Covenant Health recycling 94 percent of material from demolition

Covenant recycling building materials

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - While Covenant Health continues work to construct several new buildings, it's also finding a new home for nearly all the old material.

Crews are about one year into the $450 million demolitions of older buildings on the west side of Covenant Medical Center on 19th Street. Instead of getting rid of the leftover materials, Covenant is recycling 6,000 tons of metal and re-purposing 12,000 tons of brick and 38,500 tons of concrete.

Only 3,500 tons of debris will be thrown out, meaning 94 percent of materials from demolition will ultimately be recycled.

"When we were talking to our caregivers when we were designing this project, one of the questions we got asked very frequently was 'are we going to do this in a very environmentally friendly way?' Kelly McDaniel, vice president of Covenant Health, said. "So, it was important to us as an organization, it was also important to our caregivers."

The entire renovation project is expected to be completed sometime this December.

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