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Brown Hall salvage supports Habitat

June 21, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Renovation of Western Michigan University's Brown Hall is off to a "green" start this week as teams from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek's Habitat for Humanity comb through the site in search of materials that can be salvaged and resold to support future Habitat homes in both communities.

The long-planned renovation of the nearly 40-year-old classroom building is just getting under way and being financed largely through state funding. Preparation for the work is providing an opportunity for Habitat to salvage materials that will be sold in the organization's ReStore operations in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Among items that will be saved from landfills through the effort are interior doors, cabinets and display cases, ceiling tiles, bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures, desks and cubicles.

Habitat staffers are being assisted in their salvage efforts by workers doing community service through the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program. Salvage teams are at Brown Hall today and tomorrow.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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