Metal hand railings, bathroom plumbing fixtures, signage, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows – these items come to mind when renovating or building a new structure, but they should also be considered when demolishing a building, too. Sometimes, these materials don’t need to end up in the dumpster!
The Emory Healthcare (EHC) Facilities Management team partnered with a group of volunteers from the Lifecycle Building Center to redefine what it means to reuse and repurpose at EHC.
To make room for the new hospital bed tower on Clifton Road, the Emory University sorority houses on Gambrell Drive were demolished. , Facilities Management salvaged many items, such as those listed above, from the sorority houses. Rather than throwing away perfectly useful building fixtures, the Lifecycle Building Center will repurpose the items throughout the community for use in other building construction and renovation projects.
The Lifecycle Building Center is a non-profit organization in Atlanta that diverts construction and demolition waste by salvaging reusable building materials and making them available to the public through a variety of means, including a retail operation in southwest Atlanta. The proceeds of the retail store are reinvested back into the community through programs that promote resource efficiency in the built environment. At the core of the center’s mission is the redirection of materials to organizations in need, which has both local and global impacts. Some of the salvaged materials from the sorority houses, such as a bike rack, cabinetry, fire extinguishers and ADA-compliant sinks, have been offered to local organizations, schools and fire departments in need of such items.
As Emory Healthcare is committed to going green throughout the entire new tower construction, this process will help reduce the amount of landfill waste produced, while giving back to the community.
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