“We found it would be more economical for us to reuse some of these materials instead of throwing them away and buying new ones,” Coates explained. “I think we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.”“We had done studies to figure out what would happen if we tore down the existing site,” said Doug McNutt, Principal with Salus Architecture. “We realized that, yes, we could do that. But if we kept the original, we’d not only save money, we’d create something quite amazing.”
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.
“Since 1993, our community has donated nearly 50 million pounds of building materials to The RE Store. If you combined all of the lumber, doors, lighting, windows and more that you’ve saved, we could construct nearly 600 homes, roughly half the size of the York Neighborhood here in Bellingham.”
The photograph, dated 1920, shows the original location of the Junk Co., which later became Marine Supply & Hardware, still in business today. Photo: Anacortes Museum
The Anacortes Junk Co. building, which was originally a livery stable for horses in the 1890s, was where Efthemios “Mike” Demopoulos opened Marine Supply & Hardware in 1910. The port is opting to tear down the building after a structural engineer’s report deemed it unsafe for occupants.
GLEAN is a juried art program that seeks to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away by tapping into the creativity of artists from the Portland metro region.
Five GLEAN artists will be given access to the Metro Central transfer station (“the dump”) for five months to glean materials to make art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in the fall. Artists will be paid a $2,000 stipend and receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.
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.”
Tobey Parsons of McGee Salvage checks in on work to a home in Svensen that utilized reclaimed timber from the trestle bridge at Clatsop Spit.
“When we realized the wood was in good shape but untreated, we started to explore options of recycling rather than cutting it up as firewood,” Morrill said. “I was talking to some local builders, and one of them suggested I call Tobey, and he developed a scheme.”
They brought in a mobile mill and spent four months processing the timbers into boards 16 to 19 feet long and more than 3/4-inch thick. Some of the boards have found their way onto the floor of a wooden barn house under construction by general contractor Duane Clayton in Svensen.
Sustainably constructed from reclaimed and salvaged materials, this tiny house fits in perfectly to its forest surroundings, almost as if it’s come to life directly from a storybook.
Founder of Community Forklift & Executive Manager of the Alliance for Regional Cooperation, Jim Schulman discusses his work on the Building Materials Reuse Association. His work in cooperation with the DC Sierra Club and others are pushing building code changes to help rescue building materials from the waste stream.
Tacoma’s downtown had character. And instead of wiping it out, the city reclaimed it, just as it had reclaimed the waterways. In an effort to be sustainable and adaptive while keeping that character, the city stressed creatively repurposing and developing older and historic buildings, which other cities, including Seattle, had been tearing down for new development. Almost overnight, Tacoma became a leader in green building and creative reuse.
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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Carpenter Brian Skinner of Washougal, Washington, took 14 years to build a Craftsman-style house from salvaged wood, stained glass and other elements from the 1900s or earlier. Janet Eastman/The Oregonian
“I love the dignity of clear, vertical grain Doug fir and cedar. It’s quiet,” he says. “You put a varnish on it and it looks like it was dipped in honey.” Skinner, a second-generation carpenter, could have created a museum to display the architectural pieces he rescued from grand residences that were being torn down in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead, he saved the pieces and decades later, built a home for himself.
The Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct, winner of the conservation or adaptive reuse of a state registered place at the 2016 WA Heritage Awards. Picture: Supplied
Past and present owners of the Brookman and Moir Street inner-city pocket took out a top accolade for the conservation of their 1890 workers cottages. In 2006, the 58 properties were added to the heritage register. Since then 25 of the owners have worked tirelessly to rejuvenate the homes interior and streetscape.
Design and Build masterminds Matt Vaughn (L) and David Spangler (R) unleash their creativity in each furniture piece. Photo courtesy: REvision Division.
“Eberhard’s influence helped us shift from a value-added mindset to actively pursuing difficult-to-divert materials from the waste stream — shifting the focus to education outreach and behavior change,” Gisclair notes. “We wanted people to see the value and what the possibilities are to repurpose materials that are widely perceived as trash — wooden or flooring shorts, frame pieces, things that we wouldn’t normally accept at the RE Store.”
RE Store workers Zack Zuniga, left, and Jake Bollinger strip the inside of the old Community Connections building on Forest Street in Bellingham on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. The building is being removed and the material recycled to make way for additional parking for the Community Food Co-op store. Philip A. Dwyer email@example.com
This week workers from RE Store began deconstructing the former Community Connections building on the corner of East Chestnut and North Forest streets to make way for the parking lot expansion. Once that is complete, work will begin putting in retaining walls and extra parking spaces for the store, which is at 1220 N. Forest St.
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.”
A historic picture of a 1905 barracks building at Fort Vancouver, which is up for redevelopment.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, across the river from Portland, is a unique 200-acre cultural site in the Northwest with ties to the earliest days of settlement in the Oregon Territory. Since 2012, it’s also owned about 33 acres of former Department of Defense land that the National Park Service is now looking to redevelop into a “dynamic, sustainable public service campus.”
Will Bremerton, the town best known for blackberries and naval base, be home to an inlet-spanning bridge fashioned from decommissioned warships? (Photo: Clemens Vasters/flickr)
What hasn’t been done before — and what Young is pitching via a proposed $90,000 feasibility study recently introduced into the state highway budget — is a floating bridge built entirely from repurposed Vietnam-era aircraft carriers. Channeling Xerxes, Young envisions a string (well, just three) of these retired — mothballed, technically — Navy vessels, each a little over 1,000-feet-long, spanning Sinclair Inlet.
The long-vacant Infantry Barracks at Fort Vancouver will be renovated into studio and one-bedroom apartments over the next year as part of an $8.3 million “adaptive reuse” project involving four buildings. (Natalie Behring/The Columbian)
The city of Vancouver is funding the $8.3 million project with a combination of state grants, revenue generated from operation of Fort Vancouver property and city bonds, including “mini-bonds” that citizens can purchase for $500 to $10,000.
“Anything we can do to preserve and restore those buildings, we should do that,” Mayor Pro Tem Larry Smith told the city council at last Monday’s workshop. “This is probably one of the greatest assets of our community.”
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.
Chris Tymoshuk from Troutdale, Ore., carved his silent auction lamp from a recycled Disney trivia tin with a torch. It is valued at $100.
“This year, as we expand the second annual Upcycle! Art Fest to two days, we have decided to also offer more auction pieces from our artists,” said Upcycle! committee chair Barb Rogers. “We are thrilled that already Andrew Corke has donated another unique collector’s piece. His work is an amazing representation of the upcycling concept. Two other artists have also agreed to contribute pieces, and we are expecting more.”
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.
The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has finalized their vessel deconstruction general permit, which allows businesses and boat owners to deconstruct older vessels that are still in the water.
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)
The existing garage was dismantled and it exposed a rich story and history for the design team at Graypants. Therefore, they salvaged portions of the structure. Old fir boards became the floor and other recessed lounge spaces.
via Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture Graypants’ Garage – Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
Furniture builder Eberhard Eichner looks at one of the outdoor Little Free Library boxes he makes from reused building material at the REStore in Bellingham, Friday Nov. 1, 2013. Eichner shows customers how to make furniture out of used building materials.
Q: How well has the concept caught on?
A: Amazingly well! More than 10,000 Little Free libraries have been installed nationwide. There are more than two dozen Little Free libraries in Bellingham. If you go on their website you can click on a map for each city and find out where each Little Free Library is located.
Q: So, essentially, people leave books in small, protected bookshelves to share with their neighbors?
A: That’s right. I absolutely love the idea. I’m an avid reader myself, with eclectic tastes; research books, poetry, mysteries.
Q: What are these little libraries made of?
A: The libraries currently on display and available for purchase utilize former upper kitchen cabinets. A second “outer skin” with a roof is put around the existing shape using reclaimed cedar boards, shakes, shingles or other scrap exterior siding material. They’re like little “houses” for books.
Dee Williams used to live in a 2,000-square-foot, 3-bedroom home. Then she traveled to Guatelama (to help build a schoolhouse) and when she came home her house felt too big so built herself a home that fit. That turned out to be a 84-square-foot foot home on wheels that cost her $10,000: $5000 for the materials (mostly salvaged) and the other half for the solar panels and low-E (low thermals emissivity) windows.
She spent 3 months building her new home in Portland, Oregon and then hitched it to her truck and parked it in the backyard of her good friends Hugh and Annie in Olympia, Washington. For the first 7 years she moved in and out (removing the back fence), but for the past two years her wheels haven’t moved.
Hectorinwa of BMRReddit posted about his newly converted bonus room. The flooring is white oak, top nailed. The flooring came from a home dated between 1920’s-30’s, a doctors house in Snohomish, Washington. He said he paid $1.50 a foot for it on craigslist.
We think he did a bang-up job!
Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation has opened a reuse store on Central Whidbey.
The building and reclamation center, dubbed Barc Re-tail, aims at capturing construction and building materials from the waste stream.
It is operated by the nonprofit animal shelter, known as WAIF, in collaboration with Island County Solid Waste.
“We’re making a little bit for the animals and saving some from the landfill,” said Bobby Bryant, store supervisor.
The store is located at the solid waste complex in the pole building just before the weigh scales. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The animal shelter was awarded the contract to open the reuse store in January. Solid Waste officials were looking for a way to reduce the county’s trash and recover certain recyclables, specifically building materials.
“This is inspired by the reusable items we see in the waste stream every day,” said Jerry Mingo, recycle and hazardous waste coordinator for solid waste.
From our dear friends at RenoCyclage in Montreal.
The city of Aberdeen, located in Washington state, demonstrated an uncommon creativity in renovating the intersection of North Park and Simpson Ave, which was until recently nothing but a dusty and soulless asphalt space. The people in charge pf the project chose to incorporate stones taken from the façade of a heritage building recently demolished downtown. These are now a part of the identity as well as acting as an acoustic shield for the neighboring houses. Bravo Aberdeen and may all municipalities show such originality in their efforts to beautify the urban environment and preserve its memory!
via Timeline Photos.