We are loving it right now -
Our contracting arm, Deconstruction Services, LLC. has won 85% of its bids so far this year!
5-20-15 15,000 sq ft. pole barn deconstruction project:
We won the bid to deconstruct this 15,000 sq ft barn complex, diverting over 98% from the landfill!
1-30-15 Re-Use Consulting wins
at the Sustainability Leadership Awards
We won an award at the Sustainable Seattle annual awards dinner this year. We won for the 2014 Creative Solution Category.
4-14-14: Farm Salvage
We helped salvage over 1500 of these!
9-29-14 Re-Use Client Spotlight:
Jerry Blassingame, Soteria
Check out this link to a great client of ours working to create jobs for the homeless under challenging conditions:
8-19-14 Historic Preservation
Can Re-Use Consulting help save this 1930s Sears and Roebuck kit barn? Stay tuned!
7-20-14 Deconstructing in NW Washington State
We are saving materials left and right from dozens of structures in NW Washington State this year and helping supply the local reuse stores. During this project, we salvaged and returned enough materials to the owner to offset the costs of our services! That's $0.00 net cost. Imagine demolishing a building and then going to the store and re-buying all those materials you just destroyed and threw away!
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Update: Weeks later, and we are still salvaging things from the school! -
Re-Use Consulting has now helped over 40 other non-profit schools that needed parts of this school, but couldn't afford them new.
Update: School sale- 17 structures on campus...our goal is to salvage and sell between 300,000 and 500,000 pounds of material while helping the school run a much needed fundraiser that will fetch tens of thousands of dollars...
Update:Our group is speaking at Greendrinks Milwaukee this month!
Update: Sometimes it's the small things - While fully deconstructing a house and garage on this site, we found out about a family in need. We donated the insulation to them because they couldn't afford to buy it new (and they couldn't keep up with the heating bills). Wish we had gotten it to them last Fall.
South Carolina Success
We traveled to South Carolina to help a non-profit start a building deconstruction and reuse warehouse in March. The result was about 8 jobs created so far including 6 previously incarcerated individuals that are now working to get their lives back on track, 2 buildings deconstructed, and money already coming in from sales of salvaged materials!
Keeping busy in the snow -
We are working on an old barn in a foot of snow since other projects are on hold or haven't started yet. Good old reclaimed building materials including peeled cedar poles, rusty metal roofing, and barn doors makes this a great find for our customers putting together rustic rooms or buildings. Up next: Green-collar job creation in the South!
What 99% landfill diversion looks like
1-31-14 Sustainable Leadership Awards
Re-Use Consulting was one of the runner-ups at the Sustainable Leadership Awards in Seattle, WA (Creative Solution Category)
Update on our Project of the Year - 2013
Our top 12 projects of 2013 were voted on by our Facebook fans and the Stanwood Memorial Barn project won! They will receive the $200 prize money and put it towards finding a permanent memorial to honor teens that have died tragically in that area. Other top projects included:
-Inner-city jobs for Milwaukee -Detroit pro-bono consulting
-Helping homeless veterans find green-collar jobs
-Idaho home on cliff -Historic document preservation
-Seattle church deconstruction -1890's bell saved
-Historic Barn Preservation Program -1890's cabin
-1950's neon sign preserved
Seattle - We had so many great projects in 2013, we are letting you decide which one wins the 'Decon Bowl'! Join the fun and vote for your favorite projects on our Facebook page.
12-08-14 Green-Collar Jobs
Teaching Sustainability to inner-city workers
We are back on the road helping train inner-city workers from areas with high-unemployment, workers trying to catch a break after being released from prison, and helping a non-profit create jobs for homeless people at their new reuse warehouse
11-07-14 Road Trips!!
Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Austin, NYC, Syracuse, Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle
We are off on a series of 'American Pickers' style road trips, finding and saving hidden treasures from all over the Country. What will we find next! Wouldn't this be a great cable tv show?
10-10-14 David Bennink of Re-Use Consulting asked to speak at the ReuseConex Conference in Austin, TX Oct 23-25
Bennink will speak on the economics of the reuse industry and how we will be able to sustain it and grow it in the future. Re-Use has helped over 100 reuse operations all over North America. We train groups in building deconstruction, reuse operations, salvage of reclaimed building materials including reclaimed wood, salvaging plants, designing for deconstruction, and value-added workshops thus creating green-collar jobs.
3-7-13: It's a dirty job, but everyone wants to do it
Re-Use has helped people in 42 States and 4 Provinces, 'building up an industry that takes down buildings'
2-28-13: Blizzard Nemo hits our deconstruction jobsite with 40" of snow, after we removed the roof sheathing :)
1-31-13: Click here to read our 'Best of 2012' Letter:
12-31-12: The Decon Woman Challenge:
Congrats To Sally Kamprath and Bobbi Blodgett for winning the Challenge. They will both receive $200 from Re-Use Consulting
Sally's operation: www.rehouseny.com
Bobbi's operation: www.reusesalvage.com
11-27-12 The Decon Woman Challenge:
RE-USE Consulting is offering a $200 first prize to the best story submitted about a woman working in the building deconstruction field. If you know of someone, please let us know or PASS THIS POST ON TO OTHERS. The stories will be shared via Facebook, so include a photo or two with a 500 or less word description about this woman and why she is a good example for others. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must be received by Dec 15th. Questions may be submitted to the same address. The prize will be announced on Dec 30th, 2012.
1-25-12 Big Projects Continue for Re-Use
The hospital we are bidding on has well over 300 sinks, 1500 cabinets, and more...did someone say green-collar job creation?
10-14-12 Big Win for Reuse
We just landed a deal for our client to salvage and deconstruct 550 buildings!! That's a good day's work. Here is an image of some of the materials they have already reclaimed and delivered to a high profile office remodel! Oh, and that's another 12-24 people back to work, and most of those jobs were created in the inner-city!
9-20-12 When Re-Use Talks...
We are scheduled to speak at events
6 times in 6 weeks! We are spreading the word about reuse, green-collar jobs, and win-win scenarios all over North America.
8-20-12 Man, I Love Manitoba
Deconstruction in a
Little Town on the Prairie
What a great crew. I have no doubt they will go on to deconstruct many buildings in the future and will send those reusable materials to many worthy projects.
7-22-12 America's Largest Building Deconstruction Crew
2700+ volunteers/trainees came to New Orleans to learn about deconstruction and to lend a hand in removing blighted structures there. We had a great time helping supervise them and keeping them safe (2700+ trainees and only 4 band-aids used).
Key points were:
Decon =25 times more jobs than demo
Decon = 11-13 times less energy compared to decon than manufacture certain items new
Decon = A supply of vintage materials available
for historic renovation projects
Decon = A supply of materials available for
lower-income building owners
7-20-12 America's Largest Building Deconstruction Crew
RE-USE traveled to New Orleans to help train and educate over 2700 volunteers in building deconstruction. Thanks to the ELCA for participating and CORE USA for hosting the event.
Workforce Development Training
is resulting in jobs!
Our most recent training for unemployed workers has resulted in work for 5 of the 11 in the class! Still working to get the rest back to work.
5-30-12 LUXE Magazine Article!
One of our deconstruction jobs made the cover of Luxe Magazine! Great example of owner-reuse of their own reclaimed cedar and other materials!
4-20-15 Warehouse deconstruction:
1.5 million pounds to divert from the landfill...wanna help?!
3-20-15 Wagon saved from collapsed shed
We were asked to carefully deconstruct a shed in order to save a wagon trapped inside. Mission accomplished. Wagon sold.
2-20-15 Re-Use Consulting's owner
Dave Bennink takes a 2700 sq ft. home
down by himself. Why? We're not quite sure,
but apparently it helps him come up with new
techniques and shows what can be done.
Milwaukee - We are working to start a website for Wisconsin's growing deconstruction industry (to help support the creation of 100 inner-city green collar jobs)!
The website will accept requests for materials and match demand up with supply! Stay tuned for more info on the launch of this new site...
Seattle and Western Washington Projects
We continue to support all of the reuse stores in Puget Sound region, sending materials to stores from Wenatchee to Pt. Angeles, Bellingham to Tacoma. We would like to thank Isola Homes for efforts to promote deconstruction and reuse in 2013! (All sorts of material including this baptismal tub!)
Stanwood Memorial Barn Project
We were chosen to disassemble the Memorial Barn in Stanwood, WA so that sections of it can live on as a new memorial at another site! Link: http://www.scnews.com/news/article_a0dc8c42-2abd-11e3-805f-0019bb30f31a.html
Seattle Church being deconstructed including these 40 ft high arched trusses
8-20-13 Detroit: Re-Use is trying hard to help a group of homeless veterans set up a deconstruction business (with no funding)...stay tuned!
7-17-13 Wyoming - Loved this project
We helped deconstruct this building for the family of the original owners. The parents built this as their dream home and when they passed on, the home fell into disrepair. Their favorite place in the world was Yellowstone Park and we were able to see that the deconstructed materials were sent to Yellowstone to help build a new guest lodge there!
6-12-13: Saving the 1886 bell :)
5-24-13: We are helping local reuse operations throughout North America
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 email@example.com 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!!