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MetroHealth's parking garage debris finds new life at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport

Southpoint Garage is more than just a memory - it's also tons and tons of demolition debris.

After the initial demolition, MetroHealth's partner, Independence Excavating Inc., began breaking up the remains of the garage and separating the materials into streams of concrete and steel.

The entire garage will have a new life.

The steel will be recycled and the concrete will be crushed and reused. Typical reuses include gravel and paving materials. Reuse will occur at various locations in northeast Ohio, including Burke Lakefront Airport. Everyone will know exactly where everything goes once the debris reaches its new destinations because the demolition was the first to occur under MetroHealth's new reporting process for construction and demolition debris on major construction projects. 

"The new process requires our vendors to tell us where our material goes," explains Sarah O'Keefe, Director of Sustainability. "From now on, we will receive reports on the amount of debris recycled or reused vs. landfilled, the destination of those materials and how they were reused or recycled. This allows us to truly understand the impact of waste materials coming from our construction and demolition activities. It's all part of our commitment to understand the environmental, community and economic impact of our operations and construction projects."

Debris from the garage is expected to be cleared from the site by the end of February, 2019.

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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