HDR Project Earns Gold from SWANA Excellence Awards

(September 17, 2013) - The Tacoma Solid Waste Management Recovery and Transfer Center has been named a winner of the 2013 SWANA Gold Excellence Award in the Transfer Station category. The award was presented at WASTECON®, SWANA's annual conference, in Long Beach, Calif.

Located at the 190-acre Tacoma Landfill, HDR provided the programming, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new $26 million, 83,590-square-foot facility, which is one of the largest clear-span buildings in the state of Washington. The facility handles 165,000 tons of garbage per year and is designed for peak loads of 1,400 tons.

The new center increases operational efficiency, minimizes operating and maintenance costs, improves safety, reflects state-of-the-art design, provides flexibility to meet future needs, and increases capacity to meet future waste and traffic patterns. The new system consolidates the functions of multiple transfer sites into a single building, eliminating multiple handling of materials.

The facility was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable features include natural ventilation, daylighting and lighting controls, solar panels, harvested rainwater for non-potable use and water-efficient landscaping.

This marks the sixth time in the last 10 years that an HDR project has captured a SWANA Excellence Award in the Transfer Station category, including four other Gold Award winners.

SWANA's Technical Division Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that are using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

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