The site of our old city hall looks fantastic, but beyond looking great, this demolition has also been good for the environment … and our pocketbooks.

How? We were able to recycle an impressive 96.5 per cent of the materials from the 63-year-old building, far exceeding our waste management goals for this project.

When we set out to tear down the four storey, 70,000 sq. ft. building, we made a commitment to divert from landfills no less than 85 per cent of the non-hazardous materials generated from the site. The crews sorted through the rubble, meticulously picking out anything that could be reused or recycled.

The concrete and brick rubble? They were crushed and processed on-site and used as backfill comparable to a granular B material.

The metals? Sorted and processed in a scrap salvage facility to be resold to consumers for recycling.

This strategy not only reduced waste and benefited the environment, but it also cut our costs. It was win-win.

Congratulations to everyone on the team, from the consultant to the crews on the ground who did a phenomenal job organizing and sifting through the debris and collecting the materials, to the project team for ensuring we not only met but exceeded our environmental targets and were within the demolition timeline and budget. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

-Mayor Drew Dilkens