DeConstruction Services Update
As of July 5, Deconstruction Services at the ReBuilding Center has closed. We thank all who helped us pioneer this trade, including staff past and present, clients, and community members.
More than 20 years ago, when our DeConstruction Services were launched, the ReBuilding Center pioneered a new way to remove buildings that was far superior to mechanical demolition – it protected neighbors from harmful dust and debris and salvaged materials for reuse, rather than sending them to the landfill.
Over the course of our operations, we deconstructed almost a million square feet on over 1,000 projects, and gave rise to an entirely new sector in the building industry. We were so successful, in fact, that the City of Portland decided that ours was the model they wanted to replicate, to make it mandatory for residential structures built before 1916 through a Deconstruction Ordinance.
We made the very difficult decision to stop doing deconstruction in part because the need for a nonprofit deconstruction firm no longer exists with so many capable for-profit firms meeting the need for deconstruction in the Portland region.
In this sense, we have actually succeeded – we have pioneered a new method that has been so successful that others have stepped in to meet the need. Our team has done amazing work over the years, and has built our reputation as a pioneer in sustainability and reuse, and a terrific place to work.
If you are seeking a deconstruction firm, we recommend viewing the City of Portland’s list of certified deconstruction contractors.
In the 20-year history of DeConstruction Services, we have deconstructed nearly one million square feet as an alternative to demolition:
Worked on 1,240 projects;
Deconstructed 369 whole houses;
Engaged in 73 whole-house guts and/or roof removals;
Deconstructed 30 commercial buildings and/or apartments;
Dismantled 20 barns of various sizes;
Deconstructed 260 garages (also of various sizes);
Dismantled 20+ sheds; and
Performed house skims; kitchen skims and guts; bath skims and guts; and flooring removals.
The Impacts of Dismantling for Reuse
The City of Portland has developed a “Deconstruction Calculator” to estimate the environmental impact 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
AFFORDABLE & COMPETITIVE WITH CONVENTIONAL, MECHANIZED DEMOLITION
LESS WASTE, REDUCES TRASH DISPOSAL FEES & LESSENS NEED TO CREATE NEW BUILDING MATERIALS
Past RBC DeConstruction Jobs
McMenamins donated all the materials salvaged during the restoration of an old elementary school into a theater, brewery, and hotel.
When taking apart an Egyptian-themed bar on Division, we discovered these amazing Doug Fir beams.
Every Portlander remembers the thirty-two foot martini towering over the I-405, one of our most memorable projects to date.
Dismantled three apartment buildings, making way for a 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.
We saved a stately Portland four square from the wrecking ball and assisted in the relocation and rehabilitation of the house next door.
Awards & Certificates
Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) certified
EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
Oregon Ethics in Business Award Winner
Businesses for an Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow Award Winner
DeConstruction Services was a licensed, insured, and bonded demolition contractor (OR CCB# 145799, WA OURUNV*973B7). We charged for labor, materials, and other job costs associated with our work, as is typical in the construction contracting industry. IRS law prohibits us from deconstructing a project for free in trade for building materials.