Miigwech Aki Deconstruction

Sustainable Demolition Services

Miigwech Aki (“Thank You Earth”) is an environmentally conscience social new social enterprise developed under the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, which is an Native controlled 501(c)3 registered in the state of Minnesota, governed by a board of directors.

MIIGWECH AKI DECONSTRUCTION is an insured, full-service deconstruction company in Bemidji, Minnesota offering a friendly alternative to traditional mechanical demolition services. We provide deconstruction services for residential and commercial buildings, ranging from partial dismantling, to the hand disassembly of entire structures.

All Miigwech Aki staff members are required undergo OSHA 30, CPR, and other internal safety trainings PRIOR to working on any of our job sites.

Contact us today for more information. 
(218)759-2022  ask for Rod Northbird 

TAX INCENTIVES FOR YOUR RESIDENTIAL DECONSTRUCTION PROJECT Here’s how it works: The demolition client hires a deconstruction contractor to salvage building materials. Rather than destroying the structure with a wrecking ball, the salvage demolition contractor dismantles it by hand. Lighting, roofing, flooring, cabinets, windows, doors, and even framing lumber are preserved intact and donated to charitable organizations for tax purposes. This does require more labor than traditional demolition, but in the end the building owner saves money after receiving the tax write off.

As an example, Pamela and Scott saved about $66,000 by following this deconstruction process. The Weisses paid roughly $20,000 for deconstruction—about twice the cost of traditional demolition. An appraiser valued the deconstructed materials at $159,000. Come tax time, the Weisses can apply that $159,000 write off to their tax bill, which will work out to about $66,000 of savings according to their tax bracket.

The IRS has long offered this tax benefit, but it has only gained popularity recently, mainly in West coast cities including Portland and Seattle. But, it is now catching on here in Minnesota.

Please Call us at: 218-759-2022 to find out more information on purchasing salvaged building materials.


“As the Cut Foot Residence decommissioning project comes to a close, I want to thank you and the NWICDC/Miigwech Aki for partnering with us to get this work


This was a new way of decommissioning buildings for us. Using a deconstruction method instead of conventional demolition will help us meet our sustainability goals by keeping useful materials out of the waste stream. In addition, the work itself, which was accomplished using primarily hand labor, had a much lower carbon footprint than conventional mechanized methods.

I was pleased with the way your crew conducted the operation. It was gratifying to see the growth of the individuals as they learned the operation and became more efficient as a team each day. I appreciated the level of safety awareness that was exhibited as the wide variety of tasks was performed.

I was also pleased with the responsiveness and professionalism shown by you and the administrative staff at the NWICDC. As it was a new process for us, we appreciated your flexibility and cooperation.

I hope that the NWICDC was equally pleased with this project. I look forward to working with you again on future projects.

Thank you.”

Jay Smrekar, Engineering
Forest Service, Chippewa National Forest

  •  I wanted to reach out and say thank you for the exceptional work you recently completed on the Grand Portage project.

  •  You were in and out per the schedule that we discussed.

  •  Your crews were professional and did a great job of keeping a clean and safe job site.

  •  Your front end efforts with both myself and Jim Roy onsite were instrumental in the success of the project.

  •  I was very impressed with the production as well.

  •  I have spread the word around my organization to look to Miigwech Aki for their Deconstruction projects, and I feel confident in doing so because I know you will perform.

Thank You,
Andy Towner, Project Manager

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