Building Deconstruction & Salvage Case Studies


The benefits of salvage and reuse of building materials include avoided tipping fees (solid waste displosal), enhanced service offerings for an increasingly green consumer, compliance with green building rating system requirements, and an array of environmental benefits. Learn how to incorporate building materials salvage into your business.


Ballard Hybrid Deconstruction Training

A 1935 single family home was dismantled to make way for a small neighborhood pocket park in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Utilizing mechanized deconstruction methods, a total of 15-20 tons of materials were diverted from the landfill.


Ballard Church Salvage

This building in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood becomes a source of high-quality materials for a green homebuilder, which has added deconstruction and salvage to its business model. The 24 tons of wood salvaged from this project become source materials for the builder's current and future projects.


Longfellow Creek Deconstruction

Using machinery-focused methods, an attempt is made to simultaneously deconstruct two neighboring homes to capture economic benefits and minimize costs. Timing realities however result in a manual deconstruction approach that still succeeds in diverting 97 percent of waste for the landfill.


Capitol Hill Transit Redevelopment

Valuable resources are saved from 15 buildings slated for demolition to make way for Sound Transit's Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. Utilizing salvage and recycling strategies, a targeted 75 percent of the overall demolition debris will be recycled in 2009 and kept out of the landfill.


Thornton Non-Structural Salvage

Four single family homes in a flood prone area were removed, setting the stage for a creek and habitat restoration project. Non-structural elements were salvaged from the homes, followed by conventional demolition with waste routed to recycling facilities.


Madison Valley Salvage

Two Madison Valley homes located in flood prone areas are torn down and recycled as part of Seattle Public Utilities' Flood Control Program. Salvage and recycling the water-damaged homes avoided the generation of more than 96 tons of demolition waste.


Fremont House Move

A historically significant 1905 home in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood is spared from demolition by a whole-house move from its original location to a nearby lot. The move resulted in the reuse of 85 tons of materials and an estimated $100,000 savings to the new owner, compared to building new.