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.
SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
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.
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
- 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.
Andy Towner, Project Manager
Deconstruction for Mother Earth
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 05 2016
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