Wisconsin construction project recycling 100% of its waste

Mortenson Construction is currently recycling 100 percent of the waste generated on the construction site of American Transmission Co.’s (ATC) new corporate headquarters in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Construction of the 118,000 square-foot office building and 34,000 square-foot operations center has produced more than 300,000 pounds of cardboard, concrete, wood and office paper waste since April. The project’s construction waste is being hauled by Veolia Environmental Services to various area recyclers.

Interstate Partners, LLC and Towne Investments, the project owners and developers, 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 recycling goal of at least 75 percent to help meet the program’s requirements for construction debris recycling.

Mortenson Construction is working with WasteCap Wisconsin, a local nonprofit organization specializing in commercial construction and demolition waste recycling to monitor and document the results of the project. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2009 when 275 ATC employees will begin moving into the building.