Omega Institute to use inaugural platform wood

RHINEBECK — Omega Institute will use lumber salvaged from the platform used for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in the construction of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.

The center, currently under construction, is intended to be a state-of-the-art environmental education center and wastewater treatment facility.

The lumber, which will be used for roofing and interior framing partitions, is being obtained through PlanetReuse LLC, a global broker of reclaimed materials. The goal of PlanetReuse is to make it easier for architects and builders to incorporate reclaimed materials into their projects to save money, time and the planet.

In a release announcing the planned use of the salvaged material, Skip Backus, executive director at Omega, said, “Omega shares the new administration’s hope for a robust green economy … so it seems fitting to include recovered lumber from the platform built for Obama’s historic inauguration.”