Inspired by the imperative weight reduction in airplane construction, Bench32 was chosen for its use of Fusion 360’s simulation capabilities to both ideate and render the design. The repetition of 32 wooden spars forms the seating surface, which is held together by 80 metal parts. Reusing parts multiple times and aligning the elements with ample negative space creates a lightweight appearance that results in a sturdy yet lightweight bench comprised of FSC-certified wood or Cradle to Cradle Certified Accoya wood.
The Sea View Hospital first opened in 1913 and was once the largest and most renown tuberculosis sanatoriums in the country. Having evolved over the past century into a unique blend of active hospital (operated by NYC Health + Hospitals) and adaptive reuse of many buildings, the facility is poised to become the city’s first planned Wellness Community in Staten Island.
Big Reuse employees picking up construction materials slated to be thrown away.
“Salvage warehouses should be increasing, not decreasing with what we know about climate change and knowing that building materials make up the largest portion of our material waste,” she said.She said that the company is “really proud of the work we’re doing” and made great strides in terms of diverting waste from landfills and encouraging Queens residents to channel their “inner sustainable-ist.”
Months and months of long working days… over 6000 pieces sawn to perfection. BUILDIN’ MANHATTAN Dutch artist Diederick 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.
Today, the well-regarded cultural venue offers season tickets to its cultural events which range from music to architecture and the celebrated Winter Antiques Show. Several recent renovations have kept the historic building in ship shape. But many more armories remain in a state of limbo.
Ryan says the properties the company wants to tear down are salvageable. “Remember, these buildings have been held for 30 years by three different sets of millionaire developers,” Ryan said. “They’ve never been owned by people who couldn’t afford to do repairs, or absentee landlords.”
Evan Blum, 59, has filled a complex of buildings in Ivoryton, Conn., with architectural artifacts, many of them recovered from New York City buildings. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times.
Mr. Blum has been filling the buildings over the past few years with newly rescued items as well as overflow from an inventory acquired over the decades. Inside is a sea of ornamental fixtures and furnishings that have been pulled from buildings being demolished or renovated — and most of it is for sale.
Schumer said this project is widely supported by the community because it would preserve significant and distinctive history, while complementing the surrounding neighborhoods. Without these tax credits, the adaptive reuse costs could be prohibitive. Schumer therefore urged NPS to expedite the developer’s application to list the “Nipper Building” on the National Register of Historic Places so that the beloved statue can be preserved for future generations. …
Located on Jamaica Avenue, the climate-controlled greenhouse is on the roof of a four-story manufacturing building that formerly housed the Ideal Toy Company. Slated to produce over 5 million heads of pesticide-free leafy greens each year for the New York market, the urban farm was installed with advanced automated greenhouse technologies using various efficient and renewable energy components.
“It wasn’t like the buildings were falling down,” said Bankston, who noted that demolition needs to be done carefully to avoid creating risks of collapse, such as by overloading floors with heavy debris.
He said his company left the project about a month ago amid a financial disagreement with the general contractor.
At least 60 firefighters responded to the collapse.
A seniors housing facility, Livingston School Apartments offers 12 studio units, 76 one-bedroom apartments and 15 two-bedroom apartments.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Winn Companies, in partnership with Albany Housing Authority, has opened Livingston School Apartments in Albany after a $20.7 million adaptive reuse project. The company converted the four-story, 230,000-square-foot historic building into 103 units of mixed-income housing for seniors.
George Apfel, left, and Kevin Hayes arrange recycled art and furniture created by artisan Shawn Faulkner at the new ReUse Action store at 980 Northampton St. in the city’s Fillmore section, near the Milk-Bone factory. It’s being called Guild @ 980. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News
“I want this place to be a service to the community,” Gainer said. “I can’t just have old expensive stuff.”
In addition to the reclaimed products, the store sells consignment antiques, as well as artwork, refinished furniture and home products made using reclaimed materials by local artists.
Gainer expects to begin filling the second floor with inventory soon, and has plans to turn the third floor into an incubator of relevant workshops – affordable space where glazers, reupholsterers and other artisans can open up shop and offer compatible services to the store’s customers.
The material was sourced from Geneva Middle School, just 55 miles from Ashley McGraw and 28 miles from Pioneer Millworks. “Sourcing this so close to our headquarters, from a school I attended and specifically from a gym I played sports in, was remarkable,” shares Jered Slusser, reclaimed wood expert at Pioneer Millworks. “When Ashley McGraw reached out looking for reclaimed wood for their office remodel, I knew immediately that we had the right product. It is a great fit and it feels good when a local company gives reclaimed wood a second life.”
The alderpersons write, “Reusing the existing building is the most sustainable option,” adding, “Reuse also will be the least disruptive to the surrounding neighbors, including several historic properties that could be impacted negatively by pile driving.”
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.
Pier A after restoration. Photograph by Edward Hueber/archphoto
“This structure, the oldest functioning pier in New York City, sat vacant and deteriorating for three decades,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “Built in 1886 at the tip of Lower Manhattan, it was once a command center for the bustling harbor traffic on the Hudson River. But its floor plan, based on its original use as administrative offices for government agencies, presented significant challenges for adaptive reuse as a public gathering space. As so much of New York’s maritime heritage is threatened, this rehabilitation demonstrates how the city can both embrace the historic waterfront’s history and give it new life, while preparing for the challenges of a changing coastal environment.”
The former Tilley Ladder factory, right, on Second St. Friday Jan. 16, 2015, in Watervliet, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)
“This adaptive reuse of a former industrial facility is not only a perfect example of historic preservation, it goes above and beyond by incorporating solar power and other ‘green’ elements that will make this early 20th century building LEED certified” he said in a prepared statement. “The city will continue to work with the developers to bring this project to fruition as soon as possible.”
Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck, announces the completion of phase one of the restoration and adaptive reuse of the estate’s 1888 Carriage House. Thanks to the generous support of the community in raising over $500,000 for this important effort, the Wilderstein Carriage House is now structurally sound and no longer endangered.
Sean builds furniture and fixtures from reclaimed wood and used to work as a finish carpenter, so he used his vast tool collection to make the most of the wealth of inexpensive (and free) salvage materials and furniture the couple was able to gather around Buffalo. Sean explained, “We would literally look at Pinterest and then go pull wood out of dumpsters and vacant lots and try to recreate things that we liked.”
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“The demolition contractors wanted to kill me because I kept finding things I wanted to keep,” said Lisa Switkin, a landscape architect with James Corner Field Operations. The firm has been tapped by developer Two Trees Management Company to design the park.
The salvage operation is now more important than ever, as Two Trees prepares to raze the majority of the factory buildings. And the salvation efforts may help assuage the anger of some neighborhood residents, who have long opposed the redevelopment of the site on the grounds of historical significance.
“A lot of these buildings don’t make the cut because they are just so old and so dilapidated that the numbers don’t work without this revolving loan fund that we’ve put together. It’s a perfect example of a public-private partnership,” Cohen said Friday.
The Buffalo Building Reuse Project provides gap financing of up to $750,000.
We reclaim our wood and steel from local farms and construction projects. Using non-toxic finishes like tung oil and milk paint, we create modern farm raised furniture and jewelry with a style we like to call Farmpunk.
Since publishing the book, however, its creators have revisited their subjects and documented the amazing rate of change as “luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and dive bars.”
Instead of simply taking a sledgehammer to their old kitchen and heaping the remnants into a landfill, the Walmsleys carefully deconstructed the space in order to reuse the cabinets, the cabinet doors and other features of the kitchen.
“Getting our countertops off was just horrible, but it was definitely worth reusing the cabinets,” Walmsley said. “A few coats of paint and some polyurethane, and it’s in good shape now.”
Rewind the clock Deconstruction is an antidote to remodeling demolition. Instead of throwing away materials like cabinetry and lumber, they are reused or recycled. “Deconstruction is basically construction in reverse,” said Max Rubinstein, deconstruction manager at Build It Green!, New York City. “Basically we’re doing everything that was done originally except we’re doing it in rewind.”
Or, just go see Justin Blinder’s amazing work here.
Vacated reverse engineers Google Street View to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. The project finds buildings constructed in the past four years using the NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset, and it leverages Google Street View’s cache to visualize absent lots just before new buildings were constructed. For Envision 2017’s website, the ages of other buildings on these same blocks are also shown in each scene.
“I haven’t lost,” Woods said Wednesday from his home in Beacon, where he now runs a small studio and gallery. “I’m preparing to go to Washington as soon as I’m notified.”
For more than three decades, Wood, 82, lived in the four-story Downing St. structure, all the while creating a landmark of metal, glass and mirrors that was featured in a 2005 documentary featuring the comedian Dave Chappelle.
But after a fire that led to numerous building violations, Wood was forced to default on a mortgage. He lost the asset in a hotly contested foreclosure and was evicted last May.
With few exceptions, conversions are among the coolest spaces in the city. This 1900-built school, located at Saint Nicholas Avenue between 126th and 127th streets, is no exception. Renaissance Revival-style P.S. 157 was converted to apartments in 1993.
The Hy-Fi is, FastCoExist reports, a “giant circular tower” that will go up over the summer in Queens, New York, and be built out of “bricks biologically engineered to grow themselves from plant waste and fungal cells.”
OH DEAR LORD – this is causing deep unbridled pain!!
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According to photographer Chris Seward, this extensive motorcycle graveyard lingered in an abandoned building near the Erie Canal in Western New York, long after the structure itself had been condemned. The owner of the building reportedly died in the 1970s and the bikes – some of them antiques – remained on site until recently, when the place was finally cleared.
When the crumbling World’s Fair relic was under threat of demolition, activists and longtime fans Matthew Silva, Christian Doran, and Salmaan Khan founded People For The Pavilion to drum up support for the iconic structure.
The exhibits rotate, however, between temporary pieces and a permanent collection featuring some seriously unique and one-off objects. The latter includes the shoe infamously thrown at President George W. Bush during a televised 2008 press conference.
The technique of demolition under cover of night has to stop. It is common practice to bulldoze community sensitive places, like historical buildings or in this example – gardens with animals.
It is unethical for developers to demolish buildings and raze structures under cover of darkness without advanced notification to the community.
We really need to address the permitting processes at the government level if we are going to change this grievous practice. Then make it punishable by law and preferable jail-time for developer perpetrators.
Community activists told the NY Post that construction workers waited until 5 a.m. on the morning of December 28th to begin the abrupt demolition. According to witnesses, work crews first gathered and moved the 20 chickens living in the garden to pet carriers outside the plot, however it seems that dozens of cats, rabbits, and pigeons fled before the machines moved in. Soon after, backhoes and bulldozers rolled in, tearing apart plots that have grown everything from hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, cabbage, zucchinis, and other vegetables.
For the past week, this enormous Buddha statue has been charming Brooklynites with its headdress made of hats, elbows made of old umbrellas and blingy necklace made of computer keyboards. The recycled sculpture was created by artist Pawel Althamer, and was displayed on the Williamsburg waterfront as a way to raise awareness for NYC mothers facing eviction.
Another Buffalo church has found new life as residential space. Creative Structures Services (css), a general contracting, project management and development firm headed by David Pawlik and Russell Kyte, has recently finished work on the former Buffalo Covenant Church at 786 Kenmore Avenue.
While the building is new — nestled within Tarrytown’s recently constructed Hudson Harbor condominium complex — reclaimed materials inside give the place a feeling of heritage.
The herringbone floor features maple planks from a demolished 200-year-old factory in upstate New York. Slanted slats along the ceiling made from deconstructed mushroom boxes are specially lit to highlight the roughed-up texture created by enzyme-rich soil. Oak “flavor sticks,” used to infuse large-vat Napa Valley wines, trim the restaurant’s walls and line the floor and ceiling of the wine shop next door. Wooden crates hold apples in the market and wine in the shop. A collapsible border of reclaimed wood-and-glass doors from Belgium enclose a private dining room.
When the Kings closed in 1977, its lavish auditorium remained eerily intact, lying in silence behind its shuttered facade for more than 30 years while adaptive reuse plans came and went. But a $70 million effort is now underway to return the theatre to its former glory. Set to reopen in 2015, the haunting movie palace at 1027 Flatbush Avenue will be among the largest of its kind in New York. Find out more about the restoration here, and be sure to take a glimpse beyond the final curtain.
Utica – Standing in front of a boarded up building on Lincoln Avenue, the five Utica United candidates presented their plan for more deconstruction efforts in the city.
Led by Councilman Jim Zecca, D-at-large, the candidates urged the city and the county to use the planned Habitat for Humanity Re-Store to spur more deconstruction efforts instead of simply demolishing older homes in the area.
“There’s been too many buildings in this city that’ve been demolished, just destroyed; especially our architectural heritage, we’ve lost to the wrecking ball,” he said. “With the new Habitat for Humanity Re-store opening up, this is a large piece in a building materials recover strategy that can help restore the city.”
Since deconstruction is more labor intensive, the program could also lead to more jobs, said Martinez.
“Folks in my neighborhood would rather work than have idle time,” she said.
“The prices New York-sourced wood is asking are astronomical,” said Vincent Kaufmann, operations manager at LV Wood, a Manhattan-based reclaimed wood retailer, whose eight employees handle 75,000 feet to 100,000 feet of wood products monthly. “I can get the exact same beams at a much more reasonable price from dealers down south,” he said. “And the supply is much more consistent.”
Selling the story in the beams.
Eco-conscious customers value the story behind a boards: where it’s from, how old it is, and what the material was used for in its original life. Bigwood handled the wood coming out of one of the first condom factories in the U.S.
“I don’t know why,” said Mr. Stopper, “But it didn’t matter what else I was selling, everybody wanted a piece of the condom factory.”
As compelling as Sandy’s “hurricane in one’s house” story might appear, its tale has yet to translate into major sales.
“When I consider the prospect for a floor having another life,” said Mr. Solomon, “For them to come out of a building and go back into a new one, it’s become like that one acorn becoming the giant tree.”
No details were provided aside from a subsequent email advising me that “this is an event with some legal and physical risks.” (When I emailed Jake and Jen about the assignment, Jake replied, “You should probably write your name and SS# on your johnson so they can identify you at the morgue.”)
A few days before the big night, I was asked to complete an online questionnaire, which revealed that we’d be illegally entering a space dubbed the “Echo Vault, a temporary memory chamber dedicated to sonic experimentation and uncontrolled dance.” I was told to bring a candle, a flashlight, and $20 “for the performers.
Michael Diamond, aka Mike D of the band Beastie Boys, has the interior design world at his feet now, thanks to these recently published photos of his imaginatively renovated 19th Century townhouse in Brooklyn. The renovation that sought “to retain original detail, clean it up and leave it as is,”
Several of DePaul’s recent projects have employed adaptive reuse, or “the process that adapts buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features,” according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The reuse of historical buildings, once community assets that became eyesores, is about more than renovating an existing structure. Adaptive reuse can:
Incite community revitalization
Create construction jobs and permanent jobs
And, through DePaul’s programs, provide housing and support for numerous people in need
Those are the goals of two of our most recent projects: the Carriage Factory Apartments in Rochester, New York and the Riverside Apartments in Buffalo, New York.
The Night Heron Rogue Theater is getting lots of press due to their sneaky tendencies. This time in an abandoned water tower in Chelsea, NY.
We’re not advocating trespassing or “illicit” behavior of any kind, but folks next time send us a watch!
Inside was a round wooden space no bigger than a freight elevator, filled with about a dozen people sipping whiskey cocktails. Couples sat at five petite tables built into the cedar paneling. A young woman mixed drinks behind a bar. Above people’s heads, a two-man band – accordion and upright bass – serenaded from a platform.
This was life inside the Night Heron, a decidedly illegal nightclub run by a group of adventure-minded artists in a water tower atop a vacant building in Chelsea for eight weekends in March, April and May.
Mysterious helpers led guests through one decrepit building into another and up 12 flights of stairs to the roof. The watches were taken at the door, but guests were given the chance to buy watches at the end of the night if they wanted to continue the chain of invitation.
The Heron’s architect was N.D. Austin, a 31-year-old artist known for what he calls “trespass theater.” “It’s about making the invisible visible,” he said of his philosophy.
Mr. Austin located a suitable water tower by scouring Buildings Department records for violations with egregious scaffold fines. That can indicate a neglectful landlord, he said, which meant it might be a vacant building ripe for adopting as one’s own.
It’s hard not to be awed and sobered by a work of beauty created from discarded materials—it’s both a reminder of our wastefulness and our failure to assess value accurately.
And it’s impossible not to be wowed by the recent installations of New York artist Tom Fruin. Fruin, whose work has long been informed by found materials, has devoted much of the last few years to a series of city-specific public art projects made from salvaged pieces of plexiglass and steel.
These structures, straddling the line between sculpture and architecture, pay homage to iconic elements found in each city’s architectural vernacular.
Founded in 1995, The Hudson Company is dedicated to sustainable and responsible design through the use of reclaimed, historic wood and masonry from century old barns, gristmills, and industrial facilities. The Hudson Company maintains a FSC certified integrated mill on seven acres in Pine Plains and a showroom in New York City. Previous clients include Whole Foods, Patagonia, the Gramercy Park Hotel, The Public Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, ABC Carpet & Home, and many restaurants and private homes.
The Hudson Company seeks a full time sales person to work closely with architects, furniture makers, home owners, and contractors in creating custom wood architectural solutions. The ideal candidate will have an appreciation for reclaimed materials, architecture, and design. Most importantly, the candidate must be motivated to achieve success through proactive sales generation and team work in a fast growing company.
The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) has announced its intentions for adaptive reuse plans that would see the terminal as public/private development in the realm of a Center for Restoration Arts & Sciences. The recent developments are based upon a number of groups that have toured the complex and identified synergies that would lead toward tenancy and development prospects (a mix of private developers, local foundations, Government, Education, the Arts and neighborhood nonprofits). “Interest in this adaptive reuse project is escalating from nonprofits to new businesses,” stated Paul Lang, CTRC VP and Real Estate Development (RED) Committee Chair.
Grant Davis Thompson Inc. has spent the last three years transforming nondescript New York interiors into unique spaces by using recycled and reclaimed materials. One of the young company’s most recent projects created a luxurious kitchen in the East Village – complete with tons of storage – out of salvaged wood. From reclaimed tiles to vintage fixtures, the perfectly usable components are sourced from businesses in the area, supporting local economy as well as the environment.