Construction and demolition waste
Two nationally-noted Big Diverter
Awards were presented in October
at the third annual WasteCap Wisconsin
R3 Awards. Mortenson Construction
and LaMacchia Group received the
Big Diverter Awards for their excellent
Mortenson Construction received the
Big Diverter Award in the construction
category for the new $189 million
Aurora Medical Center in Summit.
The project consists of the Aurora
Medical Center and the Aurora Medical
Office Building and Cancer Center,
and which achieved a 94.94 percent
project recycling rate.
Brad Folkert, Mortensons’ construction
executive in lieu of the Project
Manager credits the high recycling
rate to WasteCap’s senior project
manager Ralph McCall.
Folkert also gave credit to the 600
people who work on the site everyday
for taking responsibility for the
environment. They understand the
importance of recycling and how to
do it correctly. They have paid close
attention to not mixing materials
in dumpsters, which would contaminate
the load, causing the hauler to rule
the entire dumpster as trash.
The LaMacchia Group received the
Big Diverter Award in the demolition
category for reusing and recycling
96.55 percent of the demolition debris
from an office and retail complex
in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
Mortenson Construction was also the
recipient this year of WasteCap Wisconsin’s
Outstanding Commitment Award for
their commitment to recycling on
their sites and their experience
and success in recycling. Mortenson
recycles construction and demolition
debris even when they are not required.
Their projects recycle, according
to the Company, because, “it’s the
right thing to do”.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration,
Division of State Facilities was
awarded the Outstanding Partnership
Award for its role in sharing WasteCap’s
vision of transforming waste into
resources. The Division of State
Facilities is working to incorporate
recycling on all State of Wisconsin
projects. They are working in partnership
with WasteCap and with the support
of the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources to develop methods, documentation
and trained staff to result in successful
recycling on State of Wisconsin projects.
City Wide Recycling’s co-owner John
Hansen was present to receive the
Innovative Achievement award for
the firm’s trail-blazing initiative,
taken in establishing the first-in-the-state
facility which takes mixed construction
debris and separates it for recycling.