8-11 Cowboy Decon
7-11 Deconstruction training story
6-11 Deconstruction Training news story
5-11 Christian Scientist Monitor article (from 2000 mile scooter trip for decon!)
3-11 100 year old church deconstructed/demolished
2-11 RE-USE helped start a new deconstruction training at a community college. We proposed that the college expand beyond the actual decon class to involve up to four different departments and possibly have over 100 students working on the program at a time!
1-11 RE-USE Consulting is now helping create green collar jobs in Canada as well through our deconstruction programs. Read about one great project in British Columbia
12-10 Penn decon and building material salvage story
9-10 RE-USE's client receives national award for their deconstruction program
8-10 Mayor of St. Paul praises RE-USE client for their new deconstruction program
7-10 The Return to Pittsburgh
We are team building in Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
6-10 Green Jobs in Baltimore
Deconstruction has many benefits that make it a worthy endeavor. When we started training ex-offenders to perform deconstruction, we learned of yet another benefit. Imagine being an ex-offender that no one will hire and with few options to have a normal life. It is no wonder that they re-offend, and that serves no purpose for their life, weakens our society, and costs the tax payers billions. Deconstruction offers a new growing industry that has fewer barriers to employment in many ways, but plenty of challenges...
5-10 Built Green Conference 2010
RE-USE spoke at this year's conference in Bellevue, WA. In 2009, we spoke about 15 times around the Country, promoting deconstruction and building material reuse. In 2010, our focus has switched to training, but we still are talking about decon when we can.
4-10 Metal Magazine (March-April 2010)
Check out some of our residential client's sites at:
1-15-12 Best of 2011:
12-11-11 National Magazine features RE-USE
RE-USE was featured in an article in the national magazine, Qualified Remodeler (click here)
Interested in training or finding out more about our reusable building materials industry? Just pick up the phone and give us a call at
RE-USE turns down rental car from client, buys bicycle instead, then donates it to a family in need
click HERE for details
4-Story building deconstructed with Reuse Action
Fortunately, the $1000/day crane was barely able to reach! On to the next job, a....two-car garage!
ATTENTION All Green Builders:
Please, stop gluing buildings together and using spray foam insulation that cannot be removed! You are designing waste into your structures. You are eliminating future jobs and subsidizing the landfill!
300 buildings assessed for deconstruction in the last 30 days
We were hired to assess 300 buildings for deconstruction and found that some would be worth it and some would not. We determined that not every building in the world should be deconstructed. There, I said it, ok? We need to use our limited deconstruction crews to focus on the better buildings and better materials...
Creating more reuse jobs
We just hired two new reuse workers for our client's new reuse business! That felt good...
Hybrid Deconstruction Lab
Occasionally, we put ourselves in a difficult situation with a plan of fighting our way out of it. Our August building, a 12,500 sq ft structure, was an example of this. The project was taken on with only two people on the crew so that we would have to rely on our existing hybrid deconstruction techniques and create a few new ones too. It is projects like this that move us and the reuse industry forward.
6-3-11 BBC Radio - London
Interview with Dave Bennink, RE-USE Consulting
(While Dave was at SeaTac airport hiding in a corner from jet noise...)
5-30-11 RE-USE Consulting is planning regional efforts to promote building material reuse
We will launch the first of these in the Chicago area soon. What we need are more people buying reusable materials and more people requesting deconstruction instead of settling for demolition.
IF YOU HAVE A PROJECT IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA PLEASE CONTACT US!
5-16-11 Dave Bennink's scooter trip ends at 2000.1 miles at the Decon '11 conference in New Haven, CT.
Dave visited groups from Florida to Vermont.
We hope that we can continue to provide them assistance for their reuse efforts. Images coming soon or on Facebook:
5-11 Dave Bennink's 2000 mile scooter tour is underway! (5-5-11)
Thanks to our sponsors:
Action Wheelsports, St. Pete, FL
Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Sarasota, FL
Urban Miners, Hamden, CT
Meeting with EPA Atlanta is coming up soon...
4-11 RE-USE planning pro-bono consulting tour to help the building deconstruction industry in the Southeast and East Coast
Imagine buying a scooter over the internet, flying to Tampa to pick it up, and riding that motorcycle wannabe 2000 miles, stopping along the way to help struggling and new deconstruction and reuse businesses. I know, time to grow up Dave - right?
We are calling it the 'Road to Decon '11 Tour' because it begins in Sarasota, Florida, heads north to Vermont, and ends at the National Decon conference, Decon '11, in New Haven, CT.
Each group that we help along the way will be interviewed and each problem we encounter we be laid out on Facebook for your viewing enjoyment. Please follow and 'like' it by clicking the following:
3-11 RE-USE Consulting asked to speak at the national deconstruction conference
The Building Materials Reuse Assoc. is holding the Decon '11 conference on Yale's campus in May. We are speaking and helping organize the exhibitors. We are looking for all kinds of exhibitors, so if you are interested contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out this FLYER
2-11 RE-USE to help the second largest County in the USA start a deconstruction program
We will be bringing a customized version of our basic training class to Cook County, IL to train and create green collar jobs for 60 individuals and contractors in the local area, helping the local group the Delta Institute complete the task.
1-11 2011 is filling up
RE-USE Consulting will be speaking twice at the Decon '11 conference, has 12 buildings set for deconstruction, and is scheduled to train over 120 people, creating green-collar jobs across the USA and Canada. We taught a great group of workers with barriers to employment this month where all had a work-ready attitude and graduated from the class, and we hope for the best for them as they begin to search for jobs.
12-10 What decon ever happens in December?
RE-USE Consulting helping Iowa training program get off the ground
RE-USE in Canada: Two Canadian decon pilot projects ready to start
BMRA tool expo coming to Decon '11 - contact us for details!
RE-USE starts its Rebuilt Shed Project, an effort to make
a shed completely out of the parts from a larger building
11-10 New Training About to Begin
We are now working with Cook County and Delta to train contractors on deconstruction with the hope that they will hire deconstruction workers, including our Chicago Decon training program graduates!
Best wishes to Lou Dickson at her new business, the Evanston Rebuilding Center in Evanston, IL
10-10 The Award for Greenest City in the World Goes to....?
RE-USE Consulting is now helping the City of Vancouver, British Columbia with their efforts to become the greenest city in the world by 2020!
9-10 Not all news is bad news
RE-USE Consulting has been covered by a number of news networks this year including:
NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and more!
We hope to continue to promote the building material reuse industry through opportunities like these!
See you at the Reuse Alliance's conference in October, www.reusealliance.org
8-10 One long road trip
This summer, we traveled 11 out of 12 weeks, training and taking buildings down. We worked on 10 buildings, conducted decon studies, held meetings and made presentations in what was one of our most productive summer seasons.
7-10 RE-USE in the news
Note: We are aware that this page is way too long and a bad idea. Please stop writing and blogging about this point. It remains at the bottom of our do-to list.
Note: We are aware that our website has a
'RE-USE in the News' page. Please stop writing and/or blogging about this point. It is important that we self-promote ourselves and yes, we do click on the links daily just to increase the hits.
1. USA Today spells Dave Bennink's name wrong:
2. Pop City spells Dave Bennink's name right:
3. The Root covers one of our ex-offender jobs:
4. RE-USE creates job training program for City of Chicago - will employee 140 trainees and 160 overall:
5. RE-USE to help deconstruct building - materials to be provided to other historical presevation project :
6-10 Top Ten Reasons To Deconstruct (in no order)
RE-USE Consulting chosen to help with 60,000 sq ft building deconstruction project! Wow, at this rate, we will help deconstruct over 400,000 sq ft of buildings this year alone!
RE-USE Consulting was asked to speak at the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Conference in Dallas, Tx and the Building Materials Reuse Association's Conference in Chicago, IL.
We were named
National Building Deconstructor of the Year - 2009
by the BMRA in Chicago!
2009 Our Deconstruction Flood Relief Was A Success!
Our clients donated (6) 26' moving vans full of building materials
to families around the Pacific Northwest and we would like
to thank them for their efforts.
Below: flood damage pictures- ruined flooring, doors, sheetrock, etc.
2009 Deconstruction Flood Relief Effort
RE-USE Consulting is working together with multiple building owners to help victims of the flooding in January 2009.
We intend to give away all of the doors, cabinets, trusses, lumber, and lots of other materials from 7-10 deconstructed buildings. These materials are going to worthy and qualified families, farmers, and both for-profit and non-profit businesses, primarily in King, Snohomish, and Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
If you know of someone in need, please contact us ASAP using the 'contact us' page of this website. RE-USE would like to thank the anonymous donors that are making this possible!
1-09Dave Bennink of RE-USE Consulting used to co-manage two used building material stores in Western Washington. Now he is deconstructing one of them! The old 30,000 sq ft Sash and Door building complex in Bellingham, WA is being partially deconstructed and Bennink is pleased to be involved. Look at those 3x14s!
12-08 We had another successful training project in Cleveland, OH. RE-USE Consulting worked with Urban Lumberjacks of Cleveland (ULOC) to take down an almost 2400 sq. ft. 2 1/2 story home. Despite it being only there second project, it only took us 4 days to get the building down to the foundation, and about 1 1/2 days later to finish cleaning the site and to denail about 6500 board feet of lumber and flooring.
11-08 RE-USE News...
New Page on our Site: RE-USE in the News
We are happy to report that the 2008 Great Lakes Building Reuse Conference was successful and that Buffalo Reuse and the BMRA had about 140 participants in the first year. RE-USE Consulting's full day workshop had about 40 in attendance. We also traveled to Cleveland and helped the local group Urban Lumberjacks of Cleveland hit a home-run. Despite many people losing interest in deconstruction in the area, we gave them a new perspective with the following:
1800 sq ft home - 2.5 stories - 4.75 crew members -
building down to foundation in 3.5 days - job complete in 5 days
If we had 6 people (recommended for the Three-Day Decon system to work efficiently), we would have had the building down in 3 days and cleaned up/processed in 4.
10-08 Training and Retraining..
RE-USE Consulting has recently trained many of the big names in deconstruction including: Buffalo Reuse, Construction Junction, Build It Green NYC, and more. What are you waiting for? Give us a call.
9-08 Nov. 19th, 2008 -Find out more: www.greatlakesreuse.org
We keep rolling - three buildings deconstructed in three weeks
totalling over 5100 sq ft. (in New Jersey and Pennslyvania). These were all part of our Three Day Decon training program as we attempt to help create hundreds of 'GREEN COLLAR JOBS' through building deconstruction efforts.
8-08 RE-USE Consulting Promotes Building Deconstruction Nationwide
RE-USE is helping put together the 2008 Great Lakes Building Reuse Conference in Buffalo, NY Nov. 16-18. We will also be offering a full-day workshop titled Designing a Project for Deconstruction on Nov. 19th after this event.
7-08 July was a huge month for RE-USE Consulting. We helped our clients take down 17,000 sq ft of structures:
2 garages, 2 homes, 1 interior decon project, 1 shed, 1 barn, 2 covered walkways, 5000 roof tiles, 800 sq ft deck
View from the deck (Beacon Rock in the Distance):
Find out about this jobsite at: www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/
6-08 RE-USE Consulting is in Forbes Magazine! The article got some of the numbers wrong so contact us to see why 8 out of the last 10 buildings we worked on were completed for less than estimates for demolition.
5-08 RE-USE Consulting recently helped out on a Washington State Heritage Barn Program jobsite. We are hired to assist in the deconstruction of a 100+ yr old 15,000 sq ft barn so that the materials saved could be used to repair other heritage barns. Around 40,000 board feet of beams, etc. were saved!
4-08 RE-USE Consulting's project of the month - a 1918 7500 sq ft home in New Jersey with a 1500 sq ft garage. Our efforts on this single building will divert over a third of a million pounds of building materials from the landfill and save the owner over $20,000 compared to demolishing it!
3-08 Sign up for the Great Lakes Deconstruction Conference in Buffalo, NY Nov. 2008 - contact us for details or click here
2/08 - NOW OPEN IN Mt. Vernon, WA:
Skagit Building Salvage!
(see our Materials For Sale page for details)
1/08 - New website complete with bad grammar and other glitches - sorry too busy saving materials from the landfill to fix them. More site updates each week.
12/07 - RE-USE chosen to help with fully deconstructing 5 apartment buildings totaling over 54,000 sq ft.
11/07 - RE-USE helping plan a new reusable building materials store in Western Washington State!
10/07 - RE-USE interviewed on National Public Radio and is mentioned
in the NY Times
9/07 - RE-USE runs a salvage crew at ABC's Extreme Home Makeover project in Washington State
8/07 - RE-USE assists our client in labeling + panelizing the 1893 Richard R. White house prior to its move and reassembly on another site.
7/07 - Too long ago, can't remember. Oh yeah, RE-USE Consulting was runner-up for National Building Deconstructor of the Year - 2007!!