Mortenson Construction, Brookfield, WI, is currently recycling 100 percent of the waste generated by construction of American Transmission Co.'s new corporate headquarters in Pewaukee, WI.
As of early November, construction of the 118,000-square-foot office building and 34,000-square-foot operations center had produced more than 300,000 pounds of cardboard, concrete, wood, and office-paper waste.
Veolia Environmental Services is hauling the construction waste to area recyclers. Mortenson's recycling of the project's paper products has already saved the equivalent of 68 trees.
The project's owner and developer, Interstate Partners LLC and Towne Investments, respectively, are seeking gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
In order to achieve LEED gold status, the project has established a goal of at least a 75-percent recycling rate to help meet LEED requirements for construction-debris recycling.
Mortenson Construction is working with WasteCap Wisconsin — a local nonprofit organization specializing in the recycling of commercial construction and demolition waste — to monitor and document the results of the project.
The project is scheduled for substantial completion in August 2009, when 275 ATC employees from two nearby facilities will begin moving in.
WasteCap Wisconsin and its clients have recycled and reused more than 285 million pounds of construction and demolition waste and have saved projects more than $1.2 million in landfill fees.