Reclaim is a biannual event hosted by Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse since 2015. With the help of our sponsors (Pfaffmann + Associates and Bridgeway Capital) we have been able to host over 500 participants and reach our goal of diverting just over 10,000 pounds of usable materials through this event. This year we are excited to add DRS Architects as a major sponsor of Reclaim. 

Expired design samples often get thrown into the landfill when they go out of style – but they have plenty of creative life left in them! Through our Reclaim event we collect and process thousands of pounds of samples from local designers and architects, and add in an assortment of other surplus materials like trophy parts, paper, office supplies, odds and ends, and media. Then, we open the warehouse door and invite the public to take as much as they want for a $5-10 minimum donation per person. This bi-annual event is great for artists, crafters, educators, and DIY aficionados, but everyone is welcome to participate. Our unique and quirky retail shop will also be open during the event, and we hope that creative people who haven’t yet visited will take the opportunity to explore it.

The next Reclaim event will be sometime in the Fall. Stay tuned for dates!

If you are an architect or designer interested in donating materials, please contact to make an appointment or to find out about sponsorship opportunities. If you’d like to volunteer for Reclaim, please email