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.
The Pacific Northwest is prone to four different types of earthquakes, depending on where they occur. Three of these source zones cause shaking that could threaten life and property: Cascadia megathrust, deep intraplate and crustal faulting. In May 2018, Portland’s city council decided to push their vote regarding the seismic retrofitting of 1,650 unreinforced masonry buildings, which are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake, to June 2018. Without the seismic upgrades, the brick buildings in question could be among those requiring the most attention from demolition companies in Portland if they topple during a quake. Continue reading
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Construction isn’t going to slow down soon anytime soon. Although the industry faces rising material costs and labor shortages, the American Institute of Architects
projects that construction spending for nonresidential projects will increase by 4 percent in 2018 and will continue to grow at a similar pace through 2019. AIA expects the commercial and retail construction sectors to experience much of the gains in 2018, but the industrial and institutional construction sectors will make up the bulk of growth by 2019 as clients focus on sustainability and prefabrication. To make room for new construction opportunities, Portland demolition contractors will be busy preparing sites. Continue reading