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Explore Deconstruction

Deconstruction is the systematic disassembly of a structure in the opposite order it was constructed to maximize salvage of material for reuse.

“Our goal is to preserve neighborhood character and affordability by discouraging demolitions. But when buildings must come down, that work should still serve the public good. Taking apart buildings in a way that allows for salvaging valuable materials for reuse benefits our community, economy, and environment. Our building stock is rich in quality materials that should find their way back into new building projects whenever possible. Deconstruction helps harvest these materials, and the Deconstruction Grant Program will serve as a tool to advance the practice, helping our city grow sustainably.”  — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Certified Deconstruction Contractors

Information about contractors who have met the requirements to perform deconstruction work.

News Release: Portland City Council adopts new deconstruction ordinance to save quality, historic materials

Deconstruction instead of demolition: Disassembling Portland’s oldest and most historic houses and duplexes will protect public health and save valuable materials for reuse.

New Deconstruction Requirements

Information about new deconstruction requirements that begin in October 2016

Apply for a deconstruction grant

FAQ and application instructions

Grantee Reporting Form

Post-project reporting form for grantees.


From Salvage Yards to Deconstruction Contractors

Deconstruction training and certification opportunities

Organizations that offer training related to deconstruction and materials reuse.

Deconstruction Examples

Videos and photos

News Release: New deconstruction grants from City of Portland encourage alternatives to mechanical demolition; save valuable materials for reuse

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will review applications submitted at