Deconstruction and Salvage Initiative

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.

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

Please use this page a resource; the tabs below will be updated throughout the process.

Si prefiere recibir esta información en español o tiene alguna inquietud, llame al 210.207.0035 o envíe un correo electrónico a SA Preservation.

Share Your Ideas

A public input meeting was held on November 5, 2018, at Eco Centro in the Tobin Hill neighborhood to provide an overview of the initiative and determine initial public priorities regarding deconstruction and salvage efforts in San Antonio. The comments collected from that meeting will be uploaded below.

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

Historic Homeowner Fair Survey Results (September 2018) - coming soon

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.

  • Allison Chambers – Co-chair, Historic Resources Committee, AIA San Antonio
  • Azza Kamal – Planning Coordinator of Housing Policy, Neighborhood and Housing Services Department
  • Brian Halverson – Environmental Services Manager, Solid Waste Management Department
  • Dana Delao –  Estimator, Hansco Demolition Company
  • Don Griffith – Executive Vice President, Habitat for Humanity San Antonio
  • Gator Dodson – Managing Member, Dodson House Moving
  • Eloisa Portillo-Morales – Associate Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Fernando Diego – Project Executive, Metropolitan Contracting
  • Guy Chipman – President, Guy Chipman Construction, L.P.
  • Juan Fernandez – President and CEO, CVF Homes
  • Lina Luque – Director of Certification & Technical Services, Build San Antonio Green
  • Michael Guarino – Chair, Historic and Design Review Commission
  • Michael Taylor – Vice President, Habitat for Humanity San Antonio
  • Scott Martin – Artist and Photographer
  • Tony Felts – Interim Policy Administrator, Development Services Department
  • Tulio Salbaran – Chair, Department of Construction Science, UTSA
  • Vince Michael – Executive Director, San Antonio Conservation Society
  • Wendell Hardin – Special Projects Manager, Office of Sustainability

Resource Links

INITIATIVE Documents & Presentations