At Scale, a panel of reclaimed building material innovators and entrepreneurs shared successes and challenges of the salvage business model and ideas for increased adoption of reused building materials into local construction projects. Attendees heard first-hand about existing reuse business operations across the city and discussed new models for future development.
What does it mean to "scale" reuse? What are the metrics for success?
What are new types of business models that can help us achieve these goals?
PhD Candidate: Industrial Ecology
University of Illinois at Chicago
GREAT LAKES YARD is a woman-owned reclaimed lumber and salvage business selling the highest quality heritage materials. All of Great Lakes' lumber has been sustainably harvested across the Midwest region through deconstruction and demolition as an innovative model towards sustainable reuse. SCALE will be hosted at the Great Lakes operational warehouse in East Garfield Park. This is a great opportunity to engage with salvaged lumber and historical decorative artifacts first-hand.