The building that housed the Cloverleaf Kennel Club sits vacant Thursday in east Loveland where workers from Denver-based LVI Environmental Services began this week deconstructing the former entertainment icon. ( Steve Stoner )
The plastic seats once filled with rowdy racing fans already have merged with water bottles at a recycling plant.
The steel beams that held up what was once one of the region’s most popular entertainment venues will bring new life to another structure.
The pavement where cars lined up will be ground into small particles and laid under new roads.
By the end of the year, native grasses will replace Cloverleaf Kennel Club, which was built in 1955 long before Centerra and its shops, offices and homes expanded the city east.
Denver-based LVI Environmental Services began this week deconstructing the former dog track, which has sat vacant for three years. McWhinney Enterprises hired the firm for $1.2 million to do more than demolish the building, but to take it apart piece by piece and recycle or reuse every possible part.
Jay Hardy, general manager of Centerra, expects
90 percent of the current building and parking lot to be recycled and reused and only 10 percent diverted to the landfill.
Poudre Valley Health System owns 100 acres adjacent to its Medical Center of the Rockies, including the
41 acres on which the dog track sits. There are no immediate plans for development, although all the land will be used, someday, to expand the system’s medical facilities, the company says.
When Poudre Valley Health System does expand, the careful deconstruction will count as green points in the environmental bank toward a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, building.
But until then, workers will start inside, removing everything they can and working outward. Hardy expects a month to six weeks to pass before the building looks as though it is being removed.
“It’s going to be a lengthy process,” he said. “It’ll be back to dry-land grass by Thanksgiving.”
Pamela Dickman can be reached at 669-5050, ext. 526, or firstname.lastname@example.org.