Portland’s City Council Votes Strengthening Procedures for Demolishing Older Homes

Portland-older-buildingUrban 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

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Oregon Demolition Pros Talk Portland’s Brick Buildings & Safety

brick-building-and-stairsOregon 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.

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Portland Demolition Experts Examine Seismic Upgrade Mandate

brick-buildingThe 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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Nonresidential Construction to Spike Through 2019

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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

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C&D Industry Continues to Expand Portland’s Urban Core

portland-urban-core-expandsPortland demolition and construction is booming as the city’s its urban core expands. From new construction to building renovations, the area is experiencing a record number of active construction projects. In 2017, Portland had 45 projects on the books, the highest number documented since Downtown Clean & Safe began releasing its development and redevelopment reports, which gauge economic activity and vitality. Much of this growth is happening in Central City, an area divided into 10 sub-districts that stretch from the Lloyd and Pearl districts to South Waterfront and Powell Boulevard, as well as from the West Hills to SE 12th Avenue. An additional 56 projects are anticipated for 2018 and beyond, keeping construction and demolition companies in Portland busier than ever. Continue reading

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Can Off-Site Construction & On-Site Demolition Work Hand-in-Hand?

modular-home-architectureThe Portland demolition industry is constantly evolving as construction trends and technologies emerge. One of the most recent trends making waves is off-site construction, a building process that occurs away from the final point of installation. It includes modular and prefabrication construction. With construction processes happening off-site, will demolition still have a place? Absolutely. As communities prepare plots and remove existing buildings to make room for modular solutions, they’ll depend on demolition companies to ensure the land is safe and ready to go. Continue reading

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Portland Pre-Demolition Inspection vs Pre-Bid Walk-Through

portland-demolition-electrician-inspectionPre-demolition inspections and pre-bid walk-through are important steps in a Portland demolition project. The processes help demolition companies in Oregon understand project scopes better and identify materials to remove prior to demolition. In some instances, inspections and walk-throughs may be required by law. By understanding the difference between the processes, you’ll be better prepared for your own upcoming demolition project. Continue reading

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Are 3D-Printed Homes Portland’s Answer to New Housing?

3d-printed-homesPortland has a crushing need for not just housing, but for affordable housing. Because of the ability to build homes quickly using additive manufacturing, 3D printing might be the solution the city needs. Some Portland demolition contractors are keeping an eye on the 3D printing industry, which has already made headlines for its residential construction applications. If regulators can be convinced, the advantages of the building technique could forever alter the construction industry, the City of Portland, and the city’s inhabitants. Continue reading

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Will the Global Sand Shortage Affect Oregon Demolition Companies?

global-sand-excavatorIn the summer of 2017, the United States closed its last sand mine. The closure is a reflection of a global sand shortage that’s so serious that some countries have banned its export. After water and air, sand is the natural resource humans use the most, especially in regard to construction. Sand is used in the cement in your building, the asphalt on which you drive, the glass in the windows you look out of, and the silicon chips in your cell phone.

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Portland Demolition & Disaster Response: How Can Contractors Prepare?

hurricane matthewAfter a disaster, a major component of the recovery efforts is the demolition that must take place before rescuing and rebuilding can commence. Portland demolition contractors are instrumental in removing debris, hazardous materials, and damaged structures, making them invaluable resources when the unthinkable occurs. By knowing how to prepare and be vetted as a disaster response resource, you’ll maximize your response capabilities so you can jump in and provide vital support services. Continue reading

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