Three Phases Critical To Deconstruction

The old visual of a building being torn down with a wrecking ball, or an implosion, is rarely the case these days. These destructive methods don't adequately allow for the salvage of recyclable and reusable materials. Many of the demolition projects we're involved in also involve a deconstruction phase to allow for these salvageable materials to be removed through systematic dismantling. Here are the typical steps of deconstruction on a project.


Just as a site assessment is needed before starting work on a demolition project to identify potential hazards and categorize the condition of the site, an assessment is also required before beginning deconstruction to identify the materials that can, and should be salvaged. These can include items that can be recycled in order to cut the cost of the project, or materials that may be reused in other construction projects.

Building plans

You won't be able to identify every material found within a structure through a simple walk-through. So, it's necessary to obtain the building plans that will reveal hidden materials that may also be worthy of salvage. It's important to get the "as-built" plans, as these may differ slightly from blueprints.

Adjust for time

Depending on the timeline for a project, there may not be enough hours available to salvage every possible material in the structure. In these situations, proper planning is important in order to identify the materials that are the most valuable and cherry pick them first. These are typically appliances, light fixtures, hardware, architectural millwork, and any custom accessories present.When these three phases are complete, deconstruction can begin. Throughout this process, you should also be making plans for where the salvaged materials will go. Some may be recycled, others reused in other projects, and still others can be donated and create tax deductions.At Demolition Technologies, our experience in the demolition industry allows us to work efficiently to both salvage valuable materials, and demolish a structure in a short time-frame. To learn more about us, call 918-379-0966.