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VanMechelen Architects

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The project is a 1200 square foot addition and 600 square foot remodel for the offices of the Berkeley Recycling Facility.  The design includes a showcase for a variety of recycled and environmentally considered  materials, while dynamic forms maximize interior daylighting.  Products include salvaged wood, flyash concrete, recycled metal shingles, insulation from recycled newspaper, plastic lumber, and insulating blocks made from recycled polystyrene.

The Building forms reflect the dynamism of the recycling process.  The Project will also give something back to the Community  with exterior shelves for Public Art feature to display locally made artwork from recycled materials on the busy, industrial Gilman Street.

The Canopy at the Buy-Back Window is made from salvaged automobile hoods.