At the August MBDO Board Meeting, Kyle FitzGerald, Owner/Director at ReUse Depot in Maywood, Illinois, was approved as a Director-At-Large for the Maywood Bataan Day Organization. Please welcome Kyle to our Board.
Here is some additional information Kyle shared with the MBDO:
Kyle FitzGerald has been involved in construction and restoration all of his life. He’s made a commitment to the reuse and recycling of building materials. In the past 9 years, Kyle has managed reuse stores as well as salvaged or deconstructed over 100 buildings.
He has developed techniques for recycling a large variety of construction & demolition materials, and diverted innumerable tons of material from landfills. Kyle has received a number of state and local awards for his work in C&D recycling, most notably his work in reuse & recycling on Dubuque Iowa’s Historic Roshek Building. This earned LEED Platinum in 2012. FitzGerald’s consulting company; Sustainable Construction and Demolition is focused on promoting environmentally sound demolition techniques such as deconstruction.
SCDI assists companies in putting jobsite recycling systems into practice.
Kyle joined with OBI Deconstruction in the Chicagoland area in August of 2012. The opportunities to capture valuable building materials in the Chicagoland area seemed endless to Kyle. Within the first year of working with OBI Deconstruction the company began taking on more projects than ever before. It was now time to expand and launch a ReUse store. Kyle and his business partner Ken launched ReUse Depot late summer 2013 in a shabby warehouse in Bellwood, IL. Word spread fast about the amazing collection of professionally salvaged building materials and it was time to expand. Having driven past the vacant building at 50 Madison St. on a daily basis Kyle inquired and found it to be available but challenging. One year later, ReUse Depot is thriving in its new location.
Kyle plans to continue redeveloping the property to better serve the reuse community and serve as a destination for craftsmen, woodworkers, do-it-yourselfers, and artists. The goal is to restore the 33rd tank company facade to honor the history of the building and those who
trained at this prestigious facility before serving for our country.