Deconstruction grants

Salvage, reuse, and recycle building materials 

Hennepin County has funding available for building projects that use deconstruction techniques instead of standard demolition to remove materials from the destruction, alteration, or renovation of a building. Homeowners and developers of residential properties can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional time and labor costs associated with deconstruction.

Apply for a deconstruction grant

To apply, complete the deconstruction grant application.

Applicants must be a homeowner or developer in an participating city and the work must be on residential properties. Projects must meet the reuse and disposal criteria, the structure being demolished or renovated must have been built prior to 1950, and the size of structure or area of renovation must be 250 square feet or larger. See eligibility and requirements section below for more information.

Educational resources about deconstruction

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About deconstruction

How deconstruction works

Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling building structure to preserve building materials in tact so they can be used again for the same purpose. For examples, deconstruction involves removing cabinets for installation in another kitchen or wood flooring that is reused as flooring in another building.

Deconstruction prioritizes reuse

Deconstruction prioritizes salvaging materials for reuse and then recycling what is not reusable. The process minimizes the amount of unusable and non-recyclable materials that end up in a landfill.

Through deconstruction, up to 25% of the materials in a typical home can be reused and up to 70% of the materials can be recycled. Reusing and recycling building materials has many environmental and economic benefits over landfilling construction and demolition waste.

Eligibility and requirements

Funding available

Homeowners and developers can receive up to $5,000 ($2 per square foot) for projects that use deconstruction techniques.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a homeowner or developer in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Deephaven, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Maple Grove, Mound, St. Louis Park, and Woodland  (additional cities will be considered for participation as the program expands).
  • The work must be on residential properties, including houses and apartment buildings up to four units.
  • Projects must meet the reuse and disposal criteria described below.
  • The structure being demolished or renovated must have been built prior to 1950.
  • The size of structure or area of renovation must be 250 square feet or larger.
  • Deconstruction of accessory or commercial structures are not eligible for funding.

Reuse and disposal criteria

To qualify for funding, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • A pre-demolition inspection must be conducted by Hennepin County staff.
  • A minimum of five material types in category A and one material type from category B must be removed for reuse to qualify for funding (see the materials included in each category in the application below).
  • At least 550 pounds of material from category B must be deconstructed for reuse.
  • All non-reusable building material generated from the project is sent to a Hennepin County approved construction and demolition waste recycling processing facility.

Category A includes brick or stone blocks, cabinets, casing around doors and windows, light fixtures, mantels, molding, plumbing fixtures, solid wood doors, stair treads and railings, stone details, radiators, wood-framed windows, and shutter or siding.

Category B includes wood flooring, dimensional lumber, and ceiling and floor joists.

Notification of funding

Applicants will be notified within five business days of the county receiving the application whether the project is awarded funds. The county will develop a contract with the homeowner or developer outlining the details for reimbursement.

Disbursement of funding

If awarded, funds will be dispersed upon completion of deconstruction work and verification of material being reused, recycled, or disposed. The following must be submitted to receive funding:

  • Itemized receipts from reuse retailers.
  • Documentation showing weight of material sent to a Hennepin County approved construction and demolition waste recycling facility.

Contact us

Hennepin County staff are available to determine project specifications and eligibility and answer questions about deconstruction. Contact olivia.cashman@hennepin.us.

Salvage and recycling businesses for building materials

Salvage businesses

The following organizations and businesses offer salvage opportunities for building materials. This list does not constitute approval of any of the firms identified nor do we claim the list is complete.

A Plus Appliances

Accent Store Fixtures

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Contact: 612-379-2788, asfmn.com
  • Accepts: shelving and storage units, gridwall, slatwall

Architectural Antiques

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Contact: 612-332-8344, archantiques.com
  • Accepts: building materials, unique/historical artifacts

Art & Architecture

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Contact: 612-904-1776, artandarc.com
  • Accepts: building materials, unique/historical artifacts

Bauer Brothers Salvage, Inc.

  • Location:Minneapolis
  • Contact: 612-521-9492, bauerbrotherssalvage.com
  • Accepts: building materials including: cabinets, commercial items, doors, lighting, plumbing, windows

Better Futures Minnesota

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Contact: 612-351-8659, betterfuturesminnesota.com
  • Accepts: appliances, cabinets, doors, lighting, lumber, plumbing, tile

Bridging 

  • Location: Bloomington  
  • Contact: 952-888-1105, bridging.org
  • Accepts: Furniture and household items

City Salvage

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Contact: 612-627-9107, citysalvage.com
  • Accepts: building materials including: cabinets, commercial items, doors, lighting, plumbing, windows

Furnish Office & Home 

Guilded Salvage

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Contact: 651-644-9270 or 651-227-0382, guildedsalvage.com
  • Accepts: building materials, unique/historical artifacts, hardware, lighting

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

  • Location: Minneapolis and New Brighton
  • Contact: 612-588-3820, restore.tchabitat.org
  • Accepts: building materials including: cabinets, commercial items, doors, lighting, plumbing, windows

Historic Stone Company

Northwest Architectural Salvage

  • Location: St. Paul
  • Contact: 651-644-9270
  • Accepts: building materials, unique/historical artifacts

Second Chance Recycling

County-approved construction and demolition waste recycling processors

The companies listed below accept loads of construction and demolition materials from residents. They can also provide roll-off boxes to keep onsite to collect materials throughout the project at a comparable price of sending these materials to a landfill. Plan ahead to coordinate recycling.

Atomic Recycling

Dem-Con

  • Location: Shakopee
  • Contact: 952-445-5755, dem-con.com

Viet

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Contact: 763-428-2242, veitusa.com
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