Reclamation project recycles nearly all components of church in SLC

Posted at 6:52 PM, Feb 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-15 20:54:35-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A reclamation project in downtown Salt Lake City stripped everything out of a dilapidated church with plans to reuse it.

“There are materials everywhere that could be reused and rethought of a little bit and repurposed into something else,” said Daniel Salmon, who is the owner of Material Resources.

Daniel Salmon's deconstruction business worked along with Habitat for Humanity to harvest the building supplies to be repurposed.

He estimates 80 percent of the structure will be recycled or reused to some extent.

“This one is a little bit challenging, because we have some very heavy and long steel trusses,” Salmon said. “It's also just a lot of material you are talking about, probably 10,000 square-feet of roof to deconstruct and to try to salvage the wood.”

Most of the old materials will be sold or used in other building projects, but some will become part of the new building that will take its spot.

That building will house cancer patients as part of the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.

“There's some coopper and oak floors that we would like to tie the new building back to the old building. So we will use some of those materials in some way, we are still not sure how,” said Zeke Dumke, Vice Chair of the Hope Lodge Development Board. “So sort of recognition for a place of worship to a place of healing.”