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Includes: Bus transportation on tours, to evening networking and back to the Wyndham hotel after networking. Networking event is from 5:30-9. Based on our numbers we may have various departure times from the networking back to the hotel.
Locations: Construction Junction, Project RE_ and Millvale Food+Energy Hub, if possible a live deconstruction site.
Construction Junction (CJ) our conference host, will tour us through 100,000 square feet of their facility. We will see our mobile app inventory system, Reuse Retail, in action and tour our goodwill training area. You will also be able to visit Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Free Ride-a bicycle reuse non-profit, and Computer Reach-a computer recycling operation in our building. Also in CJ is our second tour stop:
Project RE_ , located inside Construction Junction is Project RE_, a project with a mission to reuse materials, restore communities and reclaim lives.
The “nerve center” of the project is a 7500+ square foot space featuring a community room, gallery, woodshop and metal shop. The space and the work of Project RE_ will be presented by Urban Design Build Studio founder John Folan-also on the schedule as a day 1 presenter!
The community room construction is 70% of non-structural elements were made from reused materials including 160+ hollow core doors, 2150 LF of scrap lumber, 125 LF of reclaimed lumber, 38 salvaged hopper windows. The construction involved architecture students and job trainees.
The building is designed to be deconstructed and has won significant recognition including:
AIA National Collaborative Practice Award 2016
AIA PA Excellence in Architecture 2015
AIA Pittsburgh Excellence in Architecture 2015
Design Corps SEED Prize, Honorable Mention 2015
The Millvale Food + Energy Hub is a multi-purpose facility which serves as a home to sustainability nonprofits (New Sun Rising, The Food Trust, and Fractracker Alliance), 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.