Professor Veena Sahajwalla is passionate about stopping valuable composite materials from ending up in landfill and boosting efforts to establish a circular economy where nothing goes to waste.
Professor Veena Sahajwalla is passionate about stopping valuable composite materials from ending up in landfill and boosting efforts to establish a circular economy where nothing goes to waste.
Rhode Island residents Mary Gervais, right, and Cindy Bogart recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)
It’s designed to help visitors repurpose items and materials, from antique plumbing to reclaimed wood. It’s about building new from old. It’s about buying local.
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In an orange dumpster one recent Sunday morning, between old bricks and trash bags, Heather Olsen struck gold: rustic wood beams that once held the floor of a 100-year-old house.
When Ann and Corey Limbaugh renovated the attic of their home in Seattle four years ago, she spent weeks calling local lumberyards for pre-used wood. Eventually, she found one that had just received boards from an old building in Idaho. She was told to hurry because they wouldn’t be there for long.
“I was trained as both an architect and architectural historian,” Merlino says, “and have always been drawn to older buildings and the layered narrative of history they embody.” Her book, “Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design” was published this year by UW Press.
The Architecture Lobby’s Think-In explored ways to improve the “soft infrastructure” of architecture, including better labor practices and achieving gender equity. Michael Schissel
“We need to improve laws and policies to better protect those who report abuse and to make abusers accountable,” Berkowitz continued. “We have to educate our culture at large to upend [the] negative backlash accusers experience. What can architects do to respond to or prevent abusive behavior? How can we organize labor to create a fair and equitable workplace?”
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.
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The American Architectural Salvage Shop, in Mt. Pleasant.
Czerpak said he will work closely with the demolition manager to evaluate potential projects based on store inventory needs or popular items. Waltenbaugh said 75 percent of people hired for the team will be female heads of household, those struggling with addiction and others who might have difficulty finding jobs. The employees will be trained.“We’re excited to get that up and running,” he said.
Credit: photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Even as the gender gap closes in architecture school — with nearly as many women graduating in architecture as men — research shows that across the world women are hired less, paid less and blocked from key creative positions at the top of firms.
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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.
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.
Community Forklift and its CEO Nancy J. Meyer won a SHINE Award from eBay in the Charitable Business category. Photo courtesy of Community Forklift
Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for building materials, architectural salvage and antiques. The name refers to the organization’s mission “to lift up communities” in the DC area by turning the region’s construction waste stream into a resource stream. “These prizes will help us reach a larger online audience, which means we can do more good here in the DC region!” Meyer wrote on a blog post. “We can keep more materials out of landfills, provide more free materials to neighbors in need, and offer more green jobs to local residents.”
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.
(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.
Devon Campbell-Willliams is one of those trainees. He worked as a construction flagger before, and wanted to learn deconstruction technique hands on.
“You don’t want to go to straight in and straight up to pry up floorboards, if you do that you could crack the wood and it wouldn’t be reusable,” he said.
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.
Ann Woodward, executive director of the Scrap Exchange, stands before the strip mall and parking lot that the organization now owns.
The Scrap Exchange is on the brink of something much bigger. This summer, the organization closed on a deal to buy 10 acres of a moribund strip mall surrounding the building. Executive director Ann Woodward’s ambition is to turn the area into a “reuse arts district,” unlike any in the country. It will include a range of creative elements, like a playground made of reused materials, a shipping container mall hosting local entrepreneurs, a recycle-a-bike program, artists’ studios, and a performance space.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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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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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.
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.
“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.
A short film about a young, black tradeswoman who must learn to prove herself on a new job site. Bring tradeswomen to the big screen!
For an updated, comprehensive look at Demolition Health Hazards and Waste (including water) Read: Deconstruction vs. Demolition: Portland, Oregon’s Potential for Groundbreaking Health and Safety Studies in Building Demolition – By Sara Badiali
In 2008 while working in DeConstruction Services for The ReBuilidng Center in Portland, Oregon I researched water usage in demolition. I was biking to work and saw the Wonder Bread Headquarters building being demolished. The building was still full of furniture and I remember seeing papers flying out of the filing cabinets. Huge hoses propelled water into the air and soaked materials as they fell off the open floors. It wasn’t until later that I realized even though I talked to people every day about the benefits of deconstruction over demolition, I never said anything about water conservation.
Six years later I still do not see water conservation in the list of reasons why deconstruction is beneficial. Materials saved produce markets and economic benefits. Jobs are created and the list of environmental advantages including emissions reductions are facts that are well used. It is time to add water conservation and air quality to our curriculum.
In 2008 my research on water usage in demolition lead me to Trip Turner a Project Manager at Elder Demolition. He explained that the hoses they used to spray the water for dust suppression were one to two inches in diameter. That the water is typically stopped from going into the sewer systems by caps and then collected to be disposed of as hazardous materials. Why hazardous material? Trip explained that the water picks up benzene, a chemical in natural gas along with other particulates. He told me that to demolish a 5,000 square foot building they typically use 6,000 gallons of water. That comes out to roughly 1.2 gallons of water per square foot of building.
That is over a gallon of clean water for every square foot of building that is being demolished to keep air quality on a demolition site legally safe.
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.
(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!
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!
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!
Weel, now we have a confession to make here at the RA.
We’ve been going strong since 2011 working hard to unify the reuse community by researching and posting inspiring stories of reclamation and reuse. Based on the stats from this site and feedback, you are a vibrant and enthusiastic group of diverse individuals.
As a matter of fact, you keep this up and you are going to change the world by mainstreaming building material reuse.
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 email@example.com.
Thanks and wish me luck (I hate public speaking).
Sara B. Reclamation Administration .com
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.
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
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
“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.
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.
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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.
As Kodak moves toward demolition of four of its buildings, it has teamed up with the Larimer County Community Corrections DreamBuilders project and the National Center for Craftsmanship to teach life and job skills to nine women.
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.
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