Our Mission

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.

We hope you’ll visit us, or donate materials – we’re the largest and coolest reuse nonprofit in the Pittsburgh region!

Learn more about the history of CJ

Our Partnerships

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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.

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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.

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Project Re_

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.

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Trade Institute of Pittsburgh

Qualified program participants may be offered temporary, seasonal positions as they arise, which assist them by beginning to build a work history, and perhaps learning new skills, as they earn for as long as the temporary work is available.

Our Staff

  • 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.

Executive Commitee

  • 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

Regular Members

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

Susan Golomb

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