More than a million pounds of trash and debris was salvaged and recycled from
the demolition of Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. According to a report produced by
Renascent, the demolition contractor, only four percent of material was disposed of in a landfill.
Brick, block and concrete was crushed on site and utilized as backfill for the large voids created
from the basements of the building. Ferrous metals were shipped to a local metal yard where
they will be melted and cast in core blocks, in order to be used for future steel manufacturing.
Nonferrous metals were shipped to a metal yard where they will be melted and cast in core
blocks used for manufacturing & electrical components.
“To be able to reuse 96 percent of materials from the site truly has an impact,” said Mike
Howard, Chief Operating Officer at North Alabama Medical Center. “The contractor was
meticulous in sorting the debris in order to collect all the salvageable metals and materials.”
Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital was vacated on December 6, 2018 as operation began at its
replacement facility, North Alabama Medical Center. Crews began clearing the vacant hospital
land in March 2019 and concluded in late October 2019. Following demolition, the hospital
donated the land back to the City of Florence and Lauderdale County for their development.