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Shannon Goodman's Fundraiser:

Lifecycle Building Center

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EVENT DATE: Dec 13, 2011

Shannon Goodman


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, Frank Burdette, Jimmy Mitchell, Leesa Carter, Lynn Patterson, Mark McDonald, Steven Hart, Philip Covin, Doug Travis, Doug Robinson, Kelly Roberts, Ryan Gravel, Todd Mowinski, Stanton Stafford, Mark Sutherland, Karen Bandhauer, Steve Smith, Mark Galey, Michelle Uchiyama, Megan Holder, Shane Persaud, Reed Thomas, Rob Noma, Scott Hitch, Erika Morgan, Laurel Rummel, Nat Slaughter and many, many others.

Currently we are seeking funds to seed the Lifecycle Building Center. The LBC sells  reclaimed building materials to the public, and will also eventually provide green building education/training programs and serve as a community center. We need to raise $175,000 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 ($25,000).

We also need to raise funds 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, 1116 Murphy Avenue SW, 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 improvements to the existing structure.  We are incredibly grateful to Walter P Moore, Newcomb & Boyd, Gateway Civil EngineeringAtlanta Environmental Management, Skanska & Perkins+Will for donating pro bono services to the project.

The LBC provides many rewards to the surrounding community. Atlanta will continue to 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:

On the website you'll find links to the LBC Case Statement & the LBC Blog

Also, a great model for what we want to create is The ReBuilding Center/Our United Villages in Portland:

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!



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