Deconstruction

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Demolition and construction waste from buildings accounts for more than 25% of all landfill waste in the country. As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, when it was time to take down the old buildings on our site to make way for construction, we used the concept of “deconstruction” instead of “demolition.” This means the buildings were taken apart to salvage re-usable material and the waste was sorted into different containers

Over 93% of all the material (over 1,000 tons) from the old buildings was either recycled or re-used. Wood was turned into mulch, drywall was turned into fertilizer, concrete and brick were crushed to be used as road base, and metals and glass were recycled at local scrapyards and recycling centers. Materials that were still useful including doors, windows, stairs, hot water heaters and toilets were re-used in other buildings around town. The fountain in the atrium of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College was built using the hand-carved foundation stones from the building at 49 East College Street.

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A minimum of 50% of our construction waste is being diverted from disposal in landfills.