photo: "Buckminster's Nightmare" - a perfectly good, but apparently obsolete geodesic dome is proudly demolished by Coronado Salvage. Bummer, would've looked great mounted on my rooftop!
If you've never been to Coronado Salvage, and you don't mind getting down and dirty, you're in for a mind-blowing experience. Coronado, which is located on south Broadway, is New Mexico's leading wrecking company. These are the guys that will knock down your unused structure, scrape it all into a big pile and leave the site as a tabula rasa ready for the next project. I don't know if they've ever done a huge job like the towering casinos you've seen falling in Vegas, but they've definitely done their share of demolition. They claim to save anything of value, "We schedule a salvage crew to a job site prior to demolition to remove any and all reusable items which are then sent to our 30 acre facility, where we allow the general public to shop six days a week for anything they might be able to re-use."
For 17 years, I've frequented this landfill for sale searching for anything I could use creatively. It's a hit-or-miss proposition. This ain't no Urban Ore; the good, bad and ugly are all strewn about the 30 acres with very little organization. The old sinks lay in lines in the dirt. There's a large metal building full of doors and another full of cabinetry. The roofs leak and if the rain hasn't ruined the otherwise perfect door you've found, the pigeon shit surely has. You'll find yourself repeating, "this ______ would be perfect if it wasn't ruined by that ______." And just when you're about to give up, if you keep your mind open, you will find something great. Just like at a thrift store, the key is to just see what is there. It's impossibly disappointing to walk in looking for something specific like a 36" x 48" double-hung wood window.
Actually, all our office cabinetry at Baker A+D came from Coronado. We could not find drawer stacks which were the right height (desk height), but we did find some bright orange ones that we chopped down. Fresh paint on the nasty wood parts and we were good to go. 4 desks for 80 bucks. So if you're ever in our office and you have flashbacks to high school chemistry class, now you know why.
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