​A 5,000 sq ft old diesel repair garage was turned into a gem of a office building for a biotech company utilizing 100% reclaimed materials. These include floor boards of traincars, pallet racks, plastic bottles, and hockey glass from the Denver Pepsi Center professional arena.    ​
 Thousands of plastic bottles were collected, delabeled, washed, and cut into 6" cylinders to be placed between two sheets of acrylic. By creating thousands of bubbles of dead space, this new translucent wall allows diffused light to wash the existing space built of CMUs with much higher insulation values than typical glazing as well as significantly cheaper. ​
 Built for the microscope manufacturing company 3i, the thousands of bottle bubbles liken the structure of cells. Allowing light to enter the space floor-to-ceiling on two levels dramatically changed the atmosphere of the space inside. This eastern wall was to be utilized as office spaces and provides an exceptional quality of light. ​
 Reclaimed floor boards of train cars were re-planed, sanded, and utilized in the flooring of the second floor, mezzanine, and even a vertical wall below (see next photo). ​
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 The mezzanine of the second floor was build entirely upon reclaimed pallet racks--like those that you would find holding products at a hardware supply store. ​
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 The process of turning over 21,000 dirty plastic bottles into a lightwall is an intensive one. Bottles were scraped and de-labeled one by one, washed and sanitized, and cut into 6" cylinders using a chopsaw. 
 The intensive process was also one of trial and error. In the beginning, we were cutting dirty bottles and washing/sanitizing them in a makeshift tank of tarps and concrete blocks. We soon abandoned this process and utilized a commercial dishwasher that cleaned and sanitized over 100 bottles a minute.
 Although certainly not the most efficient method, this initial cleaning and "bottle fishing" method was the most entertaining. ​If you can troubleshoot and think outside the box, you can accomplish anything. Any. Thing.
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