Identifying Asbestos Containing Materials in Demolition

Oregon Demolition and Asbestos Removal

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A naturally occurring group of silicate minerals, asbestos became a popular building material at the beginning of the 19th century because of its desirable physical properties. It was affordable, had decent tensile strength, absorbed noise, and resisted heat, fire and electricity. It seemed like a builder’s dream come true. Prior to the 1980s, contractors often used asbestos to insulate buildings, give them fire protection, and for a variety of applications.

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Can Oregon Demolition Pros Help Bridge the Gap in America’s Bridges?

In March 2017, the I-85 Bridge in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, collapsed following a massive fire. Since then, crews have worked around the clock to safely remove the damaged portions of the bridge and rebuild the 350-foot stretch of damage. Washington state commuters experienced similar headaches in 2013 when a truck struck a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on I-5, causing structural failure.

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When is Selective Demolition the Right Choice?

Oregon Selective Demolition

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Tearing down a building is not always the most ideal or cost-effective solution. When this is the case, selective demolition might offer the best results while protecting the structure’s integrity and minimizing the impact to ongoing operations. When you want to make changes to a building or add an extension, Oregon demolition contractors will help you evaluate the options that meet your needs the best. Continue reading

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How to Crush Concrete in Industrial Demolition

Oregon Demolition Concrete Crushing

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One of the greatest assets on a demolition site is also one that may seem simple to ignore—concrete. After concrete serves its purpose, it has the potential to offset the costs of a project when reused or sold for recycling. Rather than send concrete from old buildings to landfills, forward-thinking Oregon demolition contractors crush it in to useful gravel or into an aggregate that you can use to make new concrete. As construction materials are increasingly evaluated by their ecological characteristics, recycled concrete continues to gain importance in the industry. Continue reading

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2017 Trends in Scrap Wood-to-Fuel Markets

Oregon Demolition Scrap Wood Trends

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Scrap wood is part of a small but growing biomass industry that experienced challenges in the last few years. Impacting the recycling efforts of demolition contractors was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule, whose purpose is to control emissions from industrial boilers and other sources. Some scientists argue that using recycled wood waste for fuel is a much greener option than coal. While some feared that closing waste-to-energy outlets for scrap wood and other discarded materials would have unintended negative consequences, alternative fuel providers and recyclers feel optimistic about the biomass fuel industry’s growth as energy price increase in 2017. Continue reading

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Oregon’s 2017 Residential Demolition Trends

Oregon's 2017 Demolition Trends

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In the past few years, Oregon has experienced unprecedented development that is expected to continue on an upward curve. As the demand for real estate increases, builders are looking to replace older homes and housing developments with modern buildings that increase residential densities. To make room for the new construction, homeowners and contractors turn to green Oregon demolition contractors to ensure the safety of neighborhoods and minimize their ecological footprint. Continue reading

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Oregon Demolition Pros Talk Scrap Metal Recycling Benefits

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The metal we use today has usually been recycled at least once before. We can thank the scrap metal industry for making this possible. Here’s a look at why scrap metal matters to you, and how demolition contractors are involved in the recycling of building materials and ensuring scrap metal is useful.

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Portland, Oregon Demolition & New Construction Go Hand-in-Hand

OregonDemolitionNewsSigns of Portland’s growth abound. Maybe you’ve noticed more traffic delays due to construction. Or perhaps it’s harder to find parking at your office or home. As an Oregon demolition contractor, we track the changing urban landscape. Across the city, structures are being dismantled to make way for new development. Here we examine the city’s building boom, including factors fueling building development, the role of demolition, and how cutting-edge demolition processes can make the deconstruction process more eco-friendly. Continue reading

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Oregon Demolition News: Moving Morris Marks House

OregonDemolitionMorrisMarksHouseHow long does it take you to decide to move? How about six years? That’s how long it’s taken to arrange the move of a certain notable home in downtown Portland, Oregon. Demolition companies like ours can’t help but notice how certain buildings survive changing eras. Through examination of the Morris Marks house transport, we will help you understand how and why houses are moved, as well as how this process helps preserve historic buildings.

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Can OSU Engineers Save the Environment with Cement?

OregonDemolitionCementFor millennia, concrete has been one of humanity’s most basic building materials. Concrete was used in the Egyptian pyramids, the Coliseum and, now, every modern building project. Indeed, concrete is so ubiquitous in construction that the equivalent of 2-4 tons of it are made for each person on earth annually, with significant environmental impacts. Concrete manufacturing creates an enormous carbon footprint, for one thing. Cement production currently contributes 5-8% of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. According to the EPA, the cement industry is the third largest industrial source of pollution in the U.S. To cut greenhouse discharges, concrete manufacturers are looking for new, earth-friendly ways to produce this universal building material. Continue reading

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