Category Archives: Women in Deconstruction

Legacy Architectural Salvage hires assistant manager | WilmingtonBiz

Helms is passionate about promoting Legacy Architectural Salvage (LAS) as Wilmington’s source for reclaimed wood, doors, windows and other architectural salvage to use in the renovation and repair of older homes, according to a press release. She believes in the role of architectural salvage in environmental sustainability through the reuse and repurposing of historic salvage.

Source: Legacy Architectural Salvage hires assistant manager | WilmingtonBiz

Meet the barrier-breaking woman behind a massive house of salvaged treasures – The Washington Post

Nancy Meyer finds boxes of expensive Italian tile on a shelf at Community Forklift. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Meyer’s part-time job eventually became a full-time mission to get the nonprofit off the ground. She negotiated with the landlord for a lower rent, cleaned up the store, created guidelines to standardize prices and designed internal structures that would make operations more efficient. Because Community Forklift couldn’t afford advertising, she launched a grass-roots marketing campaign to educate the community about environmental issues and promote the nonprofit. Community Forklift still hosts educational programs, including monthly arts festivals and DIY reuse workshops.

Source: Meet the barrier-breaking woman behind a massive house of salvaged treasures – The Washington Post

Decon + Reuse ’17 Speakers invited by the Reclamation Administration

The Reclamation Administration has made a lot of friends over the years.

We are proud to say that over a third of the speakers for Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo: Saving our Past, Building the Future are from our invitations. These presenters have all been featured on the Reclamation Administration going as far back as 2011!

Here is a list of Presenters brought to you by the Reclamation Administration.  You can see them all in Portland, Oregon on September 24th – 27th at the Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo.

James Lindberg

Detroit Audio Lab

Eco3d

Sons of Sawdust

ReCor Door 

Ohio Materials Marketplace

Louise McRae

Viridian Reclaimed Wood

Futel

The Rockford Brand

Miigwech Aki Deconstruction

Pioneer Millworks

Space Monkey Designs/Fantom Foundry

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Wallace Detroit Guitars

Deconstruction of old homes creates more jobs in Portland | KGW.com

(Photo: Nina Mehlhaf)

That rule means a lot more certified deconstruction experts are needed. Tuesday, the city let us into a hands-on workshop at a home on Northwest 23rd Avenue, where 15 men and women were learning the trade.

Source: Deconstruction of old homes creates more jobs in Portland | KGW.com

How to reuse materials from trash

Isabel Ordonez Pizarro, an expert on how yo reuse materials from trash. Credit: Chalmers University of Technology

“In general, I think that people who are interested in circular economy or material recirculation will find my work useful. But I still think that it’s much work left to do. I would like to establish material recirculation hubs in urban areas, where local producers, secondary material providers, waste managers and makers can meet and create new ways of collaborating to enable material recovery. I also find it interesting to develop more efficient, decentralized waste management solutions and I believe that it would help users to sort their waste better,” Isabel says.

Source: How to reuse materials from trash

Plenty of Horne: Inside the Renaissance Book Shop » Urban Milwaukee

Renaissance Book Shop. Photo by Michael Horne

Thoman and her firm are on a mission to “facilitate and educate the world on how to give back to the environment, by thinking past the dumpster.” She is adamantly opposed to what she sees as the waste generated by conventional demolition.

Source: Plenty of Horne: Inside the Renaissance Book Shop » Urban Milwaukee

Where is She Now? – Michaela Harms 2014 Intern Extraordinaire

Michaela Harms

After interning with the RA in the summer of 2014, Michaela Harms continued her studies in Civil Engineering on exchange in Lefkosia, Cyprus at Frederick University. Her focus in the program was on structural design and renewable energies, both vital aspects of sustainable construction innovations. Now in her final year of studies, she has returned to Helsinki to work and complete her thesis on estimating decentralized renewable energy potentiality with Bionova, a Helsinki-based sustainability consulting company and LCA innovator.

Upon completing her BSc, Michaela plans to return stateside. She hopes to gain further expertise in research and design through work with an innovative sustainable building or renewable energy company. Her heart still lies in grass roots sustainable solutions. She hopes to continue to her Masters in 2017 at the Iceland School of Energy.

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See Michaela’s catalog of work for the Reclamation Administration.  Our great thanks Michaela!

 

Interested in interning for a cutting edge social media site dedicated to reducing waste with building material reuse and architectural salvage? Join the Reclamation Administration – we give good internships

 

 

Women apprentices dismantle ex-strip club | Daily Journal of Commerce

Rachel Meyer, left, and Misty Sedotal, both pre-apprentices with Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., deconstruct a former strip club in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

Rachel Meyer, left, and Misty Sedotal, both pre-apprentices with Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., deconstruct a former strip club in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

“We know what was going on behind these walls,” Neel said. “So yeah, this feels good. There’s something poetic about it – I mean, this building was used to disempower women for years. There was prostitution, all kinds of stuff. Now to have a project that will benefit the community and give women an opportunity to learn a trade and be able to earn a good living – there’s nothing more empowering than that.”

Students said they enjoy working around and being taught by other women. They expect the experience to help them make the jump to a field long dominated by men.

Oregon Tradeswomen pre-apprentice Yolanda Sandoval removes a ceiling grid at a Northeast Portland building that is being redeveloped by a coalition of community groups into the Living Cully Plaza. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

Oregon Tradeswomen pre-apprentice Yolanda Sandoval removes a ceiling grid at a Northeast Portland building that is being redeveloped by a coalition of community groups into the Living Cully Plaza. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

via Women apprentices dismantle ex-strip club | Daily Journal of Commerce.

Reclamation Administration / Decon ’16 – Building Material Reuse Association Conference – Reclamation Administration

COME JOIN THE BUILDING MATERIAL REUSE ASSOCIATION FOR THE ONLY CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE RECOVERY AND REUSE OF BUILDING MATERIALS. LEND YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE TO HELP US CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT WASTE.

The Decon Expo is back, the conference on deconstruction, building materials reuse, and C&D recycling.  This event is a lively, informative conference on the latest in deconstruction technology and materials-reuse applications featuring hands-on learning excursions, top speakers, networking events, business growth strategies, and more.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?

Decon ’16 is calling on all experts, innovators, and passionate persons – help make Decon ’16 an event to remember.

Submit your presentation here.

 

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

We’re soliciting folks to not just help organize the conference, but to develop industry solutions for important issue like appraisals and data collection.  

Sign up today to shape the future.

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is a 501 c3 non-profit educational and research organization whose mission is to advance the recovery, reuse and recycling of building materials.

  • Reduce the consumption of new resources
  • Reduce landfill waste and pollution
  • Create value-added markets and increase cost-effectiveness
  • Expand job opportunities and workforce development skills
  • Promote the sustainability of communities and the environment through resource preservation

We can be reached via email or by phone: 773-340-BMRA (773-340-2672) email: contact@bmra.org

Our Mailing Address is: P.O. Box 47776 Chicago, IL 60647 

Copyright © 2015 Building Materials Reuse Association, All rights reserved.

via Reclamation Administration / Decon ’16 – Building Material Reuse Association Conference – Reclamation Administration.

DETAILS team as “Innovator of the Year” – Humanim

Details, a unique approach...

Big News! The Daily Record has named Humanim’s Jeff Carroll and the DETAILS team as “Innovator of the Year.”

DETAILS, a Humanim social enterprise, is a nonprofit deconstruction business with a social mission: creating jobs for people who, for many reasons, have faced difficulty getting hired. We train and hire men and women to take apart buildings – rather than demolishing them – and then we salvage the materials for resale, reuse or repurposing.

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via Humanim – Home.

Finger Lakes ReUse Wins EPA Award – Ithaca Times : News

Award-Winning ReUse

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Finger Lakes ReUse (ReUse) as a recipient of its 2015 Environmental Champion Award. ReUse was nominated for this award, the highest honor presented to the public by EPA, by Tompkins County Solid Waste Manager Barbara Eckstrom, in recognition of its accomplishments in transforming waste into jobs and job skills training opportunities for the community.

via Finger Lakes ReUse Wins EPA Award – Ithaca Times : News.

Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood

Laura Scaccia of Eclecticasa at one of her stained glass tables at a show in Pennsylvania in February. “The show was a great success. We sold three pieces and people were crazy about the pattern of the wood and the feel,” said Scaccia

“I was recently introduced to a group of people that deconstruct homes. This is different than demolition because the material is saved and repurposed or reused, thus not filling our landfills,” Scaccia said.

“I saw a small sample of one of the repurposed pieces they had and I knew right away that I had to make tables,” she said.

via Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood.

Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times

“Through Community Glue Workshop, we run these clinics where people can fix stuff for free,” said Bruni. By ‘stuff’, Bruni means items ranging from lamps to toasters and clothing. “I work with craftsmen and groups who need a few tools to do some really cool stuff. You can start a deconstruction company with a few hundred dollars in tools,” she said. And, she helps to make that happen.

via Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times.

ICC adds building salvage course – News – Pekin Daily Times – Pekin, IL – Pekin, IL

This is great news! Anne Nicklin is a knowledgeable and excellent resource in the building material reuse industry. Her accomplishments are too numerous to mention here. If you live in Illinois we highly recommend taking her class at Illinois Central College.

“Debris and waste are just materials in the wrong place,” said Anne Nicklin, curriculum development and instructor at ICC.

Nicklin said that little infrastructure or certified laborers exist in central Illinois to handle the recycling of material from the Nov. 17 tornado in Washington, and the loss of materials is staggering.

‘It’s atrocious what’s happening in Washington,’ Nicklin said. ‘Driving through and seeing the debris, so much materials are there. We need to ensure, God forbid it happens again, that these materials don’t need to go to the landfill.’

According to Nicklin, 40 to 60 percent of the national waste stream comes from construction and demolition debris, most of which can be recycled. The certificate program is open to both employers who want to expand the diversity of its employees and current students who might be tracking toward a construction, architecture or demolition career. Registration for the spring semester is open on ICC’s website.

via ICC adds building salvage course – News – Pekin Daily Times – Pekin, IL – Pekin, IL.

Happy May Day from the RA

April was an amazing month here on the RA and we had so much fun!

(and by we I mean me)

I am just returning from Decon ’13 in Seattle, Washington, the second gathering of building material reuse professionals I made it to in April.

Earlier in the month I attended the Reclaim + Remake Symposium in Washington, DC. Both events were mind-blowingly educational. I want to extend my sincere thanks to the coordinators who clearly worked their butts off to make these events successful.

While both conferences focused on building material reuse, they were totally unique in their approaches to the issues. We are a multi-disciplined group in this field, so I am grateful that these events reflect the diversity of the industry. I am looking forward to a time where the entire month of April is filled with events on building material reuse!

Presenters and new friends, your passion for your work humbles me.

From every possible angle and framework people brought energy and excitement about their way of moving the industry forward.  From Deconstruction techniques (I geeked out) to symbolism and design recognition, to education, mapping resources opportunities and everything in between, one thing I can say about us is we are dedicated!

Awesomeness achieved by the numbers:

  • 15 – number of States represented spoken with: Ohio, California, Vermont, New York, Washington, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Quebec, Oregon, British Columbia, Wisconsin, and Maine.
  • 101 –  requests for information on the RA. You people are demanding! But I am grateful for your interest and support. I will do my best to provide the information you are seeking.
  • 1 – dirty joke told (my formal apologies to Dayton, Ohio)
  • 1 – life changing restroom meeting, and astounding RA success story!! Look for this later as a separate post.
  • 3 – assignments given to others (you know who you are).

1. Glossary of terms. We need a common language people! One deconstructionist showed me her card and her title is “Soft Strip Coordinator”. No. Just, No.  We can do better people, lets do better.

2. Make a trip to see The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.  This is a pilgrimage for anyone interested in the endless possibilities of reuse design. Or if you are in need of convincing your loved one that you are not a hoarder, but actually a genius (seriously, this might save your marriage).

3. Send your accomplishments and updates to the RA.  I can’t impress upon you enough that what you do inspires others. So please, please, send me your stories!

My utmost and sincere thanks to everyone for your encouragement, feedback, and support of myself and The Reclamation Administration.

Happy May Day everyone!

-Sara B.

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RA going to Washington DC

Weel, now we have a confession to make here at the RA.

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As a matter of fact, you keep this up and you are going to change the world by mainstreaming building material reuse.

SaraB

We couldn’t have planned it better. I want to send out my sincere thanks to everyone who reads, comments, and emails us. And by us, I mean me.

I am off to Washington D.C. next week to present The Reclamation Administration at the Remake and Reclaim Symposium.

Posts next week will be sparse. Hang in there and check out the archives there are over 1,350 posts to be inspired by. If you have any requests or feedback please email reclamationnews@gmail.com.

Thanks and wish me luck (I hate public speaking).

Sincerely,

Sara B. Reclamation Administration .com



Dee Williams tiny reclaimed and surplus house – SalvoNews.com

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Texas, USA – An ever increasing number of Americans are joining a new movement of people settling in ‘tiny houses’. Dee Williams made her house for $10,000. It comprises of a small seating area, kitchen, compost toilet, sleeping loft and is 84 square feet.

There is even a website dedicated to building small homes. Set up by another homebuilder, Ann Lupton, it aims to help in all aspects of the build including design, project managing, materials, hiring contractors and DIY. There is also a ‘How to build a green house’ section.

via Dee Williams tiny reclaimed and surplus house – SalvoNews.com.

Watch The ‘tiny house’ movement on PBS. See more from Need to Know.

Hipster Couple Teaches New Yorkers The DIY Aesthetic @PSFK

Hipster Couple Teaches New Yorkers The DIY Aesthetic

There’s been a growing trend of environmentally friendly furniture and products that use recycled materials. However, these eco-friendly items could sometimes be very expensive and beyond the budget of the average consumer. Now, The Poor Porker hopes to share tips and instructions on how to enjoy a great lifestyle while being on a tight budget.

By using reclaimed materials, purchasing second-hand products, and combining them with some simple DIY tricks and craft skills, The Poor Porker demonstrate how upcycling can create trendy products while saving money and the environment. The blog is run by Robyn and Jarrid, and the posts are easy to follow and are accompanied by useful photos.

The Poor Porker

via Hipster Couple Teaches New Yorkers The DIY Aesthetic @PSFK.

The Haitian earthquake experience – World Demolition Summit – KHL Group

One of the highlights of the recent World Demolition Summit ­- the moving joint presentation by David Sinclair from UNOPS and Safedem, Mike Jansenns of UNOPS and Jesula Andre, the first female Haitian Government machine operator – can now be viewed at www.demolitionsummit.com.

 

Watch the video here

via The Haitian earthquake experience – World Demolition Summit – KHL Group.

Waste & Recycling News | Waste Management/Recycling/Landfill Headlines

“I was the first woman to burn my bra. It took the fire department four days to put it out.”

– Dolly Parton

Sept. 9 — You can put away the matches and lighters away, ladies. There is a better way to dispose of your unwanted or ill-fitting brassieres.

Recycle them.

Yes, you can do that. And just getting that message out is priority No. 1 for Elaine Birks-Mitchell, founder of The Bra Recyclers, a Gilbert, Ariz.-based venture that she says is the only one of its kind in North America.

Birks-Mitchell got the idea a few years back during a conversation with a friend who volunteered at a women´s shelter. She asked her friend about the items that get donated to the shelter.

“And she said, ´Oh, my God, we never get enough; we never get enough of them,´ ” Birks-Mitchell remembered.

So she got an uplifting – so to speak – idea: a company that would collect unwanted bras and donate them.

She and her husband started the company in October 2008. And the growth has been steady, so much so, she now receives 4,000 a month and supplies more than 40 shelters around the country.

She gets her stock from collection drives and from women who mail them (information on how to do that is on the company´s website, BraRecycling.com). Others come from a partnership with Soma Intimates, a chain of 120 stores nationwide that hosts twice-a-year bra donation drives.

Bras that have lost all their powers to lift and separate are recycled. None end up in landfills, said Birks-Mitchell.

Soma Intimates Brand President Laurie Van Brunt has worked with The Bra Recyclers and admires Birks-Mitchell´s operation.

“She has a charitable and philanthropic heart,” said Van Brunt. “She´s a great supporter.”

In so many ways.

Contact WRN editor John Campanelli at jcampanelli@crain.com.

via Waste & Recycling News | Waste Management/Recycling/Landfill Headlines.

Decon’11Award-Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

 

Sherill Baldwin Wins BMRA Innovation Award

The BMRA awarded its 2011 Innovation Award to Sherill Baldwin, an Environmental Analyst with the Source Reduction and Recycling branch of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.  According to the BMRA Awards Committee, it was Sherill’s work in originating and facilitating the Connecticut Materials Reuse Network (CT MRN) that demonstrated the innovation required in this award.

The Connecticut MRN is a novel group made up of a wide range of Northeast US based organizations interested in reuse, including: construction, demolition, green building, and deconstruction businesses; universities, colleges and technical high schools; environmentalists; waste collectors and haulers; recycling businesses; reuse businesses and other retail operations; and historical preservationists.

via Decon’11Award.

National Center for Craftsmenship certifies Women Deconstructionists

Almost one year ago today the National Center for Craftsmanship completed the deconstruction of the Steele’s Market Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The project launched the first program to train and certify women in the trade of Deconstruction.  Over 90% of the building was deconstructed.

“Craftspeople across the country are literally a dying breed” says Neil Kaufman,
Executive Director of NCC. “Our community’s trade and craftspeople are
disappearing faster than we can train their replacements. Deconstruction allows
potential future craftspeople to work with the same tools and materials that they
will eventually learn to build with”.

However, the Steele’s project provided another unique benefit: the first program in the country to train women transitioning from Community Corrections back into the general population. The Steele’s project included five women who were certified as Deconstruct Technicians completing a 200-hour training program, the most rigorous of its kind in the world.

See full article here: 

NCC Certifies Women Deconstructors