Seminars: Session Details

Session E2
Giving the Past a Future
Time & Location 10:00AM - 11:00AM, Room 318B
Quinn Vittum
Re-use Hawai‘i

In Hawaii, we produce 600,000 tons of construction waste every year. This represents one-third of our overall waste stream and a tremendous resource for our building industry. Everything from doors and windows to lumber and hardware can be saved from demolition sites and repurposed in new construction. In this presentation, we examine design and planning considerations when using salvaged material and visit some exciting local and national projects that have taken advantage of the excellent style and function inherent in reclaimed treasures. Participants will come away from this session with inspiration and direction to take advantage of the resources within unwanted buildings for their commercial or residential projects.

Quinn Vittum is the executive director of Re-use Hawai’i, a non-profit organization dedicated to waste reduction through building material salvage and reuse. Re-use Hawai’i deconstructs buildings in order to preserve resources for reuse and redistributes material from its Honolulu Redistribution Center Warehouse. In its 10th year, Re-use Hawaii has a staff of 35 and has developed a new industry designed to replace conventional demolition. New Hampshire born and a son of a builder, Vittum has a passion for innovation, team building and environmental and social sustainability. Re-use Hawai’i is his third start-up.