Hydraulic shears takes down part of the old ACRA building for the new Aspen city offices on March 6.
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“We had a goal of 65 percent for diversion and we are at 74 percent,” said Brain Thomas, the project manager for Shaw Construction. “We are happy with Aspen Deconstruction. They knocked it out of the park.”
Source: Construction debris to make way for Aspen government office mostly avoids landfill | AspenTimes.com
(Image credit: Rocky Mountain Land Library)
In Colorado, two bookstore employees are working to transform an abandoned 60-acre cattle ranch into what they call a “literary ‘home on the range’ for writers, artists, and nature-lovers.”
Source: Sleep Among the Books in these Residential Libraries | Apartment Therapy
The free PalletFest upcycling event is taking place in Sculpture Park, located on Speer Blvd. & Champa in Denver, CO, on October 11th and12th, and will feature live music, art, an upcycled fashion show, food and beer, a team “Pallet Build Off,” pallet parkour, a pallet maze, and more. Everything for the festival will be built from recycled shipping pallets, and attendees will get an opportunity to see ideas for creating furniture and other functional items for their home and yard, as well as view upcycled art made from items originally considered to be trash.
via Everything is built out of recycled pallets at the PalletFest upcycling festival : TreeHugger.
What started as a pile of wooden pallets is now in the process of becoming Colorado’s first major upcycling festival, set for October in Denver.
via Upcycle Events now raising funds for PalletFest, Denver’s first major upcycling fest | Westword.
Utilizing local salvage yards, thrift stores, a handful of hardware stores and IKEA, the couple was able to build the home for much, much less than a new build or renovation project.
via Christopher & Merete’s Truly Tiny Home on the Range House Tour | Apartment Therapy.
McFetridge said some things that are left over after the auction will also be offered to Habitat for Humanity and ReSource before being recycled if possible.
“We’ve really focused on reuse,” McFetridge said. “For us, it’s more important to see these items make it back into the community.”
A third phase of deconstruction will include grinding up construction materials like concrete, asphalt, metal and bricks from the old building and parking lot for use onsite as fill and road base for the new shopping center.
via NewMark thinks green on mall demolition | Today’s News | Boulder County Business Report.
Reuse centers do this!
Even better, get an established program going with your local art schools and colleges.
It is of the utmost importance that these connections and partnerships are made between the materials and the users. Those that happen and are supported at the store level will be the most successful! Congratulations to ReSource for going in this direction.
Local Denver artist Katy Gevaris has a new place to exhibit her work. Gevaris, who, like many other local artists, uses reclaimed materials, can now show her work at Boulder’s ReSource Yard, on a consignment “stage.” She says working through ReSource makes it easier — and greener — to sell her work.
“I tried to open up an Etsy account and sell through that, but my pieces are big, and shipping makes it cost-prohibitive,” says Gevaris, who often uses reclaimed tiles to make mosaic table tops. “And I would rather sell it locally, anyway. That way you aren’t using fossil fuels to ship it …”
The consignment program is a change for ReSource, which since 2010 has employed a woodworker to make furniture and other items from reclaimed materials.
Steve Cavanaugh, program manager of the Center for ReSource Conservation in BoulDer, says the shift is part of a transition from making items to teaching others how to use the reclaimed materials from ReSource for their own projects.
“We’re gearing more toward the educational standpoint in helping people do it on their own,” he says. “It’s one thing for us to build furniture out of reclaimed materials, but another to teach people to do it themselves.”
via Boulder’s ReSource adds consignment space for artists, woodworkers using reclaimed materials – Boulder Daily Camera.
Stitch and Hammer on Apartment Therapy.
Ben and Amy worked countless hours, repainting each surface, rebuilding walls, and constructing custom furnishings from old pallet wood. Together they successfully turned an industrial garage into their perfect workspace. Inevitably, these two have grown quite attached to these four walls, and continue to inspire all who walk through their door.
via Amy’s “Back to Her Roots” Workspace: The Studio of Stitch & Hammer Workspace Tour | Apartment Therapy.
Sugar factory comes down after 100-year history.
100 year cast iron column pain…
Onlookers may have been disappointed that the blast wasn’t spectacular. But for the Dykon crew behind the implosion of Colorado’s Great Western Sugar factory, everything went according to plan.
The company expressed concerns that the massive cast iron columns could shatter and cause public safety issues. Officials with Recycled Materials Company, Inc., which oversaw the project, and Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp., the company hired to bring the building down, said on Friday that the outside walls of the building might remain intact after the implosion.
They wanted to make sure the support beams of the building didn’t become shrapnel to security officers, company employees or spectators who lined the viewing areas with lawn chairs, blankets and cameras.
Dave Alexander, the general superintendent on the project for Recycled Materials, said cast-iron doesn’t react in explosions like steel, it can cause a lot of damage. For that reason, they wanted to contain the implosion as much as possible, so they only wired the ground floor beams. They loosened the bolts on the beams of the two upper floors, so they would collapse when the lower floor came down — internally.
via Demolition News.