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|For Immediate Release
November 5, 2001
UNC Asheville Begins Ultimate Recycling Project;
UNC Asheville is undertaking its largest ever recycling project, crushing 2,000 tons of debris that were once three residence halls and using the resulting aggregate for campus building projects rather than sending the material to the landfill.
The recycling effort is the first step in remaking Governors Village, the oldest residential area on the UNCA campus. The three residence halls being demolished -- Swain, Aycock and Craig -- had been home to some 5,000 students since they were complete in 1967. New residence halls will go up in their place and be ready for students in the fall of 2003.
Prior to being torn down, each residence hall was stripped of all usable parts. Stone walls, brick and concrete blocks, and sinks, faucets, and fluorescent lights have been salvaged for reuse on campus. Windows and smoke detectors will also find new homes at UNCA. Dan Millspaugh, a sculptor and UNCA art professor, removed 300 pounds of brass toilet valves to be used for casting in his sculpture classes. Plants have been moved elsewhere on campus, brush has been mulched for campus use, and those trees that were unable to be saved will be milled for lumber to be used on campus projects.
As the buildings are torn down, the debris are hauled to an adjacent campus location where they will be crushed for building projects, including roadways for construction.
"We are very pleased with this approach," said Stephen Baxley, UNC Asheville facilities management and planning director. "Recycling the buildings is an environmentally positive action, and it will save us the cost of taking the buildings to the Buncombe County landfill."
The cost of the new residence halls is estimated at $11.5 million for design, construction and landscaping. The project will be paid for through housing fees, which is the usual manner for funding residence hall construction in the UNC system. Funding will not come from the November 2000 bond referendum.
The project architectural firm, Walter Robbs Callahan Pierce of Winston-Salem, has designed numerous residence halls at a number of universities, including Wake Forest. American South General Contractors Inc. of Sanford, N.C. is the general contractor.
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