By continuing to commit to recycling, the need for virgin Next time you’re driving down the road, take a moment to appreciate the asphalt that paves 94 percent of the more than 2.7 million miles of our roads and highways.
Approximately 80 percent of demolition companies in Oregon continue to face skilled labor shortages. What caused this labor shortage in industrial demolition? How can the industry bounce back? What does this mean for the industrial demolition industry?
Wood recovered from industrial demolition or construction sites is often sold to a recycling facility specializing in processing this debris. The wood can then be used as mulch, compost, alternative day cover for landfills and biomass fuel. Biomass fuel is a renewable energy source primarily derived from wood, garbage, agricultural crops, and landfill gas. As the world turns ever increasingly toward renewable energy sources, such as algae-based fuels, biomass is receiving more attention. However, because the fuel must be burned to create energy, its environmental impact is causing many to look for cleaner sources. Continue reading
Portland demolition contractors are increasingly turning to deconstructing buildings; taking apart buildings and reusing or recycling salvageable materials.
It has been a big year for demolition companies in Oregon. In fact, the entire U.S. has experienced a 4.7 percent increase, or 330,000 net new construction jobs, between October 2017 and October 2018. Oregon alone added 10,400 jobs, an amazing record high increase in the labor pool for the industrial demolition and construction industries. Continue reading
For more than a hundred years, Oregon has been the leading producer of wood products in the nation. Almost half the state is covered in forests, much of which is on federally owned land. Ever since a 1991 ruling in which a federal judge prohibited “harvests in national forests where the endangered spotted owl lived,” Oregon has been operating at a fraction of what peak capacity once was. That may change as developments in wood product technology ushers in an exciting new era of wooden construction, and in turn industrial demolition. Continue reading
Industrial demolition and construction companies are hurting for skilled workers more intensely than in the past.
Urban growth and the demolition of historic homes in Portland has been a topic of debate for years. In the midst of a construction boom in response to the thousands of new residents the city welcomes, some Portlanders are concerned about projects that threaten the area’s unique historic homes. In February 2018, city commissioners voted to strengthen procedures regarding the demolition of older homes. At the same time, they did not extend the deconstruction mandate for homes built after 1916. As Portland demolition rules tighten, the number of homes requiring deconstruction remains unaltered. Continue reading
Oregon is earthquake territory. Researchers and officials are urging the public to prepare for a Cascadia earthquake as more tremors are noted off the southern Oregon coast. While they’re common along the Blanco Fracture Zone, there’s more activity just off the Cascadia subduction zone near the trench, which could result in a quake with an 8.5 to 9 magnitude.