Category Archives: Portland Area

Report: Transformation of Pacific NW waste & recycling by 2040 would bring tens of thousands of jobs and cut pollution – Washington State Wire

“The good news is that—as we’ve seen in the past two decades with Clean Energy—strong leadership with a clear vision can pay off for the Northwest in big ways: hundreds of new Clean Materials businesses, thousands of new jobs, and billions of dollars in new investment. At the same time, we can slash the emissions that are driving climate change and reduce toxic pollution.”

Source: Report: Transformation of Pacific NW waste & recycling by 2040 would bring tens of thousands of jobs and cut pollution – Washington State Wire

Aurora Mills Expanding Retail Footprint, with Place for Large Things and Airplane Wings

“Yeah, we have one of those,” Byrnes said with a laugh. “It was for a giant. And it will be for other large items: back bars, theater lighting, airplane wings, floor boards, things like that. I like to joke that we could fit a double-decker English bus in there.”

Source: Aurora Mills Expanding Retail Footprint, with Place for Large Things and Airplane Wings

A Historic Portland Building Turns Over a New Leaf—as a Stylish Hostel – Metropolis

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Courtesy Mikael Lundblad

“I think this is one of the last buildings from that era,” says Sean O’Connor, the general manager and partner of KEX Portland. “So it’s nice to be able to preserve the original history and character of that Eastside industrial area.”

Source: A Historic Portland Building Turns Over a New Leaf—as a Stylish Hostel – Metropolis

Unbuilding boats: Work underway on vessel deconstruction facility in Ilwaco | News | chinookobserver.com

Construction starts on a nearly 6,000-square-foot vessel deconstruction facility

Construction has started on a nearly 6,000-square-foot vessel deconstruction facility in Ilwaco slated for completion this fall. The facility will be located at 165 Howerton Ave., the current location of a boat-storage yard.  Luke Whittaker

Derelict vessels often contain large quantities of oil, lead, asbestos or other toxic substances that could pose a threat to animals and the environment. If leaked or leached, these can injure or kill marine mammals, waterfowl and other aquatic life; and contaminate aquatic lands, nearby shorelines and water. “There’s a lot on a vessel to prevent life from attaching. They’ve found those contaminants in orcas and salmon, which could be attributed to derelict vessels. We wish we could remove them all,” Wood

Source: Unbuilding boats: Work underway on vessel deconstruction facility in Ilwaco | News | chinookobserver.com

A Portland Distillery Is Making Its Own Hand Cleaner in the Wake of Coronavirus – Willamette Week

IMAGE: Courtesy of Shine Distillery.

Shine Distillery and Grill, on North Williams Avenue, is repurposing the high-proof byproduct from its 130-gallon steel-and-copper still to produce hand cleaner, and making it available to the public in 2.7-ounce bottles.

Source: A Portland Distillery Is Making Its Own Hand Cleaner in the Wake of Coronavirus – Willamette Week

Portland Street Artists Turned a Doomed Building Into a Temporary Work of Art – Willamette Week

IMAGE: Mick Hangland-Skill.

New owners Eastbank Development are planning to raze the site and turn it into apartments—but before doing so, they offered it to the nonprofit Portland Street Art Alliance to use as a canvas. Since last spring, more than 50 artists have contributed to the project, covering all four of the building’s outer walls with cows, bears, Sasquatches and hyper-bright 3-D lettering.

Source: Portland Street Artists Turned a Doomed Building Into a Temporary Work of Art – Willamette Week

A sustainable teardown in Lake Oswego – Pamplin Media Group –

PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL – Workers have started building vertical on the new City Hall building.

Redevelopment Manager Sidaro Sin said contractors were able to recycle 90% of the two existing buildings — a former medical office and doggy day care — that were on the property where the new City Hall is being built. That was about 15% more than the contractors’ original goal.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – A sustainable teardown in Lake Oswego

Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for 2020 – Restore Oregon

Nominated from people and organizations across the state, Oregon’s Most Endangered Places list sheds light on important examples of our state’s heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. The 2020 list includes endangered places from communities that for too long have been underserved–that embody Oregon’s diverse cultural heritage and require concerted efforts to be retained and passed forward.

Source: Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for 2020 – Restore Oregon

Portland Has Broken Its Promise to Keep Neighborhoods Safe From Demolition Contaminants – Willamette Week

Green, the deputy ombudsman, points to a $4 million project in the Overlook neighborhood. The contractor failed to remove the siding before demolition took place. The penalty? Just $876 in administrative fees due to the stop-work order. (BDS does not issue fines for first-time violations.)”Why follow the rules if the fine totals $876 and you’ve saved $5,000 on removing the siding by hand?” Green asks. “Human nature is not on the side of doing right.”

Source: Portland Has Broken Its Promise to Keep Neighborhoods Safe From Demolition Contaminants – Willamette Week

Portland may expand which old homes must be dismantled by hand – oregonlive.com

Portland home deconstruction

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A work crew deconstructs a Southeast Portland home in 2015 (The Oregonian/File)

The majority of council members said Wednesday that they plan to approve the ordinance, and Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly said they would like to see a more severe penalty for violators. A first offense can lead to a fine of up to $500 and a third or more can be up to $1,500. “I support everything else, but I think if you’re going to hold people accountable, they’ve got to feel it,” Hardesty said. “This is not something that they’re going to feel.”

Source: Portland may expand which old homes must be dismantled by hand – oregonlive.com

Preservation awards salute old fire station reuse, pioneer farmhouse restoration, 10 others (before, after photos) – oregonlive.com

Restore Oregon – 1912 Fire Station No. 17 in Portland

That night, recipients of 12 coveted DeMuro Awards will be applauded for their preservation and reuse of architectural and cultural sites, and the impact the improvements have made on their communities.

Source: Preservation awards salute old fire station reuse, pioneer farmhouse restoration, 10 others (before, after photos) – oregonlive.com

OP/ED: You never know what you got till it’s gone. – Tillamook County Pioneer

Manzanita celebrates the uniqueness of CARTM and its reuse /recycle leadership and the fact that the City was the first coastal community to ban the use of plastic bags all in the name of environmental stewardship. Reusing building materials and diverting demolition materials from a landfill all contribute to LEED points which are not available for new construction so why did the City decide to not give citizens the opportunity to even have this discussion and prevent approximately 500 dump truck loads of building material from being hauled to the landfill?

Source: OP/ED: You never know what you got till it’s gone. – Tillamook County Pioneer

Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

A breakfast nook has a parquet wooden table from the first boat Hughes built and starship sleek bench seats in which to peer out of the planet-shaped glass. Hughes calls this his “Captain Nemo window,” a nod to one of his favorite childhood books, Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Source: Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

5 Hottest Office Design Trends of 2019 | Inc.com

COURTESY EXPENSIFY

 “It’s an incredible opportunity for not only historic preservation, but also adaptive reuse,” says Atwood. The Portland, Oregon, office of fintech platform Expensify is housed in the 100-year-old First National Bank. There’s no denying that it’s a 21st-century office, but many of the original design elements remain intact.

Source: 5 Hottest Office Design Trends of 2019 | Inc.com

How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses | Innovation | Smithsonian

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Ruthie Mundell stands among new and vintage chandeliers—all salvaged and ready to find a new home. (Teresa Carey)

“You have a grassroots momentum for something like deconstruction, and you have a massive industry against it,” says Sara Badiali.

The building material reuse consultant thinks regulations are an effective way to make a change. Yet, she has searched the world and “can’t find any place that actually has the words ‘building deconstruction’ in legislation.”

Badiali worked with the city of Portland, Oregon, to create the nation’s first reuse ordinance. Now, Portland homes built before 1916 must be evaluated for deconstruction. Other cities like San Francisco and Milwaukee are drafting their own ordinances.

Source: How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses | Innovation | Smithsonian

GLEAN Portland

GLEAN, Portland, Oregon

GLEAN exhibit blurs boundaries of “trash,” showcases artists at Lovejoy Square, Aug. 1 – 25

Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Vanessa Calvert, Jeremy Okai Davis, Asa Mease, Miel-Margarita Paredes and Lauren Prado – transformed a steady stream of the Portland area’s trash into art. Their works will be on display and sale at Lovejoy Square, 1313 NW Kearney St., Portland. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday. Ends Aug. 25. Wheelchair accessible. Gleanportland.com

Source: GLEAN Portland

Dropbox Derby — Lovett Deconstruction – Portland Waterfront Monday September 2

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Join us on Labor Day for the Annual Dropbox Derby.

Featuring Revive’s Flea Market Extravaganza! Monday September 2, 2019 10am – 4pm Eastbank Esplanade Parking Lots Between SE Salmon and Madison.

If you are a DIY fanatic, a design junky, or a fan of Portland’s quirky, innovative, and unique talent, then grab your friends and family and head down to the east waterfront on Labor Day for the Annual Dropbox Derby, Portland’s design-build challenge!

Source: Dropbox Derby — Lovett Deconstruction

Saved from the wrecking ball and other success stories told on the Irvington Home Tour | OregonLive.com

1913 Craftsman: The house was built for William L. and Minnie McCabe, who owned a Portland stevedoring company.

The district, which earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, has the state’s largest, most diverse and intact collections of significant structures.

Source: Saved from the wrecking ball and other success stories told on the Irvington Home Tour (photos) | OregonLive.com

Deconstruction vs. Demolition: An evaluation of carbon and energy impacts from deconstructed homes in the City of Portland Submitted to: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) By: Andey Nunes, Jordan Palmeri and Simon Love

In October 2016, in an effort to reduce waste, support material reuse, and reduce environmental impacts of demolition, the City of Portland, Oregon, enacted an ordinance requiring manual  deconstruction of residential homes built in 1916 or earlier. This study analyzes the material quantity data from the first 36 deconstruction projects in Portland to measure carbon and energy impacts. The carbon and energy impacts were also calculated for a hypothetical scenario in which the same houses were mechanically demolished.

The goal of this project is to calculate the carbon and energy impacts of deconstruction and demolition of
single-family houses in Portland, Oregon. The results will allow the City of Portland to measure the effectiveness of their deconstruction policy in achieving climate and energy goals.

https://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/DeconstructionReport.pdf

https://www.oregon.gov/deq/mm/production/Pages/Deconstruction.aspx

Saving a vandalized, historic home near Mount Tabor  | OregonLive.com

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The once-majestic house was open during the Architectural Heritage Center’s Old House Revival Tour on Saturday, April 13.

The abandoned Jacob H. Cook mansion near Mount Tabor in southeast Portland was ripe to be ripped down. Instead, new owners Lyrin Murphy and Steve Day have carefully started to restore much of the oak woodwork, porcelain tile and tub, and the kitchen of the pre-1890s house.

Source: Saving a vandalized, historic home near Mount Tabor (photos, video) | OregonLive.com

Undercover investigation tracks protected African timber to Roseburg Forest Products – oregonlive.com

Deforestation in the tropics has led to protests all over the globe, including this one in Germany. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach)

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Deforestation in the tropics has led to protests all over the globe, including this one in Germany. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach)

Four years of investigation into the illegal timber trade in West Africa led an environmental group to the doorstep of Roseburg Forest Products, one of the Oregon’s largest and oldest timber companies.

Source: Undercover investigation tracks protected African timber to Roseburg Forest Products – oregonlive.com

Building the Blair Lofts | Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Mark Nichols, a Portland-based remodeler, works on framing the second floor walls of the Blair Building in downtown Washougal, in October 2016. The upper level of the historic building on Main Street has been transformed into four studio apartments with modern amenities. (Contributed photo courtesy of Heidi Kramer)

Local couple Bruce and Heidi Kramer spent three years rebuilding the second floor of a nearly 100-year-old structure known as the Blair Building.

Source: Building the Blair Lofts | Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Artist Strives To Save Portland’s Historic Mayo House, Memorialize Gentrification Struggles . News | OPB

An arborist removes a tree to prepare the lot for the removal of the Mayo house and the construction of new town homes.

An arborist removes a tree to prepare the lot for the removal of the Mayo house and the construction of new town homes.

Amelia Templeton/OPB

“I thought, ‘I could save the house,’” said Cleo Davis, an artist who lives just a few doors down.The Mayo house appealed to him because demolition and lost opportunities are a big part of his family’s story — and part of the African-American experience in this part of Portland.

Source: Artist Strives To Save Portland’s Historic Mayo House, Memorialize Gentrification Struggles . News | OPB

25 ‘Lost Portland’ buildings that defined city — before ‘progress’ brought them down (photos) | OregonLive.com

A lithograph of Portland High School at Southwest 14th Avenue and Morrison Street. Built in the 1880s, it was razed in 1929. (Oregonian archives)

Ballestrem’s just-released book, “Lost Portland” (The History Press, $21.99), highlights grand structures that have disappeared from Stumptown over the years. The book certainly will cause readers a pang or two of wistfulness, for Portland has lost its fair share of irreplaceable landmarks.

Source: 25 ‘Lost Portland’ buildings that defined city — before ‘progress’ brought them down (photos) | OregonLive.com

2018-2019 Investment and Innovation Grants | Metro

Here is a summary of the Fiscal Year 2019 Investment and Innovation (I&I) grants. The 14 grants represent a total Metro investment of $2,453,247, which will leverage an additional $2,383,065 in matching funds provided by the applicants. Investment and Innovation grants are intended to build lasting, private sector capacity to reduce waste through reuse, recycling, composting or energy creation from discarded materials in the Metro region. They seek to both strengthen local efforts to reduce the amount and

Source: 2018-2019 Investment and Innovation Grants | Metro

Starting This Friday Crackedpots Holiday Shop at Lloyd Center Mall – Portland, Oregon

Starting this Friday!

November 30th at 10:00 a.m.

Crackedpots Holiday Shop encourages shoppers to reconsider the disposable nature of the season with thoughtful alternative gifts made from reclaimed materials!

Crackedpots Holiday Shop features fine art and craft by 40 local artists that utilize and upcycle waste materials.

Artwork in a variety of media will be on display and for sale including: metal, textiles, jewelry, assemblage, wood and collage. 

Source: 2018 Crackedpots Holiday Shop — crackedpots

2018 Crackedpots Holiday Shop — crackedpots – Sara Badiali

Crackedpots Holiday Shop encourages shoppers to reconsider the disposable nature of the season with thoughtful alternative gifts made from reclaimed materials.Holiday Pop UpSIGN.png

Crackedpots (crackedpots.org) is a small environmental art nonprofit in whose mission is waste reduction through reuse. This year this humble organization has quietly made a stunning leap forward for the reuse industry, by opening a retail store in a major mall in Portland, Oregon.

The Crackedpots Holiday Shop carries local, handcrafted products that are exclusively made from a minimum of 80% reclaimed materials. Recovered waste materials are transformed into furniture, lighting, fixtures, clothing, accessories, fine art, and craft. Items are made from salvaged metal, glass, textiles, jewelry, assemblage, wood and plastics.

By selling only reclaimed products in a major shopping center for the holidays, Crackedpots is mainstreaming the reuse market by leaps and bounds. The ReTuna Återbruksgalleria mall in Eskilstuna, Sweden is the only other known mall retail outlet pioneering exclusively reclaimed goods.

This unique organization has less than ten employees, working part time. The operating budget is under $100,000. They have three programs, the annual Reuse Art Show, the GLEAN art show, and ReClaim It! salvage store.

This summer’s 19th Annual Reuse Art Show converted over 20 tons of waste into retail products. Since 2014 Cracked Pots has diverted 413,310 pounds from the Metro Central Transfer Station.

By Sara Badiali

Source: 2018 Crackedpots Holiday Shop — crackedpots

Roll Hardy: Painting Portland’s Impermanent, Industrial Beauty . TV | OPB

After years of painting his urban muse, Hardy’s images of Portland have taken on a new meaning as they’ve become a chronicle of a rapidly changing landscape.

After years of painting his urban muse, Hardy’s images of Portland have taken on a new meaning as they’ve become a chronicle of a rapidly changing landscape. Artwork Courtesy of Roll Hardy

“It’s been six months since the painting was made and it’s gone,” Hardy said. “Knocked down and excavated. I was thinking about that a lot when I was making that work. Times are changing. The city is changing for sure.” After years of painting his urban muse, Hardy’s images of Portland have taken on a new meaning as they’ve become a chronicle of a rapidly changing landscape.Artwork Courtesy of Roll HardyHardy’s work documents parts of Portland that are slowly disappearing. When he reflects upon that,

Source: Roll Hardy: Painting Portland’s Impermanent, Industrial Beauty . TV | OPB

Gallery — HK DESIGN PDX

HK100 - Mountain Glory $900 - Available

HK100 – Mountain Glory $900 – Available

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

Diederick Kraaijeveld in Portland, Oregon August 14th & 15th at Crackedpots 19th Annual Reuse Art Show – Oudhout – Buildin’ Manhattan

Months and months of long working days….over 6000 pieces sawn to perfection….Buildin’ Manhattan! Kraaijeveld created a 10 feet long Manhattan in wood, special wood: red cedar from Manhattan water towers. Shipped in a sea freight container from New York City to the Netherlands. One day the piece will be back in New York…….

Source: Oudhout – Buildin’ Manhattan

Old Delta uniforms get new life through ‘Upcycle Project’


Looptworks CEO Scott Hanlin said they collected more than 350,000 pounds of uniforms. Anything that’s still high quality was donated; anything that didn’t fit the bill was modified.  “That’s what Looptworks does really well, is working together with companies to get zero waste to landfills and repurpose a lot of those materials,” Hanlin said.

Source: Old Delta uniforms get new life through ‘Upcycle Project’

GLEAN artists work through the weight of waste | Metro

Close-up of hands adding lace "skin" to a wooden boat frame.

Now in its eighth year, GLEAN was created to help raise awareness about our consumption habits and inspire new ways of looking at trash as a resource. The program is a partnership between Metro, the government that manages the greater Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; Recology, a company that manages garbage and recycling facilities; and crackedpots, a local environmental arts nonprofit. Artists are selected each year by a jury of arts and environmental professionals.

GLEAN exhibit challenges ideas about waste; showcases artists at Bison Building, Aug. 3 – 25

Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Carolyn Drake, Liz Grotyohann, Benjamin Mefford, Brittany Rudolf and Eduardo Cruz Torres – transformed an unpredictable stream of trash from the Metro Central transfer station into art. Their works will be on display and sale at the Bison Building, 421 NE Tenth Ave., Portland. Opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 Friday, Aug. 3. Ends Aug. 25. Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. More details at Gleanpdx.org or 503-278-0725.

Source: GLEAN artists work through the weight of waste | Metro

Edgefield – crackedpots art show – McMenamins

crackedpots art show

This popular summer event showcases more than 100 artists’ creations made of recycled, found or discarded materials. Wander the grounds next to our Little Red shed, and ponder booths containing everything from bird feeders to furniture to sculpture, wearable art and beyond, which will be on display and for sale.

Source: Edgefield – crackedpots art show – McMenamins

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

 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

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

PDX RUST Speakers at ReUse-A-Palooza June 10th Portland, Oregon


DX RUST Speaker Freedom Moreno at

ReUse-Aplooza at the Oregon Public House June 10th

Freedom Moreno is a Certified Deconstructionist with the Building Material Reuse Association. She was in the first building deconstruction certification class for the City of Portland, Oregon. She is also an Alumni of Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.

Freedom pioneered as the first women and woman of color, to be a lumber specialist for Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage.

 

PDX RUST Speaker Simon Love atReUse-Aplooza at the Oregon Public House June 10th

Simon is the reuse and repair specialist at Oregon DEQ, leading the implementation of DEQ’s strategic plan related to extending the lifespan of products through reuse, repair and improvements to product durability.

 

Source: PDX RUST