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At Broadway Plaza, Even Demolition Is Sustainable

July 23, 2014
Walnut Creek, Calif. – July 23, 2014 – Demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Broadway Plaza has successfully recycled more than 95% of the demolished materials from the garage and retail buildings on the east side of the shopping center.  More than 7980 total tons of materials have been recycled, the bulk being concrete but also including steel, wood, copper and brick.
Broadway Plaza recognizes the importance of reusing or recycling as much material as possible in its current project.  The energy savings from all recycled materials for this project are estimated at 75.3B Btu, and is roughly equivalent to 13,000 barrels of oil.   Concrete recycling also results in significant reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) as the GHG generated in mining new materials is roughly twice that of recycled materials. 
On average, 250 Million tons of total waste are generated each year in the US.  Roughly 30% is building construction related waste material.  Major building demolition in the U.S. sends only 5% of the total construction waste material generated to landfills that could otherwise have been recycled. 
"Broadway Plaza is committed to improving our natural resource efficiency, and operating and developing the center in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner,” said Shelly Dress, Senior Property Manager, Broadway Plaza.  “This naturally extends to materials that would otherwise be discarded during our current upgrade.”
Of the total recycled materials, 60% is concrete, 25% is steel, 12% is wood and 3% is brick and related masonry.  The materials were recycled in the following ways:
-        Concrete was sent for recycling into Class-qualified base or general fill materials.
-        Steel, copper and other scrap metal was recycled as bulk scrap for re-fabrication into new building and consumer products.
-        Wood was recycled into mulch and related decorative landscape materials.
-        Brick material was harvested for reuse or recycled into new bricks.
Broadway Plaza will seek LEED certification from the US Green Building Council at the Gold Level.  LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
This recycling effort is part of parent company Macerich’s fully integrated sustainability program.  Macerich’s ongoing sustainability program focuses on energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable real estate development and redevelopment, waste management and green operational practices and procurement.
About Updates at Broadway Plaza
Broadway Plaza is currently undergoing several upgrade projects, with new retail and center upgrades opening in phases beginning in Fall 2015.  In an effort to maintain the charm and appeal of Broadway Plaza, the master plan for the 60-year old shopping center includes rebuilding the parking garages on South Broadway, the expansion of the Macy's for Women store, the remodel of the building on the east side of the property between Macy’s and Nordstrom, and making improvements to traffic flow and pedestrian areas. 
The convenience and experience of guests is a high priority at Broadway Plaza.  Stores are open, plenty of parking is available, Broadway Plaza Street is open, and Roving Ambassadors are available throughout the property to ensure shoppers receive the service they are accustomed to and deserve. 
During the current phase of construction, Broadway Plaza is offering complimentary valet parking seven days a week.  Customers can access this complimentary service at the valet podium located on Broadway Plaza Street near the promenade fountain. 
For more information about the Broadway Plaza Redevelopment project, visit
About Broadway Plaza
Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.  Macerich now owns approximately 57 million square feet of gross leaseable area consisting primarily of interests in 55 regional shopping centers.  Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s Web site at