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Have you ever been in a room surrounded by dynamic people who are intensely interested in the same topic? The air is different, charged with an energy of a shared passion. That's what DECON13 was like last week. The event, put on by the great folks at the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) was a shot in the arm for those who attended, renewing our excitement about deconstruction that will last us throughout the year.
A highlight of the conference was the presentation of the BMRA awards. The awards, with super fancy, tool-inspired names honored the best and brightest in our field, and I was happy to see many of my friends walk away with accolades that applauded their commitment to building materials reuse.
I was thrilled to win the Brass Grille Award, an award for excellence in reuse or salvage in green building design. Below is a list of the other winners and links to their respective organizations. Check out innovative ways they are approaching sustainable building.
“Emerald Reciprocating Saw” – Shaun LaBarre, ReSource
“Emerald Screwgun,” – Ted Siebert, Second Use
Both for excellence and/or innovation in the fields of deconstruction and/or building material reuse (BMR) practice.
“Chestnut Mantle” – Elise Zelechowski, ReBuilding Exchange
“Chestnut Shelf” – Dave Bennink, ReUseConsulting
both for excellence in BMR industry promotion or service
“Walnut Gavel” – Deb Stone, CookCounty Department of Environmental Control
“Walnut Mallet” – Kinley Deller, KingCounty, Washington
both for the promotion of progressive governance with respect to BMR, whether legislative, regulatory, or other
“Lapis Medallion”- BMRA Training Committee, with special recognition to Bob Falk, Forest Products Laboratory
“Lapis Pin” - Travis Blake, R3Deconstruction
both for exceptional educational, academic or training activities related to deconstruction and/or BMR.
For excellence in employing BMR or salvage in green building or green design
“Golden Prybar” – Hammer Like aGirl.com
Special recognition for best poster content and display (at Sunday evening opening reception at Second Use)
“Silver Prybar” – Dirk Wassink, SecondUse
Special recognition for exceptional assistance to BMRA or to the Decon ’13 conference committees
“Silver Saw” – Paul Hughes, DeConstructionservices, LLC
Special legacy award for an exceptional practitioner who has passed away