Our Community Center facility
The Community Arts and Media Project began in 2002 as a collaboration among seven grassroots organizations each of whom was focused on different aspects of building community and working for social change and a more equitable and just world: through art, media, education, youth programming, political organizing: these organizations came together to solidify a commitment to our community by purchasing the historic 7,500 sq. ft. Randall Building located at Cherokee & Minnesota streets in South St. Louis City.
Since then, we have been engaged in an ongoing process of sustainable rehab work - first focusing on the apartments and first floor public spaces, and now moving on to our facades, our yard and garages, our office spaces, and the third floor of the space.
CAMP's roof is the most sustainable project we have completed so far during the renovation process. Starting with an leaking roof with 4 inches of old roofing material, we renovated the rooftop with sustainability in mind and are repairing the 3rd floor spaces with the vision of human friendly interior spaces. The roof installed a modified bitumen rubber roof, painted silver to reflect the summer heat. Eight skylights bring warm natural light into the 3rd floor offices and reduce electric lighting needs. We installed a soy-based insulation, the first use of its kind in St. Louis, and we have replaced the old decaying wood windows with energy efficient windows. Finally to hold rooftop gardens, wind mills, and solar water heaters and panels, we will be reinforcing the roof joists along the southern third of the roof. We have similar plans to turn the roof of our garage and bike shop into a living green roof.
CAMP's renovation has been completed as much as possible using found materials and using materials from demolition in one part of the building in construction in another. For example, the studs for framing the bathrooms on the first floor were all reused. The sinks were reused or recovered from demolition around St. Louis. One great resource CAMP has used is the Re-Store, a Habitat for Humanity store that accepts donated construction materials and sells them at a discount. Further more, we purchased the coping tiles for the roof from a salvage yard and the beautiful tiles in the bathrooms and kitchen in the 2nd floor housing cooperatives all came from the Re-Store. An energy-efficient on-demand water heater supplies the hot water for the 1st floor bathrooms and kitchen sink. CAMP is also has several water-conservation toilets in the 1st floor bathrooms.
There are ALWAYS construction and rehab needs in our space, and no previous building experience is required. It can be as simple as helping us put plastic on our windows for the winter or as complex as helping us with the architectural drawings and engineering approval for larger projects. If you we like to be involved in our project in urban sustainability, please let us know.
You can see more photos of ongoing rehab of the Randall Building by clicking here.
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