If you live in or near Pittsburgh, you have access to an amazing nonprofit organization that promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials. Construction Junction’s mission is to keep usable building materials out of the landfill and provide them to the community at a reasonable price. The group is Pittsburgh’s first nonprofit building material reuse retailer specializing in used and surplus building materials. A peek at Construction Junction’s current offerings confirms the nonprofit is living up to the task. For example, it has a drafting table for $250, a 1950s Filco freezer for $75 and a 14-piece kitchen set for $600 (at press time). An environmentally friendly alternative to demolition or renovation is building deconstruction. According to the Building Materials Reuse Association, “Deconstruction is the practice of disassembling a building in such a way that the materials (joists, flooring, siding, fixtures, and more) can be reused for new construction. Deconstruction is a cost competitive alternative to conventional building demolition.” Construction Junction goes to jobsites and removes items that that it will sell at its retail store, including cabinets, doors with jambs, windows, trim and casement work and hardwood flooring. More extensive removal of slate, framing lumber, rafters and floor joists may be possible if the project timeline permits. At the completion of the job, Construction Junction provides an itemized receipt for material. This can be used for tax purposes and/or potential LEED certification. Donations of leftover materials can also be made to Construction Junction. Materials accepted include lumber, windows, doors, cabinets, hardware and other materials. If all that doesn’t sound fantastic, there is more:
Deconstructing with Construction Junction
A Pittsburgh-based nonprofit has made a name for itself by offering up reusable building and surplus materials.