This is not just a demolition, it’s a deconstruction; a much more tedious task.
They’re careful because of what they’re removing: it’s the church’s cornerstone, built into the bricks nearly 100 years ago.
In the 3 years since the church closed, the diocese collected all of the relics, the stained glass, and the altar, crooks took all of the copper. Even a group of parishioners made a last minute grab of a World War II Memorial moments before it became rubble.
Deconstruction Management facilitated the partial deconstruction of the former St. Joseph's Christian Life Center on behalf of the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
All items removed during the deconstruction were subsequently sold and a portion of the net proceeds was returned back to the Hospice.
Taking buildings apart and treating them like blocks makes it easier to dismantle and reassemble a structure, inhibit landfill growth, and return valuable building materials back into the market.