UPDATE - LDS Church Deconstruction & Reclamation Complete

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 11:21
Daniel Salmon

During the summer of 2013, Utah experienced a first-of-its-kind pre-demolition and deconstruction project, demonstrating that building material salvage & donation knows no limits. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Salt Lake Valley( HFH), The ReUse People of America (TRP) coordinated a 13-event reclamation of a former LDS church in downtown Salt Lake City. With the help of over 450 volunteers from multiple companies, local organizations, and neighborhoods harvested reusable building materials from the 16,000 square foot building. They reclaimed nearly 6000 square feet of wood flooring, over 100 lights and plumbing fixtures, dozens of doors, 8000 square feet of sub-flooring, 100's of board feet of usable lumber, and 1000's of linear feet of trim & moulding. All the salvaged building materials were received by HFH and sold through their Restore to raise funds for low-income building projects around Salt Lake Valley.

This project demonstrates how deconstruction can be viable for non-profit organizations as well, not just property owners. Thanks to a generous grant from the George S. & Delores Dore Eccles Foundation, and pemission from the American Cancer Society, Habitat was able to hire TRP for deconstruciton mangement and volunteer supervision of the reclamation project. Daniel Salmon - TRP's Regional Manager for Utah - oversaw volunteer groups from 10 to 130 people during 13 separate events. Using hammers, prybars, and some grit, the volunteers removed tons of useful building materials that would otherwise have gone to the landfill. By the end of the project, nearly 500 volunteers successully and safely dismantled the building, salvaging enough materials to raise nearly $15,000 for Habitat for Humanity. 

We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their help and support with this deconstruction project:

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY OF UTAH

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF SALT LAKE VALLEY

ACADEMY MORTGAGE

WELLS FARGO BANK

O.C. TANNER

TELEPERFORMANCE

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH - BENNION CENTER

LDS SINGLES WARDS - SALT LAKE VALLEY STAKE

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY "CARE-A-VANERS"

E-Z PAWN OF UTAH

GENESIS YOUTH PROGRAM

SAVAGE SCAFFOLDING

LOWES 

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

STEVE BROWN

JUNE WANG

GEORGE S. & DELORES DORE ECCLES FOUNDATION

Deconstruction is reverse building: structures are dismantled in the opposite order they were built using similar tools. This responsible, green alternative to demolition can salvage up to 90% of a building's materials. The building materials are then donated to the ReUse People of America, who then sells and distributes these salvaged items within the local community. Property owners receives a tax deduction for their building material donation, which off-sets and sometimes entirely covers the cost of deconstruction. This affordable alternative to demolishing a house is available throughout Utah and 14 other regions across the country. More information about building deconstruction and material donation can be found at deconstructionutah.com and thereusepeople.org. 

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