steel never tasted so good

I recently talked to Hans, Leftbank’s superintendent, and he told me a fabulous story of steel recycling that i want to share…

All of the steel removed from Leftbank during the renovation – all 6-8 tons of it – was recycled by D&R Salvage, a husband and wife team. The husband – Ronny – is a recovering drug addict, which no doubt affects the way he lives and works.

Dring their time with Leftbank, Ronny and his wife would pull up to the building in their truck and load it up with steel to sell. They kept only as much money from the steel as they needed to live, using the rest of the money to make meals that they drove around in their truck and handed out to Portland’s homeless.

Hans told me that they recycled every possible piece of steel from the building, right down to the wire backing of the lathe and plaster that they would beat until all the plaster was removed.

This is another example of how present and thoughtful the people working here have been during the process of creating Leftbank. At the risk of sounding sugary, it’s really an honor to be here. This experience has reminded me several times to stop for a minute, take a breath, and figure out the best way to get something done that puts people first…