• Breaking Ground at the West Broad YMCA!

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    By Scott Boylston | photos by Nancy Hiranprueck

    What a day at the West Broad Street YMCA! The school children at the Y came out to help break ground for the Emergent Structures shade house. The shade house is a a part of the Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries, a 14-agency partnership to empower areas in the Coastal Empire that lack access to healthy, affordable food, and funded by a generous Live Well Be Well grant form Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

    This shade house will allow us to have year-round production in our garden, and provide healthy food to the children and families the Y serves on a daily basis.” Said ZaDonna Slay, executive director and CEO of the West Broad Street YMCA. “We are especially grateful to our community partners, Emergent Structures, Greenline Architecture, JE Dunn/Rives E. Worrell Co. and Gulfstream Aerospace. Without them, we would not be breaking ground today.

    We’re pleased to have already worked with the W. Broad YMCA on the Bee Cause Project, but this project really takes it to the next level. Eric O’Niell at Greenline Architecture designed the shade house from materials reclaimed from several places around Savannah, including an old police station out at Tybee Island, and an old car dealership on Savannah’s Southside. Keith Howington, past Emergent VP and Emergent’s project manager for this project (and a project manager at Greenline!), adeptly brought all of the necessary elements together for the project, which is no small task when you’re dealing with reclaimed materials!

    Emergent Structures is extremely thankful to Rives E. Worrell Co./JE Dunn for leading the construction, and activating their full network of suppliers, pro bono capacity. And thank you to Abshire PR for the great work promoting the groundbreaking!

    Coverage in the Savannah Morning News can be found here, and TV coverage on JCL and WTOC.

  • The Greenbriar Garden Shed Goes Up!

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    By Scott Boylston

    What a day at Greenbriar Children’s Center! Ninety-six degrees couldn’t put a dent in the construction process for the garden shed we built. Over the next week, we’ll get the door on, build a bench and some interior shelves, and then we’ll adhere a plaque to the structure to remind everyone that it couldn’t have been built if it weren’t for construction materials that were destined for the landfill until Emergent Structures stepped in.

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  • A Foundation for Greenbriar

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    The construction of Emergent Structures’s Greenbriar garden shed is moving fast!

    Yesterday, our interns Ethan and Sabrina worked with intrepid Emergent VP Mark Fitzpatrick in laying its foundation. A big thanks goes to JT Turner Construction for donating the fill from their Savannah Law School construction site.

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  • Permits in Hand for Growing Edge!

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    Thanks to our friends at Greenline Architecture, the permitting for Emergent Structures’ shade house at the West Broad Street YMCA has been approved! Eric O’Neill, architectural intern at Greenline has led the way in all of the design, architectural rendering, and permitting process under the tutelage of Emergent Structures’ project manager and past Vice President (and Greenline’s Senior Project Manager), Keith Howington.

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  • Greenbriar Gardenshed Hits the Road

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    The garden shed that Emergent Structures is building for the Greenbriar Children’s Center has hit the road! As mentioned in an earlier post, the garden shed is being built from reclaimed materials from the home of our Materialanthropists Debra and Chuck Caldwell and from the set of the second Sponge Bob Square pants movie. That’s right, Sponge Bob Studs.

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  • Thanks for the Visit, American Planning Association!

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    Emergent Structures was proud to lead a tour of the E. 34 Greenhouse and Southern Pine to attendees of the annual conference of the American Planning Association. Emergent president Scott Boylston gave a presentation on Emergent’s 3-teir consulting model for using reclaimed materials for community wealth earlier in the day.

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  • Coverage on Public Interest Design

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    Thank you Public Interest Design for your coverage of Emergent Structures. We’re honored to be included!

  • Master Craftsmen John McRitchie

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    Emergent Structures was proud to host Scottish master craftsmen John McRitchie at our Earth Day booth this past Saturday! Mr. McRitchie was in town all week as a special guest of Savannah Technical College, and great thanks to Emergent Structures board member, and Director of Savannah Tech’s preservation technology program Steve Hartley, we were able to steal him away for a few hours to work at our booth and carve our logo out of a piece of reclaimed black walnut. We look forward to working more with MTC Artisans in Fife, Scotland!

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  • NuUse for Reclaimed Materials

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    By Scott Boylston

    Emergent Structures is proud to contribute to SCAD’s amazing urban design intervention known as SCADpad by providing reclaimed materials for one of the project’s features. SCADpad is a truly revolutionary concept that addresses global trends like urban densification, the need for affordable housing in cities, changes in mobility away from automobiles, and micro-housing.

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  • A Garden Shed for the Greenbriar Children’s Center

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    By Scott Boylston

    Emergent Structures is proud to announce yet another great community construction project that we’re leading! Over the last 6-8 months the Greenbriar Children’s Home (thanks to the contributions of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary) has installed a wonderful raised-bed community garden on the grounds of their campus. Emergent Structures is building a garden shed so the keepers of this new amenity at Greenbriar have a place to store their tools and other garden supplies.

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