO Brad Dockser said to ULI. “The ability to reuse windows, walls and ornamentation is critical. And it’s possible to be highly creative. I’ve seen people put an office or a conference room in what used to be a vault. Instead of spending enormous amounts of money”

Source: Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

TRA on Union Renovates with Recycled Building Materials – SouthSoundTalk

“We found it would be more economical for us to reuse some of these materials instead of throwing them away and buying new ones,” Coates explained. “I think we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.”“We had done studies to figure out what would happen if we tore down the existing site,” said Doug McNutt, Principal with Salus Architecture. “We realized that, yes, we could do that. But if we kept the original, we’d not only save money, we’d create something quite amazing.”

Source: TRA on Union Renovates with Recycled Building Materials – SouthSoundTalk

Ophir El-Boher – Presenting at ReUse-Aplooza at the Oregon Public House June 10th « PDX RUST

Inspired by natural and cultural systems, Ophir is using the platform of fashion design to address phenomenon of contemporary issues such as natural resource degradation, hyper-consumerism and gender equity.

Ophir holds a B.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Design and Secondary Education from Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv, and is currently an MFA candidate in Collaborative Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland.

Source: Ophir El-Boher – Presenting at ReUse-Aplooza at the Oregon Public House June 10th « PDX RUST

 Instructables: Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Boombox – By Robb

Robb was once an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk’s Pier 9. He went to Carnegie Mellon to study Art. He mostly does tangible artifacts that are often complex.

I am currently an Artist in Residence at the San Francisco Dump, run by Recology.There, I have witnessed unending tons of unwanted debris flow from the consumer into recycling centers and landfills. I noticed that nearly all of the E-waste was almost entirely functional, so I decided to make myself a speaker set made entirely from waste.

Source: Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Boombox

Brooklyn Grange announces a new location — in a former WWII shipyard | Inhabitat 

Brooklyn Grange is developing green spaces at Kearny Point in New Jersey

Kearny Point in New Jersey

“We know what these industrial spaces can become and how they can be reinvented. We’ve seen the evolution of the Navy Yard. When we talked to the people at Hugo Neu about their vision about Kearny Point, we really got it. It resonated with us.”

Source: Brooklyn Grange announces a new location — in a former WWII shipyard | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gamage Shipyard Transforms School Bus Into Luxury Home, Showroom – The Lincoln County News

The living space inside the renovated school bus. (Jessica Picard photo)

“We are now working with a Portland-based company, converting small storage containers into different types of uses, from mobile workstations to event kiosks (or) sales booths. We are doing one for a mobile trade show booth and another for a mobile coffee shop,” Tatro said.

The exterior of the bus. (Photo courtesy Mike Tatro)

Source: Gamage Shipyard Transforms School Bus Into Luxury Home, Showroom – The Lincoln County News

Wood from Willamette Stationers building headed to Camp Alma southwest of Eugene

Dan Buckwald and Phil Marvin (right) of Veterans Legacy Oregon look through reclaimed wood from the Willamette Stationers building that they will use for construction projects at Camp Alma, an under construction forest camp for veterans. [Brian Davies/The Register-Guard] – registerguard.com

The “true two-by-fours” and other pieces of Douglas fir will make beautiful furniture and decoration at the camp, said Dan Buckwald, Veterans Legacy board vice president. “We aren’t going to put this in walls and put drywall on it,” he said.

Source: Wood from Willamette Stationers building headed to Camp Alma southwest of Eugene

Sierra Club joins effort against Rensselaer dump – Times Union

Entrance to the Dunn C&D Landfill Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 in Rensselaer, NY.  (John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union) Photo: John Carl D'Annibale, Albany Times Union / 20042621A

Entrance to the Dunn C&D Landfill Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 in Rensselaer, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale/Times Union)

“It is evident that a number of environmental factors including noise, dust and others were not clearly documented or fully considered in the findings statement when submitted for the permit,” according to the Sierra Club. “We look forward to working with citizens of Rensselaer in this review to ensure we understand the breadth of the issues involved.”

Source: Sierra Club joins effort against Rensselaer dump – Times Union

The Powerhouse movement seeks to inspire net-positive buildings | GreenBiz

An interior depiction of the Kjorbo project.

“We welcome reuse of materials as we value that as zero-emission materials,” Stene said. “If we can design and plan for a high degree of reuse of materials, we may reduce estimated energy for demolition, and better our energy account, reduce demand for energy production and finally reduce costs.”

Source: The Powerhouse movement seeks to inspire net-positive buildings | GreenBiz

Holding onto history: Bozeman preservation effort gathers steam | City | bozemandailychronicle.com

Historic Preservation Awards

Michael Wallner, chair of the Historic Preservation Board, and Phillipe Gonzalez, a city historic preservation specialist, stand in front of The Rialto, one of the 2018 Bozeman Historic Preservation Award winners, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in downtown Bozeman.

RACHEL LEATHE/ CHRONICLE

Their success is proof, said Wallner, chair of the city’s citizen Historic Preservation Advisory Board. “Bozeman can hang onto its history,” he said. The Rialto tied with the Masonic Temple for the board’s 2018 outstanding achievement award for historic preservation. The annual awards include titles like adaptive reuse, preservation stewardship and continued maintenance.

Source: Holding onto history: Bozeman preservation effort gathers steam | City | bozemandailychronicle.com

Here are N.J.’s 10 most endangered historic sites for 2018 | NJ.com

The Captain William Tyson House is owned by the Township of Rochelle Park which wants to either sell or raze the structure, officials say.

Photo Provided | Preservation New Jersey

“Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, difficulties raising adequate historic preservation funding, the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals, inadequate recognition and protection by government agencies, and political influences,” said Courtenay D. Mercer, president of PNJ.

Source: Here are N.J.’s 10 most endangered historic sites for 2018 | NJ.com

Vacant Sears stores present unique redevelopment opportunities – Curbed Chicago

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Despite Sears’ recent struggles, developers are eyeing the company’s former properties as major opportunities. Last year, Springbank Real Estate Group acquired the vacant Sears at 1900 W. Lawrence Avenue in the Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood and plans to transform the 1920’s era structure into 59 apartments, 91 parking spaces, and 30,000 square feet of commercial space.

Source: Vacant Sears stores present unique redevelopment opportunities – Curbed Chicago

Del Norte Prospector | Superintendent explains school repurposing project

© 2018-Del Norte Prospector

“Once the bond passed, we started the repurposing committee that is comprised of school staff and local residents to see if we could actually get some of these buildings off of our hands and save some extra funding to go towards the new school,” explained Burr.

Source: Del Norte Prospector | Superintendent explains school repurposing project

Bye bye demolition: The future is deconstruction | Features | Construction News

 

New marketplaces, such as Loop, are disrupting the industry and facilitating transparency by enabling asset owners to list and identify reuse opportunities for materials or equipment ahead of demolition. Looking ahead, circular models require cross-industry collaboration – it certainly isn’t just the demolition sector that needs to act.

Source: Bye bye demolition: The future is deconstruction | Features | Construction News

Artist creates ‘Visions of Pittsburgh’ with material connection to its past | TribLIVE

Above, ‘The Igloo,’ by Cory Bonnett, whose exhibit, ‘Visions of Pittsburgh,’ will be on display this month at Shehady Gallery in the Strip District.

Working exclusively with reclaimed and salvaged raw materials, he transforms hardwood doors, stainless steel panels and fallen trees into works of art, bringing creative reuse and sustainability to his projects. One example in the show is a piece he created on a steel panel salvaged from the demolished Civic Arena.

Source: Artist creates ‘Visions of Pittsburgh’ with material connection to its past | TribLIVE

Earthwise Architectural Salvage: Bringing Tacoma’s History to Your Home Projects – SouthSoundTalk

Earthwise Salvage TacomaEarthwise Architectural Salvage was founded in Seattle in 1991 by Kurt Petrauskas. He was working as a demolition contractor and was struck by the unique and beautiful items that were being sent to landfills. Kurt started saving the items and holding yard sales, and soon the Seattle store was born. The Tacoma store opened in 2012 as their second location. Each store sources locally from the city around it.

Source: Earthwise Architectural Salvage: Bringing Tacoma’s History to Your Home Projects – SouthSoundTalk

Portion of BCPD’s green roof relocated to New York City building

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Kurt Tribbet, engineering administrator for the City of Battle Creek’s Public Works Department, unrolls a section of the police department’s green roof. (Photo: Trace Christenson/The Enquirer)

Rugh said the green roof has a life expectancy of up to 60 to 70 years, well above that of a conventional roof. “The most direct financial savings is the roof lasts so much longer,” he said. “You get one free roof for every green roof.”

Source: Portion of BCPD’s green roof relocated to New York City building

Masterpiece-by-piece | Real Estate | americanpress.com

Kathy Jackson Bosley found inspiration for the arched entrance in a fine home magazine. The reclaimed pilasters between the doors are cast iron and weigh over 1,000 pounds. Note the detail in the ceiling. Travertine is used on the floor. The fountain was created from three separate pieces, all reclaimed. Rita LeBleu

The American Press has never visited a house that demonstrates so much attention to detail and creative use of reclaimed or salvaged building materials, including old world European architectural elements.

Source: Masterpiece-by-piece | Real Estate | americanpress.com

A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal

Photo Credit: Architects Nathanael Dorent and Lily Jencks

Although there are some updated elements, the structure still sits within the original stones of the farmhouse, and is topped by a pitched roof similar to the one that would have sheltered the old Scottish house.

Source: A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal