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
Demolition of Willard School set for Monday in Missoula
If there are enough useable bricks remaining, contractors will leave them on pallets at the corners of the campus for community members’ use.
Source: Demolition of Willard School set for Monday in Missoula | KECI
Interior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic (photo by Adam Jeselnick)
“None of us are aware of why the owner changed his mind and moved up his demolition plans.” She added that Ruis had also rejected a request to salvage architectural elements, either prior to or during the demolition process.
Source: Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It
“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
City Manager Chuck Stearns said the city is inviting sealed bids from anyone who might want to purchase any of the buildings and either move them off the property or salvage materials, such as barn wood, from the buildings and salvage the contents.
via Whitefish Seeking Bids to Remove Buildings, Materials from Donated Park Land – Flathead Beacon.
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.
Old schools, shacks and warehouses get a second life through Montana Reclaimed Lumber near Bozeman.(Photo: TRIBUNE PHOTO/KRISTEN INBODY)
Wormy chestnut is Ferguson’s favorite reclaimed lumber, extending the life of trees that an accidentally introduced fungus wiped out more than a century ago.
“We can recover material you can’t get anymore,” he said.
via Antique lumber specialist finds wood with a story.
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.
Home ReSource is an example of how we can work to protect our environment and still have economic vitality in Missoula. It’s a $1 million-a-year nonprofit business, employing 30 people. That’s based on garbage – or, rather, donated inventory. And because Home ReSource is locally based, all that money stays in Missoula and is reinvested in the community. It’s encouraging that others are seeing the value of building materials reuse, and other reuse centers are moving to Missoula and western Montana.
via Home ReSource saves money and the environment.