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the weight of materials recycled, to support the DoD Solid Waste Measure of Merit
metrics. A standard demolition contract with bid alternatives allows contractors to
submit an alternate bid for reducing and reusing the predominant C&D materials found
in the building. The variations for bid alternatives are endless and offer maximum
The sale of the building materials from demolition is atypical of traditional practices and
may necessitate the development of an entirely new type of agreement. Provisions for
transfer of property and material recovery will have to be included in the contract's
scope of work.
3-6.4 Deconstruct (Implementation). Development of a contract for deconstruction
will require additional time and advanced planning. There are many issues that need to
be addressed, as conditions will vary greatly from one project to the next so no standard
contract may be acceptable. One way to handle this is to issue a RFP similar to a
traditional design or construction RFP. Here the contractor would be given a delivery
order for an entire deconstruction project. Another strategy is to use a standard
contract with bid alternatives in which bidders are asked to submit an alternate bid for
deconstructing the building. This plan for deconstruction before the award of the
contract can require guaranteed minimum salvage quantities and allow the contracting
entity to compare proposed deconstruction plans to meet project goals.
OPPORTUNITY. The manual disassembly of wood-framed WWII barracks, as
well as other construction types, represents an excellent opportunity to train low-skilled
workers or military personnel with an aptitude and interest in learning the building
trades. Trainees learn carpentry and physical worksite-related skills, including safety
procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, and proper material handling. Also,
trainees gain general employment skills, build a work ethic, and learn about leadership,
decision-making and team building.
3-7.1 Demolish (Opportunity). In demolition there is little potential for construction-
related training for military personnel. Demolition jobs require skilled labor in the areas
of transportation and heavy equipment operation.
3-7.2 Recycle (Opportunity). The same is true for recycling as for demolition. There
is limited potential for construction-related training for military personnel. Contractors
hire trained crews to perform these operations.
3-7.3 Recover (Opportunity). If hand demolition techniques are used to disassemble
a building and separate out the recoverable materials, there is significant potential for
3-7.4 Deconstruct (Opportunity). The highest potential exists for construction-related
training in a building deconstruction project. Unskilled labor can obtain necessary
experience. Deconstruction introduces opportunities for training at a level requiring only
worker endurance, ability, and willingness to learn. Trainees can learn and practice
construction-related skills by performing necessary tasks, but with less concern for risks