The deconstruction program, which was initiated by the Orange County Public Works Department, detailed the deconstruction -- rather than destruction -- of the old Orange County High School building that was damaged during Hurricane Floyd. Specialists followed the plan in order to save money and materials and to decrease the amount of waste sent to local landfills.
By dismantling the building, the county saved more than $12,000, spending $37,929. Demolishing the building would have cost an estimated $50,000.
It was one of 14 programs statewide to receive an Outstanding County Program Award, which recognized superior innovation and collaborative efforts.
Todd McGee, director of publications for the association, described the significance of the award.
"The intent is to recognize and share information with other counties about programs that involve a uniquely innovative process, solution or idea to address a county or multi-jurisdictional issue and/or to prevent a future problem from developing," he said.
McGee said other counties will see what Orange County accomplished and will look to the area as an example of using resources efficiently.
Wilbert McAdoo, public works director for Orange County, commended his staff and the commissioners for their help during the deconstruction process.
"This award is dedicated to them for accomplishing such a noteworthy task," he said.
McAdoo also commended deconstruction specialists Robin and Pete Hendricks for their expertise and guidance in making the project a reality.