Steele’s Market

Posted May 8th, 2012 by

Steele’s Market
Fort Collins, Colorado

DeConstruct™ Project

Steele's Market DeConstruction Volunteer, Fort Collins, CO

Background: Steele’s Market had been a community fixture in Fort Collins since the 1950s, but in February of 2001 the family run grocery store closed its doors. The building was never occupied again, and in 2009 the new owner, Bohemian Companies, took the bold step to remove the community landmark. The National Center for Craftsmanship (NCC) was consulted to bring its technical expertise to the deconstruction project.

Strategies and Results:

  • Deconstruction of 22,000 square feet, including two commercial buildings.
  • Full interior removal to salvage lumber (timber and dimensional), cabinets, doors, plumbing, electrical and mechanical.
  • All of the recycling (wood, steel and copper) and waste accounted for using LEED® protocols; monitored and documented by NCC LEED AP staff.
  • 90% of construction waste diverted from the landfill; over 1,200 tons recycled.
  • Registered U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Future LEED Gold project.

Additionally, through a State Justice Assistance Grant awarded to Larimer County Community Corrections Women’s Program, NCC was able to train five women in deconstruction technologies and facilitate their transition back into the general population. The program is known internally as DreamBuilders. Five students were certified in eight weeks, resulting in a 100% job placement rate upon completion of the project.

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“We found NCC to be an excellent partner in our project. They were keenly in-tune with our needs from start to finish and were organized, dedicated, and professional throughout the project. We will not hesitate to partner with them in the future, should the need arise.”

Scott Ranweiler, Bohemian Companies

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