Deconstruction and Salvage Initiative

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Physical Address
Development and Business Services Center
1901 S. Alamo 
San Antonio, TX 78204



Monday - Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm



In 2017, Councilman Roberto Treviño initiated a Council Consideration request in response to demolition penalties and neighborhood concerns in San Antonio. One of the recommendations from the Council Committee was for the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) to further explore deconstruction as an alternative to traditional demolition. Deconstruction refers to the systematic disassembly of a structure in the opposite order it was constructed to maximize salvage of material for reuse.

Broad goals of this initiative include:

  • Develop and sustain a local workforce in construction, heritage trades, and deconstruction
  • Increase the availability of high quality and affordable salvaged materials
  • Address important environmental considerations, including the reduction of carbon emissions, reduction of raw material and water consumption, reduction of airborne toxic pollutants associated with demolition, and reduction of construction waste
  • Encourage neighborhood continuity and develop a local circular economy
  • Achieve citywide sustainability goals as outlined in the adopted Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP)

Deconstruction and salvage is also an important component of OHP's Climate Heritage Initiative. Please use this page a resource; the tabs below will be updated throughout the process.


  • Visit the San Antonio Reuse website for more information on deconstruction and the circular economy!
  • February 2021: Treasure in the Walls: Reclaiming Value Through Material Reuse in San Antonio has been published! Funded through a solid waste management grant provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) via the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), this report outlines the economic and environmental costs of demolition, the impact of a deconstruction ordinance, opportunities for local workforce development, and proposes next steps for San Antonio's deconstruction policy efforts in the wake of COVID-19.

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PubLIC Presentations


Share Your Ideas

Public input meetings were held on November 5, 2018, at Eco Centro in the Tobin Hill neighborhood, and February 25, 2019, at the the Central Library, to provide an overview of the initiative and determine initial public priorities regarding deconstruction and salvage efforts in San Antonio. 

Can’t attend a meeting? Your input is still important to us! Please take time to email your comments to OHP. Written comments will be maintained on this page. 


Interested in following along with this initiative or being notified of participation opportunities? Please email Stephanie Phillips at to be added to our Deconstruction & Salvage Initiative listserv.


Emails, letters, and other written public comments will be uploaded here as they become available.

Public Input Meeting: November 5, 2018
Priorities Exercise Results
Comment Cards

Written Submissions
Homer, Denise (November 4, 2018)


A Deconstruction Advisory Committee (DAC) began meeting in May 2018 to provide insight and expertise from the fields of deconstruction and salvage, demolition, sustainability, waste, construction, development, and advocacy. The DAC provides input on the mission and goals of the initiative, recommends direction for policy, and informs the public input process.

For questions regarding the DAC, please contact Stephanie Phillips at or (210) 207-7902.

  • Adam Gates Architect, Adam Word Gates
  • Adam Robles – Operations Manager, Robles1 Demolition
  • Allison Chambers – Co-chair, Historic Resources Committee, AIA San Antonio; Architect, Ford, Powell & Carson
  • Azza Kamal – Director of Data & Research Evaluation, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless
  • Brian Halverson – Environmental Services Manager, COSA Solid Waste Management Department
  • Christopher Moken Solid Waste Management Coordinator, Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)
  • Dana Delao – Estimator, Hansco Demolition
  • Emily Lowry – Salvage Contractor
  • Gator Dodson – Managing Member, Dodson House Moving & Demolition
  • Hans Eberl Estimator, J.R. Ramon Demolition
  • Fernando Diego – Project Executive, Metropolitan Contracting
  • Guy Chipman – President, Guy Chipman Construction, L.P.
  • Jason Cook – Procurement Administrator, Habitat for Humanity San Antonio
  • Juan Fernandez – President and CEO, CVF Homes
  • Julia Murphy – Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, COSA Office of Sustainability
  • Lina Luque – Director of Certification & Technical Services, Build San Antonio Green
  • Michael Guarino – Former Chair, Historic and Design Review Commission
  • Sara Wamsley – Housing Policy Manager, COSA Neighborhood & Housing Services Department 
  • Scott Martin – Artist and Photographer
  • Tony Felts – Interim Policy Administrator, COSA Development Services Department
  • Tulio Salbaran – Chair, UTSA Department of Construction Science
  • Vince Michael – Executive Director, The Conservation Society of San Antonio
  • Wendell Hardin – Ozone Attainment Program Manager, COSA Metropolitan Health District


The following agencies and entities have provided expertise, guidance, insight, and encouragement throughout the development of the initiative:

  • Build Reuse, a nationwide nonprofit
  • City of Atlanta
  • City of Austin
  • City of Houston
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • City of Seattle
  • Construction Junction - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse - Evanston, IL
  • Delta Institute - Chicago, IL
  • Lifecycle Building Center - Atlanta, GA
  • National Park Service - San Antonio, TX
  • Razed & Found/WasteCap Resource Solutions - Milwaukee, WI
  • Re:Purpose Savannah - Savannah, GA
  • State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)
  • The ReUse People of America, Inc. - Austin, TX
  • Urban Ore, Inc. - Berkeley/Bay Area, CA


Demolition Contractor Certification

On October 4-6, 2019, the City of San Antonio held the first-ever Deconstruction Certification course for registered demolition and general contractors. Visit this website for more information!

A second Deconstruction Certification course was held in November 2020. To be notified of training updates, please email Stephanie Phillips at 

Workforce Training

A comprehensive workforce training for non-licensed individuals is tentatively planned late 2021. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in entering this emerging field! Contact Stephanie Phillips to learn more by emailing