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|Date:||21 Jul 2003 16:26:45 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Badger plant timber won't go to waste|
Wisconsin THE CAPITOL TIMES Engineer: Badger plant timber won't go to waste By Bill Novak July 16, 2003 The Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo is a veritable forest of old growth timber, just waiting to be harvested and used in constructing new homes and buildings. Before the majority of the 1,400 buildings at the mothballed facility can be "deconstructed," they need to be inspected and cleared for dismantling due to the high levels of explosives that have seeped into and contaminated the wood and foundations of an undetermined number of buildings. Taking down buildings on the 7,354-acre site will be a long, tedious process. But to Dr. Robert Falk, a research engineer at the Forest Products Lab in Madison, having a chance to harvest millions of board feet of lumber from the facility will be worth the wait. The Forest Products Lab is one of the top wood research facilities in the world. Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl announced last week the lab will get $650,000 to continue Falk's deconstruction feasibility study at Badger Ammo, a study that started in 2002. "Traditionally, demolished buildings are a wasted resource," Falk said. "Buildings are torn down and thrown away." Falk has been doing building deconstruction for about nine years, demonstrating the benefits of salvaging materials from old buildings and recycling just about everything an old structure has to offer. "Oscar Mayer uses everything but the squeak," Falk said. "We feel the same way about deconstructing buildings." Preliminary studies by Falk show at least 200 of the 1,400 buildings at Badger Ammo are candidates for deconstruction, and another 900 have the potential to be deconstructed after the Army does a characterization survey to determine which are so contaminated that they need to be burned and which are clean enough to either demolish or deconstruct. This article can be viewed at: http://www.madison.com/captimes/news/stories/52929.php ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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