Deconstruction

This page provides information about the what, why, and how to deconstruct buildings. Deconstruction, the systematic disassembly of buildings to maximize reuse, is gaining momentum as an alternative to demolition. Deconstruction has multiple benefits, such as capturing useful wood for incorporation into new buildings, avoiding stormwater and dust impacts from demolition, and sending less material to landfill.

Permitting

For information on permitting and deconstruction, see Tip 337 Demolition and Deconstruction and view the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections Residential Deconstruction site.

Deconstruction Incentive Pilot Program

Starting in October 2022, Seattle Public Utilities, along with SDCI, are implementing a pilot deconstruction incentive program to increase deconstruction projects and build familiarity with the process, gather data, and identify innovations.

The pilot program is launching now and will offer $4,000 per deconstruction project. Eligible projects:

  • Are residential, wood-framed buildings
  • Must use an approved deconstruction contractor
  • Must be associated with the complete removal of a house or duplex
  • Require a demolition permit before work begins. Projects classified as alterations are not eligible
  • Historic landmarks are eligible, however, additional criteria will apply

Fill out a brief application to be included in the pilot. Applications will be reviewed and selected within approximately 7 business days from application date.

Approved Deconstruction Contractors

The following contractors have met minimum requirements established by Seattle Public Utilities for becoming an approved deconstruction contractor. The list of companies is not an endorsement by the City of Seattle.

Dedicated Deconstruction
Contact: Noel Stout
Phone: (206) 853-7451
Website: www.dedicateddeconstruction.com
Email: noel.dedicated@gmail.com
Lic. No. DEDICDL891R1

IQ Solutions LLC
Contact: Quest Jolliffe
Phone: (425) 344-8801
Website: www.instagram.com/iqsolutionsllc/
Email: quest@iqsolutions.net
Lic. No. IQSOLSL821L7

RE-USE Consulting
Contact: Dave Bennink
Phone: (360) 201-6977
Website: reuseconsulting.com
Email: re-use@comcast.net
Lic. No. DECONSL873J3

Sledge Seattle
Contact: Ben Pearson
Phone: (206) 290-1773
Website: www.sledgeseattle.com/
Email: ben@sledgesea.com
Lic. No. SLEDGSL829JQ

Videos and Case Studies

Additional video produced on behalf of Sledge Seattle.

Ballard Park Hybrid Deconstruction Case Study (pdf)
Capitol Hill Transit Development Case Study (pdf)
Fremont House Move Case Study (pdf)

 

Additional Resources

Asbestos and Demolition Notifications
www.buildreuse.org
King County’s Alternatives to Demolition Website