For Immediate Release

'Stop Demolishing Portland'... Start Deconstructing

Portland company takes down homes by hand, salvaging materials for re-use

Portland, Oregon (February 15, 2016)

Lovett Deconstruction began disassembling two 1922 built houses in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood this week, salvaging lumber and other building materials by carefully removing the structures by hand. Rather than ending up in a landfill, much of the building material from these deconstructed houses can be either reused in new construction, repurposed in remodels, or upcycled into new creations.

Deconstruction can also play a crucial role in keeping neighborhoods healthy. Hand demolition decreases noise and dust, while increasing the likelihood of discovering any unabated hazards such as lead and asbestos. “Deconstruction is done at a human scale and pace,” remarks Paul Del Vecchio, Principal at Ethos Development, “and because we have approached this project with a green and community-oriented vision, it was a natural fit to use a process that honors the environment and offers a respectful start to transition within the community.”

Another part of the decision to use deconstruction on the two homes is that Ethos Development and Lovett Deconstruction were awarded a grant from the City of Portland. During the spring and summer of 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability gathered a group of industry professionals, concerned citizens, and strategic partners to develop incentives to promote deconstruction over mechanical demolition. Their recommendation established a deconstruction grant program to help support a shift towards salvaging and reusing building materials.

In establishing the program, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales explained that “our building stock is rich in quality materials that should find their way back into new building projects whenever possible. Deconstruction helps harvest these materials, and the Deconstruction Grant Program will serve as a tool to advance the practice, helping our city grow sustainably.”

Deconstruction of the houses are expected to last about four weeks.