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by onlinethymes


Thu, Jul 17th 2008 10:15 am

CIR began capital improvements work at Newfane Central School District in early June of this year. The architect and construction manager on the job is Cannon Design, and the general contractor is RB Mac. CIR's contract includes installation of a new fire alarm system and upgrades to the emergency lighting, emergency power, security and access controls systems at all five district facilities.

Other work being done includes a small addition at the Central Services Building, a new HVAC system at the Middle School by Hoot Mechanical, and asbestos abatement and bathroom renovations at the Middle School by RB Mac and L & D Johnson Plumbing, respectively. About 70 percent of the overall work is taking place at the Middle School, making it the most logical place for the various contractors to site things such as their dumpsters. Space is limited, so CIR Project Manager, Eric Taylor, suggested a total job site recycling program coordinated between the various trades. Taylor said, "Traditionally, each trade has their own dumpster," with four contractors and several subcontractors, that's a lot of dumpsters. Implementing a job site recycling program requires only one dumpster and several smaller containers to separate the various recyclable materials.

Many contractors may be concerned with the additional labor costs incurred because materials must be sorted and properly disposed of, but Taylor says that's not the case. Based on his previous experience, the amount that a contractor will save by having less trash to be hauled away combined with what they can be paid for various metals and other recyclables offsets any additional labor costs. Taylor said, "Sometimes you can even make a little money ... and it's the responsible thing to do."

It's early in the job, but currently they have one garbage dumpster and one scrap iron container at the middle school, and each trade is handling their own copper and aluminum scrap because of its current value. Taylor said additional containers will be added for items such as cardboard, glass and plastics as they are needed, and each trade will split the costs and benefits of the recycling program.

As a side note, Taylor added that this job wasn't just green for its recycling program, "The majority of workers are carpooling to the site to save gas!"

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