ECU recycles, reuses during parking lot conversion
When football fans set up their tailgating gear at East Carolina University’s newest athletics parking lot, some of them may know they’re standing on the former site of a Greenville apartment complex.
Some might tell a few stories of past Pirate football Saturdays spent there.
But what many of them might not know is the significant amount of work ECU and its contractors did to make the demolition of the 15 apartment buildings as environmentally responsible – or “green” – as possible.
From May through July, contractor ICAN-Cape Fear Site Works of Fayetteville worked with the university to recycle, reuse or sell 77 percent of the waste generated by demolishing the buildings and swimming pool at the former site of the Stratford Arms apartments across from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. That means 6,328 tons, of 8,200 total tons of waste, was kept out of landfills.
On a recent afternoon, as water from a recent shower dripped off live oaks, maples and pines onto the ground, the site was a shady respite from the busy roads that border it.
“When the grass gets established, it will be something to be proud of,” said Tim Daughtry, the ECU materials management purchasing specialist who oversaw the conversion of the complex to a parking lot.
Here’s what happened to the buildings and their contents:
- 6,253 tons of brick and concrete were crushed to be used as a road base for a project on the ECU health sciences campus.
- 49 tons of scrap metal were sold to recyclers.
- Eight-and-a-half tons of appliances and 17 tons of windows were sold to be reused.
Before demolition began, arborists identified nine trees that should be removed for health or structural reasons. That left 145 trees of 20 different species on the property, which were protected during the work, said ECU landscape architect John Gill.
“As you can see when you visit the site, the university is left with a beautiful park-like setting,” Gill said.
Fans are allowed to park on the existing pavement, not on the grass. The lot has 250 spaces available to the public for $20 each.
ECU bought the property for $3.1 million last year. No state funds were used to purchase the site. No plans exist for the property other than using it for parking, Daughtry said.