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.
The idea for Construction Junction was developed by the oldest grass roots environmental organization in the state, the Pennsylvania Resources Council, together with the Green Building Alliance, and Conservation Consultants.
We hope you’ll visit us, or donate – we’re the largest and coolest reuse nonprofit in the Pittsburgh region!
But don’t just read about us – watch us!
Here we are on YouTube in this excerpt from Rick Sebak’s 25 Things I Like About Pittsburgh – we are featured in #s 7 and 8 (Big Pour and Construction Junction).