Featuring more than 5,000 square feet of reclaimed building materials including doors, window frames, oak lumber, fireplace mantels, fixtures, The St. Vincent de Paul Deconstruction Depot will feature a diverse inventory of used building materials for architects, contractors and homeowners alike at bargain prices.
Deconstruction represents an attractive alternative to traditional demolition. If a bulldozer flattens a structure, the building materials can — at best — only be recycled. However, if a trained crew systematically dismantles it right down to the ground, many of the materials — not just the fixtures and finishes that typically are salvaged — can be returned to the marketplace. The process is called deconstruction. And while selective salvaging and/or recycling have long been part of the demolition process, total deconstruction is the latest — and greenest — way to go. In the United States, building construction consumes 60 percent of our raw materials and accounts for 40 percent of the solid waste stream. Deconstructing buildings rather than demolishing them allows these materials to be reused in other building and renovation projects, diverting waste, creating jobs and protecting natural resources.
Proceeds from the sales of the materials will fund the deconstruction of additional homes in the community. The Deconstruction Depot will be open for shoppers Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. It’s is located at the St. Vincent de Paul Community Store at 945 S. Edwin C. Moses Boulevard in Dayton, next to The Job Center.
This new joint venture is a partnership between St. Vincent de Paul and Dayton Works Plus. Dayton Works Plus LLC is a partnership formed by East End Community Services, PowerNet of Dayton and Architectural Reclamation Company (ARC), a private architectural reclamation business. The goals of Dayton Works Plus LLC are to employ and train hard-to-place, entry level workers including returning ex-offenders and chronically unemployed persons, for on-going jobs — to divert materials from landfills and promote green practices — to create spin-off businesses (furniture, sheds, picnic tables, outbuilding construction) with
recycled materials — and to eventually establish related businesses including landscaping, asbestos and lead abatement, and weatherization
that will add employment opportunities in our community. The organization has hired 18 employees (15 laborers earning $9 an hour plus three crew chiefs at $12 per hour). On the job training will be provided.