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East Campus at Western Michigan University won't all end up in a landfill


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) --  As we told you last month, preservationists and architects have gone through the buildings that are slated for demolition on WMU’s East Campus and salvaged architectural features that would be expensive or impossible to reproduce, and items like plaques and classroom seats that are antiques for rescue and reuse. 

 The cornices that graced the roofline of West Hall are identical to the ones that are falling apart on East Hall and will be used in the renovation.

Marble staircases and even some of the bricks from West and North Halls will wind up in East Hall as well.

But University Spokesperson Cheryl Rolland says the recycling effort is going beyond that.  65% to 70% of the cement and bricks and the structural steel will wind up in another building, a road or a car and not in a landfill.