Deconstruction Passion

Don has been involved in the Architectural profession for over 35 years. Early exposure to Historical Preservation and Industrial Archaeology fueled the inner desires to embrace ways to preserve our natural resources and the environment. While designing and creating buildings all across the country, the desire to incorporate our past into our future through repurposing and reuse of architectural elements became a strong and common theme. When the opportunity occurs where you have to demolish a building to make room for a new building, the process becomes even more highlighted and exciting.

DemolitionArch evolved from the passion and thrill of taking the old and making it new again, sometimes in very surprising ways and nothing like the original. Whether this is from the restoration of a grand historic structure or the deconstruction of a dilapidated old building, there are simply hundreds of ways to embrace the reuse and repurposing of materials.There is an immense satisfaction from diverting hundreds of thousands of tons of materials from our growing landfills. And in finding homes for other deconstructed materials in the dreams of other architects, designers, and other folks who create and build the environment where we work and play every day.

 We are simply stewards for all the resources mother nature has provided us. It is our responsibility to be environmentally, and economically sustainable as designers.

Deconstruction has evolved over the years from saving a few 2x4's and some brick, to a multi-million dollar industry. The key to deconstructing a building is not the demolition itself, but the process in finding homes for the resources and repurposing  or reusing the materials in another way. This is where DemolitionArch can help. We have a database of contacts and resources to help find homes for the salvaged materials, and even find materials for those looking to recapture the past. Let us know how we can help.

Call me at 515.418.7244

10 thoughts on “Deconstruction Passion

  1. Interesting new adventures Don. Wishing you much success.

  2. Hi Don! We are interested in some of the regular lockers in the Everly HS site. Can you tell me the price on those? I was only finding sports lockers on the website. Thanks. You can also email me at or give Denny a call as I know you two are in contact quite a bit. Thanks

    1. Heather,
      thanks for the comment! the lockers are $10 per door. and i saw your orders as well. I will be at the everly building on the tuesday after Memorial day. we can settle up then!

  3. I heard word that the bus barn if for sale can you tell about that

    1. thanks monty. i did talk to the superintendent and he is waiting for you to call him and he will put you on the list for the public sale. they are currently still platting the property.

  4. Hi. This is Deb Cunningham. Asking about our order. When is the first available time to pick them up and where? Our son Ryan will be picking them up. We would like one set of two and Two individual lockers. Will you be taking them apart or do we do this? Please let us know as soon as you can. Thank you.

    1. Hi Deb,
      i got a chance to review your order last night. thanks for shopping!
      You will have to dismantle and remove your lockers yourself. You will need a screw driver and a wrench for the nuts and bolts.

      I am currently in Oshkosh Wi for a day then Dubuque for a day. i don’t have a specific date set yet for my next trip to the building. was looking at next week but that is July 4th weekend and that could be a very busy day in Arnold’s park. please check back with me in a day or so, or check my website. i try to update my building dates on there as well.

  5. Just wondering what make and model the electric piano from Everly high school is? Also how old is it? Thanks!

    1. Heidi
      thanks for the comment. i am not sure how old this particular piano is but i did just sell it on Thursday. it was sold by phone. I am so sorry that it is not available.
      i might have one at the okoboji site if you are interested.

    2. Heidi, i do have a digital piano in Okoboji at the Middle school. it is a Casio CPS. you can check it out on this site under the Okoboji Category. thanks!

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