Deconstruction is the systematic dismantling of a structure in the reverse order of construction in order to salvage the building components for reuse and/or recycling.
Types of deconstruction:
Material salvage: select components and features are removed from the building prior to building strip-out or removal.
Partial deconstruction: a portion of the building, either particular segments or the entire interior, are removed prior to renovations or full removal.
Full deconstruction: the entire building is removed to the foundation piece by piece.
Full deconstruction in progress
When to Deconstruct?
Deconstruction is appropriate before any type of demolition, either partial or full, including preparing a building for renovations or a change of use, replacing outdated components, or fully removing an unstable or vacant structure.
Deconstruction diverts materials from landfills or illegal dumping grounds.
It conserves natural resources by reducing the demand for virgin materials.
It reduces the carbon footprint of manufacturing and transporting new materials to new construction.
Benefits the Bottom Line
Reduced disposal and hauling costs
Significant tax savings
Property values increase
Builds local economies with stable, skilled workers.
Offers career opportunities to disadvantaged populations
Benefits the Community
Preserves historical or architectural elements for reuse