Second-Look Makes Recycling Easyby  Rick Dubey 

November 17, 2010 |

Recycling on a commercial project is not limited to just LEED projects. Several property management firms in the Dallas, Texas area are recycling old wallcovering through the Second-Look Reclamation Program just because it is the right thing to do.

Piedmont Office Realty Trust in Irving, Texas recently renovated several corridors and bathrooms at the Wells REIT building in Las Colinas, Texas, which is managed by Piedmont. For this renovation project, Piedmont used the Second-Look Reclamation Program to recycle the existing wallcovering on the building. They also replaced some of the old wallcovering with brand new Second-Look wallcovering, which is low-VOC and contains a minimum of 20% total recycled content. 

“Our high traffic areas needed a facelift,” said Karen Neill, Assistant Property Manager for Piedmont. “We wanted to use finishes that were as Green as possible, but also durable and budget friendly. We are focused on recycling and low-VOC at a corporate level and I was pleased to watch how easy it was for the contractor to recycle the old wallcovering off of the job. They worked during business hours, made no mess whatsoever and didn’t bother anyone using the corridors throughout the day!”

Below, Andres and Guillermo Sandoval from SMI remove the old wallcovering from a corridor at the Wells REIT building. After several strips were collected and rolled together, the material was packaged in bags provided by Second-Look and shipped to the manufacturer at no cost.



Piedmont Office Realty Trust's Senior Property Manager Sharon Simmons (left) and Assistant Property Manager Karen Neill (right) are pictured below in the ladies' restroom of the newly renovated building. Stacy Garcia's Trax (SG2115) was used in this space.

Source One's Pembrooke (2VPE-11) lines the walls of the building's updated corridor below.

The men's restroom, featured below, was renovated with new Second-Look product, containing a minimum of 20% recycled content ~ Versa's Manhattan Square (ASL-108095).


Karen was so pleased with the experience that she hopes to recycle wallcovering on future renovation projects through the Second-Look Reclamation Program at the building as well as other properties that Piedmont manages in the DFW Metroplex.

The Second-Look Reclamation Program allows old vinyl wallcovering to be recycled into new vinyl wallcovering. In the past, wallcovering was stripped off the wall, rolled up and thrown away. Today, the vinyl can be diverted from the landfill by being packaged and sent back to the manufacturer to be recycled. When new wallcovering is included in the renovation, the manufacturer even covers the cost to recycle it and then sends back a letter confirming the amount material that was recycled.

The benefits of using Second-Look Wallcovering and the Second-Look Reclamation Program include:

  • Recycled Content in the material (minimum 20% total)
  • Low-VOC
  • Diversion of waste from the landfill
  • Low maintenance, high durability and long life cycle
  • No extra cost for recycled content and no fees for reclamation
  • Can contribute to LEED credits for construction waste management, recycled content and low-emitting materials


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