The Future of Deconstruction

By Ted Reiff

The ReUse People SpecialsIn September a reader sent me an article from The New York Times. “After 55 Years in Vaunted Spot, a Picasso Is Persuaded to Curl,” by Benjamin Mueller, describes the delicate, nail-biting process of removing a 95 year-old stage curtain painted by Pablo Picasso, which had been attached to a wall in the Four Seasons restaurant since 1959. Once removed, "Le Tricorne," became the property of the New York Historical Society.

The care taken by workers during the removal and rolling procedure reminded me of some of TRP's more challenging deconstruction projects. In one, our workers removed hand-painted bathroom tiles that had, in the 19th century, adorned San Francisco's famed Sutro Baths. The tiles were reused in the client's remodeled bath. On another occasion, we were required by a local historical society to leave standing the two-story front wall of a 100 year-old house while deconstructing the remainder. Then there was the bedroom wall that bore a child's hand-painted mural. The contract called for TRP to remove the entire house, but preserve the wall intact for reinstallation in the new home.

Today, the deconstruction industry is almost entirely focused on the removal of residential structures, more often than not to be replaced by new homes. Increasingly, houses are being deconstructed to reduce neighborhood blight.

I think that in the future deconstruction will be even more varied and exciting. Talented deconstruction teams will undertake projects similar to the removal and preservation of "Le Tricorne." While there will always be a market for residential deconstruction, the largest proportion of salvaged building materials will come from the commercial sector.

A large and growing contingent of professionals within the architecture and property-development worlds is interested in preserving history, through adaptive reuse as well as materials-salvage.

Thousands of classic building components are being salvaged, from steel wire-mesh windows, to factory facades, to whole buildings - to be reused in the context of building replacement or new construction. In the near future, deconstruction workers and contractors will need to be highly skilled building-materials surgeons and amalgamators of specialists and logistics experts.

As usual, I can’t wait for the future.

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring tubs, toilets, and sinks. Receive 25% off the price of any tub, toilet, or sink through November 30.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring doors. Receive 25% off the price of any interior or exterior door in the warehouse through November 30.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse has received numerous kitchen cabinets. Stop by and see our wide selection of quality cabinets, including complete kitchen sets.

New inventory at the Los Angeles warehouse includes a striking solid-copper kitchen hood, a pair of matching bookcases and a Sub-Zero double-door stainless steel refrigerator/freezer.

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Deconstruction & New Materials Update

Visit the TRP website for a complete list of current deconstruction projects and inventories. Just click on “Retail Sales” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Location and Contact Information

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA  94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00

TRP-HACSB ReUse Warehouse - San Bernardino
660 East Orange Street
San Bernardino, CA  92410
(909) 388-6475
Hours: Tue-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Monday and Sunday

Please visit our partnering warehouses:
Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Orange County (two convenient locations)
The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1656 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
(Euclid and Katella Avenue)
(714) 434-6266
Mon-Fri 9:00 am- 8:00 pm;
Sat 9:00 am- 6:00pm;
Sun 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(McFadden Place Shopping Center, exit 55 Freeway at McFadden)
(714) 434-6266
Mon- Sat 9:00 am- 6:00 pm;
Sun 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kansas City
4701 Deramus, Kansas City MO 64120
(816) 231-6889
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-4:00; closed Sunday

The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00

Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7733
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00

Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 459-9803
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 263-0136
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
(435) 487-9015
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday

Recycle Utah
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9698
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00

Reuse Depot
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 223-0502
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays

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