2007 – START UP
Deconstruction & Reuse Network, Inc. (DRN) was established in 2007 to advance the practice of deconstruction and prevent reusable building materials from needlessly entering the waste stream.
Having worked in the deconstruction and reuse industry since 2001, DRN founder Lorenz Schilling saw significant limitations in go-it-alone business models and set out to build a collaborative network of complementary charitable organizations and for-profit reuse companies, with the potential to greatly expand the practice of reuse.
2008 – RESIDENTIAL
DRN established itself by offering a pragmatic, cost-effective alternative to traditional residential demolition, distributing the salvaged building materials to numerous recipient organizations through its growing network.
Additionally, DRN set out to connect with and empower like-minded professional advocates-architects, licensed contractors and green building professionals-believing their participation fundamental to bringing deconstruction into the industry mainstream.
2010 – COMMERCIAL
With its reputation in the industry growing, DRN expanded its solutions to meet corporate and institutional business needs, by incorporating selective salvage of commercial fixed assets and the charitable reuse of surplus property-the fixtures, furnishings, and equipment so often discarded when companies renovate or relocate.
2013 – RECORDS SET
Several large commercial projects helped DRN set diversion records for the organization in 2013. The 800,000 square foot, five-building Google campus in Sunnyvale CA diverted 24 tractor-trailer loads alone, totaling 287 tons of reusable materials, while the former 500,000 square foot Clorox R&D facility in Pleasanton CA diverted 48-tractor-trailer loads of materials, equaling 447 tons. These projects, combined with 48 others, diverted 222 truckloads, over 1,800 tons, of materials from the landfill, while supporting 22 local and international non-profits.
2018 – TO DATE
DRN has distributed over 600 loads of materials to more than 20 institutions and organizations, diverting more than 7,029 tons of waste from the landfill.