Transitioning the BMRA to Build Reuse has been an exciting challenge. It has forced us to look at who we are and why we exist as an organization. To support this transition and give new direction and energy to Build Reuse our Board of Directors and Executive Director have created a new Vision, Mission and Core Principles Statement.  We hope you like our new direction. 

Our Vision

To transform our communities by creating a building industry in which used and excess materials become an asset to our communities and waste is no longer acceptable

Mission Statement

Empowering communities to turn construction and demolition waste into local resources

Our Core Principles

The members and supporters of Build Reuse believe:

1. The present linear economic model relying on consumption of “new” products and materials is unsustainable.
2. The Reuse of building materials needs to be recognized as a key component of sustainability goals
3. Reuse recognizes and prioritizes existing community value.
4. Reuse is most impactful when implemented locally




Our Keynote Speakers

Dr. Elma Durmišević

For those that follow Industry happenings internationally you have likely heard about Project BAMB (Buildings as Material Banks).  Partners from 7 countries in the EU started this venture in 2015, with the mission of "enabling a systemic shift in the building sector by creating circular solutions." Build Reuse is excited to bring Dr. Elma Durmišević whom heads the EU BAMB research group Reversible Buildings at University of Twente (2015-2019).  Durmišević will be coming to speak about BAMB and the work she is involved with.

Currently the head of 4D Architects office in Amsterdam, Elma Durmišević holds a PhD at the Delft University of Technology on Transformable Building Structures, and Design for Disassembly in Architecture.  As associate professor at the University of Twente Durmisevic developed a master program for dynamic and sustainable buildings that introduced green engineering in industrial design of architecture. Durmisevic Initiated a consortium for the development and construction of a Green Transformable Building Laboratory in The Netherlands a national hub for circular buildings, is a member of number of juries and scientific committees, reviewer of scientific books and journals, was a project leader of number of innovation projects and has developed  innovative building systems and measurement tools for sustainable architecture and construction which were published in international books, scientific journals, conference papers and implemented through numerous projects.


Francesca Russello Ammon

author of
Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape

"...her work gets at the heart of why our movement started, as a reaction to the destruction of neighborhoods, systems of reuse and the abandonment of wisely utilizing our natural resources."-Joe Connell

Francesca Russello Ammon is Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. She is a cultural historian of urban planning and the built environment. Her research focuses on the social, material, and cultural life of North

American cities, from World War II to the present. She is particularly interested in the history of urban revitalization, with an emphasis on urban renewal; the dynamic relationship between cities and nature; public history as a tool for community-based research and engagement; and the ways that visual culture has shaped understanding of what cities are, have been, and should be. Ammon is the author ofBulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 Lewis Mumford Prize for the best book on American city and regional planning history. Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Planning HistoryJournal of Urban HistoryJournal of Planning Education & ResearchPreservation Education & ResearchChange Over Time, and Technology & Culture. In her current research, she is studying the relationships between urban renewal and historic preservation in the cities of Philadelphia and Montreal. While at Penn, Ammon has been a fellow of the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, a member of the Mellon-sponsored colloquium on Humanities + Urbanism + Design, and a researcher on the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s project on “Architecture and/for Photography.” Prior to joining Penn, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Ammon’s work has received support from institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Society of Architectural Historians, Whiting Foundation, and Ambrose Monell Foundation.



DRC19 Tours

DRC19 Tours

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 of a building.  We are also working to have a tour of a live deconstruction site, however, as many of you know that depends completely on whether there is a current project and the stage of that project.  Here is what we have working right now.

When:  3-5 pm October 29th following the days conference sessions
Cost:  $40.

This includes the tours and drop off directly following tours at the networking location and transportation back to the Wyndham Hotel in the evening.

Register for the Tour Now!


Construction Junction

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.
Studio Blue - A refurbished furniture painting project for youth in detention.

If you just can't wait for the tour or  you happen to be visiting Pittsburgh prior to the conference, SeptemBEER 28th would be a great day to visit.  That's when CJ hosts the Steel City Big Pour!

Millvale Food + Energy Hub

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.

plus a Construction Junction Deconstruction site TBD

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


Annual Build Reuse Awards

Open for Nominations
Fill out your nomination form here!


The Dan Knapp Lifetime Achievement  Award: to be given annually to someone that has been a major influence in our industry over the course of their life and work. Open to nominations. 

Community Champion of the Year Award: to be given annually to a government agency, organization, or business for outstanding work promoting reuse and deconstruction within their community. Open to nominations.

Building our Industry Award: to be given annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond to integrate the reuse industry with other tangential industries to promote reuse and deconstruction. Open to nominations.

Build Reuse Volunteer of the Year Award: to be given annually to an individual [non board member] that has gone above and beyond by giving substantial time and energy to our organization directly.  Selected by Board and ED.

Job Postings

The Green Project

located in New Orleans

Job Title: Executive Director

They started as a paint recycling center but have grown into so much more.  "Serving New Orleans since 1994, the Green Project's mission is to promote a culture of creative reuse by diverting usable materials from landfills and cultivating a respect for their value."  The Green Project is not just a salvage store that recycles paint they accomplish their mission through community workshops, K-12 environmental education and an In-kind community grant program.

You can learn much more about what The Green Project does and their impact on the community of New Orleans by visiting their website here.  The link below will take you to a PDF of the full job description with instructions on how to apply.

Lifecycle Building Center (LBC)
Located in Atlanta Georgia

Job Title: Director of Operations
(LBC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to converting discarded building materials into community wealth and opportunity. We believe that tapping into this resource makes communities stronger and healthier by creating highly impactful jobs, huge economic benefits and a more sustainable environment.

The Director of Operations is responsible for ensuring the organization goals for material diversion, retail sales, and deconstruction services are met.
A deep commitment to material salvage and reuse and the efficient use of resources within the built environment

Strong leadership skills and the ability to foster a collaborative work environment by encouraging respectful communication and creative thinking among staff
The ability to analyze the performance of operational efficiency and develop/implement systems strategies to achieve consistent improvement
Strong commitment to quality control for all services
Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to effectively represent the organization’s mission, accomplishments and goals both internally and within the public realm.

Have openings you'd like to post? email us at



New member this month - thanks for joining us! 

Tieton Built
Portland Oregon
Our roots lay in the land and water we have been surrounded by all of our lives. As natives of the Pacific Northwest, we are inspired by the myriad of powerful rivers, towering mountains and dense forests that we live amongst and the constant change it goes through due to ever-cycling weather patterns. Our mission is to connect and integrate our living spaces into those our natural surroundings and to do it with wonder and with a view towards the future.

Buzz Saw.  News from salvage to sustainability. 

Detroit firefighter takes on blight with deconstruction business DAVID SANDS | MODEL D
Working with the Detroit Fire Department for nearly two decades, Gary Ringer has seen his share of fire-ravaged and neglected buildings.
He even coined the phrase: “I eat, drink, and sleep blight” to describe his relationship with the damaged structures he encounters in the course of doing his job. But while some folks might become discouraged when faced with this sort of devastation, it's been an unlikely source of inspiration for Ringer.
 read on...


Consumers Would Pay More for Sustainable Products Designed to Be Reused or Recycled, Survey Finds
More than half of consumers said they would pay more for sustainable products designed to be reused or recycled, according to results of a survey from Accenture.  

FREE: The 2019 State of Grantseeking: Benchmarks and Trends for Your Organization
The State of Grantseeking™ reports spotlight recent developments in funding so your organization can be more strategic in its grantseeking.
Which types of grantmakers are more likely to fund my organization? - How much time and staff should I devote to grantseeking, and how do I determine where to invest these resources? - What is a reasonable level of funding to expect for my organization? - What are the recent trends in grantseeking that my organization should know? Register here
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 2 PM EDT

We Recycle Bottles. Why Don’t We Recycle Buildings? By Frank Mahan and Van Kluytenaar
"To confront climate change, we need to make the most of the buildings we already have."  read more here...

I M Salvage is liquidating -  After 40 years with 30,000 sq. ft. of inventory we are relocating to a smaller warehouse. So in order to do so we need to sell off a good bit of our inventory. Too much to list here so:
Please contact Bones @ (414) 881-1268 or email  me at for some pics and a list of the inventory we have at this moment to be sold.  Bones

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