One of our previous moves had a lot of history involved in it, and that is what made it special. In Cottonwood, Arizona an old Catholic church needed to be moved to create space for a new Hospice building. This church had ties to many of the families that lived there, and they did not want to see it be torn down. This was a piece of their history. The church was relocated on the same property of its original location, to follow the Catholic Church’s stipulation that the building be preserved after they sold the property. A new Hospice center was built by the Verde Valley Medical Center in the original location of the church.
The church was a wood framed, stucco structure with seven solid concrete columns on each side. The building weighed 320,000 lbs. (160 tons) and rolled on moving skates 140’ sideways and then 120’ end way. All though this move was challenging and large, everything was moved intact and the church still stands.
The house moving business is one that may be underappreciated as to environmental, historical, economical, and sometimes just sentimental savings. House and structure moving helps communities grow while enabling preservation of their history. The industry has been serving communities for many years, dating back to the 1700’s in the USA. Today, many buildings have been or are being destroyed and hauled to a landfill making way for newer buildings or to create larger roads. Each building that is destroyed is apart of our past. We pride ourselves in being able to conserve these buildings, and the way to do it is with house moving! By preserving these buildings more people will be able to re-purpose and enjoy them for the future.
Along with the preservation of historical buildings, structure moving also can save taxpayers money. This is because government buildings can be relocated to wherever they are needed rather than having to spend money and rebuild with every move. The border patrol has been undergoing changes and relocating their stations. In being able to relocate some of the structures, our tax money to rebuild total new stations is saved. This concept also applies to any other government structure that has been relocated.
Saving money is always great, but so is saving our resources! Structure moving is one of the largest recyclers in the country. With structure moving the need for new materials is at less of a demand. It is easier for people to reuse their old buildings this way, and not have to build new. With reusing materials, we can save some of the resources for other needs in our communities. Saving history, money, and resources, this is what house and structure moving does for your community! If you meet a structure coming down the road, be glad not mad, the time your held up may be your contribution to a great thing.