Looking Back at a Terrific 2012

By Ted Reiff

I’m always up to my neck in programs, projects and day-to-day problem solving, and rarely take time to come up for air. However, the start of a new year forces me to take a breath, step back and scrutinize the previous 12 months for notable accomplishments and lessons learned. I am often amazed at what our team accomplishes, and 2012 is no exception. Sure, a few projects fell below expectations or were not completed, but for the most part it was a great year. Here’s a quick overview:

TRP completed over 200 deconstruction projects and diverted 16,620 tons (33,240,000 pounds) of building materials, not counting recycled hardscape. With the concrete and asphalt added in, the diversion total was 24,202 tons. Total for the company since its founding is 330,000 tons.  

Program revenue increased 26.9 percent over the previous year, while liabilities were reduced 5.7 percent.

Balance Sheet

The company added seven TRP-certified deconstruction contractors in 2012. Areas represented include Aspen, Denver, Durham, San Diego, Boise, Los Angeles, and California’s Central Valley.

Shannon Barnes, formerly Los Angeles retail-warehouse manager, was promoted to Systems and Digital Media Manager and moved to the home office in Oakland, where she has already spearheaded the installation of the company’s new integrated inventory system, development of its database, and creation of the all new TRP website.

Los Angeles Retail-Warehouse Manager Jeff Cockerell, after ably replacing Shannon, physically moved the entire L.A. warehouse from the northeast corner of the San Fernando Valley to the Glendale area—a huge accomplishment. The grand opening of the new warehouse is scheduled for January 25. With the help of his associates, Luis Suriano and Jose Lizaola, Jeff exceeded 2011 sales by 13.1 percent.

TRP Deconstruction Manager Ezequiel Borquez and his crew chiefs completed 25 more deconstruction projects in 2012 than in 2011, a revenue increase of 71 percent.

Los Angeles Regional Manager Arthur Renaud set the pace in number of deconstruction projects completed by TRP-certified deconstruction contractors. Bay Area Regional Manager John Morrow’s contractors achieved the second highest total.

Illinois Regional Manager Ken Ortiz, assisted by Greg Ortiz, developed the new TRP Legacy Asset Program that assists financial institutions to responsibly dispose of foreclosed and abandoned properties. In addition, Ken helped to write legislation requiring some reuse on every Cook County demolition/deconstruction project—the first of its kind in the country.

The ReUse Institute licensed three organizations to implement its deconstruction training program, An Introduction to Deconstruction. The TRP training program for retail-warehouse operations is scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2013. Stay tuned for further news on this.

In November, Chris Thomas of Second Chance Building Materials Center in Boise became our newest regional manager.

The end of the year saw the judging of the first TRP National Reuse Contest, which garnered over 100 entries from twelve used building materials retail stores. To see photos and read write-ups of the winners, visit: http://thereusepeople.org/reusecontest/main

A big thank you to TRP donors, customers, employees, board members and advisors. Let’s all have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Special Events Reminders

January 25: Grand Opening of the new TRP Los Angeles warehouse. Festivities begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. Watch for more details on the TRP website.
January 28-31: TRP President Ted Reiff will speak at the YouthBuild National Directors Association Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, visit: https://youthbuild.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=197
January 31-February 2: The Building Conference/Expo, Morgantown WV. TRP President Ted Reiff will present at this conference, sponsored by West Virginia Greenworks. For more information and to register, visit www.thebuildingconference.com.
February 10-13: The Corps Network National Conference, Washington DC. The Corps Network is a national membership association of service and conservation Corps. TRP President Ted Reiff will be a presenter. For more information, visit the national conference website.
April 29–May 1: Decon 2013, Seattle WA. TRP will have a booth at this annual event, sponsored by the Building Materials ReUse Association. For more information and to register, visit deconexpo.org.
November 30: Congratulations to TRP on the 20th anniversary of its founding!

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring windows. Receive 25% off the price of any window in the warehouse through January 31.
The ReUse People Specials
The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring bathroom sinks. Receive 50% off any bathroom sink in the new warehouse through January 31.
The ReUse People Specials

New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse recently received a large shipment of pavers from a deconstructed home in Tiburon.

Deconstruction & New Materials Update

Visit the TRP website for a complete list of current deconstruction projects and inventories. Just click on “Retail Sales” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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:
Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Orange County (two convenient locations)
12827 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 590-8729
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00- 8:00; Saturday 9:00-6:00; Sunday 11:00-5:00
2200 S. Ritchey Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 434-6266
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-5:00; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kansas City
4701 Deramus, Kansas City MO 64120
(816) 231-6889
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-4:00; closed Sunday

The ReBuilding Exchange, Chicago
1740 West Webster, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 847-3761
Hours: Tues-Wed 10:00-6:00; Thurs 12:00-8:00; Fri-Sat 10:00-6:00

Reuseable Green Works
840 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 745-3695
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00; Sat 8:00-noon

The Re-Use Store
6350 27th Street (at 47th Ave.), Sacramento CA 95822
(916) 399-8900
Hours: Wed-Sat, 8:30-4:00

The ReUse Warehouse
800 Taylor Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00

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