Category Archives: Reclamation Administration

Hatchery program at CHRHS to host community event, Oct. 23 | PenBay Pilot

Pittsburg and Denver, lets make this article accurate and let me assist you in creating a deconstruction ordinance!


The final presenter is Sara Badiali, “a very special guest” – said Salomon – who was instrumental in passing the “unprecedented deconstruction ordinance in Portland Oregon,” and has since helped other cities (Pittsburgh, Denver, etc.) pass similar ordinances and transition the wasteful demolition industry toward deconstruction which can save upwards of 90% of building material from heading to the landfill.

Source: Hatchery program at CHRHS to host community event, Oct. 23 | PenBay Pilot

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Ophir El-Boher – Presenting at ReUse-Aplooza at the Oregon Public House June 10th « PDX RUST

Inspired by natural and cultural systems, Ophir is using the platform of fashion design to address phenomenon of contemporary issues such as natural resource degradation, hyper-consumerism and gender equity.

Ophir holds a B.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Design and Secondary Education from Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv, and is currently an MFA candidate in Collaborative Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland.

Source: Ophir El-Boher – Presenting at ReUse-Aplooza at the Oregon Public House June 10th « PDX RUST

Drowning in Demolition – by Sara Badiali

For an updated, comprehensive look at Demolition Health Hazards and Waste (including water) Read: Deconstruction vs. Demolition: Portland, Oregon’s Potential for Groundbreaking Health and Safety Studies in Building Demolition – By Sara Badiali

In 2008 while working in DeConstruction Services for The ReBuilidng Center in Portland, Oregon I researched water usage in demolition.  I was biking to work and saw the Wonder Bread Headquarters building being demolished. The building was still full of furniture and I remember seeing papers flying out of the filing cabinets.  Huge hoses propelled water into the air and soaked materials as they fell off the open floors.  It wasn’t until later that I realized even though I talked to people every day about the benefits of deconstruction over demolition, I never said anything about water conservation.

Six years later I still do not see water conservation in the list of reasons why deconstruction is beneficial. Materials saved produce markets and economic benefits.  Jobs are created and the list of environmental advantages including emissions reductions are facts that are well used.  It is time to add water conservation and air quality to our curriculum.

In 2008 my research on water usage in demolition lead me to Trip Turner a Project Manager at Elder Demolition.  He explained that the hoses they used to spray the water for dust suppression were one to two inches in diameter. That the water is typically stopped from going into the sewer systems by caps and then collected to be disposed of as hazardous materials.  Why hazardous material? Trip explained that the water picks up benzene, a chemical in natural gas along with other particulates.  He told me that to demolish a 5,000 square foot building they typically use 6,000 gallons of water.  That comes out to roughly 1.2 gallons of water per square foot of building.

That is over a gallon of clean water for every square foot of building that is being demolished to keep air quality on a demolition site legally safe.

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