Owners of a ski resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, are choosing to deconstruct, reuse and recycle C&D during an ongoing demolition project rather than send usable materials to landfill. Steam Steam Pilot & Sot reports.
Operated by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., Steamboat Resort located on Mount Werner is a popular holiday destination offering skiing and other outdoor activities in addition to accommodation, shopping and various restaurants.
Some buildings in the base area of the park are undergoing demolition, which is almost complete. This demolition will pave the way for new redevelopment projects that are scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2023.
Colorado Cleanup Corp., Englewood, Colorado, is the demolition contractor in charge of demolishing several buildings in the resort, including snow school buildings and a gondola. According to the Steamboat Resort, the company was selected in part for its experience in deconstruction.
After the ski season ended this spring, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. Director of Sustainability and Community Engagement Sarah Jones along with Sustainability Coordinator Mac Moody rated the 1,400 metal lockers in place and labeled them either “hold”, “donate” or “recycle” “After approaching area nonprofits,” the resort was able to send 90 lockers for reuse, 300 lockers were set aside for reuse in a new ski building being built on the premises, and the rest were sent to Axis Steel in Craig, Colorado, for recycling.
Beyond lockers, Jones and Moody are following the same approach to divert electronics, appliances, furniture, lighting and other appliances.
According to Steam Steam Pilot & Sot report, employees and community members were provided with furniture, equipment, materials and other items from the buildings before the demolition began.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Summit County, Colorado, picked up two trucks of equipment and furniture from the site, while vinyl banners were donated to a Denver company that reuses the material in new banners. Through the efforts of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., less than 10 percent of the furniture and equipment generated by the buildings went to landfill.
In addition, 2,400 tubes of fluorescent light were sent to the Brite Ideas Bulb Recycling in Glenwood Springs, Colorado for recycling, and some old electronic equipment required to be recycled under Colorado law was sent to Blue Star Recyclers in Boulder.
“Everything we could think of to reuse, reuse or donate, we really tried hard to do it before the destruction. “It was really fun to be able to give as much as we could,” says Jones.
“We could have saved more on building supplies if we had a local architectural salvage company [that would pick up the materials]”She continues.
Of the 515 loads of C&D trucks and demolition materials generated by the demolition of buildings, 225 were made up of concrete and sent to a nearby facility that is using it to produce new concrete. 70 loads of generated steel trucks were sent to Axis Steel for recycling. 220 loads of waste were transported to a local landfill
For the redevelopment planned for this site, Jones says the resort is pursuing LEED silver certification through its work with East West Partners, Steamboat Springs and Gensler, which has an office in Denver.