• 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.

    In nature there is no such thing as waste, and our goal is to help every city in this country understand that the material streams resulting from their C+D practices can be re-directed to create new, localized economies rather than creating bigger dumps. There can be community revitalization and economic development that stems from innovative and collaborative building deconstruction and material re-use, and this garden shed is just one example of how every community in the country can benefit.

    If you’ve been following this project, you know who helped make this a great collaborative process.

    Ethan Weyrick, with a recently minted M.Arch from SCAD, designed the shed and led the construction process. Two other SCAD interns, Sabrina Richter and Francisco Andrade, brought their own significant skills to the construction phase. Students at Savannah Tech pre-fabricated the walls under the tutelage of Steve Hartley, Emergent board member and director of Preservation Technology at Savannah Tech.

    Our very own VP, Mark Fitzpatrick, Preservation Director at JT Turner, brought invaluable resources and skills, and a mountain of sweat to the construction. And Glenn Boylston—brother Glenn—hopped across the river from South Carolina to work his craftsmen’s magic on the construction.

    We also have our Materialanthropists Debra and Chuck Caldwell to thank for providing the opportunity for Emergent Structures to reclaim red cedar siding from their historic Savannah home.

    And welcome to our new Materialantrhopist, Stratton Leopold! Stratton donated the beautiful red cedar used for trim and roof framing which was reclaimed from his property (1×7 and 2×8 respectively). Stratton also donated the reclaimed plywood for the roofing, and coordinated the reclaimation of 2x4s for the framing from the SpongeBob SquarePants 2 movie sound stage.

    And of course many, many thanks to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for providing the funding for this project! Come back to our blog to see the plaque and the ribbon cutting!

  • 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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  • Another Day in the Life of E.34

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    Thank you Savannah Technical College students for your contributions to the E.34 Greenhouse!

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