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Deconstruction Contractor Spotlight: Lovett Deconstruction

Lovett Deconstruction was established to help diminish the industry practice of tearing up quality building materials and throwing them away.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Deconstruction Program regularly highlights companies that have recently completed the requirements to become certified deconstruction contractors. To be featured, please contact Shawn Wood, Deconstruction Program Manager at: shawn.wood@portlandoregon.gov

Company: Lovett Deconstruction

Lovett Deconstruction

Lovett Deconstruction

Lovett Deconstruction

Why is Lovett Deconstruction interested in deconstruction/salvage?

Lovett Deconstruction was established in Portland in the early 2000s to help diminish the industry practice of tearing up quality building materials and throwing them away. Lumber that has held up hundred year old homes deserves more than a thoughtless toss into area landfills. We want to instead celebrate it through re-use, so we get the material into the hands of woodworkers, craftsmen (and women!), artisans, and tinkerers, letting them use their craft to make the materials new again.

What makes Lovett Deconstruction unique?

Our reputation of being the deconstruction experts in Portland has come from our commitment to service and our attention to detail.  Salvaging and reuse aside, deconstruction boils down to: heavy labor, dirt and grime, more heavy labor, and running into something unexpected. So when we dismantle a room down to a shell, leaving no plaster in the wall cavities, no footprints on the stairs, and no nails in the studs, our clients are awestruck that just hours prior hammers and pry bars were ripping away at the walls. 

What other services do you provide besides deconstruction?

Lovett Deconstruction has recently opened up office and warehouse space on NE Sandy so that we can organize and store larger amounts of salvaged lumber available to the public. Much of our salvaged finds still go to area partners with large centers to take cabinets and appliances and such, but 1x and 2x lumber, trim, and hardwood flooring can now typically be found at our warehouse.

What is the most notable item/material salvaged during your projects?  

Everyone on the crew would agree that the greatest thrill in the business is finding treasures. Though we’re all still waiting to find the stash of gold bullion, we take pleasure in finding pieces of history inside wall cavities, under floors, and tucked away in attics. Newspapers and magazines, tin beer cans, apothecary bottles, and children’s toys are favorites, but probably the most unique was the discovery of three walking sticks that had been shoved up into a ceiling, all hand carved bone and ivory. But that find will be nothing compared to our next discovery…

What three words best describe Lovett Deconstruction? 

  • Safety
  • Service
  • Sustainable

For more information about Lovett Deconstruction, please contact:

Der Lovett
Phone: 503-954-2347
Mobile: 503-679-1096
Email: info@lovettdeconstruction.com
Website: www.lovettdeconstruction.com

Deconstruction Contractor Spotlight: The ReBuilding Center

The Rebuilding Center exists to discover and re-claim value in people, materials, and communities that been overlooked or discarded by society.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Deconstruction Program regularly highlights companies that have recently completed the requirements to become certified deconstruction contractors. To be featured, please contact Shawn Wood, Deconstruction Program Manager at: shawn.wood@portlandoregon.gov

Company: The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

The Rebuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

The Rebuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

Why is The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services interested in deconstruction/salvage?

The ReBuilding Center exists to discover and re-claim value in people, materials, and communities that have been overlooked or discarded by society. That’s why we’re here.

Salvaging, reclaiming, and re-selling building supplies – materials that in the past have ended up in area landfills as garbage – is absolutely fundamental to our mission.  

What makes DeConstruction Services unique?

As a partner with the area’s foremost builders, developers, and architectural firms, we provide the first step to an environmentally sustainable project. Not only are we about to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re the only full service, non-profit deconstruction firm in the Portland Metro area. We provide our clients with a detailed inventory of the materials they donate to our local non-profit, which in turn the clients can use as a charitable contribution and subsequent tax deduction.

We deconstruct all types of structures from small detached garages to whole houses and large commercial buildings. We also prepare homes undergoing minor renovations to larger scale, whole house remodels and additions. As an EPA-Certified Lead Safe Contractor, our highly skilled and trained staff can ensure that your project will be done in accordance with all pertinent laws regarding lead based paint.

What other services do you provide besides deconstruction?

Materials gleaned from the deconstruction process are sold out of our warehouse on N. Mississippi Avenue (The ReBuilding Center) where we have the largest collection of salvaged construction materials in the Pacific Northwest. We also offer a pick-up service for contractors and others who want to donate used building supplies.

Profits are plowed back into our community through our Community Outreach program. The ReBuilding Center donates materials to hundreds of community organizations each year, and provides small grants of up to $500 to individuals and organizations engaged in community revitalization.

Additionally, the ReBuilding Center provides STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) opportunities for Portland’s youth, and Do-It-Yourself classes to the community out of our workshop on Mississippi Avenue.

What is the most notable item/material salvaged during your projects?  

During a whole house deconstruction, we discovered, buried in a wall cavity, a Purple Heart, which is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving.

What three words best describe DeConstruction Services? 

  • Professional
  • Engaged
  • Mission-driven

For more information about The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services, please contact:

Douglas Lichter
Phone: 503-331-9875
Mobile: 503-349-9027
Email: doug@rebuildingcenter.org
Website: The ReBuilding Center/DeConstruction Services