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027: Boulder Community Hospital Deconstruction Project with Alexis Feitel, PE
Episode 2725th July 2023 • Unstruct • Kari Sebern // Gābl Media
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Many businesses are finding a niche market for carbon reduction consulting.  At KL&A in Golden, CO they have specific department, comprised of structural engineers, to provide expertise in this area.  Alexis Feitel is a licensed professional engineer and the Team Carbon Unit Director at KL&A.  As a CO native with homestead roots in CO and an outdoor enthusiast, Alexis is passionate about engaging her engineering expertise to protect the natural environment around her.

In this episode, we talk about the Boulder Community Hospital Deconstruction Project.  The City of Boulder has committed to major carbon reduction efforts and as a part of those efforts, wanted to save viable structural elements from one building demolition to be used in other projects.  By structural engineering involvement during deconstruction, Alexis and her team were able to devise a deconstruction and cataloging system that allowed these structural elements to be reused in a new construction fire station in the City of Boulder.  With the construction industry contributing to 40% of carbon emissions, reusing structural members makes a lot of sense and greatly influences construction impact to the environment.  Second hand shopping at its finest.

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