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Demolition underway at site of the future Global Innovation Exchange building

Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

Oct 27/11

Behind the purple hoarding on University Avenue, the demolition phase is underway to prepare for Laurier’s Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) building. Tri Phase Environmental Inc. is managing the process at the former St. Michael’s school site, which they expect to complete by the beginning of November.

The process is far more strategic – and environmentally conscious – than the wrecking ball of old. The demolition begins with millwork such as shelving, doors and drywall, followed by ceiling light fixtures and wiring, plumbing and then concrete and steel. Finally they “dig a little bit” and pull the foundation.

As many building materials as possible – from wires and ductwork to concrete and steel – will be reclaimed as part of the environmental LEED certification design and construction process. Concrete blocks will be pulverized and used as a temporary fill for the demolition hole; metal, copper and aluminum will be separated to recycle, and fixtures will be reused.

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