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This spring Albright recycled 95 percent of the 30,000-squarefoot, recently demolished former Reading Army Reserve Center
at the corner of 12th and Bern Streets.

Extreme Recycling—Albright Recycles an Entire Building

This spring Albright recycled 95 percent of the 30,000-square-foot, recently demolished former Reading Army Reserve Center at 12th and Bern Streets. Following environmental remediation, 400,000 tons of bricks, mortar and concrete were pulverized and are being used as fill and aggregate for a new parking lot on the site. Much of the wood was recycled into mulch, and 250 tons of steel were turned over to a New Jersey recycling company to be melted down for reuse.

Kevin Gaffney, director of facilities, said the recycling project saved the College an estimated $20,000-$25,000. “We knew we needed to backfill, and it just didn’t make sense to buy crushed aggregate when we could have a company come in and pulverize the bricks and concrete to use.”

The parking lot is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by June. The 100-space lot will be lit and gated, and will include six full-sized basketball courts, available for community use.

Just five percent of the materials—wood covered with lead paint and asbestos—were unable to be recycled. Both were sent to a licensed disposal facility.

After more than a decade of trying to secure title to the abandoned property from various government agencies, Albright was granted the deed in the summer of 2008. Built in 1923, the property was originally a hosiery mill. It was later used as a warehouse for the wartime production of parachutes, as a battery factory, and then by the United States Army as a training center until 1987. The property has been vacant since 1987. Although Albright has never recycled a building to this degree, Gaffney said the College did recycle building materials on a small scale when Gene Shirk Stadium was reconstructed in 2005.


Albright to Provide Tuition-Free Education for Veterans

Albright’s new Yellow Ribbon Veterans’ Award will allow qualified veterans of the U.S. Armed Services to earn an Albright degree at no cost.

Albright will offer qualifying veterans an award that covers the difference between federal veterans’ subsidies and Albright tuition. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program provide subsidies to veterans who have served at least 36 months of active duty after Sept. 11, 2001, and who enroll as full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students. The College will cover the remainder of the tuition.

At Albright, veterans may enroll in the traditional undergraduate program, the Accelerated Degree Start Program, the Accelerated Degree Completion Program, or the master’s degree program. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is effective Aug. 1.

“A college education is essential for our veterans’ futures. In these challenging economic times we are happy to help them to begin or complete their education at no cost and without a debt burden when they graduate,” said President Lex McMillan. “We are pleased to offer them the many benefits of attending a small, private institution like Albright.”


Jim Gerlach

U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (5th from left) was honored at a breakfast at Albright in March. Students, faculty, trustees and
President Lex McMillan thanked him for helping Albright obtain a $334,000 grant toward the purchase of cooling equipment for a
new campus central utility plant. Pictured are: (l to r) Jennifer Conway ’09, Carolina Tejada ’09, Marci Nawrocki ’09, Rebecca Herbert ’10, Congressman Gerlach, President McMillan, Chris Weinman ’10, Elise Tarens ’10 and Sarah Wolf ’11.

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