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Camp Atterburry Training Site
Uniquely Reuses Construction Waste!

The recent addition to and remodel of the Public Safety and Training Institute's Search and Rescue Academy, at Camp Atterbury, emphasizes that Construction Waste Management can have beneficial effects on all sizes of construction projects. The original 2575 sq. ft. building was expanded to 3826 sq. ft., with extensive interior remodeling, including replacement of the concrete floor in a large portion of the building.

The Search and Rescue Academy, a division of S.E.M.A. (State Emergency Management Agency), trains search and rescue dog teams. The facility is visited by search and rescue teams from across the country (53 of the 55 search and rescue dog teams used after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building explosion in Oklahoma City, received training at this facility.) Because the training field includes debris piles to simulate conditions after earthquakes, floods, wrecks, fires and explosions, the inorganic demolition and construction waste from this project was incorporated into the training and exercise field. This greatly reduced the amount of waste material hauled from the site, saving the considerable expense of hauling charges and landfill tip fees on a small project. The interior remodel included: updating to more efficient mechanical systems; new insulated window units, added wall and attic insulation, low VOC wall and floor coatings, new carpet tile flooring containing 34% recycled material content (by weight), kitchen, toilet and shower facilities, and new computer data systems.

Mari Hulman George, Lt. Governor Joseph Kernan, and Pat Ralston, Executive Director of SEMA dedicated the facility on August 29, 2001, where a plaque was unveiled, naming the facility the "Mari Hulman George Search and Rescue Academy".

For more information on this project, contact Mark Mitchell at 317-232-3029 or