Portland Demolition Contractors Manage the Turning Tides of Climate Change

climate change air pollutionClimate change is set to impact every aspect of our lives, and that extends to the world of industrial demolition. From an increase in building at higher elevations, to a growing need to assist in disaster recovery, demolition and construction companies across Oregon need to adapt to shifts in the industry. Continue reading

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Demolition Companies Pave the Way with Asphalt Recycling

Asphalt roadBy 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.

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Skilled Craft Positions Tough for C&D Industry to Fill

Oregon Demolition SafetyApproximately 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?

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Has Construction & Demolition Wood Biomass Fuel Lost its Spark?

wood biomassWood 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

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Oregon Leads in Deconstruction & Smart Demolition

Recycling salvageable materialsPortland demolition contractors are increasingly turning to deconstructing buildings; taking apart buildings and reusing or recycling salvageable materials.

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Oregon Construction & Demolition Employment

construction site workersIt 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

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Will Wooden Skyscrapers Grace Portland’s Skyline?

Foggy Oregon ForestFor 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

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How Do Balers & Shears Maximize Scrap Metal Recovery?

Bin with recycled scrap metalDemolition companies in Portland and other major metropolitan centers often have scrap material leftover at the end of a project. This scrap can be turned into a lucrative commodity. Recycled steel accounts for over half of all steel used globally.

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Are Robots the Answer to C&D Labor Shortages?

robot demolition siteIndustrial demolition and construction companies are hurting for skilled workers more intensely than in the past.

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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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