Deconstruction of the Mercantile in downtown Missoula prior to construction of the Marriott. (Home ReSource)
From an energy perspective, it saves about 95 percent of the energy that would be required to produce the same materials, and it also has major implications for waste reduction, job creation, and historical preservation. The Home Resource-led deconstruction of the Missoula Mercantile building in 2017 is a great example of deconstruction in our community. It diverted hundreds of thousands of board feet of old-growth lumber away from the landfill and reintroduced it into Missoula’s economy.
Source: Sustainable Missoula: Green building materials can reduce Missoula’s carbon footprint ~ Missoula Current
Most of that material salvaged from the old Mercantile made their way to Home ReSource. Roughly 200,000 board feet of lumber ended up in new projects across Missoula. MRA required deconstruction as part of the Mercantile project. (Martin Kidston/Missoula Current file photo)
Over the past few years, and with sustainability in mind, MRA has given preference to certain building materials. It also encourages deconstruction over demolition when possible, even if doing so costs a little more.“We’re constrained by state law on how we can spend our funds, but if you take the facade improvement program, one of the underpinnings of that is sustainability,” said MRA director Ellen Buchanan. “Our deconstruction policy is also huge. The city can’t require deconstruction, but we can.”
Source: MRA “plays a role” in city’s push for carbon neutrality, zero waste ~ Missoula Current
Katie Deuel, executive director of Home ReSource in Missoula, said thousands of items from the old Mercantile found their way into homes, schools and offices across the city. (Martin Kidston/Missoula Current)
“One woman had a table made for her husband,” Deuel said. “He had worked at the Merc for 35 years, so she really wanted that. There’s some great human interest stories in there. People recognized the value of it as material that came locally from our ecosystem and stayed in the community.”
Source: Piece by piece, deconstructed Merc found new uses across Misssoula ~ Missoula Current
“The members of Preserve Historic Missoula and all those supporting the appeal to preserve the historic Mercantile building are profoundly disappointed in Judge Deschamps’ ruling to permit the demolition of Missoula’s most iconic commercial building,” Hall wrote. “We have appreciated this opportunity to express our concerns through the judicial system and its thoughtful consideration.”
Hall wrote that PHM has maintained that the deconstruction permit process for the Merc was flawed. In particular, they believe that the process followed by the city council did not comply with the Historic Preservation Ordinance. They have requested that the law be clarified. Hall said nearly 4,700 people signed their petition affirming that the Merc is worth saving.
Source: Update: Judge rules in favor of Merc demolition | Local | missoulian.com
An excavator hauls a shovel full of debris toward a waiting dump truck Wednesday during the demolition of the old Broadway Market and home of Ann and Alfredo Cipolato, who ran the store before it closed in 2004.
Deconstruction was the old-time approach before the days of mass consumption and mass disposal and it still makes sense. Deconstruction not only creates jobs, reduces waste and conserves resources, it also keeps our unique local history in the community. If you visit the Home ReSource building materials reuse center on Russell and Wyoming you’ll see lots of Missoula’s history, priced affordably and ready to be reused – much of it thanks to deconstruction.
via Former Broadway Market: ‘Deconstruction,’ ‘demolition’ differ.
SponCon participants have seven hours to create whatever they want. The only catch: It has to be built of reused materials available at the store, and made within the seven-hour time frame.
“It’s one of the most unique, and uniquely Missoula, events we have,” Schmetterling said. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity as a participant or a spectator to see all of the creative genius people we have in Missoula.”
Lucas Dupuis sands what will eventually become a table at Spontaneous Construction at Home ReSource on Sept. 21, 2010. The event began 10 years ago and is meant to promote and encourage reuse.
via SponCon: One man’s trash, another man’s treasure – Montana Kaimin: Arts + Culture.