Old TAFE workshop being recycled

The $4.5 million dollar upgrade of facilities at the Cooma TAFE is an environmentally friendly project with a focus on recycling and salvaging materials from the old carpentry and joinery workshop and art room.

Edwards Constructions site manager Darren Caldwell said the company is going to great lengths to ensure nothing went to waste as the old TAFE workshop was demolished.

"All the materials will be recycled or reused again except for the concrete," Mr Caldwell said.

"Whatever can be recycled is being recycled.

"We're using the old timber for forming up and blocking out.

"We are recycling, salvaging and reusing whatever we can, it is part of our environmental accreditation."

So far everything has been recycled except for the concrete. This would have been crushed if the project was closer to Sydney which has those facilities, but it is going to the Cooma landfill.

Mr Caldwell said the whole structure was scheduled to be down by last Saturday and the footings were due to start this week, ready for the foundations in the last week of January.

The project includes a new customer service and student support centre, expanded student support facilities including a new virtual learning environment, carpentry and joinery workshop landscaping and a new car park.

The project is expected to be completed by September.

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