As a long standing tradition of our Deconstruction and Reuse Conference we are putting together some tours of local establishments directly involved in Reuse or places where reuse was used within a design or function of a building.
When: 4 pm October 29th following the days conference sessions
This includes the tours and drop off directly following tours at the networking location and transportation back to the Wyndham Hotel in the evening.
We are thrilled with the work done by those at Construction Junction, known locally as CJ, to help make this conference a success. This stop on our tour will allow you to explore much more than just building material reuse. Having not been there personally, this facility sounds like a reuse supercenter. A one stop shop for training, materials, collaboration, repairs and much more. Project Re_ is one of the programs you will find at CJ, it's the type of program that really gets to the core of how we build reuse and they have a great video on the program which I've shared below.
Of course while there you can get a behind the scene tour of CJ's store that is filled with the building materials. The facility also houses:
Free Ride - A bicycle collective that promotes access, education, and reuse of bicycles and parts.
Computer Reach - Refurbishes computers and offers professional support and training.
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse- Non-traditional art supply shop that facilitates hands-on programing to educate the public about the benefits of reuse for the environment, community and self.
Studio Blue - A refurbished furniture painting project for youth in detention.
On this stop we will tour a multi-purpose facility which serves as a home to sustainability nonprofits New Sun Rising, The Food Trust, and Fractracker Alliance. Additionally, it houses a commercial kitchen and processing center, 412 Food Rescue, Sprezzatura Cafe, and community event and education space in harmony with the goals of the Millvale EcoDistrict. This repurposed 10,000 sq ft facility was a former Moose Lodge social hall which now includes a state of the art Solar DC Microgrid and building automation system. Reuse is a central theme in the building's design through the construction of a cafe counter, green partition wall, and canopy highlighting reclaimed materials from Construction Junction, design from the Urban Design Build Studio, and construction with the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh.
Networking 5:30-9 pm
Happening directly after the tours, buses will drop off those on the tour at a local beer hall for a fun evening on the town. Buses will then provide transportation back to the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center hotel (did you reserve that room yet). A long day but we always find networking to be one of the most beneficial aspects to our conference. We hope that you will join us! If you haven't registered for the conference yet you can register and sign up for the tours together here.
If you just need to sign up for the tours follow this link.