Ty’Keisha reports from the field: deconstruction with Build It Green

February 29, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Ty’Keisha reports from the field: deconstruction with Build It Green»

By Ty’Keisha Youmans, age 20, Manhattan

Today I returned to Build It Green NYC, a non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials in Gowanus, Brooklyn, where my Green City Force tryouts were held back in December. Just like in December I was amazed by all the amazing items they saved from a life in a landfill and excited for the unknown that was to come.

We started our day with store manager Karen Overton giving us a tour of the warehouse, telling us the story of how BIG!NYC got started and giving our assignments for the day. I was partnered up with intern Ralph and my fellow corps member Ronelle and we got right to work measuring, labeling, and recording recently donated doors that would be photographed, added to the website and finally would find a spot on the sales floor. It wasn’t long before we were on to our next task: deconstruction.

Along with my team I was given a pair of gloves, goggles, a hammer and the challenge of de-nailing a large stack of lumber before 5pm. Without even thinking about it we had a system going, two people to a log, one on each side, and then when finished we moved it to the pile of finished lumber. We worked hard removing the old stubborn nails, it took a lot of strength and a lot of team work and I enjoyed every minute of it. Unfortunately we did not finish the entire stack of lumber by 5pm, but we did so much that the other half of our Corps did not have to come in the next day!

It’s hard to find the words to describe everything I am learning and experiencing at GCF and I look forward to gaining new experiences and seeing what every new day brings.

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