At Construction Junction our mission is to support and promote conservation through the reuse of building materials. That’s what excites us, and we’re always trying to come up with ways to do more reuse.
Running CJ means accepting donations of used and surplus materials at our large warehouse, and then selling them in our 30,000 sq. ft. store to new users. As our materials are a fraction of the cost of new, our mission has an environmental and social impact. As a nonprofit, we cover most of our operational costs with the revenues from sales and we hold an annual fundraiser, the Steel City Big Pour®, to cover the balance and to invest in improvements.
To enable us to invest in improvements to services and facilities, Construction Junction also receives grant funding from foundations, including the Heinz Endowment, the Forbes Funds, the Laurel Foundation, the Colcom Foundation, the RK Mellon Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, and an anonymous foundation, as well as donations from private individuals.
Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC)
We are a proud affiliate of PRC, Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization. Since 1939 they have worked to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling and waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns and much more. For additional recycling and reuse information visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council website.
Goodwill Job Training Partnership
We host several job training and work program participants at Construction Junction, with their supervisors. The participants learn skills as they work to process doors, tile and flooring and deliver it to the store. We also offer seasonal opportunities as they arise, to participants in various Goodwill programs that aim to assist entry level participants and others with barriers to employment to gain work experience or to earn in a temporary position.
Project RE_ aims to introduce new constituencies to the reuse movement and to use opportunities arising from the growth of reuse to increase jobs for those with barriers to employment. It is a partnership between Construction Junction, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Urban Design Build Studio of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. See a video here.
Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
- Executive Director: Mike Gable
- General Manager: Melissa Mongelli
- Retail Operations Manager: Karl Zellars
- Donations & Logistics Manager: Greg Webster
- Deconstruction Manager: Brian Swearingen
- Business Manager: Nicola Coohill
- Community Outreach Coordinator: Terry Wiles
Our Board of Directors
As a non-profit, Construction Junction has a Board of Directors who assume the overall responsibility for running Construction Junction. The board members are all volunteers. They meet six times a year.
- President: Alexis Miller, Director of Product Management, Schell Games
- Immediate Past President: Howard J. Wein, Esquire, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
- Co-Vice President: Marc Little, President, Emery Construction Services, LLC
- Co-Vice President: Patricia Tsagaris, Graphic Designer, pinkhaus design communications
- Treasurer: Walter J. Burlack, Executive Director, Community Growth Fund
- Secretary: Gregory LaForest, Associate, Project Architect, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
- Member at Large: Emily Collins, Executive Director, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services
Mary Ann Bohrer, President, Bohrer Public Relations
Melissa Cicozi, Assistant Head, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design
Reid Crosby, Proprietor, Artist/Craftsperson
Jerry DeRosa, Director, EH&S Affairs, Tug Hill Operating
Benson Gabler, Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Director, International Living Future Institute
Jennifer Garczyk, Director of Key Accounts, Red Bull North America
Amy George, Project Manager, VEBH Architects
Beth Lentz, Independent Contractor
Eric Perz, Data Science, Brunner
Brian Sullivan, Process Improvement Manager, Pensiamo
Jonathan Weber, Owner, greenSinner
John Wilds, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Relations, University of Pittsburgh
Jason Wrona, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC