EcoVillage dedicates the
David Cornicelli Tool Shed

The Cleveland EcoVillage is a project shaped by many hands. One of the most influential was David Cornicelli, the first EcoVillage project manager. It was a great loss to the community when, after a year on the project, David died of cancer. Much of the work that has since transpired has been inspired by his passion for integrating ecological design into the community. The David Cornicelli Memorial Strawbale Tool Shed was dedicated September 20, 2003 with the friends and family of David, the EcoVillage and members of the community.

The tool shed captures the essence of much of David's work and interest. It integrates traditional technologies with modern needs and utilized community labor and skills while providing an important regional model. Like most of the EcoVillage's successes, the tool shed was a partnership between many entities. EcoCity Cleveland and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization joined with the Cleveland Green Building Coalition to make the strawbale building process into a training that would educate city officials on the benefits and aspects of this method while providing hands-on experience to the community.

Mark Hoberecht, NASA engineer and strawbale builder, brought together young and old, neighbors and visiting builders, to learn and build the strawbale. Donations came from all over the neighborhood, including: Cleveland Lumber, Web of Life, Natural Homestead, Chris Fox Construction, Geist Roofing, Ford Motor, Ohio Department of Development's Office of Energy Efficiency, Kurtz Brothers and DAS Construction.

The tool shed is a particularly poignant example of the EcoVillage project because, not only has it been an educational process with a green focus, but it has demonstrated how, in a thoughtful redevelopment, waste can be turned into a resource. The frame of the tool shed was made from local lumber. In 2001, when work on the EcoVillage's W. 58th Street town homes was started, there was a beautiful old maple tree that had to be removed from the site. Chris Fox, a local green contractor, was hired to bring his portable mill to the city street and mill the wood from that tree on site. He then carried the lumber two streets over and used it to build the frame for the strawbale tool shed.

The life of the strawbale tool shed speaks loudly of the meaning that David Cornicelli brought to the EcoVillage project. It is this vision that transformed a tree on W. 58th St. and a pile of straw bales, to a community process with feet in mud and hands in clay, into community resources where people gather to work, play, and celebrate.

Click to see the making of the EcoVillage strawbale tool shed.

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Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone recognizes David Cornicelli's family, as well as many friends and neighborhood residents who attended the dedication.


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