The 2018 Building Material Reuse Association's international conference and expo on deconstruction and reuse was held in the Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University. Over 2.5 days we learned from leaders and innovators in the reuse and decon fields, sharing their best practices, case studies and research. For those that missed out, this event is the premier opportunity for networking with your colleagues, learning about new tools and practices, and growing your business. Be sure to stay connected with the BMRA so that you can sign up early for our next event! We will be placing resources from the conference on this page as quickly as we can, so keep checking back.
2018 Speaker Presentations
Thanks to all our speakers for making this a great conference!
- Keynote Speaker: Wicked Problems, Design Thinking and Circular Economy Strategies for the Building Industry.
Gayle DeBruyn, Associate Professor and Sustainability Officer, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
- Keynote Speaker: The Phoenix Commotion.
Dan Phillips, Sustainable Home Builders, Huntsville, TX
- Presentation 1: Domicology: A Comprehensive Approach to Structural Abandonment.
Rex LaMore, Ph.D. Michigan State University, Center for Community and Economic Development
- Presentation 2: The Future of Deconstruction + Reuse: A Comparative Analysis of 100+ Reuse Stores and Buildings Around America.
Dave Bennink, Owner, Re-Use Consulting
- Presentation 3: Sustainability in the Built Environment: Why Materials Matter
Suzie Boxman, Physical Scientist, U.S. EPA
- Presentation 4: Capitalizing on our Resource Options to Drive a Bio-based, Circular Economy.
David DeYoe, PhD. Harbor Springs, Michigan
- Presentation 5: Advocating for Reuse
Jason Carlyle, Stardust
- Presentation 6: Building an Ecosystem for Reuse, starting with Reuse Wood
Norm Ruttan, iWasteNot Systems.com
- Presentation 7: Anticipating a future where reuse is the norm in architecture
Kent Wilson, R+D DESIGN SPECIALIST
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation : UC Berkeley College of Engineering
- Presentation 8: Post Rock: From Pollution to Product.
Meredith Miller, Assistant Professor; Thomas Moran, Assistant Professor; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning University of Michigan
- Presentation 9: Not Rubbish: The Reciprocal Relationship Between Historic Preservation and Waste Management.
Allison Arlotta, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
- Presentation 10: Valuing Materials: A conversation with the American Society of Appraisers and the Internal Revenue Service.
Alexandra Nicholaides, Senior Counsel IRS & John Russell, Senior Director of Government Relations and Business Development American Society of Appraisers.
- Presentation 11: NYC’s Nonprofit Salvage Sector and the City of NY– How to support salvage in your city.
Eszter Csicsai, NYC Department of Sanitation
- Presentation 12: The Living Building at Georgia Tech: Forging New Partnerships Through Material Reuse.
Lifecycle Building Center: Jimmy Mitchell, Shannon Goodman and Chris Hamilton
- Presentation 13: Embedding Material Reuse in the Lexicon of Architectural Practice: An Examination of Architectural Training.
Co-Authors Kim Buchholz, Dustin Altschul, Hungry Architecture, Michigan
- Presentation 14: Perpetuating Waste Diversion Practices as an Architect
Patrick Denell, Architect, Tasmania, Australia
- Presentation 15: Large Scale Deconstruction at the Oakland Army Base 2008-2014
Meri Soll Senior Program Manager | StopWaste
- Presentation 16: Building a Better World Utilizing Technology to Find Materials Reuse Opportunities.
John Bradburn, Chief Materials and Sustainability Officer, Pathway21
- Presentation 17: Deconstructing the Culture of Demolition.
Tina McCarthy, MDS Historic Preservation, Boston Architectural College
- Presentation 18: Market Opportunity for Salvaged Lumber.
Raphael Arbelaez. Wood Science & Engineering, Oregon State University
- Presentation 19: Supply-Driven Sales: The Economics of Finger Lakes ReUse.
Chris Pletcher Finger Lakes ReUse
- Presentation 20: Maximum Kick with Minimum Impact: Sequestering Carbon with Building Materials Reuse and Renovation.
David Arkin, Arkin Tilt Architects: Ecological Planning and Design
- Presentation 21: A Conceptual Building Material Reuse Planning Scenario in Detroit
Shannon Sylte MLA Candidate, University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability
- Presentation 22: Reuse as Economic Justice
Pam Howland, founder of the Old Window Workshop Cooperative, Springfield, MA
Nancy J. Meyer, CEO of Community Forklift, Edmonston, MD.
- Presentation 23: Knocking Down Walls to Improve Demolition Safety and Increase Deconstruction + Reuse Opportunities.
Caroline Lund, MS, CHMM | Environmental Health Specialist I Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health
- Presentation 24: Reuse of Surplus Assets: A Comprehensive, Genuine, Workable Triple Bottom Line Solution.
Mark Lennon, President, IRN – The Reuse Network
- Presentation 25: Completing the salvage package: brand, curation, accessories and new-from-old products in a retail environment.
Dirk Wassink, Second Use Building Materials, Inc.
- Presentation 26: Challenges for Deconstruction in a Historic District
Scott Crotzer, Executive Director of Emergent Structures
- Presentation 27: Designing for Deconstruction D4D
Brad Guy, Associate Professor The Catholic University of America
Pre Conference Workshop: Impacts of Rapid Growth on Sustainability and Public Health
This workshop focused on municipal and business opportunities to promote less waste to disposal, create new employment opportunities, and reduce neighborhood health issues associated with demolition dust from lead, asbestos and hazardous materials exposure. The workshop featured speakers from four unique perspectives:
* Eve Pytel from Delta Institute (Chicago, IL)
* Rex LaMore from Michigan State University's Center for Community & Economic Development (East Lansing, MI)
* Caroline Lund, Ramsey County Public Health Agency (St. Paul, MN)
* Dave Bennink, ReUse Consulting (Bellingham, WA)
Darwin Baas, Director of Kent County Department of Public Works (Grand Rapids, MI), gave introductory remarks about the impacts that demolition has on landfill disposal locally and the desire to develop more outlets for construction and demolition debris for beneficial reuse.