Deconstruction Contractor Spotlight: The ReBuilding Center

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The Rebuilding Center exists to discover and re-claim value in people, materials, and communities that been overlooked or discarded by society.

CompanyThe ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

Why is The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services interested in deconstruction/salvage?

The ReBuilding Center exists to discover and re-claim value in people, materials, and communities that have been overlooked or discarded by society. That’s why we’re here.

Salvaging, reclaiming, and re-selling building supplies – materials that in the past have ended up in area landfills as garbage – is absolutely fundamental to our mission.  

What makes DeConstruction Services unique?

As a partner with the area’s foremost builders, developers, and architectural firms, we provide the first step to an environmentally sustainable project. Not only are we about to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re the only full service, non-profit deconstruction firm in the Portland Metro area. We provide our clients with a detailed inventory of the materials they donate to our local non-profit, which in turn the clients can use as a charitable contribution and subsequent tax deduction.

We deconstruct all types of structures from small detached garages to whole houses and large commercial buildings. We also prepare homes undergoing minor renovations to larger scale, whole house remodels and additions. As an EPA-Certified Lead Safe Contractor, our highly skilled and trained staff can ensure that your project will be done in accordance with all pertinent laws regarding lead based paint.

What other services do you provide besides deconstruction?

Materials gleaned from the deconstruction process are sold out of our warehouse on N. Mississippi Avenue (The ReBuilding Center) where we have the largest collection of salvaged construction materials in the Pacific Northwest. We also offer a pick-up service for contractors and others who want to donate used building supplies.

Profits are plowed back into our community through our Community Outreach program. The ReBuilding Center donates materials to hundreds of community organizations each year, and provides small grants of up to $500 to individuals and organizations engaged in community revitalization.

Additionally, the ReBuilding Center provides STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) opportunities for Portland’s youth, and Do-It-Yourself classes to the community out of our workshop on Mississippi Avenue.

What is the most notable item/material salvaged during your projects?  

During a whole house deconstruction, we discovered, buried in a wall cavity, a Purple Heart, which is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving.

What three words best describe DeConstruction Services? 

  • Professional
  • Engaged
  • Mission-driven

For more information about The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services, please contact:

Douglas Lichter

Phone: 503-331-9875

Mobile: 503-349-9027


Website: The ReBuilding Center/DeConstruction Services

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Deconstruction Program regularly highlights companies that have recently completed the requirements to become certified deconstruction contractors. To be featured, please contact Shawn Wood, Deconstruction Program Manager at: