Amidst many other political alliances formed in an election year, an important collaboration among the
Democratic National Convention Committee, the city of Boston, contractors and environmental advocates
resulted in construction done with minimal environmental impact and added benefit to the surrounding
community. The press boxes and other temporary structures were built with low-toxicity building products
and featured a modular design, which makes disassembly easier and helps the material retain value for salvage by doing things like working in standard-sized sheets of material and using screws instead of nails. Thanks to an early
agreement to meet environmental goals, the contractor was able to include deconstruction and recycling wording
into the specifications used in bidding and scored a big one for the environment, recycling 87.6% of materials while sticking to a very compressed schedule in the middle of a city besieged by security agents.

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