Approximately 50 properties are targeted for demolition by the end of 2010, including this home at 2627 6th St., as Muskegon Heights aims to work on their housing blight. Kendra Stanley-Mills | The Muskegon Chronicle
“Dave [Bennink, RE-USE Consulting] will be facilitating a strategic planning session,” said Jonathan Wilson, economic development coordinator for Muskegon County. “He will talk about how an operation like Second Harvest could run, the potential for a domestic and overseas market, and how the private sector could be involved and how it could benefit from it. It’s basically a brainstorming session.”
Precedent has shown that deconstruction materials from blighted homes can easily be repurposed into other products and sold to generate revenue. Community leaders think the amount of blighted homes in Muskegon County as well as its port could make it a “central hub for import and export of deconstruction materials in the future.”
via Muskegon County’s planned deconstruction-materials facility a key part in fight against blight | MLive.com.
Architectural Salvage Warehouse field supervisor Renard Culp pulls up oak flooring from a home in Grosse Pointe. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
“That’s why deconstruction needs to be part of a building removal package,” said Rutherford, who heads the nonprofit focused on keeping building materials out of landfills. “If deconstruction isn’t included, then we’re just throwing literally millions and millions of dollars worth of material into a landfill.”
Rutherford pointed to his own economic impact study that assumes the city would dedicate $2.8 million to the effort, with an average of 24 homes being removed each month for one year. He projected at least half of the 288 homes would produce usable building materials, resulting in $6.5 million in economic activity supporting 160 jobs.
The study, Rutherford said, measures the initial workers needed to deconstruct homes and the resulting wholesale, manufacturing and retail sales from the salvaged materials and lumber.
“There’s a brand new lumber industry in the city that everyone is going to benefit from,” he said.
Groups have been doing deconstruction work and training in and around Detroit for the last decade, but this project would integrate the practice with demolition for the city.
via Detroit blight fight turns to salvaging | The Detroit News.
By finding new disposal methods, the environment is preserved and clients save money in the process, he said.
During summer 2013, the company sent materials from a deconstructed house to Yellowstone National Park, where they were used to build a guest lodge. The owners of the home had passed away and their house was falling apart, but materials were saved and sent to their favorite place.
“All of this came out of an internship at Western,” Bennink said. “That internship has turned into a national effort, and there have been hundredsof jobs created from it.”
Dave Bennink, owner of Re-Use Consulting
via Alumnus recognized for sustainable deconstruction – News – The Western Front.