Stefan Hard / Staff Photo Slate, still in good condition, will be carefully removed from this roof on a buiding inside the Waterbury State Complex so the material can be reused for new or renovated construction.
“The idea is to keep materials out of landfills, and reuse building materials,” said Surwilo, who noted the approach is part of a new mindset in state government that is gaining momentum.
Deconstruction of the 1930’s home would also provide about three months work and valuable experience for a deconstruction crew, some members of which were trained for such work with assistance from a federal EPA grant to ReSource and Yestermorrow Design School.
Deconstruction Works crew and Liza Walker, Mad River Valley director for Vermont Land Trust, in front of Tenney farmhouse on Marble Hill in Fayston. Photo: John Atkinson
In an effort to revitalize the Tenney property on Marble Hill Road in Fayston as a working farm and forest in the Mad River Valley, Vermont Land Trust has contracted with Deconstruction Works to remove one of two farmhouses located on the property. Deconstruction Works is a team of deconstructionists specializing in the salvage and repurposing of the built environment. The team will carefully dismantle, salvage and repurpose components of the red farmhouse located at the top of Marble Hill Road. This undertaking is driven by the significant disrepair of the building and the financial burden that would be transferred to the next farm owner if it were left on the site.
By Randolph T. Holhut/The Commons
BRATTLEBORO—The man who helped create the deconstruction industry in southern Vermont is getting ready for the next incarnation of his passion.
Erich Kruger of West Dummerston, the founder of ReNew Building Materials & Salvage in 2005, helped popularize the idea of keeping building materials out of landfills and reusing them for other projects.
ReNew, a nonprofit, had a dual mission: recycling building materials and providing local jobs under its building deconstruction program. It closed the doors to its retail store last month.
But Kruger said last week that the concept of building deconstruction and salvage lives on even as ReNew struggles to reinvent itself. He hopes to start up an employee-owned cooperative called Deconstruction Works, which will pick up where ReNew left off.
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