Monthly Progress Reports

June 1, 1999 – June 30, 1999

PROJECT TITLE: “Implementing Deconstruction in Florida: Materials Reuse Issues, Disassembly Techniques, Economics and Policy”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Charles J. Kibert, Ph.D., P.E.

AFFILIATION: Powell Center for Construction and Environment, M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida

COMPLETION DATE: May 31, 1999 PHONE NUMBER: 352 392 7502

WORK ACCOMPLISHED: The Powell Center for Construction and Environment held several meeting to determine the allocation of specific tasks to the Center personnel. Two staff members are continuing a literature search and review. Additional staff members are identifying pertinent internet sites and cataloging gathered information. Information is being gathered on important local, regional and state information relating to the construction/demolition markets throughout the State.

Information gathering from several counties including Alachua County with respect to a market share analysis is currently underway. Items such as permitting, salvage companies, property assessments by category, property appraisals, and codes are currently being analyzed. The flow of additional information from additional counties is assisting the ongoing information gathering process.

The Center contacted and visited the California Resource Recovery Association. While in California, a Center staff member met with Ms. Ann Schneider. The main meeting topic centered on the need for increasing repair and reuse, designing for disassembly, reusability, durability and reparability. Information was gathered on Minnesota’s product stewardship plan – which is based on efficiency of land, materials, labor and capital. While in California the Center also visited East Bay Center for Creative Reuse in Oakland and The Reuse People in San Diego. Teed Reiff from the Reuse People has implemented a system of incentives, both positive and negative.

The Center traveled to Oregon where a staff member met with Terry MacDonald of St. Vincent DePaul in Lane County. This group began a reuse center to create economic development for lower income persons. This business has grown from a “used”
appliance center to a training, reuse and recycling facility. This facility includes a woodshop and glass foundry for recycling and recreating products to sell.

The Center is continuing to review the trip notes and analyze the information collected.

A progress meeting was held on June 21. The Center staff members reported to Dr. Charles Kibert. Dr. Kibert established milestones and deadlines for additional project tasks.

RESULTS: The Center is establishing a baseline for the market share analysis. Staff members are comparing the components of other suPCCEssful deconstruction programs with existing local, regional and State conditions. A review of disassembly techniques and safety issues was conducted.

MISSSED MILESTONES: There were no missed milestones

NEXT MONTHS GOALS: The first TAG meeting has been rescheduled for early in the month of July due to schedule conflicts with group members. The Center team is meeting July 1 to discuss progress, assign new tasks and determine specific goals. The literature review and information gathering process will continue. Additional suPCCEssful programs will be contacted. Site visits will continue. The documentation and analysis process will continue from the gathered information.

July1 1, 1999 – July 31, 1999

PROJECT TITLE: “Implementing Deconstruction in Florida: Materials Reuse Issues, Disassembly Techniques, Economics and Policy”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Charles J. Kibert, Ph.D., P.E.

AFFILIATION: Powell Center for Construction and Environment, M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida

COMPLETION DATE: May 31, 1999 PHONE NUMBER: 352 392 7502

WORK ACCOMPLISHED: The Powell Center for Construction and Environment continues to hold meeting verifying progress of the gathering, interpreting and analysis of deconstruction information. Currently, two staff members are identifying pertinent issues found in the literature review, internet sites and cataloging the gathered information. The national issues are assisting in the effort to identify local, regional and state concerns relating to the construction/demolition market. Further contact has been established with counties throughout Florida with respect to permitting, salvage companies, property assessments, property appraisals, and codes. The flow of additional information from additional counties is assisting the ongoing information gathering process.

The Center contacted and visited the Green Design Initiative located at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh Pa. While in Pittsburg, a Center staff member met with Mr. Lester Lave, Director, Green Design Initiative, Cliff Davidson, Director, Environmental Institute; Carnegie Mellon University, and Arpad Horvath, a research engineer. The meetings served primarily as a transfer of information regarding local suPCCEssful project. The Center staff is currently outlining and condensing the trip notes.

The Center reviewed existing deconstruction techniques and currently new deconstruction techniques are being explored. Additional staff members attended free training regarding hazardous material abatement and safety

Progress meeting were held on July 6th and 19th. The Center staff members reported to Dr. Charles Kibert. Dr. Kibert established milestones and deadlines for additional project tasks.

RESULTS: The information and case studies gathered have identified important issues and background information. The Center has determined a baseline for these issues and has created an outline of documentation. Important cost information has been collected regarding training, safety and hazardous materials handling.

MISSSED MILESTONES: There were no missed milestones

NEXT MONTHS GOALS: The first TAG meeting has been rescheduled for early in the month of August. Kyle Kovacs, Senior Project Manager for Ajax Construction Company was out of town on a project and is on vacation for the first week of August. As Kyle is our TAG group industry representative, we feel his input is invaluable. Carol Hurst, TAG member is on vacation the first week of August as well. The Center will contact the group members August 9th to reschedule the meeting. Additional suPCCEssful programs will be contacted. Site visits will continue. The documentation and analysis process will continue from the gathered information. Major categories and issues will be translated into Florida specific information and the writing process is due to begin.

August 1, 1999 through August 31, 1999

PROJECT TITLE: “Implementing Deconstruction in Florida: Materials Reuse Issues, Disassembly Techniques, Economics and Policy”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Charles J. Kibert, Ph.D., P.E.

AFFILIATION: Powell Center for Construction and Environment, M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida

COMPLETION DATE: May 31, 1999 PHONE NUMBER: 352 392 7502

WORK ACCOMPLISHED: The Powell Center for Construction and Environment held a progress meeting on August 25th. This meeting brought the Center staff together to transfer information and case studies gathered. The majority of the information collected to date on deconstruction has been sorted and cataloged. The Center staff members reported to Dr. Charles Kibert. An outline of the report was presented. Dr. Kibert and the Center staff offered suggestions and comments. Dr. Kibert established deadlines and assigned staff members specific fact finding tasks. The outline and the rough draft were distributed to two staff members for a thorough review.

These two staff members met on August 31st to discuss the document. An additional progress meeting was held on August 31st. Outline changes were made and direction was given to continue the data collection process. This meeting established a deadline of Tuesday September 7th for staff members to have their written contributions turned in for review and incorporation into the existing report. Members are currently writing sections of the deconstruction report in areas such as permitting, hazardous materials, regrading lumber, labor issues, and tipping fees.

As the report writing continues, the Center is looking for gaps in the information attained to conduct further searches for this information. The Center is continuing it’s search for Florida specific information. A TAG group meeting was scheduled for August 6, however, two of the three members were on vacation. Dr. Zohar Herbsman is on sabbatical, and Dr. Charles Glagola will be replacing him as a TAG member. Our primary focus has turned from collecting national data to searching for Florida specific information. This will enable us to analyze the national information and create a Florida specific report.

RESULTS: The report writing began and will continue with collected information. The outline created will be used to organize the gathered information and case studies. After reviewing collected information, the Center has identified issues for which additional information is needed.

MISSED MILESTONES: The Center continues its efforts to establish a meeting time when all of the TAG members can be present for their input.

NEXT MONTHS GOALS: A TAG meeting has been rescheduled for early in the month of September. Additional suPCCEssful programs will be contacted. Site visits will continue. The documentation and analysis process will continue from the gathered information. Major categories and issues will be translated into Florida specific information and the writing process will continue.

September 1, 1999 through September 30, 1999

PROJECT TITLE: “Implementing Deconstruction in Florida: Materials Reuse Issues, Disassembly Techniques, Economics and Policy”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Charles J. Kibert, Ph.D., P.E.

AFFILIATION: Powell Center for Construction and Environment, M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida

COMPLETION DATE: May 31, 1999 PHONE NUMBER: 352 392 7502

WORK ACCOMPLISHED: A meeting was held on September 7th by two Center staff members to review and comment on the draft documents. The members identified a list of needed information and are currently targeting these issues for data collection. The Center held two staff meeting on September 21st. The attendees of the first meeting were Dr. Charles Kibert, Interim Director M.E. Sr. School of Building Construction, Brad Guy, Interim Director for the Powell Center for Construction and Environment and Jennifer Languell, Research Associate – Powell Center for Construction and Environment. This meeting Centered on the progress of the draft report and staff member time allocation. Dr. Kibert identified several additional issues the report should address. This meeting was followed later that day by a Center staff meeting. Brad Guy addressed the issues from meeting with Dr. Kibert and assigned staff members to each issue.

The Powell Center for Construction and Environment held the first TAG meeting on September 23, 1999. (The meeting was rescheduled from earlier that month due to Hurricane Floyd.) The meetings attendees included the following:

Brad Guy – Interim Director, Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Maria Hall – Research Associate, Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Dr. Charles Kibert – Interim Director, M.E. Sr. School of Building Construction
Jennifer L. Languell – Research Associate, Powell Center for Construction and Environment

TAG Members:

Dr. Charles Glagola, P.E. – Associate Professor, University of Florida
Carol Hurst – Building Codes Supervisor, Alachua County
Kyle Kovacs – Senior Project Manager, Ajax Construction

Each attendee was given a copy of the agenda and draft report. Introductions and an overview of the topic of deconstruction provided by Dr. Kibert followed. Members from the Powell Center for Construction and Environment gave a review of the report intentions and an overview of existing case studies. Group discussion followed and the TAG members were asked to read through the drafts and send additional comments to the Center for review. The next TAG group meeting will be held in January 2000.

Data collected from previous suPCCEssful case studies is currently being analyzed. The analysis is in hopes to normalize the variety of information provided from each of these case studies regarding labor and time required for the deconstruction of different building material types. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste was contacted in an attempt to collect present and historic tipping information for each county. Tom Edwards at the FDEP provided tipping fee information from 90-91, 94, 95, 96-97, and 98. This information was used to graph the tipping fee trends in several Florida Counties. The information provided indicated, in most cases, the tipping fees increased from 1990 until 1995 and then have decreased to date. This information was presented at the TAG meeting. The general consensus was the tipping fees are indeed rising in the state. Discrepancies are possibly due to the FDEP numbers being a county average versus a specific landfill. Center staff members are currently collecting tipping fee information from individual landfills to verify this information.

RESULTS: As a result of the TAG group discussion the Center staff members have furthered their investigations in to the following issues.

  1. Time requirements for deconstruction and the permitting process
  2. Materials reuse and regrading of lumber
  3. Tipping fee trends

Two staff members met on September 28th to discuss further the issues resulting from the TAG group meeting. These members are concentrating on tipping fee information, further review of case studies and collecting information on regrading lumber.

MISSED MILESTONES: There were no missed milestones

NEXT MONTHS GOALS: The analysis of information is providing normalized information for interpretation. These numbers will be discussed at the next Center staff meeting. TAG members will be contacted regarding their review of the drafts for input and comments. The documentation and analysis process will continue from the gathered information. Major categories and issues will be translated into Florida specific information and the writing process will continue.

October 1, 1999 through October 31, 1999

PROJECT TITLE: “Implementing Deconstruction in Florida: Materials Reuse Issues, Disassembly Techniques, Economics and Policy”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Charles J. Kibert, Ph.D., P.E.

AFFILIATION: Powell Center for Construction and Environment, M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida

COMPLETION DATE: May 31, 1999 PHONE NUMBER: 352 392 7502

WORK ACCOMPLISHED: The Center staff members have reviewed case studies and compiled a lessons learned from each study. Staff members are currently reviewing legislation, policy, tipping fee information and ordinances in case study regions. The same information is being collected on Florida from several regions in the state. The state has been broken into regions according to …..districts??/ This information will be compared to determine if there are distinct national or regional differences responsible for the implementation of deconstruction. A base line of policy will be established, incentives reviewed and recommendations for the State to foster the implementation of deconstruction created.

A thorough review of Florida policy has been completed. The reviewers have identified legislation etc with in the state that would provide the means to create incentives from a top down type flow. Preservation 2000, governors council on sustainability, etc.

A meeting was held on September 7th by two Center staff members to review and comment on the draft documents. The members identified a list of needed information and are currently targeting these issues for data collection. The Center held two staff meeting on September 21st. The attendees of the first meeting were Dr. Charles Kibert, Interim Director M.E. Sr. School of Building Construction, Brad Guy, Interim Director for the Powell Center for Construction and Environment and Jennifer Languell, Research Associate – Powell Center for Construction and Environment. This meeting Centered on the progress of the draft report and staff member time allocation. Dr. Kibert identified several additional issues the report should address. This meeting was followed later that day by a Center staff meeting. Brad Guy addressed the issues from meeting with Dr. Kibert and assigned staff members to each issue.

The Powell Center for Construction and Environment held the first TAG meeting on September 23, 1999. (The meeting was rescheduled from earlier that month due to Hurricane Floyd.) The meetings attendees included the following:

Brad Guy – Interim Director, Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Maria Hall – Research Associate, Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Dr. Charles Kibert – Interim Director, M.E. Sr. School of Building Construction
Jennifer L. Languell – Research Associate, Powell Center for Construction and Environment

TAG Members

Dr. Charles Glagola, P.E. – Associate Professor, University of Florida
Carol Hurst – Building Codes Supervisor, Alachua County
Kyle Kovacs – Senior Project Manager, Ajax Construction

Each attendee was given a copy of the agenda and draft report. Introductions and an overview of the topic of deconstruction provided by Dr. Kibert followed. Members from the Powell Center for Construction and Environment gave a review of the report intentions and an overview of existing case studies. Group discussion followed and the TAG members were asked to read through the drafts and send additional comments to the Center for review. The next TAG group meeting will be held in January 2000.

Data collected from previous suPCCEssful case studies is currently being analyzed. The analysis is in hopes to normalize the variety of information provided from each of these case studies regarding labor and time required for the deconstruction of different building material types. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste was contacted in an attempt to collect present and historic tipping information for each county. Tom Edwards at the FDEP provided tipping fee information from 90-91, 94, 95, 96-97, and 98. This information was used to graph the tipping fee trends in several Florida Counties. The information provided indicated, in most cases, the tipping fees increased from 1990 until 1995 and then have decreased to date. This information was presented at the TAG meeting. The general consensus was the tipping fees are indeed rising in the state. Discrepancies are possibly due to the FDEP numbers being a county average versus a specific landfill. Center staff members are currently collecting tipping fee information from individual landfills to verify this information.

RESULTS: As a result of the TAG group discussion the Center staff members have furthered their investigations in to the following issues.

  1. Time requirements for deconstruction and the permitting process
  2. Materials reuse and regrading of lumber
  3. Tipping fee trends

Two staff members met on September 28th to discuss further the issues resulting from the TAG group meeting. These members are concentrating on tipping fee information, further review of case studies and collecting information on regrading lumber.

MISSED MILESTONES: There were no missed milestones

NEXT MONTHS GOALS: The analysis of information is providing normalized information for interpretation. These numbers will be discussed at the next Center staff meeting. TAG members will be contacted regarding their review of the drafts for input and comments. The documentation and analysis process will continue from the gathered information. Major categories and issues will be translated into Florida specific information and the writing process will continue.