The Rebuilding Center offers deconstruction services, an affordable and sustainable alternative to conventional demolition. Working by hand, our skilled crews salvage for reuse up to 85% of a building’s major components.


City of Portland
deconstruction grants now available

  • Funds are limited: First round of funding ends Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Maximum grant awards: $2,500 for full deconstruction; $500 for partial projects.
  • Applications will be reviewed and selected weekly.
  • Applications are restricted to projects involving the full removal of a house or duplex within the Portland city limits.
  • Find the online application at www.ExploreDecon.com.

The City of Portland is now offering grants to encourage alternatives to mechanized demolition and to spur material salvaging and reuse.

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The City of Portland has also recently developed a "Deconstruction Calculator" now in testing with the Rebuilding Center's Deconstruction Services. It estimates the environmental impacts of deconstruction in contrast to traditional mechanized demolition. 

a recent calculation of a 2,800 sq. ft home demonstrated the following impacts of Deconstruction over demolition:

saves 1,821 Kilowatt hours of electricity

generates 6 more jobs for every 1 job in demolition

24 TONS LESS CO2 RELEASED INTO ATMOSPHERE

~16 tons of materials removed from the waste stream


Why deconstruction?

SAVES 1.2 Gallons of fresh, clean water per sq. ft. of buildinG
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RECEIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPT & DOCUMENTATION FOR ALL MATERIALS SALVAGED AND DONATED

AFFORDABLE + COMPETITIVE WITH CONVENTIONAL, MECHANIZED DEMOLITION

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LESS WASTE, REDUCES TRASH DISPOSAL FEES & LESSENS NEED TO CREATE NEW BUILDING MATERIALS

We prove safety is our top priority by providing
industry-leading clean up and containment procedures.

Awards + Certifications


The art of dismantling for reuse

We can dismantle anything by hand: from a kitchen or a full house to an entire city blocks or a 100-year old grain mill. We work on residential, commercial and industrial projects. Deconstruction reduces waste, promotes reuse and recycling, and minimizes the impact on our region’s natural resources. We can help your project qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification. By choosing our deconstruction services, you are creating 6-8 more jobs for the community than a standard demolition job. Salvaged materials are available to the public at The Rebuilding Center and live on in homes and other projects throughout our region. We have completed over 1,000 projects in our fifteen year history.


Deconstruction Jobs We've Done

Kennedy school

McMenamins donated all the materials salvaged during the restoration of an old elementary school into a theater, brewery, and hotel.

Egyptian Club

When taking apart an Egyptian-themed bar on Division we discovered these amazing Doug Fir beams.

Martini house

Every Portlander remembers the thirty-two foot martini towering over the I-405, one of our most memorable projects to date.

Daybreak Cohousing

Dismantled 3 apartment buildings, making way for community where residents participate in the design, governance and operation.

Clark County Barn

This large barn, three outbuildings and farmhouse yielded 33 tons of materials for salvaged reuse. Yes, tons.
 

Se hawthorne

We saved a stately Portland four square from the wrecking ball and assisted in the relocation and rehabilitation of the house next door.


costs and donation values

We will provide an itemized inventory and digital photographs of materials that you donate which is sent to clients on a quarterly basis. You are responsible for determining the value of your donated materials. IRS regulations prohibit charitable organizations from establishing or affirming the value of contributions. If the value of your donation is five thousand dollars or more, you will be responsible for hiring a third party appraiser whose signature will be required on the IRS Form 8283. We maintain a list of recommended appraisers who can assist you in appraising your donations. Deconstruction Services are a licensed, insured and bonded demolition contractor (OR CCB# 145799, WA OURUNV*973B7). We charge for labor, materials, and other job costs associated with our work, as is typical in the construction contracting industry. Internal Revenue Service law prohibits us from deconstructing a project for free in trade for building materials.


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