Our United Villages invites the community to gather at The Commons on Saturday, June 8 from 1 to 4 pm. We’re having a launch party for the Community Legacy Program—spotlighting community resources and a new gathering space at The ReBuilding Center. We’re also celebrating The ReBuilding Center’s 15th birthday! Join us in celebrating this new community resource while enjoying refreshments… Read More >
On Sunday, February 24 and again Saturday, March 2, The ReBuilding Center initiated our first ever reclaimed building materials bicycle transportation event. Inspired by Portland bikers and motivated to take sustainability to another level, we worked with local bike enthusiast Ted Buehler and Shift to Bikes! to coordinate and safely move materials from a house hand… Read More >
Thanks to Steve Duin of The Oregonian for stopping by to visit and following up with an article in the April 3 Oregonian. Read it here.Read More >
It all started with Sully when he purchased one of the wonderful beams that came out of a recent DeConstruction Services project, but with the help of our enthusiastic visitors, staff and volunteers we came up with this!
So what do you buy at the ReBuilding Center? Upload your own video to… Read More >
Over the past few years Central City Concern’s Community Volunteer Corps (CVC) have become a staple volunteer group here at the ReBuilding Center and we look forward to hosting them every week. We were honored to have the chance to nominate them for the Volunteer Innovation Award at the 2012 Portland Trail… Read More >
Our Fall/Winter class schedule filled up faster than ever and we know many of you are eagerly awaiting our spring schedule. The full schedule will be out at the end of next week and will include classes from March to June. Check back to sign up or Sign Up for for our classes… Read More >
We have been busy in the ReFind Furniture workshop lately working on a variety of custom projects. We just installed a reception desk at the new Yoga Shala opening this month in SE Portland. The design was inspired by and created from ship lap which was used as an underlayment in building construction. Similar to how plywood… Read More >
DeConstruction Services is in the middle of taking down two whole houses and one detached garage at SE Alder and 20th Ave. These homes, built in 1891 and 1924, are producing racks and racks of amazing lumber. You can find volunteers de-nailing it daily in the ReBuilding Center lumber yard.
The location is the future home of Buckman Court Apartments… Read More >
Each and every day ReBuilding Center volunteers help take in and sort donated materials. We would not be able to maintain the level of organized chaos that we do without the support of these wonderful and hardworking people. 2011 was a record year for volunteer service with a total of 1,866 individuals contributing a total of 19,018.5 volunteer hours! Over… Read More >
We received a wonderful note this past week. Tracy took the storm window class we offered in September. After completing the three part workshop, she went on to create storm windows for her home. See what she had to say below…
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We have three winter classes that still have available spots. Sign up now to learn a new skill this winter and finally get that tiling project finished or give the gift of knowledge to a loved one with an interest in woodworking.
Tile It Workshop:
Tuesday, 01/24/12 – 6pm - 9pm and Wednesday, 01/25/12 – 6pm - 9pm… Read More >
How we determine what used materials The ReBuilding Center (TRC) accept
The ReBuilding Center accepts used building materials solely based on whether or not they are re-usable rather than how much they’re worth monetarily. If based on our working experience and industry knowledge, we can find a new home for a used item, we can accept it.… Read More >
DeConstruction Services is finishing up a project just south of Sherwood, OR where a barn was deconstructed on a 58 acre farm. The property was purchased by Community by Design LLC, small farm incubator in an effort to explore alternate models of small-scale agriculture. close to the Portland metro area. The property will be tended to by multiple farming families… Read More >
At The ReBuilding Center we host hundreds of volunteers every year. The number of volunteers tend to slow down in the summer but come October they are back in full force! We are excited this year to welcome back many of the schools we have worked with in the past. Helensview School (picture above) and Cornerstone Transition Program bring students… Read More >
The ReUse Ideas Project is finally underway! Starting tomorrow (October 1st) you can submit a creative reuse idea to share with The ReBuilding Center community. These ideas will be complied and added to our ReUse Idea Library as well as displayed in the Community Resource Area and around The… Read More >
I always enjoy the great finds that come in from our free pick up service tucked away in a cabinet or that our DeConstruction Services team unearth during a project. These are some of the items hanging around the office this week.
This old globe was saved from the dumpster. Couldn’t find a date but base on the countries, its… Read More >
We have a full schedule of classes for the next few months but spots are being filled quickly! These seem to be our most popular classes, be sure to sign up before they fill.
One more spot open for the Window Repair class on 9/22, 9/24 and 9/25.
Two spots open for the Framing class on 12/14 and 12/15.… Read More >
This past weekend The ReBuilding Center was featured on the local show Fusion. Fusion is a show that “covers everything about the Northwest home that makes it special.” Check them out on a Saturday morning on a local station or on their website http://www.fusionnw.com/.
Learn anything new about the services of The… Read More >
Did you catch the article about DeConstruction Services of The ReBuilding Center on the front page of The Oregonian’s Oregon Living section? If you want to hear about someones experience first hand with DeConstruction Services and learn more about the industry in Portland check this… Read More >
On Friday a group of 12 from Portland Youth Builders came out to volunteer for 5 hours! The group unload miscellaneous items, lighting, and tile from carts and helped them find a temporary home in the warehouse. They also helped clean out the community tree cob structure and the front of The ReBuilding Center warehouse for… Read More >
Last Wednesday brought out tons of neighbors for the 8th Annual Boise Neighborhood Ice Cream Social. Over 30 local businesses came together to celebrate our neighborhood and pass out ice cream cones to whom ever wanted one. We went through almost 6 gallons of ice cream in one hour (and we were only 1 of 30)!
Ural Thomas came out… Read More >
Last Thursday a group of youth from REACH Community Development came for a tour of The ReBuilding Center and a class where they built a toolbox to take home! What a lively group full of great questions and eager to learn and work hard! Thank you for coming out and hopefully you enjoyed your time… Read More >
Last Wednesday we had 29 students from University of Portland spend their morning volunteering in The ReBuilding Center warehouse. They helped de-nail wood, paint in the Community Resource Area, organize trim, molding, and tile. These 29 students were just a fraction of the 130 total who were out in the community spending their first days in Portland learning about, and… Read More >
Fall and winter workshops, between September 2011 and February 2012, are now available for registration. We have a handful of brand new, never before offered workshops that we are very excited about. New workshops include Build Reclaimed Garden Fences and Gates, Stair Building Basics, Building Bee Hives and much more! View the complete list of workshops and register Read More >
ReFind Furniture is currently searching for a few more volunteers to assist with the creation of picture frames and other home furnishings for the ReFind Furniture Show Room. Volunteers play a vital role in the creative process and production of items. Use your skills and creativity to inspire the community to do their own projects with salvaged materials.
If you… Read More >
Looking for a cool way to reuse that old hanging lantern taking up space in your garage? How about create a terrarium out of it!
Materials you’ll need:
Reclaimed hanging lantern
Tools you’ll need:
Remove hardware from a glass hanging lantern. Fill with rocks, potting… Read More >
Registration for May through July 2011 classes and workshops is now open. Click here to see an amazing array of exciting opportunities!
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The Daily Journal of Commerce ran an article today featuring developer Brad Fowler’s decision to choose deconstruction over demolition. Click here to read the full story.The ReBuilding Center’s DeConstruction Services crew and Driving Department team are reclaiming and transporting the materials. Our warehouse Salvage Specialists are finding new homes for the materials. And ReFind Furniture is developing visions for… Read More >
An exciting opportunity is available with Our United Villages’ Community Outreach team for an individual interested in making a longer-term volunteer commitment. For more information, click here.
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DeConstruction Services is currently dismantling two large turn-of-the-century NE Portland buildings. Built in the early 1900’s, they total 11,439 sq ft of finished space. The larger structure features architectural splendors indicative of the era: mahogany wainscoting, leaded glass, large double-pocket doors, and a brick veneer rising up to a high pitched roof with ornate overhangs. By choosing to deconstruct rather… Read More >
This original 35’ wooden flagpole flew for 100 years at the Meier & Frank warehouse on NW 14th and Everett! Come visit The ReBuilding Center to see for yourself some of the amazing one-of-a-kind materials we have available for sale.Read More >
The ReBuilding Center has been gifted with an abundance of awesome volunteers. We hosted FIVE “alternative spring break” college groups during March—students who chose to give back rather than rest and relax. Pictured here is our lively volunteer group from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Volunteers make a huge difference in helping us keep the warehouse clean and organized. Their… Read More >
Hi! There is still space in our series of Fall and Winter classes here at The ReBuilding Center. When you visit the Classes and Workshops home page of our website, you will be able to tell which classes are still coming up and have space available. You can click on any class for more information about… Read More >
With our Once-In-A-Lifetime Fundraising event approaching fast, we are so pleased to have been featured in The Oregonian’s Home and Garden section. Bridget A. Otto talks about the LeRoy Setziol Door that started it all, the vision of this one of a kind event and the power of art to create sustainable communities.
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ReUse Week 2010 celebrates the active and ongoing partnerships that make up ReUse PDX, a local collaboration among reuse organizations in the Portland area.
ReUse PDX promotes and supports the values of social service, educational and environmental causes, and sustainability, as well as coordinates activities and best practices with national reuse organizations.
In celebration of ReUse Week, The ReBuilding Center… Read More >
Open The DOOR to Sustainability strives to be a 100% waste free.
A waste free event is a natural step for The ReBuilding Center, whose operations divert an average of 6.5 million pounds of construction waste from landfills each year.
But what does a waste free event look like?
Our goal is to produce zero garbage and… Read More >
In honor of LeRoy Setziol's impact on NW Art and in celebration of the hand-carved Setziol door that came to The ReBuilding Center after nearly ending up in the landfill, local artists have created works of art from salvaged doors to be auctioned at our June event.
The LeRoy Setziol door, unlike his works in galleries across the Northwest,… Read More >
Open the DOOR to Sustainability is a unique art show and fundraising event to benefit The ReBuilding Center and Sustainability. Inspired by the work of renowned NW artist LeRoy Setziol, artists from the local region are creating works of art from reclaimed doors. These doors, along with many other exciting things, will be auctioned at the event. Learn more by… Read More >
Our Classes and Workshops for 2010 are now open and available. The workshops take place in the ReFind Furniture woodshop located adjacent to The ReBuilding Center warehouse on 3625 N Mississippi Ave. Here, students have access to a variety of woodworking tools and learn valuable tool and construction skills they can apply to projects… Read More >
On June 19, 2010 we’d like to invite everyone out to “Open the DOOR to Sustainability.” A unique art show and fundraising event to benefit The ReBuilding Center. The event will feature a one of a kind piece by legendary NW artist LeRoy Setziol. In honor of this piece, local artists will be turning ReBuilding Center doors into works… Read More >
Learn how to turn your found objects into new and inspiring jewelry. This three day workshop is an introduction to jewelry making using fundamental techniques to creatively integrate reclaimed materials into your jewelry designs. Students will practice sawing, drilling, filing, wire wrapping, and more.
Mon April 19, 6pm-8pm, Sat April 24, and Sun April 25, 11am - 5pm
Tuition:… Read More >
KATU news visited the Marysville School deconstruction project on Tuesday. Check out their coverage of the project, including some great footage of our Deconstructionists at work denailing lumber, the gymnasium filled with doors, tubs and toilets, and an old door that was found between the walls of two classrooms. Executive Director, Shane Endicott, talks about… Read More >
The Le Roy Setziol Door, unlike his other works in galleries across the Northwest, arrived at The ReBuilding Center strapped to a flat-bed truck. It is a story of trash and treasure, of a beautiful and valuable piece of art that nearly ended up in the landfill. Soon to be showcased by The ReBuilding Center, the Setziol Door’s unique carving,… Read More >
After a fire destroyed much of the Marysville School in November 2009, district officials are still unsure about the future of the building. Whether or not the district decides to rebuild the old school or construct a new one, they are certain about wanting to incorporate important architectural pieces from the existing structure. The Marysville School district called upon DeConstruction… Read More >
Our reuse workshops inspire students to transform discarded building materials into new furniture, household objects, art and sculpture. The workshops take place within the ReFind Furniture woodshop, located adjacent to The ReBuilding Center warehouse, at 3625 N Mississippi Ave. Here, students have access to a variety of woodworking tools and learn valuable tool and construction skills they can apply to… Read More >
ReFind Furniture recently hosted a series of four youth-specific workshops: Cabinet of Curiosities, Found Object Sculpture, Coat Racks and Clocks and Wooden Toys. In the classes, youth learned how to work safely with tools and how to think creatively about the use of salvaged materials. Below are a few photos of the “Found Object Sculptures.”
To see photos from this… Read More >
On June 11th, 2009 The ReBuilding Center hosted the ReUse Exhibition, a creative reuse showcase, in celebration of its 11th birthday.
The ReUse Exhibition was an opportunity for community members to showcase their reuse projects inside the ReFind Furniture showroom. The projects represented wonderful diversity, ranging from coat racks and mirrors to tables, chess sets, and chairs. They all shared… Read More >
On Saturday May 16th individuals from ReFind Furniture and DeConstruction services will be participating in the Women in Trades Career Fair. This great event offers an opportunity to learn about careers in construction-related trades and to participate in hands-on activities. Attendance is free and no advanced registration is required. Read more about this event below or visit http://www.tradeswomen.net/. See… Read More >
ReFind Furniture is honored to be the recipient of the City of Portland’s BEST Award for Sustainable Products or Services. The BEST Awards seek to acknowledge the efforts of local businesses in the areas of economic growth and environmental benefit. According to their website, “The mission… Read More >
ReFind Furniture is honored to be the recipient of the City of Portland’s BEST Award for Sustainable Products or Services. The BEST Awards seek to acknowledge the efforts of local businesses in the areas of economic growth and environmental benefit. According to their website, “The mission of the BEST Awards is to inspire the… Read More >
Remember Spring Break? Traditionally known as a time for: 1. lazy days 2. preparation for a new season 3. friends 4. family 5. California/Florida beaches 6. all around lounge time.
Well…There is now an alternative! The Rebuilding Center hosted three different alternative break groups during the month of April. The University of Illinois, Idaho State and The University of Montana… Read More >
For quite some time now people have been asking if we can post inventory updates more regularly on our website. Due to the volume of materials we move daily (about 8 tons!) and the frequency of changing inventory (every 15 minutes!) we have been unable to make it a reality. Until now—thanks to a site called Twitter.
Twitter is the… Read More >
March ushered in the partnership of Specialized Housing and DeConstruction Services. Like Our United Villages, Specialized Housing Incorporated is a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. SHI was formed in 1981 in collaboration with United Cerebral Palsy, The Epilepsy Association of Oregon and The Association for Retarded Citizens for the specific purpose of improving housing options for people with disabilities. SHI has developed… Read More >
A new and exciting batch of magnets have come into the warehouse…made by volunteers! They were craftily created by the students of Douglas High School’s PACE class. The students and their teacher came and scavenged for good magnet making materials. They took them back to the classroom and eureka! Magnets galore! The proceeds fund an education scholarship that helps those… Read More >
deconstruction : n. 1. the selective disassembly of a building structure in reverse order of assembly, usually by hand to maximize the re-harvest of materials for reuse. 2. an essential component of sustainble, green building.
Since 1999, DeConstruction Services of The ReBuilding Center has helped hundreds of homeowners, contractors and others with remodeling and building removal projects of all scopes… Read More >
In this three day workshop instructor Christina Aucone of Modica Design led students in an exploration of the fundamental techniques to creatively integrate recycled materials into jewelry design. They sawed, drilled, filled, wrapped wire and created some truly beautiful works of art from found materials. See before and after pictures below. Learn more about classes and workshops at The ReBuilding… Read More >
A recent new addition to the warehouse is bringing smiles to the faces of visitors and salvage specialists alike—but one face in particular is beaming with joy. Ella Rose is absolutely radiant behind our brand new cash registers! We are so very grateful and proud of this new addition to the OUV family and we invite you to come meet… Read More >
Our United Villages has been very fortunate this month in receiving record numbers of volunteers! They come from many groups and some from across the state, but they all have one thing in common: being wonderful examples of energy, inspiration and generosity!
The volunteer program of Our United Villages is thriving thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who make this… Read More >
From the exotic plants of artist Hilary Pfeifer to the use of reclaimed windows and doors at the Sungarden Montessori school in Portland, creative reuse projects abound and are as varied as the materials they use. Here’s a sampling of some creative reuse projects from community members.
Hilary Pfeifer’s traveling exhibit “Natural Selection” offers an intriguing exploration of intimacy and… Read More >
“Our United Villages inspires people to value and discover existing resources to strengthen the social and environmental vitality of communities.”
That’s the mission here at OUV and we strive to fulfill it in many different ways. One such manifestation is a project called ReUse Ideas.
The ReUse Ideas Project was born from a desire to encourage people to engage… Read More >
On the eve of Thursday November 13th, ReFind Furniture celebrated the commencement of the long awaited ReFind Furniture Showroom.
Friends, supporters and contributors gathered to celebrate the new space and to enjoy a crisp, beautiful fall evening with food, fun and laughter. The festivities were a wonderul culmination of a few years (and especially a few recent months) of hard… Read More >
The ReBuilding Center and Communitecture were honored at the first annual Root Awards, presented by Portland Spaces Magazine. The Root Awards is a design competition celebrating innovation, creativity and craftsmanship in the Portland Area. Communitecture won first place for its design of The ReBuilding Center in the Retail Category. In the words of Portland Spaces editor, Randy Gragg:
“…The… Read More >
The ReBuilding Center and Communitecture were honored at the first annual Root Awards, presented by Portland Spaces Magazine. The Root Awards is a design competition celebrating innovation, creativity and craftsmanship in the Portland Area.
Communitecture won first place for its design of The ReBuilding Center in the… Read More >
Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom of Portland Garden Cottages went above and beyond the call of reuse with these amazing cottages located in Upper Albina. The ReBuilding Center is proud to be a resource for local builders and designers looking for innovative solutions to reuse challenges.
Gantert and Bloom built these two 364sq.ft. cottages almost entirely of salvaged materials.
You… Read More >
The Deconstruction crews are finishing up one big job! Take a look at the pictures below to see how we hand dismantle buildings—from roof to floor boards!
Check it out!