ATLANTA – The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has partnered with Rubicon Global to recycle all the seats removed during the Philips Arena transformation project.

The seat removal is part of the broader transformation of Philips Arena, which will be the second-largest arena renovation in NBA history.

The project, which took place from April 23-27, involved the removal of 12,500 seats from Philips Arena.

“As a leader in our community, we felt it was our responsibility to remove seats and other materials in a way that values sustainability,” said Brett Stefansson, EVP and General Manager of Philips Arena.

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with our hometown Hawks during their historic renovation,” said Nate Morris, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rubicon Global.

“Sorting and recycling the material removed during the Philips Arena transformation serves as a large-scale example of how the RUBICONMethod, which provides best practices for businesses of all sizes that are working to reduce their waste generation and keep valuable materials out of landfills, can be put into action.”

The Hawks’ transformation of Philips Arena will rethink and rebuild the interior of the building from the roof-line to the baseline – and will include major changes to the current arena configuration, including removing the six-level wall of suites on the west side of the arena allowing for new amenities on every level of the building, installing a new state-of-the-art center-hung scoreboard and video displays, and revamping the concourses with 360-degree connectivity and a reimagined eating and drinking experience featuring new open food stalls and bars throughout.