CORVALLIS - A Portland construction firm is receiving Oregon State University's 1996 Recycling Excellence Award.

Lee Schroeder, OSU chief business officer, will present Marc McConnell of Hoffman Construction with the award during a 12:30 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Oct. 11, in OSU's Valley Library Room 135. The ceremony is open to the public.

Hoffman Construction is being recognized for outstanding recycling efforts during the first five months of the campus' Valley Library construction project.

Since May, subcontractor Catapult, Inc., has recycled 15,000 pounds of aluminum grating from the front of the library and 12,000 pounds of scrap metal from a canopy over a covered bike parking area.

Another subcontractor, L and H Grading, has removed 31,000 cubic yards of dirt, bricks and sidewalks, using the material for fill rather than sending it to a landfill.

OSU Campus Recycling is recycling the paper, bottles and cans generated during the project and Corvallis Disposal is recycling the cardboard, wood and metal scrap.

Hoffman Construction has shown a commitment to recycling not only for environmental reasons but also as a way to save the library project money, said David Garcia, OSU recycling coordinator.

"Hoffman Construction was chosen for the project based on a selection process that included a section requesting plans for recycling during the construction," Garcia said.

The library project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1998. The $40 million project will add 147,000 square feet to the library and completely remodel the existing 189,000 square feet. The completed library will also include built-in recycling containers.

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David Garcia, 541-737-3574