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.

Life

2021 Annual Holiday Party

 

Our staff appreciation holiday party at Alesong Brewing was filled with treats, prizes, games, and gifts! Our team of architects and designers participated in a ‘Secret Sock Swap’ and collected socks to donate within our local community. We played ‘Heads or Tails’ for prizes, enjoyed a variety of food and snacks, but most importantly enjoyed being together again.

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PIVOT Welcomes Carly Bushman to our Team

PIVOT Architecture is thrilled to welcome Carly Bushman to our staff. She is a registered architect with three years of experience.

Carly is a Clark Honors College graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in interior architecture from the University of Oregon. She is determined to bike commute year-round and can be found indoor climbing, admiring dogs, or snacking on Sour Patch Kids.

In the short time she’s been at PIVOT, Carly has made immediate contributions to the team, passed her final ARE exam, and become a licensed architect!

Life

SparkLab Career Expo Connections

There was somewhat of a role reversal using the SparkLab space that we designed for Connected Lane County, the important non-profit that links industry to public schools in the area.

Connecting with area middle school students at the middle school Elevate Career Expo and giving them a taste of design  architecture was invigorating. We showed students some of the ins and outs of the design process and had them try their hand at sketching by either drawing the floor plans to their house or using trace to replicate an elevation of an project we’re working on.

Some students knuckled down immediately and started to draw. Others needed a little nudge to get started, but once they did their attention to detail and sketching ability was fun to watch.