Nine creative teams came together on Saturday to showcase a dedication to environmental friendly design during ReSource Boulder's design competition, ReSource WARS!
The competition served as a way for ReSource to fill its once-empty showroom in the office on 64th and Arapahoe in Boulder.
The nine teams had 15 hours to compete and could only use recycled materials from ReSource to develop their works.
"The purpose of this competition is to show that you can create beautiful things with recycled materials," says Amy Mechels, the event co-chair. "It's not just crap.
"We wanted to inspire consumers and raise awareness."
ReSource Boulder consists of a front office, with a large warehouse, several tall outdoor sheds and a huge yard, called ReSource Yard, that is filled with piles of wood planks, toilets, sinks and roofing tiles. The warehouse houses cupboards, kitchen cabinets, doors and ceiling lights. All materials are donated.
"Last year we took in 3 million pounds of materials that did not end up in the landfill," says Michelle Barnes, executive director of Conservation Center. "We are a one-stop shop for anyone looking to build or remodel and need something affordable."
The competition itself was an event meant to create a showroom for customers to get inspired by, as well as to showcase what a community can do with recycled materials.
"The design teams came to us and told us that they're going to help beautify this facility," says Shaun LaBarre, senior director of ReSource Boulder.
The Scrap Sisters worked on remodeling the front entrance of the office by using steel pillars.
"We're deconstructing the composite deck and building a community message board that will become the main entry," says Leslie Whiteside, one of the Scrap Sisters.
The Scrap Sisters, a team of two sisters, Whiteside and Ashleigh Hitchcock, collaborated with the Cushman Cattle Company and the Arctic Cowboy to design their project.
"We're honored to be involved with ReSource WARS!" says Whiteside. "We're here to change the face of ReSource."
CU-Boulder undergrad students were involved with the WARS! through CU ENVD, the Program of Environmental Design. Student Travis McClaine said that CU ENVD normally comes to the ReSource Yard to look for materials for university projects. He was working on PVC pipes to design different shelving elements to display on the walls of the showroom.
Erin King of the Taco Stand Fist Fight has been involved with ReSource with her husband for 12 years.
"We've rebuild our house using ReSource's materials," she says. "It's our favorite place to go shopping."
For the competition, her team was making a mobile checkout desk, made out of wood and wheels from a shopping cart. They were also working on administrative storage using office desks.
Coalesce Design and Fabrication, called Team Coalesce for the competition, is a welding group that specializes in custom metal products, like handrails, gates and staircases.
"Our concept is to build an entire fence on one side of the showroom," says Greg VanderBeek, co-owner of Coalesce.
"We're also going to build a facade of a house on the other side," says BJ Titchenal, the other co-owner of Coalesce.
Part of their building materials come from the original gate entrance to the Elitch Gardens Amusement Park in Denver, which is currently being redone.
Despite the smell of freshly cut wood and burnt metal as well as the humming of saws and drills, there were plenty of customers perusing the warehouse on Saturday, leaving a parking lot packed full of cars. The front office also houses the Tool Library, where members can check out donated tools of a selection of more than 2,000 hammers, pitchforks, wrenches and others.
ReSource Boulder was founded in 1996 as a means to manage the resource division of the Conservation Center. The office recently moved to its current location three years ago, as part of the City of Boulder's 2006 Master Plan for Waste Reduction. Eco-Cycle, another non-profit organization in Boulder that runs CHARM, the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, will also find a permanent home next door as part of this plan.
"Part of the goal of this plan was to create a 10-acre zero waste part of the city," says LaBarre.
ReSource Boulder was also using this competition as a means to give flood relief to victims of the 2013 Colorado flood. Half of all donated proceeds from ticket sales to the Sunday Awards Event benefited flood relief, and a food drive was hosted gathering canned foods to give to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
"A community here can come and talk about what's happened, as part of the healing process," says Barnes.
The Awards Party, which also welcomed city officials, took place on Sunday night where the winners were as follows: Phoenix Asylum, most rebellious; Scrap Sisters, most spirited; CU Environmental Design, most elaborate; Team Coalesce, most entertaining; and Not Quite White Trash, most innovative. A Community Open House will take place on Saturday, September 28.