• Doors Open to a Healthy Future for West Savannah!

    By Scott Boylston | photos by Jess Paterson The Growing Edge Community Garden for Green Groceries officially opened the doors to its shade house today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The structure is perfect embodiment of Emergent Structures’ vision of diverting construction and demolition waste from landfills and toward innovative projects that serve the community, […]

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  • Last Peak Before the Ribbon Cutting!

    In less than one week, the shade house at the West Broad YMCA will officially open its doors! We stopped in to get a few shots of the structure now that the skirt has been taken down, and we found Victory Gardens co-owner Reed Archer washing some monster sweet potatoes he harvested with the West […]

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  • PAST/FORWARD: Sharing Our Story with the National Trust for Historic Preservation

    Last Friday, Emergent Strcutures was honored to give a field tour of some of our community collaborations to attendees of PAST/FORWARD, the 2014 Annual Conference for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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  • W. Broad YMCA gets Roofing and a Whole Lot of Color!

    WOW, check out this amazing structure! A vibrant color palette really makes it jump, and the roofing gets us one step closer to completion. In only a few more weeks, Emergent Structures will be joining the West Broad YMCA and 14 other community collaborators in cutting the ribbon for this great shade house, and Victory […]

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  • Hangin’ at the E.34 Greenhouse

    Another great day at the E.34 Greenhouse! With a dozen DPR/Hardin Construction volunteers on site all day long, all four doors got hung—including the big, sliding barn doors! Emergent Structures board members Scott Boylston, Mark Fitzpatrick, Steve Hartley, and Bryan Mossing also joined the effort, as did past VP Keith Howington, and Design for Ability […]

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  • Floored by DPR/Hardin!

    By Scott Boylston The magnificent E.34 educational greenhouse is one more huge step closer to completion thanks to the ongoing contributions of DPR/Hardin Construction! This past Saturday, a crew of 8 eager and knowledgeable employees of DPR/Hardin came to the site to lay the brick flooring for the greenhouse. As photos in this blog show, […]

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  • Transom Windows are Complete at E.34!

    It’s been a busy few weeks at the E.34 greenhouse. In the weeks before DPR/Hardin started their work on the brick flooring, Randy and his carpentry team at Southern Pine Company were busy fabricating the transom windows.

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  • Greenbriar Garden Shed is Nearly Complete

    The Greenbriar garden shed is nearly complete thanks to a concerted effort over the weekend by students in three Savannah Tech classes. The project, funded by a Gulfstream Aerospace grant, represents a collaborative model that Emergent Structures has created that brings together students at SCAD and Savannah Tech through civic engagement and innovative material re-use.

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  • Reclaimed Brick Flooring for E. 34

    It’s been a little quite on the E.34 Greenhouse front lately, but things have quickly heated up again, thanks to DPR/Hardin Construction!! As a part of their commitment to help Emergent Structures and Design for Ability complete the E.34 greenhouse, DPR/Hardin brought a crew of energetic leaders out to the site this past weekend to […]

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  • A New Vision for Old Glass

    The windows go in at the West Broad YMCA! This week the shadehouse for the Growing House Community Garden for Green Groceries was skinned with a combination of windows reclaimed from the demolition of the old Tybee Island police station, and re-purposed tempered glass from DIRTT Environmental Solutions.

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  • West Broad Goes Vertical!

    Up goes the shade house at the West Broad Street YMCA!

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  • Breaking Ground at the West Broad YMCA!

    By Scott Boylston | photos by Nancy Hiranprueck What a day at the West Broad Street YMCA! The school children at the Y came out to help break ground for the Emergent Structures shade house. The shade house is a a part of the Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries, a 14-agency partnership to […]

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  • The Greenbriar Garden Shed Goes Up!

    By Scott Boylston What a day at Greenbriar Children’s Center! Ninety-six degrees couldn’t put a dent in the construction process for the garden shed we built. Over the next week, we’ll get the door on, build a bench and some interior shelves, and then we’ll adhere a plaque to the structure to remind everyone that […]

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  • A Foundation for Greenbriar

    The construction of Emergent Structures’s Greenbriar garden shed is moving fast! Yesterday, our interns Ethan and Sabrina worked with intrepid Emergent VP Mark Fitzpatrick in laying its foundation. A big thanks goes to JT Turner Construction for donating the fill from their Savannah Law School construction site.

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  • Permits in Hand for Growing Edge!

    Thanks to our friends at Greenline Architecture, the permitting for Emergent Structures’ shade house at the West Broad Street YMCA has been approved! Eric O’Neill, architectural intern at Greenline has led the way in all of the design, architectural rendering, and permitting process under the tutelage of Emergent Structures’ project manager and past Vice President (and Greenline’s […]

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  • Greenbriar Gardenshed Hits the Road

    The garden shed that Emergent Structures is building for the Greenbriar Children’s Center has hit the road! As mentioned in an earlier post, the garden shed is being built from reclaimed materials from the home of our Materialanthropists Debra and Chuck Caldwell and from the set of the second Sponge Bob Square pants movie. That’s […]

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  • Thanks for the Visit, American Planning Association!

    Emergent Structures was proud to lead a tour of the E. 34 Greenhouse and Southern Pine to attendees of the annual conference of the American Planning Association. Emergent president Scott Boylston gave a presentation on Emergent’s 3-teir consulting model for using reclaimed materials for community wealth earlier in the day.

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  • Master Craftsmen John McRitchie

    Emergent Structures was proud to host Scottish master craftsmen John McRitchie at our Earth Day booth this past Saturday! Mr. McRitchie was in town all week as a special guest of Savannah Technical College, and great thanks to Emergent Structures board member, and Director of Savannah Tech’s preservation technology program Steve Hartley, we were able […]

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  • NuUse for Reclaimed Materials

    By Scott Boylston Emergent Structures is proud to contribute to SCAD’s amazing urban design intervention known as SCADpad by providing reclaimed materials for one of the project’s features. SCADpad is a truly revolutionary concept that addresses global trends like urban densification, the need for affordable housing in cities, changes in mobility away from automobiles, and […]

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  • A Garden Shed for the Greenbriar Children’s Center

    By Scott Boylston Emergent Structures is proud to announce yet another great community construction project that we’re leading! Over the last 6-8 months the Greenbriar Children’s Home (thanks to the contributions of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary) has installed a wonderful raised-bed community garden on the grounds of their campus. Emergent Structures is building a garden […]

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  • Another Day in the Life of E.34

    Thank you Savannah Technical College students for your contributions to the E.34 Greenhouse!

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  • lámhdhéanta Teach Gloine go Bragh!

    It’s two days before Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and the streets of Savannah are crawling with green-clad drunkards. The hearty crew on the site of the E. 34 Greenhouse, however, held out until 4pm until the Guinness poured, so they could continue on the great, good work of building the greenhouse with our own […]

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  • North Wall Rising

    By Scott Boylston Wall two of the E.34 Greenhouse is officially up thanks in great part to our friends at JT Turner! We’ve had a great partnership with JT Turner for years, and are especially proud to have their Preservation Director, magic-man Mark Fitzpatrick on our board–a founding board member at that! Mark has been […]

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  • Growing Momentum Behind Growing Edge

    By Eric O’Neill When I was asked by Emergent Structures’ VP Keith Howington to design a garden shadehouse for their organization at the West Broad Street Y, primarily composed of reclaimed windows, two thoughts immediately went through my mind, “YES!” and “What have I just gotten myself into?”

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  • Helping Make A Stand

    By Ty Donaldson On the last Saturday of January, Maven Makers put on a workshop to create magazine stands for WellFed Magazine. There were close to thirty attendees at the “Make A Stand” event that made custom creations that will soon to be placed in local Savannah stores. Thanks to Emergent Structures, the workshop was a […]

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