"Green Takes Root in the Phoenix Desert"

Metal Architecture, November 2007
Jim Ladesich

The city of Phoenix is an attractive place to live, evidenced by population that continues to grow. Now, beyond boasting of its great weather and lifestyle, Phoenix can promote itself as a forward thinking city when it comes to handling the solid waste generated by its expanding population. The Phoenix North Transfer Station and Material Recovery Facility designed by HDR is featured in a recent article in Metal Architecture, a monthly trade publication that showcases the design of commercial, industrial and institutional metal buildings. The innovative solid waste facility received an honorable mention in the metal building category in the 2007 Design Awards sponsored by the publication. The facility also received a 2007 Gold Award in the Transfer Station category from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The Phoenix North Transfer Station features an asymmetrical design that blends in with the surrounding desert landscape to lessen the visual impact of a major solid waste processing facility. The design also embraces many sustainable features, from recycled steel products to innovative use of natural light and a standing seal metal roof system that provides longevity as well as good insulation performance.