Build Reuse Communities

Why attend our conference?  We are the only national conference focused on how construction and demolition waste can be turned into economic opportunities.  With dozens of speakers ranging from community development, architecture, advocacy, reuse operations and deconstruction, there is a place for you! If you believe in the vision of Build Reuse then this conference is for you! 

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

You can sign up for the tours when you register or by following the link above.

Sponsor Opportunities

Showcase your business or products by becoming a sponsor at DRC19 in Pittsburgh, PA.  To see more on what we have to offer click the link below.  To sign up as a sponsor contact us:

Conference Speakers

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 (@ Phipps)

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.

We start the day with our second Keynote speaker Dr. Elma Durmišević who comes to visit us from the EU, representing Project BMAB (Buildings as Material Banks).  This will offer a great look at how a partnership of 7 countries is working to help shift the building sector to a circular economy.  Following the keynote we will move into sessions.  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 for the conference and did NOT sign up for tours register for the tour here.  Your fee will cover your bus ride for the tours, once completed buses will drop folks off at Eastside Brewing 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
8:15 am - Welcome
8:30 am - Keynote Speaker
9:30 am-3pm - Sessions
3-5 pm - Afternoon Tours

5:30-9 pm - Networking Eastside Brewing

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 solution workshops where we work in groups to solve some fo the problems that are directly impacting our industry.  In addition to discussion, our goal is to walk away with new ideas and pathways forward so folks can take these ideas to their community.  We want people to have the tools they need to help in shifting and framing your local conversations. 


7:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am-12pm - Welcome, Workshops and Sessions

11:45 am - Workshops Report Back
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!