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updated: 7/8/2013 4:02 PM

Forbes Hall rubble being recycled

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  • Material is separated into piles of metal and wood last month during the ongoing demolition of Forbes Hall on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Ill.

      Material is separated into piles of metal and wood last month during the ongoing demolition of Forbes Hall on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Ill.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois is recycling almost all the 10,000 tons of material from a 60-year-old residence hall.

The Champaign News-Gazette reports about 98 percent of rubble from Forbes Hall is being reused or recycled as part of a sustainable construction effort.

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Built in 1958, Forbes Hall is being torn down and replaced with a 497-bed dorm that's expected to open in August 2016. The work is part of an $80 million building project.

Most of the material that's being recycled includes concrete blocks, masonry and metal. Furniture, doors, knobs, lights and water meters are being reused in other parts of campus.

The school also plans to save about 250 exterior bricks as keepsakes for donors.

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