Monday, October 15, 2007

Xavier’s new colors – Blue, Grey and Green?

Pope Benedict has led the Vatican toward greater environmental sustainability, joining a reforestation project aimed at offsetting its CO2 emissions, and installing solar cells on the roof.

Xavier’s new development, Xavier Square will start to take shape in the next few months, and the first step is demolition of the old Zumbiel buildings. And Xavier, too, will be a little green. Bob Sheeran, Xavier’s associate vice president for facility management says the demolition will most likely include an implosion.

Does anyone remember watching our various implosions around town? I was in the Christ Hospital maternity ward when UC’s Sander Hall was imploded. I was, however, imploding on my own. I was present for Riverfront Stadium’s ringlike implosion.

Sheeran says the Zumbiel implosion will not be as dramatic as those others. Still, some members of the Xavier campus community are already talking about an “implosion party.”

Sheeran said all the steel, even what’s buried in concrete, will be cut into small pieces and taken to a local steel mill for recycling. The concrete will be hauled out by trucks and taken to a couple of local plants to be ground up and recycled for aggregate.

The demolition, implosion and site preparation will be happening over the next year with actual groundbreaking expected to begin toward the end of 2008 or beginning of 2009.

What kinds of businesses would you like to see in Xavier Square?

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