Monday, March 7, 2011

Building Value, Uptown Consortium to begin deconstruction today

Beginning this morning at 10 A.M., Building Value will begin the full-scale deconstruction of an Avondale building that will make way for a potential new mixed-use building.

The non-profit is working with the Uptown Consortium, ACT Recycling and Rumpke to carefully remove the one-story, 4,314-square-foot commercial structure at 3500 Burnet Avenue, with the goal of achieving LEED Platinum demolition standards by recycling or repurposing 90 percent of the building's materials.

Building Value plans to salvage many of the interior building materials and decorative architectural elements, making them available to local remodelers at its 23,000-square-foot Northside showroom.

Rumpke will mulch all of the building's unsalvageable wood; ACT Recycling will work to recycle the bricks and concrete foundation, the latter of which can be used to create concrete aggregate for road underlayment.

This is the 19th deconstruction project undertaken by the partnership of Building Value, ACT Recycling, and Rumpke.

Since 2009, Building Value has completed over 100 residential and commercial deconstructions of various sizes.

Many members of Building Value's crews face significant barriers to employment. Through transitional employment and job training with the non-profit, they are able to gain valuable experience in the construction trades.

Previous reading on BC:
Building Value expands stock, opportunities in Northside (11/16/09)
Area's first full-house deconstruction starts in Wyoming (8/3/09)