BENEFITING: SOUTHFACE ENERGY INSTITUTE INC
The non-profit Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) project is seeking funding to help establish operations. Based in Atlanta, the LBC will capture, organize, and sell bulk amounts of reclaimed building materials to the public, as an alternative to disposal. Future to provide green building education/training programs at no or low cost to the community at large. In the process the LBC will create jobs through deconstruction, economic development opportunities in the We need to raise $210,000 for initial facility startup costs such as Equipment ($65,000...includes warehouse racking, shelving, pallet jacks, handtrucks, forklifts, tools, computers/internet, etc.), a Marketing Campaign ($10,000), the first 6 months of Payroll ($70,000), Office Supplies/Services ($5,000) & the first 6 months of Rent ($60,000).
My name is Shannon Goodman and I am an architect with Perkins+Will in Atlanta, Georgia. I became interested in building material reuse in the fall of 2009 when my firm renovated an existing building at 1315 Peachtree Street, which is now our new office location. Instead of trashing the existing interior finishes/fixtures/furnishings, we decided to donate as many of these materials as possible, which resulted in a total donation of 125,000 pounds of materials to 19 different organizations. A group of people who were involved with this project came together & formed the Lifecycle Building Center movement. Several individuals have donated countless hours and a wide range of skills toward this cause, including Adam Deck, Mark Galey, Michelle Uchiyama, Megan Holder, Shane Persaud, John Henriquez, Steven Hart, Darien Sykes, Scott Hitch, Laurel Rummel, Jimmy Mitchell, Lucie Andre, Todd Phillips, Nat Slaughter, Enrique Bascunana, Steve Rothman, David Green, Nandita Vyas, John Mlade, Ryan Gravel, Vikram Sami and many, many others.
We also need to raise $350,000 in order to make needed improvements to the 70,000 square foot warehouse building that we have targeted to become our new home. The property is located along the future Beltline development and is approximately 2 miles South of downtown Atlanta. The renovation will include exterior signage, site cleanup and minimal interior improvements to the existing structure. Our sincere gratitude goes out to Jimmy Mitchell at Skanska for sharing with us his estimating expertise. We are also incredibly grateful to Perkins+Will for pledging 200 hours of pro bono design services to the project.
The LBC project will provide many rewards to the surrounding community. Atlanta will reduce its solid waste, residents will have access to low-cost building materials and learn skills needed for higher paying jobs, the energy-efficiency of Atlanta's housing stock will be improved and the entire Atlanta community will learn more about the benefits of material reuse. Atlanta's commercial building market and construction industry will also become more energy efficient and will financially benefit from the reduction of landfill tipping fees as well as through access to low-cost materials. Nonprofits will also benefit greatly from having access to low/no-cost building materials. We will encourage local nonprofits to apply for annual store credit amounts based upon how successfully they execute their organization's mission. Additionally, local artists will be supported by creative outreach programs and the provision of a vibrant community center.
To find out more about the project, please visit our website: http://www.lifecyclebuildingcenter.org/
Also, a great model for what we want to create is The ReBuilding Center/Our United Villages in Portland: http://www.ourunitedvillages.org/
Thank you for reading about our project. I hope you will decide to support our cause in whatever way you can, be it as a volunteer, an advisor, or through a financial donation. We are striving to demonstrate that when passionate people collectively organize and work together, they can transform their communities. Your support, in any capacity, will help us prove it in Atlanta!