Altmann used connections for recycling
Published: October 27, 2011
Tags: Altmann Construction Co. Inc., demolition, Ed Altmann, Ellen Casebeer, Ralph McCall, Ron Sobczak, Scott Thurber, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Waste Management Center, WasteCap
Big Diverter, New Construction
Altmann Construction Co. Inc.
Managing waste not only is the purpose of the Waste Management Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, it was a part of its construction.
The 10,000-square-foot building provides the campus soil and waste resources, as well as recycling and resource recovery. The campus recycles paper, cardboard and aluminum materials at the site.
But even before the doors opened, the building site boasted an impressive recycling rate of 96.4 percent, well above the project’s goal of 60 percent.
Ellen Casebeer, assistant project manager for Altmann Construction Co. Inc., said WasteCap Resource Solutions Inc. was a key partner in ensuring construction companies could meet the project’s aggressive recycling goals efficiently.
“If it weren’t for WasteCap, we would have to hire someone to coordinate,” Casebeer said.
The cost of recycling, she said, would be much higher without the WasteCap partnership. Altmann also put the Milwaukee organization’s knowledge of local haulers and recycling markets to use on the project.
“Finding and using local markets for recycled materials can significantly reduce project costs by reducing or eliminating collection and transportation costs,” said Ralph McCall, senior project manager for WasteCap. “The campus has its own cardboard recycling program. Altmann Construction was able to recycle the project cardboard through the campus program, which eliminated the cost of a collection Dumpster and the cost of transporting the cardboard to another collection point.”
Metal was recycled through a metal recycling company near Altmann’s headquarters, which also helped with cost and logistics, McCall said.
Casebeer said working with local partners was important, as it helped reduce costs for labor and transportation.
However, she said, firms should realize recycling extends beyond the labor of removing the materials. Research and follow-up paperwork also are important and take project leadership and time.
“It can increase the cost of a project,” Casebeer said.
One of the largest pieces to be recycled on this project was the parking lot demolition before construction began, she said.
That is typical, McCall said, as the largest component of the waste stream from commercial construction projects is in the concrete category. Other items that are recycled in construction projects are wood, metal and cardboard.
Construction wrapped up in June, but in the case of this particular project, the recycling continues.
— Melissa Rigney Baxter