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Sustainable Materials Replacement for Prevention of Corrosion at Fort Lewis, WA
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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This report documents a building reclamation project at Fort Lewis, WA, in which significant portions of the work were completed using market-available sustainable replacement materials. The replacement materials were selected on the basis of their being more resistant to corrosion and materials degradation processes than conventional construction materials, and also because they also are expected to provide long-term benefits to the U.S. Army in terms of operation and maintenance cost reductions. The demonstration was applied to the reclamation and renovation of a World War II-era temporary wood frame chapel building, which was otherwise slated for demolition and off post landfill disposal. The structure was moved intact from its original site to the Sequalitchew EcoPark at Fort Lewis, to be renovated and reused as the installations new Environmental Education and Conference Center E2C2. This report describes project objectives, materials selection, and renovation activities to date. Existing performance data was compiled and reviewed, and selected physical testing will be conducted once all installation activities are complete. A return-on-investment analysis will be performed to verify the life-cycle cost benefits projected for the project in terms of operations and maintenance cost benefits, including the control and prevention of corrosion and building materials degradation.
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