When designer Linda Makins first visited Concorde Place, the twin tower condominiums in North York Toronto that her firm would renovate, one of her first concerns was about how much waste the project would generate. “It was one of the largest refurbishment projects in Toronto,” remembers Makins, a principal of Makins + Ladna Design Inc., Mississauga, Ontario. “Two 37-floor buildings with a total of 74 corridors represented a huge volume of materials. We were concerned about the environmental impact of the current renovation as well as how the materials we specified would affect future renovations.”
Since forming those initial impressions, Makins + Ladna Design has managed the fate of the project’s 22,000 LY of wallcovering, none of which has ended up in a landfill. Some 11,000 LY of wallcovering were removed from the buildings and recycled via the Second-Look recycling program for vinyl wallcovering. These were replaced with 11,000 LY of new Second-Look wallcoverings with 20% recycled content. When the new wallcoverings are ready for replacement in 10-15 years, the property management group, Brookfield Residential Services, plans to recycle them again.