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SPACE Pilot Study Works to Reduce Construction Waste

POSTED UNDER Recycling & Waste Reduction

Our SPACE (Store Planning, Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Team recently conducted a series of pilot projects to test the feasibility of recycling building materials, store fixtures and store and office furniture. Repurposing and recycling of building materials, fixtures and furniture is feasible (and the right thing to do), but there are challenges that may hinder that opportunity such as:

  • Finding the right company to handle the separation of waste from recycling in a construction project
  • Finding an organization or a nonprofit that can take and/or use the material
  • Having the dedicated money in the project budget

However, many SPACE projects are able to overcome these challenges. Here are some examples evaluated in the study on how the SPACE team reduces, reuses and recycles.

With the construction of our new MCOM offices in San Francisco, we successfully identified a nonprofit and arranged to donate and give new life to some of the available office furniture, office amenities and kitchen equipment from the old offices.

Bloomingdale’s 59th Street Store
Our landmark Bloomingdale’s store in New York City was recently redesigned to include a market area. The idea of sorting building debris for recycling and fixtures for repurposing was discussed with the general contractor during the bid interviews. We picked a contractor we could trust to successfully sort construction waste for recycling and repurposing and saw incredible results.

Repurposing on Field Projects
We repurposed loose sales fixtures and showcases as part of field projects in stores across the country. This tactic is cost effective and reduces the lead time required for new replacement fixtures.

Showcases are usually either sent to another store and reconfigured as part of the field project or are held for a future project in one of the “holding areas” controlled by the Region or sent to Macy’s Fixture Management Program (FMP). Typically, showcases need to be rebuilt to new condition before being reinstalled at a Macy’s store.

Corporate Facilities Remodel
When some of our corporate offices in Cincinnati underwent a remodel, a large amount of construction waste and office furniture was able to be salvaged, including:

  • More than 50,000 square feet of existing 2’x4’ ceiling tiles that were either recycled or repurposed
  • More than 22 tons of cubicles were either recycled or donated
  • Approximately 130 office chairs, 65 file cabinets and other miscellaneous office furniture were removed and donated to ReSource, a Cincinnati-based organization which repurposes office furniture for re-use to local companies

The majority of these solutions were a net $0 cost to the project.

SPACE Standards
In several California cities, a certain percentage of construction waste is now required to be recycled or repurposed. SPACE is working to make this a companywide standard as well.

We’re proud of the work SPACE put into this study, and excited to see where this kind of thinking will take Macy’s as a sustainable company. Partnering with viable nonprofits as well as salvage companies and general contractors who have a focus on reusing/repurposing building materials will make this initiative even more successful. Stay tuned for more to come.