The ReUse People reduces the solid waste stream and changes the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.
Attention Preservationist Friends of TRP
By Ted Reiff
I love history, and over the years have aquired a pretty thorough command of it. So, it's gratifying to know that I'm helping to preserve history by salvaging building materials and, as a consultant, promoting adaptive reuse and historical preservation.
What troubles me is that many professional and lay preservationists think The ReUse People is the enemy—just one short step from the landfill.
I want to set the record straight.
Many cities and towns require that buildings slated for demolition or substantial modification undergo a historic review process. For example, most communities on the North Shore of Chicago fall into this category, and there are many more examples. The review process often takes a year or more.
The time it takes to complete new plans and receive approval from zoning and building departments further slows the process. When owners are finally allowed to proceed, more often than not they choose traditional smash–and–dash demolition over deconstruction in order to avoid further delays. A full deconstruction takes eight to 10 times longer than demolition and requires a greater number of skilled workers. Unfortunately, the cost in historical terms is considerable if valuable architectural components end up in a landfill.
If a preservation or historic society's bid to save a particular building is unsuccessful, the intelligent, preservationist alternative would be to have the building deconstructed. Over the years TRP-certified deconstruction contractors have salvaged many such buildings, or have provided owners with written specifications on which elements to salvage and how. Examples include a 1937 estate designated the finest example of Georgian Colonial architecture on the West Coast and two 1932 gymnasiums on the San Francisco City College campus.
In addition, several TRP-certified deconstruction contractors have access to specialized crews called TRP Rapid Deconstruction Strike Teams, which are capable of mobilizing quickly to places where historical buildings are endangered. When contacted, strike teams immediately prepare bids that will always match or be below the demolition bid. For more information and a full description of the services provided by strike teams, visit www.TheReUsePeople.org
By revising their attitude toward deconstruction, preservation enthusiasts not only increase their ability to safeguard history, they also gain opportunities to reduce landfill waste, provide employment opportunities and contribute to a cleaner environment.
Specials of the Month
|At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring single cabinets and Douglas fir lumber. Receive 25% off the price of any single cabinet (no sets) or Douglas fir 2x4 in the warehouse through March 31.||
|The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring interior doors. Purchase one interior door at the regular price and receive a second interior door of the same or lesser value, FREE. Offer good through March 31.||
The Oakland warehouse has a large supply of attractive 3x3-ft carpet tiles.
Location and Contact Information
TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA 94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday
TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00
Please visit our partnering warehouses:
The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00
Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00
Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00
Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays
New England Reuse
400 Sackett Point Rd
North Haven, CT 06473
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00p; Saturday 9:00-1:00p