“The Heart Pine will be going down into the southeast and will be used for timbers in building projects and for floorings,” says Fox. “It’s an extinct species. The forest has been depleted, and there are no standing Heart Pine trees anymore.”
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Burnham Mansion will be demolished soon, but crews are currently stripping the interior detailing from the historic home.
The demolition is being done to make room for the $87.1 million Central High School expansion.
Preserving part of the the Rivoli Theater in St. Louis Courtesy National Building Arts Center
“I just love old buildings,” Giles said. “It’s a big collection, without a doubt, the largest that I’m aware of, and the idea was to develop it as a comprehensive study collection. The idea has grown into a collection of pieces from all over the country. The history here is a national history.”
Bill Howard moves a piece of lumber across the table on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at the Hill House in Rockford. Howard hopes to repurpose all the lumber in the North Main Street mansion through a process known as “historic deconstruction.” KAYLI PLOTNER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/RRSTAR.COM
Marks and the other men in this house can’t easily find steady work because of their criminal history. They’ve been brought here and hired by Bill Howard, a city-licensed demolition contractor who used to design landfills and now spends his days trying not to fill them up.
Howard, 72, is an evangelist of “historic deconstruction,” the process of carefully stripping historically salvageable material from buildings and reusing it.
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“There’s almost no limit to the materials that can be used to create clothing and accessory designs that can be modeled at the Hatch Trashion Show,” Rost said. Designers can enter in categories ranging from “Unconventional Materials” to “Altered Clothing”; both require that 60 percent of the materials used are repurposed or recycled. New this year: the “Paper” category, in which source material can be any type of paper product (with an 85 percent repurposed/recycled requirement); and a division just for accessories.
The problem so far is that Rockford does not have a deconstruction industry. There is no prevailing wage, making the bidding process difficult, if not impossible. Howard says that could all change with this project.
“A deconstruction industry centers on the systematic dismantling of obsolete structures with the philosophy of re-use, salvage and recycled material,” Howard said. “This will reduce, if not eliminate, landfill obstacles, address global warming, preserve raw materials, teach valuable skills and utilize untapped human talents.”
The Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association will host a discussion of “deconstruction” of vacant buildings at a meeting Tuesday.
Enos Park has seven houses ready to be removed as part of its master plan. Some items already have been salvaged, but advocates are considering the more expanded approach of trying to save the majority of all building materials.
Tom Napier, president of the Building Materials Reuse Association, will speak Tuesday. Also invited are Karen and Barry Jacobs, who hope to create a citywide deconstruction movement, and Joe and Rebecca Dobbs, who, stick-by-stick and brick-by-brick,removed a vacant house next to their home on North Eighth Street (see their Facebook site, “Deconstructing 925”).