The chalkboards from the classrooms were preserved and became part of the living units. (photo from CASTO).
Part of the allure of these reimagined luxury apartments was the fact that it was once a school – so the architects preserved not just the historic structure, but the wood floors of the basketball court, 20 ft. hallways, chalkboards, and more.
Source: Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction
A barn built on school board property in the 1800s will be distmantled and moved in January. The barn was sold in November at a public auction.
ECO Deconstruction Owner Jeff Albert told Director of Programs Ed Robinson every piece from the old barn will be re-purposed, redesigned, and given new life. Much of the old barn wood he purchases is used for flooring.“It looks really good. It is in really good condition from what I can see. We will start at the top and work our way down. People really like to use the hand hewn timbers when building homes. And the stones have a good value too,” Albert said.
Source: Historic barn to come down – piece by piece | Free Press Standard
David Rueve finished creating a new cabinet for the hi-fi and modernizing it more than a week before the ReUse-apalooza deadline. (Photo provided by David Rueve)
“It was a mess when I found it,” Rueve said of the hi-end RCA Victor cabinet hi-fi he recycled. “And it took some work. But now everything works — AM/FM/AFC, phono, tape (which is now set up for iPod, etc.), lights, all tone controls, all eight speakers,” Rueve said. “It sounds amazing. I mean really good.”
Source: ReUse-apalooza offers new life for ‘junk,’ new jobs for workers, and new challenges for tinkerers – Insider – Story
“With statewide access to thousands of Ohio’s businesses, communities and other organizations, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental & Financial Assistance (DEFA) is well positioned to bring members together in this modern online marketplace,” Director Butler said. “This new service positions Ohio as a leader in the circular economy, helping remove materials from the waste stream, promoting jobs and allowing for better efficiency and savings in the processes of creating goods and services.”
Source: Norwalk Reflector: Ohio Materials Marketplace to find reuse and recycle solutions
ReUse-apalooza – Photo: Provided
This sustainable soirée brings customers, designers and local leaders together to celebrate the power of renewability. Featuring light bites, My Nose Turns Red circus performers and entertainment by Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke, ReUse-apalooza is the annual fundraiser of Building Value, a nonprofit that salvages reusable building materials for public sale.
Source: Event: ReUse-apalooza
A home in the 500 block of Euclid Avenue slated for demolition, located adjacent to the Akron Zoo, was one of Habitat for Humanity of Summit County’s recent deconstruction projects, shown above. Staff of the nonprofit removed and recycled aluminum siding, gutters and downspouts, with proceeds to be reinvested in the community.
The current program has Habitat going into houses and other buildings before another contractor demolishes them, so that cabinets, doors, vanities, countertops, light fixtures, windows and other items can be removed. Some items are then sold at the ReStore. Other materials such as furnaces, hot water tanks, aluminum siding, gutters, downspouts, aluminum windows, window frames and copper pipes are recycled for scrap, said Sibbio.
Source: Akron Ohio News – Deconstruction program building up community
Dew said the project’s price tag was too high, and that with little money available to cover the cost, the only option was “deconstructing” them. She said historic materials were salvaged from the buildings and are being stored for future use.
While Levine agreed that the restoration cost was high, he said that the town was bound by the easement to do it. He expressed frustration at the refusal of town officials to discuss the matter in any detail.
The Gurski Farm homestead with the adjacent barn in the background. State officials are questioning why some buildings on the town-owned property were taken down.
via Historic buildings on Brookfield farm razed; state wants to know why – NewsTimes.
She doesn’t just sell everything though. Most of her furniture in her home, she made. One day, she was inspired to make a house out of windows and doors. She uses it for tea parties with her friends and it sits to the side of her house in Mansfield.
via Reuse, repurpose, upcycle: what it looks like – Richland Source: Life & Culture News.
Salvaged wood decking from the Columbus Road Bridge acquired by Old School and sand casting forms from Taylor & Boggis Foundry Co. acquired by Rustbelt Reclamation were used to build customized tables at The Corner, the much-anticipated bar at Progressive Field nestled in the stands in right field. Rustbelt Reclamation upcycled the old materials into customized furniture.
via Reclaiming pieces from the past.
The 1915 building once was a former tavern house, appropriate for its latest incarnation. Construction will include reclaimed wood from a nearby home that dates to the 1880s. The part of the building that will house the brewery has a barn-like look to it, with high wooden strips forming the rafters. And in a neat homage to the past, bricks were salvaged from a former Forest City Brewery.
via Forest City Brewery embraces history as it sets to open in Cleveland | cleveland.com.
A group of University of Toledo students and a passionate professor took recycling to the next level this past summer by building a boat made entirely out of repurposed materials.Initially, this was a printmaking class, but Arturo Rodriguez, an associate professor of art and overseer of this project, said it also involved a lot of sculptural aspects as well.
via The Independent Collegian : Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for a boat?.
Randy Smith and his two-man work from the hay-loft to carefully dissemble an 1910 era barn in a northwest corner of Marion County on Friday, June 20, 2014. The white poplar exterior planks will be shipped to a client in North Carolina who is re-constructing a turn-of-the-century farm site.
James Miller/The Marion Star / James Miller/The Marion Star
via Harvesting barns: Randy Smith salvages, repurposes wood | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com.
Sarsany said she and Gerber just completed writing a grant that would fund worker training in the area of deconstruction.
“This would allow us to bring on more employees and add a lot more materials in the store. At the moment we are ‘cherry picking’ and taking the materials that can be easily removed,” said Sarsany.
The company is currently scheduling partial deconstruction projects for the spring. “If you are thinking about remodeling why not let The Stock Pile do your deconstruction so your old materials can go toward improving someone else’s home,” Gerber said.
To schedule an appointment or check out the products go to www.thestockpile.org
via The Akron Legal News.
Our ReUse Competition is about supporting and celebrating the creativity of southeastern Ohio residents in turning waste and discarded materials into new products. Whether you like turning trash into treasure, turning the old into the new, reducing waste, or just like being creative, this competition is for you!
via ReUse Competition 2014 – ReUse Industries.
Photo by Ian Hicks
The “flood wall,” she said, always has held a special place in her heart, and while the building may be beyond saving, she doesn’t want to see the object of those childhood memories wind up in a local landfill.
“I used to see this thing every day and I just loved it …,” Henry said. “Maybe one day we could build a monument out of it. … So much of Wheeling’s history has already been demolished or destroyed. At least the city could save this.”
Whatever is left at buildings slated for demolition – including the remnants of the structure itself – generally become the property of the demolition contractor. Edge said he may be open to trying to salvage the bricks from the flood wall, depending on how much time and effort is involved.
via Bricks From ‘Flood Wall’ Wanted – News, Sports, Jobs – The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register.
Students from Miami University’s department of architecture and interior design have come up with ideas for possible future use of Richmond’s former Pennsylvania Railroad Depot.
Co-owner Roger Richert called the students’ input “a new start” for efforts to bring new life to the historic building.
via Miami students offer ideas on Depot use | Palladium-Item | pal-item.com.
Bank of America is accused of failing to maintain foreclosed homes it owns in minority neighborhoods in Toledo, a charge the bank denies, saying it markets its properties regardless of location.
The NFHA first filed a complaint against Bank of America in September, 2012, alleging the Charlotte bank had neglected homes in many working-class minority neighborhoods nationwide, violating the Fair Housing Act.
With Thursday’s announcement, the complaint now includes 20 metro areas.
In Toledo, fair housing officials visited 22 properties they said were owned by Bank of America. Eight were in predominantly black neighborhoods. Fourteen were in predominantly white neighborhoods.
NFHA said the properties in the predominantly black neighborhoods were four and a half times more likely to have substantial trash on the lot. The organization said two of the eight properties had unsecured, broken, or boarded doors. None of the 14 properties in a white neighborhood had that problem, officials said.
via Bank accused of fostering urban blight – Toledo Blade.
By most accounts, the city of Youngstown can take pride in its smashing success in clearing dilapidated, vacant, blighted and dangerous housing. More than 3,000 such homes have come tumbling down over the past three years.
On the surface, that sounds like herculean progress. But given the monumental scope of housing eyesores in Youngstown — some 5,000 homes remain vacant and in varying stages of decay — and given the continuing chorus of criticism over the speed, priorities and quality of demolition, clearly the city has its hands full to ensure the momentum of that top priority does not falter and that its contractors complete their work fully and safely.
Most recently, the city has heard legitimate grumbling from some residents that a few demolition contractors have left projects unfinished and therefore potentially more dangerous and more ugly than the original blight.
Read the rest via Youngstown News, Unfinished housing demolition merely recycles urban blight.