Insight

Reducing Waste

Through thoughtful design, PIVOT strives to reduce waste, reuse materials, and recycle as much as possible throughout the construction process. A group of PIVOTeers came together to research new methods to implement our sustainability goals into more PIVOT projects.

By some estimates, construction waste accounts for 4% of the total waste in the US with 22.8% ending up in landfills. That is an average of 273 tons of construction material going into landfills each year! We took a closer look at this waste and wanted to figure out how to reduce it through our material selections.

We discovered that a large portion (more than 4 billion pounds each year) of the construction waste in the United States is carpet. Most carpets are not biodegradable so we researched carpet producers that have recycling programs that PIVOT can utilize on our projects. Additional programs were found to help recycle more construction materials including; wood, glass, tile, flooring, and countertops.

Our team also looked into reducing waste with more conscious furniture selection. By taking into account what the furniture is made of, where it is being shipped from, and the quality/flexibility of the product, PIVOT can advise clients with ways to significantly reduce waste when choosing furniture. Furniture that is made with recyclable materials and is designed to be fixed rather than replaced can significantly lower the amount of replacements throughout the lifetime of the project.

News

2022 PIVOT Fellowship: The City Squiggle

For the 2022 Fellowship, we tried something different. Rather than bringing in an architecture or interior architecture student, 2022 PIVOT Fellow Matilda Jereza was entering her last year studying product design.

Matilda’s project was born out of a desire to explore whether amenities like the transit shelters PIVOT designs could be employed to improve the pedestrian experience outside of transit systems.

“Altogether it was an extremely enriching experience to see a project through of my own design, with the support and input of my peers,” she said.

Matilda took a tried-and-true systematic approach in tackling her project by identifying a need, exploring the opportunities and challenges, as well as researching the target market, competitors, and constraints to develop her project objectives.

The result is what she calls The City Squiggle, an easy-to-install, solar-powered shelter of precast concrete arches that can be placed together in any quantity to form a “squiggle.” The resulting memorable and whimsical shelter provides protection from rain, sun, and enables users to charge devices.

Read more about The City Squiggle.

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PIVOT Adds New Designers

PIVOT is happy to bring several new designers into our teams designing transit facilities, municipal projects, commercial renovations, K-12 schools, and other projects.

Designer Hans Minder
A native of Switzerland, Hans joins PIVOT with 30 years of international architectural experience. He has worked with a number of different firms in Europe and the US including 15 years leading his own architecture studio in Prague. For nearly a decade, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate architecture studios at the University of Oregon focusing on sustainability and ecological building materials. He has a degree in Architecture and Design from Bern University in Switzerland. A father of four teenagers, Hans spends his free time with his family.


Interior Designer Megan Edelblute
Megan has four years of experience as an interior designer working for a variety of employers including a design-build firm and a nationally televised home renovation company. She has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture and an Art History minor from the University of Oregon. In her spare time, Megan volunteers as a youth leader at University Fellowship Church, creates mixed-media art, and enjoys spending time with friends. She is a native of Salem, OR.


Designer Alexandria Clark
Originally from Salem, OR, Alex graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Interior Architecture. Her terminal project, a flood-conscious Vancouver Symphony Hall, was featured in the architecture magazine Dezeen. She has experience with land-use consulting as well as operating a landscaping and gardening business. Alex aspires to design for underrepresented and underserved communities having helped build homeless shelters in Eugene and Portland, as well as work on healthcare buildings in rural Tanzania. When not at work, Alex enjoys painting and rock climbing.


Designer Brandon Volpicelli
Brandon, a California native, is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Interior Architecture. He is inspired by collaborative environments and passionate about building strong communities through architecture. Brandon is an Eagle Scout, a big time Ducks football fan, and avid baker.

Wow

World Athletic Championships – Oregon22

A number of our team members are using their annual community service hours PIVOT provides to volunteer for the World Athletic Championships – Oregon22. Our team is contributing in the fan experience, ushering, escorting athletes, media services, and other efforts. It has been incredible and humbling to see the outpouring of enthusiasm from people all over the world coming to our a little corner of the community for a once in a lifetime event. The world is truly here. We have seen athletes, media members, and fans from countries like Chinese Taipei, Botswana, Seychelles, Estonia, and many more. It’s been an amazing experience with much more to come!