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More than 98% of former YMCA building material diverted from landfill

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Demolition of the old YMCA building on Stafford Drive was a huge success when it comes to waste reduction.

The 60 year old building was closed and torn down after the new Cor Van Raay “Y” opened up on the west side.

Property Manager in Facility Services, Dean Romeril, says a new report shows more than 98 per cent of the building material was diverted from the landfill.

That works out to 5.79 million kg of total weight of material that never made it to the dump.

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He says “the Facilities department at the City has been at this since around 2006, so achieving an above 90 per cent waste diversion on all our demo projects is pretty much the standard now. Hitting 98 per cent on this project is exceptional and is a great example of how deconstructions can be seen in a positive light.”

Some of the salvaged materials included boilers for heating the pool, pumps for the pool and a wheelchair ramp lift that were repurposed by the Town of Coaldale as well as exterior and interior lighting fixtures, bathroom fixtures, lockers, and basketball nets and backboards.

Deconstruction work began in March 2020.

Once the interior manual salvaging was completed, work crews began to mechanically dismantle the infrastructure with heavy equipment.

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Metal was separated, collected, stockpiled and then hauled off site to a metal recycler and aggregate materials such as concrete, cinder block, brick, gravel and asphalt were hauled to the contractor’s yard for further processing and crushing into aggregate products.

Scrap metal including iron, copper, brass, aluminum, wire and tin were sold to a scrap metal company for recycling.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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