Deconstruction: A Local Government Model. Wayne Fenton Orange County Public Works, Hillsborough, NC.
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Deconstruction: A Local Government Model
Orange County Public Works,
Deconstruction is the process of selectively and systematically disassembling buildings that would otherwise be demolished to generate a supply of materials suitable for reuse in the construction or rehabilitation of other structures.
Deconstruction differs from recycling in that recycling does not seek to capture building materials in a reusable form (i.e., whole bricks, blocks, clean, unbroken pieces of lumber, etc.)
Approximately 3,000 square feet
Removal of unsafe structure
Capture of valuable materials, especially for use in other similar vintage structures
Demonstrate feasibility of process
Provide skills enhancement opportunities
Document the process:
To develop promotional video
To develop basic “how-to” video
Actual Expenditures: $37,929
Salvaged Materials Value: $37,130*
Landfill Fees Avoided: $1,600
* Based on local vendor estimate
Structure successfully and safely removed
Some materials have been reused in other projects
Demonstrated feasibility of deconstruction option
Provided temporary workers with enhanced skills – two hired by County, one still employed
Promotional video complete & limited distribution