Stillwater News Press

December 19, 2013

Will Rogers Elementary School coming down

By Merrick Eagleton
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Recycling is a key word in the demolition of the former Will Rogers Elementary in Stillwater.

Demolition started Tuesday, and Stillwater-based Lambert Construction is doing everything possible to recycle and reuse as much as possible.

The company wants to earn silver certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, a ‘green’ qualification system for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of environmentally friendly buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Lambert Construction’s Project Superintendent John Lawler is ensuring the school removal project meets LEED standards.

“We’ll recycle anything that we’re capable of without having to go in to hand picking,” Lawler said.

The demolition crews will salvage as much material as it can, including steel, aluminum and concrete. Air conditioning units, and some electrical panels and switches also will be repurposed.

“I was hoping to recycle the wood but with these machines it pulls everything apart pretty quick,” Lawler said.

Before the removal of Will Rogers Elementary began Tuesday morning, the building all asbestos was removed. The abatement process took two weeks, Lawler said, adding the demo crew is bringing the building down at a fast pace.

“Right now they're separating and hauling stuff out,” Lawler said.  

The demolition is expected to be compete sometime in January or February. Terry McCarty, assistant superintendent of operations for Stillwater schools, said the completion deadline depends on several factors.

“A lot of it just depends on how the weather cooperates,” McCarty said.