SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Out of sight, but not out of mind is the construction of Island Palm Communities' Rainbow Village neighborhood situated above Tripler Army Medical Center.

Featuring panoramic views of Oahu's south shore to the coastline of West Oahu, families will begin moving into the first of the 79 new homes in October of this year.

Construction also is getting underway in the Santa Fe neighborhood on Schofield Barracks where 192 homes were recently demolished to make way for 186 new units. The first group of homes in this neighborhood is scheduled to be completed in May 2016.

An astonishing 4,460 new homes have been built across Oahu Army installations since the IPC partnership -- between the Army and developer Lend Lease -- was established in 2004, and 581 new homes are scheduled to be constructed over the next five years.

When the initial development plan ends in 2020, all IPC's projected 7,756 homes will be new construction or will have undergone major renovation.

"By privatizing military housing, we've been able to provide thousands of new and renovated homes to Soldiers and families on Oahu in a very short period of time, and we've built community centers and numerous community amenities, such as playgrounds, basketball courts, spray parks, swimming pools and BMX bike and skateboard facilities," said Col. Richard Fromm, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

In partnership with Re-Use Hawaii, a not-for-profit working to reduce waste through building material reuse and recycling, Lend Lease's Project Management and Construction successfully diverted from landfills more than 45,000 pounds of waste during a recent pilot deconstruction project at the Santa Fe Neighborhood.

"We volunteered our team for this pilot project to demonstrate what is possible on these large development projects and hope to partner with Lend Lease on the rest of its work," said Quinn Vittum, executive director of Re-Use Hawaii. "With very little cost, we can make a big impact in helping Lend Lease meet its sustainability objectives."

"Our team has made a tremendous effort to reduce waste throughout the project's development that includes the demolition of more than 4,500 homes," said Craig Constant, construction manager for Lend Lease.

"We've seen great success with our white goods recycling program working with local organizations, such as nonprofits helping economically-disadvantaged families get settled into a home," he added.

In addition to recycling initiatives during development, IPC is helping foster good recycling habits among its residents throughout their residency.

"A few years ago, we introduced an automated curbside recycling program replacing small 14-gallon bins with 50-gallon cans, and the response was tremendous," said Pete Sims, regional project director for IPC. "There was a significant increase in tonnage picked up by our recycling vendor, which was able to accommodate a much wider variety of acceptable items and allowed residents to mix their recyclables in one can. Our families have a desire to do right by the environment, so making recycling easier and more efficient was the right formula for success."

-- A Million Tons and Counting
Since IPC's development scope got underway in 2004, Lend Lease has recycled nearly 1.5 million tons of material.

In addition to working with local recycling companies, a crusher on-site has allowed much of the concrete material to be reused in sidewalks and roadways:

•1,184,233 tons of concrete to crusher.
•5,430 tons of metal to Helemano.
•128,123 tons of vegetation to mulch.
•118,554 tons of solid waste recycled.

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For more information about IPC's development initiatives, click on "About Us" at Island Palm Communities.