This is the update for Friday, June 5, 2020.
Kentucky and Madison County update
Kentucky reported 272 new cases today and 8 new deaths. Case numbers have risen slightly in the last week, but in a fixed ratio to the number of tests completed, suggesting that we are still on a plateau. In Madison County, we are up to a total of 59 cases, with 2 new ones announced today. No persons are hospitalized right now and 9 are recovering at home, with 49 fully recovered and one that passed away.
I have from time to time documented the progress on our latest residence hall replacement project, Kettering Hall. You might be interested to know that we manage these projects with a lot of attention to sustainability and one aspect of that may not be that well know. The simplest (and cheapest) way to deal with construction waste is to simply send it to a landfill, which is, of course, a big negative in the long run, as landfill sites are already a blot on the land. So with our construction projects, we divert as much of the waste as possible from going to landfills. Our typical target is an 80% diversion/recycling goal. Danforth Hall, our most recent completed project, finished at about 81%. There are typically five or six major recycling streams including drywall that will wind up getting back to the manufacturer to be recycled back into new drywall, steel that gets recycled, concrete that winds up being used as clean fill in other projects, and so forth. (Thanks to Evan Harrell for suggesting the community might like to know about this!)
Lyle Roelofs, President