Recycling, reusing a major focus of new library site preparation

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Demolition of the former TrueNorth building will soon be under way on the site located on the 400 block of FourthAvenue SE in preparation for the construction of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Crews are currently thoughtfully selecting items to be salvaged and recycled. In the next three to five weeks, the building will be systematically taken apart.

“They are taking all of the doors, most of the carpeting and decorative wood trip to resell in the Habitat for Humanity Restore,” said Bob Pasicznyuk, Library Director. “Other items, such as 100% of the glass from the building, are going to the Iowa Waste Exchange who is assisting in finding homes and alternate uses.”

The new library project team has been working towards the goal of a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

“It has been a goal to recycle at least 90% of the building,” said Bruce Hamous, project manager for OPN Architects. “We believe we will be able to surpass that goal and recycle more than 94% of the building.”

The new library is anticipated to open in summer 2013. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in March 2012. The community will be encouraged to attend and share in the celebration.

For more information on the Cedar Rapids Public Library, visit or call (319) 398-5123.

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