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Thu, Sep 10



Using Reclaimed Materials in Hardscape Projects

Renovating historic places calls for authentic materials. How can designers find the right ones to achieve the aesthetic and sustainability goals for their project?

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Using Reclaimed Materials in Hardscape Projects
Using Reclaimed Materials in Hardscape Projects

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Sep 10, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


About the Event

Learn about historic reclaimed materials and how you can incorporate them in today’s designs. We will discuss the wealth of reclaimed materials available today—including street brick pavers, cobblestones, curbing, stone sidewalk slabs, stone block, and building elements—and applications. You can examine samples of these materials to understand their unique characteristics, see examples of completed creative projects, atypical uses and ideas that combine multiple reclaimed materials.

To start, you’ll hear a brief overview of historic brick manufacturing and installation processes and stone sources. We’ll discuss how to install these unique, sometimes non-uniform materials, including permeable pavement applications, options for ADA-compliant installations and the specialized equipment and techniques needed to cut and shape certain reclaimed materials. Because using reclaimed pavers contributes to the sustainability of construction, we will also provide information on LEED and SITES credits you can earn for using these materials.


For Scott Smith, repurposed street brick pavers aren’t just a business—they represent part of his values. A mechanical engineer, Scott founded an energy-efficiency company and worked with clients to optimize their energy performance. After retirement, he was building an Arts and Crafts-style home and purchased truckloads of salvaged street pavers to give the driveway a historic touch. Passersby inquired about the bricks, and Scott sold them. He purchased more—and sold those, too.

In that moment, he saw that others appreciated the durable, beautiful and authentic quality of repurposed street bricks, just like he did. In 2010, Scott launched Experienced Brick & Stone to prevent street bricks and other recycled materials from being thrown into landfills and wasted. Today, we have storage yards and reclaim operations in several locations and work with clients across the country, giving new life to historic reclaimed brick and stone.


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Identify what reclaimed materials are reliably available for use in designs.

2. Recognize/demonstrate the history of the available reclaimed materials and how that can contribute to the historic sensitivity of projects.

3. Select proper materials for various residential, commercial and historic restoration projects.

4. Specify installation methods for various reclaimed materials in a range of applications including ADA compliance.

5. Identify elements of projects that can be built with reclaimed materials that may lead to LEED credits.

This program is being offered at no cost thanks to a collaborative effort between ASLA Connecticut and Experienced Brick and Stone.

1 credit hour (HSW) for landscape architects (LA CES) and architects (AIA-CES) have been approved.

Course Codes: 091020

Provider: CT Chapter of ASLA  & American Society Of Landscape Architects (S650)


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