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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, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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