Mike Gable is the founding Executive Director of Construction Junction (CJ), a nonprofit reuse retail warehouse promoting conservation through the reuse of building materials. Under Mike’s 24 years of leadership, CJ has grown into a $2 million operation promoting the reuse of over 6 million building components, employing a staff of 30 including an award-winning job training program for Goodwill clients with disabilities. CJ partners with several workforce development organizations on deconstruction projects. We recently launched a new partnership with Urban Wood Economy to scale sourcing and processing of deconstructed lumber. CJ works with students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University promoting circularity in the construction industry researching policy and tech solutions to promote material reuse and deconstruction. CJ continues to explore new programing with the Urban Design Build Studio at the Fay Jones School of Architecture in Arkansas introducing architecture students to working with reclaimed materials continuing the work done in Pittsburgh as Project RE_.
Mike has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In addition to CJ, he spreads the building material reuse message through participation as a member of the Pittsburgh American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment, and as the current Vice President of the Board of Directors of the national nonprofit organization Build Reuse.