Waste Reduction & Salvage Efforts

Recycling LogoWhenever and wherever we can, Mayer Building Company makes every effort to reduce our waste in a waste-heavy industry and purchase reconditioned or salvaged materials.

We appreciate projects that give us the opportunity to use salvaged architectural materials and antiques. We also gather and donate materials worth salvage from job sites to local businesses and associations that can make use of them.

Projects Associated with Re-Use

  • 517 N. Columbia Street, Covington: Salvaged cypress doors and mantels for MBC stock. Delivered to Habitat for Humanity hollow core doors and hardware. (2016)
  • 3342 Dumaine: Donated cypress mantles, door frames and transom frames and stainless sink to the Green Project, salvaged kitchen appliances for local property manager, donated antique pine roof rafters and ceiling joists to the Demo Diva Architectural Salvage Services, salvaged bricks from fireplace to make new structural piers. Installed salvaged casework from Metropolitan Human Services District, re-purposed kitchen cabinets to laundry cabinets, salvaged rim lock hardware and a handful of antique doors. (2016)
  • Lush Cosmetics: Delivered to The Green Project one iron ramp handrail.
  • Cycle Bar: Donated ceiling fans, 12″ baseboards, and stair treads to the Green Project. (2016)
  • Bywater Service Call: Removed and donated 4 decorative light fixtures to the Green Project. (2015)
  • 2912-14 Grande Route St John: Removed and donated aluminum windows and giant cypress pocket doors to the Green Project. Repurposed exterior french doors to interior bathroom doors with new glass panels, serviced and restored antique rim locks throughout, installed a reconditioned Jenn Air dishwasher from attic stock. (2015)
  • Pond Company: During the renovation of Pond Company’s Metairie office, we salvaged and donated 8 solid wood doors and 8 brushed nickel lock sets to  the Green Project.(2015)
  • Ale (8124 Oak): Patio constructed of owner’s salvaged antique brick fireplaces and chimneys; interior wood cladding crafted from owner’s salvaged heart pine studs; 7″ pinewood floorboards purchased from an antique wood dealer in Donaldsonville. (2014)
  • 915 Second Street:  Refinished heart pine floors and fabricated antique pine thresholds from stock; salvaged 12″ New Orleans baseboards. Donated several mantles to the Green Project. (2013)
  • 7324 Pitt Street:  Furnished and installed antique cypress doors from the Bank. Salvaged terra cotta ridge caps; installed over new architectural shingle roof. Installed overstocked subway tiles in hall bath. (2013)
  • 530 St Philip: Salvaged stainless kitchen appliances and electric water heater for re-use in an off site rental apartment. Installed antique lavatory, reclaimed the cypress and pine wood floors, fabricated heart pine thresholds, re-purposed old bricks, and off loaded the discarded countertops for a friend of the owner. (2013)
  • 739 Mandeville Street:  Floor patches, new entry door reclaimed from same site as function of lay-out changes. Delivered five (5) 2x4x8s, one (1) 1x6x6, 40′ lf of gutter and downspout, and a window to the Green Project.(2012)
  • French Quarter Realty Renovation: Installed reclaimed cypress door from the Bank. (2012)
  • Pontchartrain Orthopedics Renovation: Delivered to the Green Project 6 oversized steel shelving units. (2012)
  • Belle Chasse Coast Guard Station: Delivered to the Green Project 12 salvaged shower valves and heads. (2013)
  • 622 Pirate’s Alley: Recycled cypress doors, fabricated to accept glazing, installed into two bathrooms.(2012)
  • 3500 Canal Street: Saved, cleaned and donated all 5-gallon paint buckets to Greenwood Cemetary Maintenance Crews. (2009)
  • 1305 Decatur: Repurposed salvaged tongue & groove wall boards (circa 1837) to exterior roof deck wainscott. Re-milled 1000 square feet of Pensacola heart pine from uncovered floorboards to create one of the most stunning floors in the French Quarter. Delivered 6 ceiling fans, 3 toilets, five metal cabinets, three antique kitchen sinks, two louvered shutters, plenty, plenty v-joint beaded board to the Green Project. (2010)
  • 3023-25 Grande Route St John: Clad laundry closet walls with slavaged 5″ pine flooring from 510 Esplanade. Created three new thresholds from heart pine stock salvaged from French Quarter projects and  purchased, re-fabricated four 5-panel Craftsman style doors from Ricca’s. Delivered antiquie fireplace tiles to Ricca’s. (2012)
  • 622-24 Burgundy: Rehabilitated exterior door (circa 1840) from 510 Esplanade for use at rear apartment entry. Salvaged and installed a 2009 Mayatg washer and dryer set. Re-tiled powder room with excess ceramics. (2013)
  • 406 S. Roadway Street: Reconditioned and reframed an exterior door (circa 1920s) from 1310 Dauphine Street for a minor facade facelift. Employed excess asphalt shingles from 94 East Park Place for lean-to roof. (2011)
  • 424 S. Roadway Street: Salvaged and donated 230 square feet of 5″ pine flooring, 1 toilet, and 4 gallons of interior latex paint for an office retrofit. (2013)
  • 1140 Decatur: Salvaged, denailed and varnished heart pine studs to fabricate a decorative loft entry trap door.(2010)
  • 1129 Burgundy: Restored missing louvers on French Quarter shutters with reclaimed stock. (2011)
  • 510 Esplanade: Delivered to PRC and the Green Project four toilets and kitchen sinks, three lavatories, fifteen doors and frames, and miles and miles of 7″ crown molding. (2013)
  • 8201 Hickory: Created four new thresholds from heart pine stock salvaged from French Quarter projects. (2012)
  • 3342 Dumaine: Crafted heart pine thresholds from existing removed studs, installed salvaged cypress door and rim locks. Restored existing medicine cabinet. Employed leftover paint and PRC cypress siding at outdoor kitchenette (tiki bar). (2012)

Business and Associations: Recycling and Re-Use

  • The Green Project
  • The Bank Architectural Antiques
  • Preservation Resource Center
  • Restoration Baptist Church
  • Firemen’s Charitable & Benevolent Association
  • Ricca’s
  • Phoenix Recycling