Demolition Unveils Weird & Wonderful Historical Objects

demolition mummyDo you know what’s buried under your feet? It could be a piece of history. Most Portland demolition and construction projects require the moving of earth in one form or another. Sometimes, workers stumble upon priceless treasures or strange artifacts that were left behind or forgotten. Check out some of historical objects uncovered by demolition and construction workers that will make you wonder what’s beneath your Oregon demolition project’s site. Continue reading

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10 Tips for Job Satisfaction in the Demolition Industry

Construction Worker on BuildingThe most important factor to successfully completing a Portland demolition project is having a skilled crew. Labor shortages, however, plague the construction and demolition, or C&D, industry. In 2011, for instance, homebuilders experienced shortages of 13 percent. Today, this number has exploded to 82 percent. Experts expect this number to increase since as many as 60 percent of the industry’s workforce will retire in the next five years. For demolition companies in Portland, the only thing more vital than acquiring skilled workers is retaining the ones they have. Continue reading

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What Should Portland Demolition Companies Know About PCBs?

Construction Workers Building MaterialsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been taking a closer look at polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and their use in older buildings. PCB molecules are man-made organic chlorine compounds made up of carbon, hydrogen and chlorine atoms. Until their ban in 1979 by the Toxic Substances Control Act, they were used in building materials because they were odorless, non-flammable, and chemically stable. They also had good insulating properties and a range of consistencies. The EPA has reinterpreted its position regarding PCB-contaminated building materials as it relates to bulk and remediation waste. By understanding the EPA’s reinterpretation, Portland demolition contractors can take appropriate abatement steps to keep workers and project sites safe. Continue reading

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Construction & Demolition Contractors Expect Strong Economy in 2018

downtown portland oregonConstruction is expected to grow in the Pacific Northwest, which is great news for demolition companies in Oregon. While 2017 was a good year for construction, it didn’t see the double-digit growth the industry experienced between 2012 and 2015. Forecasters expect a moderate rise of 3 percent to $765 billion for construction starts, which is a sign of a mature stage of expansion. As 75 percent of firms plan to expand their payrolls, Portland demolition contractors feel optimistic that economic conditions will remain strong as demand continues to increase. Continue reading

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What Should Portland Demolition Contractors Know About Crystalline Silica?

demolition caution tapeIn December 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, issued new standards for construction, maritime and general industries regarding respirable crystalline silica, a mineral often found on construction sites. While the mineral has great properties and is present in many construction materials, inhaling the particles could lead to a serious health problems. Complying with OSHA’s latest standards will help ensure the health and safety of Portland demolition workers and the communities in which they work. Continue reading

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Modern Construction Goes Greener Using Living-Algae Building Materials

Portland Demolition Algae

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Before Oregon demolition contractors tear down a building, they take into consideration the materials within it. As technology develops and fossil fuels grow more scarce, scientists are designing zero-energy buildings powered by renewable resources, such as wind and solar power. A renewable source of energy gaining traction in the construction world is algae, a diverse group of aquatic photosynthetic organisms that use chlorophyll as their primary pigment.

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Can Demolition Asset Recovery Save Your Portland, OR Company Money?

Portland Demolition & Asset Recovery

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After it’s placed in large dumpsters, demolition site waste doesn’t magically disappear. It’s transported to landfills. In 2014 alone, the nation generated 534 million tons of construction and demolition debris, in addition to municipal waste. More than 90 percent of the respective debris comes from demolition projects. As Oregon’s recycling rates decline, taking advantage of the asset recovery services offered by demolition companies not only helps the state get back on its green track, they may also help offset your project’s costs. Continue reading

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Why are Folks Flocking to Portland, Oregon & Who are They?

Portland New Residents

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Portland is booming with an influx of construction to accommodate the record number of individuals moving to the Pacific Northwest. Historically, the City of Roses has always had an attractive real estate market thanks to its reputation for being trendy, sustainable, accepting and vibrant. As construction projects reach all-time highs, Oregon demolition contractors are busy preparing lots for new inhabitants. Continue reading

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2017 Portland Demolition Trends

2017 Portland Oregon Demolition Trends

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After the economic crash of 2007 and 2008, Oregon and the rest of the nation faced a construction slump for nearly a decade. As confidence in the market began to rise, the number of construction and demolition permits issued in Portland and cities across the state began to increase. Developers aimed to replace older buildings with modern structures that increased residential densities. Leading the way are Oregon demolition contractors who seek to minimize the carbon footprint of the projects they oversee and maximize their safety. Continue reading

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Oregon Cement Consumption Will Grow in 2018 & 2019

Oregon Cement Production

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Cement is the world’s most important building material, making it one of the most consumed commodities in the world. With new construction on the rise globally, the demand for the construction aggregate is expected to grow to 51.7 billion tons in 2019, which reflects an annual growth of about 5 percent. The Portland Cement Association expects U.S. consumption to grow by 3.5 percent in 2018 based on the projected impacts of federal U.S. policies, such as tax reform and infrastructure policies that affect how long it takes new construction projects to begin. As construction booms, Oregon demolition contractors are preparing to get rid of the old to make room for the new. Continue reading

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