An Alternative to Demolition
Where preservation of buildings in situ is not a possibility, preservation of their materials through salvage prevents these materials from being lost through disposal in a landfill.
Preservation of Architectural Elements
The materials we salvage are available to the public for sale at the Architectural Salvage Warehouse retail store where it may be purchased to use in historic preservation or home improvement projects. Salvaged materials are often less expensive than new materials, and have a special character that new materials do not.
Financial Support for Preservation
Once the ASWD is fully operational, we hope to donate funds to preservation organizations to support historic preservation efforts in metropolitan Detroit. We also hope to initiate historic preservation projects of our own, purchasing properties, preserving them, and selling them to new owners.
We divert tons of reusable and often scarce building materials from landfills, recycle materials unsuitable for reuse, and minimize waste.
By limiting the amount of solid waste placed in landfills each year, salvage is an excellent way to demonstrate our commitment and concern for the environment, to improve quality of life, and to pass on a better world for our children and for future generations.
Control Environmental Hazards
We use industry-leading safety procedures, containment systems, and cleanup equipment to keep our customers and workers safe from lead paint, asbestos, silica, general nuisance dust, and other hazards.
For each job created by demolition, deconstruction creates two to five jobs more. Meaning deconstruction is a more powerful tool for economic development.
Training provides skills that are valuable not only for salvage and deconstruction, but also for maintenance, renovation, and restoration work. Our training process assures that crew members have the skills and know the safety features that they need to be effective, while workers are paid a living wage as they learn.
Success in Other Cities
Architectural salvage and deconstruction has been successful in other major metropolitan areas, some larger, and some smaller than Detroit, including: Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Portland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis. To be competitive, Detroit must do what these other cities are already doing.