History

Chronology

2008

• May - Co-founders and employees of DeConstruction Services, LLC of Fairfax, VA formed the Recycled Building Network, Inc., subsequently shortened to trade as simply “ReBuild.” They saw:
•• the need for a reliable non-profit organization to which homeowners could make tax-deductible donations of reclaimed building components while saving thousands of tons of the material annually from landfills;
•• the value in home maintenance and neighborhood revitalization in recirculating quality used building materials purchased by property owners at deeply discounted prices;
•• the possibility of using a warehouse as a focal point for training hard-to-place workers in new green-color jobs; and
•• using a warehouse as a classroom for educating the public in affordable ways to live greener.
• July - ReBuild incorporates in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

2009

• January - ReBuild received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the IRS and enters into a pilot multi-year lease for a 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 6625 Iron Place in Springfield, Virginia.
• March 17th
(St. Patrick’s Day)
- ReBuild formally opens its doors.
• May - ReBuild receives its first grant from the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.
• June - ReBuild begins training workers in a six-month safe pesticide application course in partnership with the DC Extension Service.
• September - ReBuild launches its first Saturday sustainability workshop.
• October - ReBuild receives its first volunteer from The Phillips Programs Education for Employment Program for exceptional students.
• November -
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ReBuild begins training workers in home weatherization.
ReBuild featured in a Washington Post blog article.
• December - ReBuild receives its Virginia license as a renovation contractor.

2010

• January - ReBuild accepts its first hardwood flooring installation contract.
• February - ReBuild performs its first home weatherization job.
• June - ReBuild receives a grant from the Washington Forrest Foundation.
• July - ReBuild holds its first house party fundraiser.
• September - ReBuild’s revenues exceed its monthly expenses for the first time, only 19 months after its opening.

2011

• January - ReBuild holds its first “dine out” fundraiser at the Springfield Restaurant and Pizzeria.
• June - ReBuild featured on National Public Radio’s WAMU FM 88.5 all month on its “Community Minute”.
- ReBuild’s first office intern begins work.
• July - ReBuild featured in Angie’s List DC metro on-line newsletter.
• September - ReBuild joins the Fairfax County Public-Private Restoration Project.
• October - ReBuild accepted first volunteer referred to the Warehouse under the Fairfax County Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
• November - ReBuild Warehouse operations cease and inventory sold to customers at deep discount or transferred to Community Forklift.
- ReBuild conducts the last of its 48 sustainability workshops involving over 320 attendees and 35 different presenters.

2012

• January - ReBuild resumes sustainability workshops accepting invitations from the George Mason Sustainability Institute and the Arlington-Alexandria Extension Services Office to co-host these in their facilities in the City of Fairfax and Shirlington Community Center in Arlington.
• June - ReBuild reopens warehouse operations by appointment in new, but much smaller space, in the Fullerton Industrial Park just south of Springfield off I-95.

Over the past few years, ReBuild has blazed a trail for the DC region’s commitment to sustainability. Through ReBuild, thousands of tons of reusable building products have been diverted from landfills. Due to the recession and lagging sales, however, ReBuild was forced to give up its Springfield warehouse in November 2011 but was soon able to find smaller, more suitable space in the Fullerton Industrial Park just south of Springfield and reopened (initially by appointment only) on June 1, 2012. During this 7-month period and going forward, ReBuild continues to receive donated material from deconstruction sites (using public storage units prior to finding its new warehouse), selling “virtually” via Craig’s List, our email newsletter, customer “Wish List”, and now a “real time” product sales page on our website.

ReBuild plans to continue and expand its core programs — sales of quality building materials, distributing surplus items to other non-profit organizations, training hard-to-place workers in “green collar” jobs, and providing community workshops focused on environmental sustainability and affordable “green” living in new partnerships with Arlington County’s Extension Service and George Mason University’s Sustainability Institute.

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