To begin any recycling program, the first question that needs to be answered is, why recycle? Instead, WasteCap’s senior project manager and trainer, Ralph McCall, commonly hears why you should not recycle. “A common reaction we get when asking this question is that you should not recycle because it takes too much time, takes more people and costs too much,” he says.
WasteCap has demonstrated time and again that this is not the case. On-site recycling programs can work efficiently without taking extra time and labor while saving money for the contractor or owner. Also, as many in the construction world know, it is a necessary part of many certification programs, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) building in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – one of the most environmentally innovative national historic landmarks in the US.
This Pacific Regional Center (PRC) involves significant adaptive reuse of two historic Albert Kahn designed hangars and new construction linking the hangars, providing 400,000 sq. ft. of contiguous space for a diverse range of functions including the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the National Weather Service, marine research, and administrative functions.
Hydronic passive cooling and ventilation supported by a seawater well, natural day-lighting, and the absence of mechanical fans all support a high performance design based upon the ecology of the Pacific.