Home

About the Center Services and Programs Proton Therapy Visitor Information Ways to Give
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Designing Perelman Building Perelman Green Building History of the Site

Construction of the
Perelman Center
Timeline
Recycling the Convention Center
Facts & Statistics
Construction Photos
Hard Hat Tours
Ceremonial Beam

Recycling the Convention Center


Click for Larger Image

The location of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine – 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard – is the former home of the Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center. In 2004, the Municipal Auditorium and what remained of the Civic Center Complex were torn down to make room for the Perelman Center.

Before the demolition began, however, architecturologists from Olde Good Things, specialists in architectural antiques and artifacts, sought to excavate and recycle many of the deco-style architectural items from the site. Some of the materials recycled from the excavation of the Civic Center include:

  • seven 40-foot limestone figural friezes – each with a different theme
  • geographical friezes of the continents of the world
  • thousands of feet of copper roof material, to be transformed into handmade mirrors and artifacts
  • deco-style bronze hardware with the Philadelphia Seal Insignia
  • bronze plaques
  • marble moldings
  • theatre and folding seats
  • iron and terra cotta balustrades
  • doors
  • copper lights
  • corbels
  • turnstiles

In the end, over 90% of the original building was recycled. Below are some specific statistics:

Recycled Materials (in tons)

Concrete, Brick, and Block

8682.83

Dirt and Brick

2294

Light Iron

2984.505

Plate and Structural

6356.095

Mixed Steel

5.72607

Mixed Metals

5.915

Aluminum

3.87

TOTAL

20,332.94

 


appointment icon

Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.

   
   

 

About Penn Medicine   Contact Us   Site Map   Privacy Statement   Legal Disclaimer   Terms of Use

Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 800-789-PENN © 2014, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania space