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Elizabeth Bishop, project manager for
Total Demolition Inc., an Austin Chapter
member, says it can also be difficult to
find specific types of recyclers. Total
Demolition has been trying to grab hold
of a project that requires everything in
the 100,000-plus-sq-ft structure to be
recycled. Carpet and drywall recyclers
in particular have been extremely hard
to find because recycling these materials isn't very profitable.
"It's finding somebody and scheduling all the logistics," she says.
Salvaging and recycling also doesn't
pay what it used to, and steel prices
have dropped significantly, forcing
contractors to raise pricing to cover the
difference.

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1st & Union - New Four Seasons, Seattle Washington. Photo courtesy of Rhine

plan, and contractors must recycle as much
as possible to keep debris out of landfills.
Some of the latest equipment allows
contractors to do their concrete recycling
on site. So for example, if a contractor is
demolishing a mall to make way for an
apartment complex, workers can take
the concrete slabs and footings from the
demolition debris and crush that material into an aggregate substitute-recycled
concrete-that the building contractor can
use for the next development.
"You're not turning around and hauling it off and then turning around, buying
new material and then hauling it back in.
So it's quite an effective and green use
of the materials that are already there,"
Simmonds says.
On standard bridge removal projects,
Filges says almost 100 percent of materials
are recyclable. When i+iconUSA recently
demolished a bridge on Interstate 90 in
Cleveland, the contractor sent all of the
concrete bridge deck and driving surface
off the bridge to a recycler, turned the concrete decking into aggregate and salvaged
the rebar for scrap metal.
That level of attention to recycling
has increased significantly from when
the company first started demo work 40
years ago, and even in the last decade or
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so. "I've been here about 16 years, and
even when I first started you were properly disposing in an approved landfill,"
Filges says. "Now it's become more of an
everyday affair where we recycle that
concrete."
Contractors say the increasing number of regulations governing reuse and
recycling can sometimes create more
issues than solutions. Simmonds, who has
worked in demolition for 25 years, notes
that municipalities have passed several
ordinances to dictate how contractors
recycle, sort and prep materials from a
demolition site. "Their goals are understandable-they're trying to increase
recycling in the construction industry,"
he says.
However, recycling isn't always easy
or feasible for demolition contractors,
he says. Because buildings are typically demolished from the top down and
inward, some debris might be of little
use to a recycler. Brick, wood, carpet and
drywall get mixed into a debris pile, and
contractors can't separate out these different materials while demolition is under
way, Simmonds says. "They're creating
these ordinances that are, quite frankly,
unachievable and then going around and
trying to enforce them," he says.

Companies want to make sure they
have the best tools and equipment that
can deliver what their clients need. One
of the keys to that is developing good,
solid equipment operators who can use
that equipment efficiently.
Passmore says he knows through his
customers that it's getting harder to find
qualified mechanics and operators who
want to get into a trade. "It's a challenge
to find younger people who want to get
into the industry and really excel and
grow in it," he says.
Training is one way contractors are
addressing the issue.
Filges says i+iconUSA puts a great
deal of effort into recruiting and training to address workforce shortages. "It
takes a certain skill set that we search
for to perform the work that we do. And
it's primarily done with operators and
laborers," he says.
Simmonds says many of Rhine's seasoned operators started out working for
the company as laborers. "You start to
recognize talent and try to train them
to transition," he says.
He also says the use of apprenticeship programs in the industry has great
potential to draw people in and find the
next generation of professionals. "We
have multiple apprentices on staff now.
You train them to learn the trade, and
they develop into journey-level workers
who are knowledgeable in the industry,"
he says. "And it creates that new wave
of qualified construction workers." ◆

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Ceo’s Letter
Automation on the Jobsite
Simonson Says
Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future
A Diversified Portfolio
Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
Chapter Connection
Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
Agc in Action
Be Wreck-Less
Raze the Roof
2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
Inside Agc
Legislative and Regulatory News
Senior Counsel
Technology Toolbox
Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Agc in Action
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Be Wreck-Less
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Raze the Roof
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Inside Agc
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Senior Counsel
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Products & Services Marketplace
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