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Architectural Salvage: Selection, Identification and Salvage of architectural fragments as part of:

  • Sampling during phycial testing and analysis.
  • Selective demolition as part of investigation.
  • Ecapsulation and selective or complete removal (abatement) of hazardous materials.
  • "Demolition and Removal" in constructionn work, identified in project contracts, specifications, and drawings.
  • Salvage items as part of recovery durign emergency response.


US Army Corps of Engineers

GEGS02226 Removal and Salvage of Historic Building Materials (download Word document)

General Services Administration

Preservation Note 26: Salvage of Architectural Artifacts, Special Procedures-01350, 01-General Requirements, Historic Preservation Note Series (displays all notes, equal to 134 pages), Historic Preservation Technical Procedures, Historic Buildings Program, U.S. General Service Administration, June 98

U.S. Department of Interior Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitating Historic Property require Federal agencies to undertake necessary alterations in such a manner that if the alterations were to be removed in the future "the essential form and integrity of the structure would be unimpaired."

The intent of GSA's architectural salvage clause is to ensure the reversibility of such alterations. Salvaging original materials saves time and money for future restoration.

Edit and include the following clause in all contracts for repair or alteration which involve the unavoidable removal of interior and exterior original architectural detailing.

Identify materials to be salvaged early in the design phase.

Editing Instructions:

      1. Cite salvaging of historic architectural materials in the material SPECIFICATION SUMMARY of work
      2. Insert the salvage clause (below) in the materials specification, PART I
      3. Provide instructions for non-destructive removal of materials to be salvaged in the material specification, PART III EXECUTION
      4. Use Competency of Bidder Requirements if special skills are required for removal of architectural material.

    The contractor is responsible for the packing, crating, permanent labeling, and transporting of all architectural artifacts listed below. Permanent labels should include name of item, quantity, dimensions, materials, GSA building number and name, and GSA project control number. Dismantle and remove items from their existing locations and handle carefully so that no damage occurs during the salvage process. Pack and crate appropriately to prevent damage during transport and storage. The Construction Engineer will inspect the items both prior to crating and after delivery to designated depository to verify the condition of the Government's property.

Items to be salvaged: [LIST ITEMS]

Deliver salvage items to designated depository located in a locked area on the 5th floor of Building 202 at the Southeast Federal Center (Navy Yard Annex), 1st and M Streets, S.E. Arrange for delivery by calling the General Services Administration (GSA), Regional Historic Preservation Office at (202) 708-6164. Make deliveries during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contractor must provide own material handling equipment.

Acknowledge transfers of property by letter to the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO), WPL-NCR-PBS-GSA. Include an inventory of artifacts with the items, quantity, dimensions, materials, GSA building number and name, and GSA project control number.

Guidelines for Salvaging Historic Building Materials in the Event of a Disaster, 01091-22, 091 Reference Standards, 01 General Requirements, Historic Preservation Technical Procedures, U.S. General Services Administration

Section 4: Recovery, Emergency Planning and Recovery Techniques, Lower Hudson Conference

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