Ken Ortiz Hopes No One in Chicago Will Ever Simply Demolish a Building Again

Leslie Schwartz/Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader | July 28, 2008
Ortiz is a contractor who takes down buildings and saves almost all the pieces. After doing construction for 25 years and throwing away "tons of good building materials," he delights in being able to save 23-foot-long two-by-sixes for reuse as two-by-sixes. And pretty much everybody else is delighted too -- environmentalists, preservationists, antiques dealers, even the folks who live around the houses he's taking down.

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