Downtown development hopes to go green - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Downtown development hopes to go green


By Robyn McGlohn
WAFF 48 News Reporter

A Valley developer hopes to turn his newest project green.

The construction of Constellation is underway, replacing the old Heart of Huntsville Mall, and most of that mall was recycled and either put back into the project or recycled elsewhere.

WAFF 48 Investigator Robyn McGlohn has the story.

Split wood, twisted steel and trash is all that's left of the Heart of Huntsville Mall, but most of it is recycled material.

"This was the slab and it was four to eight inches thick of concrete that would go in the land field, but we got this really big machine out here and we made little ones out of big ones," says Scott McLain.

McLain is the developer for the new Constellation project just off the Parkway.

They worked for months tearing down the old mall.

"We would like to do is make our whole building and our whole project LEED certified."

LEED being Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

In other words, they're going green.

There's only a few buildings in Huntsville that are LEED certified, and McLain hopes going green will urge other developers to do the same.

"We all have to be green, we have a limited small planet and we need to be working on making sure preserving our resources and taking care of our energy," says McLain.

And for that reason the asphalt will be re-used to make new roads.

The bushes were replanted at his own farm.

The steel was recycled as well. Even the garbage was put to good use.

"Now, yes we had the buildings, the concrete and the rubber that went into a farmer's hole and he covered it with more dirt and he's feeding cows on it."

It costs more for developers going green. McLain says it's about 10 percent more than the original cost, but he says it's worth it when it comes to the future of the environment.

To contact Robyn, email her at

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.