the impact of this work
In contrast to traditional demolition techniques, deconstruction has numerous and indirect multiplier benefits that include local job creation and waste reduction. We initiated the Partial Deconstruction Pilot Project to evaluate the direct economic viability of including deconstruction techniques within a large scale, assembly-line style demolition process, such as the one currently underway in Detroit. Together we evaluated the building removal process for its impact on local air quality and soil contamination / disturbance. Results from this study have informed local and national policy, engaged with salvaged material practitioners across the country, and have supported ongoing multi-disciplinary research.