The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station, which began operating in 2014, is certified as LEED – Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation was earned for the facility’s sustainable design, recycled content building materials, rainwater harvesting, efficient energy and water use, and more.
Earthwise Architectural Salvage was founded in Seattle in 1991 by Kurt Petrauskas. He was working as a demolition contractor and was struck by the unique and beautiful items that were being sent to landfills. Kurt started saving the items and holding yard sales, and soon the Seattle store was born. The Tacoma store opened in 2012 as their second location. Each store sources locally from the city around it.
I at least have a corner office with a door, the centerpiece of which is a long conference table made from reclaimed timbers in our county workshop. It is here that I meet with community members, other elected officials, and staff.
The conference table in Dow Constantine’s office is made from reclaimed timbers in the King County workshop. (Photo courtesy of Dow Constantine)
Ballard Reuse sells salvaged building materials, vintage decor, and unique twists on hardware store staples. Don’t feel like you’re handy enough? They handmade furniture built on-site from reclaimed materials.
“Rather than be like everyone else and scrape the entire lot, we chose to preserve the existing home and build a single-family home where the garage was located.“ Scraping the entire lot and building multiple units may lead to greater profits, says Maschmedt, “from an economic standpoint other builders are going to say we are leaving money on the table, and we probably are. But we look at the big picture. We look at the neighborhood and its people. We are looking at it from a community standpoint and the ri
The eclectic-looking Scavenger Studio was made from reclaimed materials. Photos by Ben Benscheider via Designboom
This modern cabin in Puget Sound, Washington, incorporates a hodgepodge of reclaimed materials from homes about to be demolished, creating an eclectic forest retreat that is anything but ordinary.
Photo courtesy of Donald Brewer: The city landmarked Galbraith House has been approved for demolition. Earthwise will be reclaiming portions of the structure.
A memo attached to the agreement states controls and incentives were put in place after the designation, and Sound came back to the landmarks board in 2009 to ask for controls to be removed, “stating that demolition was necessary to generate a reasonable economic return on the property.”
File photograph of the Battery Street Tunnel in Seattle during the viaduct’s semiannual inspection in 2009. Credit: Washington State Department of Transportation
A mini design competition, titled Recharge the Battery, brought a rich collection of ideas for reusing the tunnel presented in September at a neighborhood space called Block 41 in Belltown. …Over 40 display boards showed how the underground structure could be put to work. Some of them believe it could be a great place for a park, a thrill ride, or maybe a combination of the two.
The interior is a bright and airy space with wooden flooring and exposed Doug Fir beams in the kitchen and living room.
Topped by recycled fir baseboards from Jimi Hendrix’ childhood home, this guitar made by luthier Reuben Forsland also has nails and wiring from the home inlaid in all of its fret markers. The “story” guitar is a collaboration between Forsland and Kevin Hennig of Symphontree Music in Sandspit. (Kevin Hennig/Symphontree Music)
Handmade by Reuben Forsland, a Métis luthier in Comox, its soundboard is made from the fir baseboards of Hendrix’ bedroom. Inside the silver fret markers are wires and nails from the home. For the rosette, the decorative trim around the soundhole, Forsland inlaid bits of paint from the Hendrix home floor, encased in 150 pieces of ebony. “That’s what this guy does, all the time,” says Kevin Hennig, owner of SymphonTree Music, a specialized guitar shop based in Sandspit.
Recology CleanScapes Artists in Residence Max Cleary and Meg Hartwig exercises her “scavenging privileges” at SoDo recycling facility.
“What’s interesting about recycled materials is that when it comes down to it, they’re all just things caught in a cycle of being acquired and passed on,” Cleary observed in April, early in his residency. “The materials I find within Recology’s recycling stream have the potential to contain richer, more unexpected backgrounds and be in unpredictable states, which is exciting to me.”
Reclaimed wood interior and amazing chainsaw chandelier.
20 plus years of experience working in other BBQ restaurants followed by 3 years of testing our own recipes and rubs out of our Airstream trailer food truck has brought us here. All of our meats come from sustainable farms in Washington and Oregon that pride themselves on organic, hormone free, pasture raised, free range, well taken care of animals!
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Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life.
“Crowds come to the Roastery from all over the world,” Gale said. “To have the Roastery in a historic location – reminiscent of the original Pike Place store – really takes you emotionally to the next level.”
All of the building materials were reclaimed, repurposed, and/or sustainable, giving the exterior its unique look.
These repurposed building materials include metal and wood from a deconstructed barn in the nearby Willamette Valley. The corrugated metal they collected from this barn was turned into exterior cladding of the house, as well as to build the garden fence. The overhang above the rooftop deck was made from repurposed barn wood. The builders also used repurposed concrete for the pathway leading to the home, and they reclaimed this from a removed public sidewalk.
The Seattle City Council adopted a goal for recycling 70 percent of construction waste by 2020 — the driving force behind the new requirements. We are confident this is achievable.
Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.
With the new business license comes a new partnership; Ballard Reuse will be teaming up with Seattle ReCreative, a local nonprofit with a mission quite similar to Ballard Reuse, but with a focus: the arts. Fiscally sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the group aims to have art classes and workshops for both children and adults, as well as exhibition space.
Michael Marian welds part of a desk together at his shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (Ken Lambert/MCT)
The couple also enlisted Marian to make a kitchen pantry featuring a 300-pound, vintage fire door hung upon hinges from 1910. It slides on a bracket to reveal shelves made of metal from cars and license plates.
“I call his work art because I think he’s an artist,” she said. “These things came from an old burned-out warehouse and someone was going to toss it. But Michael made it something beautiful. And now I see him everywhere, which is a true testament to his work. I don’t think anyone explodes on the scene without deserving it.”
Travis Farber in the Ballard shop he shares with business partner Michael Marian. The table is made from wood from gyms, barns and old houses. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)
Located in a converted warehouse space in Fremont, the restaurant’s interiors were designed by Heliotrope Architects.
GIG HARBOR, WASH., OCT. 22, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — Homeowners can claim an iconic piece of Seattle’s history with the special edition “Salvage Wood” Sliding Barn Doors exclusively from Real Carriage Door Co. Each wood plank has been salvaged from the original Rainier Brewing Co. Cold Storage Facility located in the Georgetown district of Seattle.
On Monday, December 10, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance taking the next step towards zero waste in the construction/demolition arena. The ordinance prohibits recyclable material from being disposed of in construction and demolition garbage containers, railhead intermodal containers, and the City’s transfer stations. It also creates a construction waste recycling facility certification program to ensure that there will be recycling facilities available, and requires construction and demolition waste generators to submit reports that document how they dispose of their waste.
Seattle’s old buildings should be maintained and upgraded as the city evolves, says writer Lawrence Kreisman, program director of Historic Seattle. Reusing these old buildings, he says, is one of the best ways to improve the environment. It’s much greener than building green from scratch. And it can make good business sense.