Build Reuse Communities

October 28th-30th 2019
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Conference Agenda

On day one we will focus on the common threads within our industry and connected industries, including a look back at how reuse and deconstruction got derailed in the mid 20th century from being the norm with our Keynote Speaker Francesca Russello Ammon; author of "Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape". We'll also dig into what communities across the country are dealing with as a result, and reports on what is happening [or not] to shift us back to a truly circular reuse economy.


11 am - Registration opens
1 pm - Keynote Speaker
2-5 pm - Sessions
5 pm - Members Meeting
6 pm - 25th Anniversary Reception and Awards Ceremony

The focus of day 2 is to look at our three basic areas of work; buildings themselves, the economics that move materials, and how reuse and deconstruction can and should serve community goals.
This day will split into three tracks
  • Buildings - a look at how we design, engineer, deconstruct, and preserve our buildings
  • Reuse Economics - a dive into the operational side of reuse centers, including retail markets, best practices, operational systems, and process efficiencies.
  • Communities - a close look at how decon and reuse support workforce development and jobs, community development, and local economies. As well as how some communities are facing the challenge of including decon and reuse.

Tracks will be targeted to folks that work within these areas with a heavy emphasis on interactive learning, discussion, and a goal to bring tools back home to your businesses and communities. 

TOURS:  Construction Junction, Millvale Food + Energy Hub, if possible a live deconstruction site
Cost: $40
The easiest way to save your spot on the tours is to sign up when you register for the conference, for those that have already registered we will have instructions on how to register for the tours soon.  Your fee will cover your bus ride for the tours, once completed buses will drop folks off at the evening networking location and will then provide transportation back to the Wyndham University Center hotel in the evening.  Our afternoon tours at this time will take us to two locations, Construction Junction our conference host, where you can visit various organizations such as the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Project RE, Free Ride-a bicycle reuse non-profit, Computer Reach-a computer recycling operation and Studio Blue-a refurbished furniture painting project for youth in detention. Our second location is the Millvale Food + Energy Hub which houses sustainability non-profits New Sun Rising, The Food Trust, and Fractracker Alliance.


7 am - Registration opens
7:30 am - Breakfast
8 am-3 pm - Sessions

3-5 pm - Afternoon Tours
5:30-9 pm - Networking (TBD)

This day will circle back around to what we hold in common, just as in Day 1, but with an emphasis on how we start moving our goals forward on local levels with a national agenda. 

This will include a second Keynote [TBA] that will focus on this goal of moving forward into much bigger discussions of what we can do together. 
We will also look at opportunities and how to take advantage of them in your community to make sure you go home with not only great stories and information but essential tools for shifting your local conversations. 


7:30 am - Breakfast
8 am-12pm - Sessions

12 pm - Keynote Speaker
1 pm - Conference adjourns

Bring the Team

This year we want to attract more of the mid-level management and others on your team that may not usually attend the conference.  To make that easier, we are introducing Bring the Team!

  • • Register 2 folks (even at the crazy early bird price) and the third is free.
  • • Register 3 folks and you get to bring 2 for free! 
Once you register and pay for your first 2 or 3 team members just contact us so we can help get the free registrants added for the event.  If you have any questions just let us know we are here to help.
*all registrants must be staff, board, or key volunteers of your org/business

Where to Stay

The BMRA has reserved a block of rooms at the
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

$129.00 / night 
$15 / night for parking

If you call to make a reservation tell them you are there for the BMRA conference.  Block is good from 10/27 to 10/30.  Remember last year we filled our block so make your plans early!

Missed last year?

Click below to see the presentations that were shared
in Grand Rapids, MI last year.
Then remember to Register for this year!