Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Revel: 3 days of weekend!

  • Revel:

    Walked by the Ontario theater and they have already started demolition. Rather than bringing in a Cat D-11 and just pushing everything over, they seem to be doing a careful piece by piece takedown of the structure.

    I hope it keeps on this way. Must be more expensive, but is way less disruptive to the neighborhood

    • I wonder if they’re doing deconstruction as opposed to traditional demolition. I’m not familiar with this specific project, but in general, deconstruction involves taking down a structure piece-by-piece (either by hand or with a hybrid hand-machine approach). While deconstruction isn’t the right approach for every structure, I work with some groups that use it as a job-training method to teach basic principles about construction and jobsite safety to individuals who need to acquire some entry-level laborer/construction skills. Deconstruction also has environmental benefits, in that the primary goal is often to recycle or salvage (and re-sell) as much of the building material as possible, thus keeping it out of the landfill and providing lower-cost salvaged building materials to homeowners working on rennovation projects or whatnot. (And depending on the job, it can cut down on dust nuisance to the neighbors.)

    • And to answer your question–yes, deconstruction does tend to be more expensive on paper compared to demolition. However, that cost difference is sometimes offset by the savings on landfill-dumping fees and the salvage. (This often depends on the regional market–for example, tipping fees tend to be very high on the west coast, thus more incentive to deconstruct and recycle C&D materials compared to states like Ohio and Indiana where landfills are super-cheap. Not sure about DC’s dumping market, but being that it’s an urban, east coast area, I’d assume tipping fees are on the high side.) Companies or homeowners doing deconstruction can either sell their salvage or in some cases take a tax deduction on the value of the materials if they donate the salvage to a nonprofit warehouse (like Community Forklift or the Restores that Habitat operates in some cities).

  • Revel: Robber in NE wearing all black hooded raincoat and carrying a sawed off shotgun. That’s a pretty intense weapon for a stick up.

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