His company, RK Construction, operates in the site’s Star Laundry building and salvages materials so they can be repurposed for new projects.
The Sept. 14 event aims to support this cause, with a portion of vendor fees benefiting Emergent Structures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sustainability of reclaimed materials.
“So it’s going straight back into the community itself,” Schwind said.
The first thing a longtime resident of Durham likely will notice about SPECTRE is that it is a renovated former church. The sign that once told parishioners and visitors about services now advertises “Farmer Veteran,” an exhibit of prints by Jeremy Lange, Alicia’s husband. The front door opens into a different kind of sanctuary, a well-lighted, airy gallery space. The building also has two artists’ studios in the back, along with kitchen and other facilities for events.
For the past year and a half, the Langes have been working with a construction company, gutting the walls, lowering and refurbishing the floors, and where possible finding ways to reuse the old wood from the building.