Tacoma Solid Waste Management Recovery and Transfer Center
The Tacoma Landfill site began operation as a municipal landfill in the early 1960s, and began serving as the center of the city of Tacoma's solid waste utility in the 1970s. Since then, several facilities have been added and expanded to accommodate growing demand, including a resource recovery facility. For 25 years, the resources recovery center was the focus of the city's strategy for reducing the volume of waste placed in landfills. However, after the closure of the steam plant, the city needed a new strategy—transforming the resource recovery facility into a transfer center.
HDR worked closely with the city during the planning phase, hosting a series of workshops to determine long-term facility needs, explore future options and develop conceptual design alternatives. A return on investment analysis was also conducted to help evaluate and identify the best alternative. Once the design was finalized, HDR provided a staged development plan to minimize disruption to facility operations during construction.
The October 2010 opening of the Tacoma Solid Waste Management Recovery and Transfer Center brought to reality the city's vision of a modern solid waste system that recovers more materials with greater efficiency. Located at the 190-acre Tacoma Landfill, the new $27 million, 83,590-square-foot facility 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 LEED Gold certified 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.
- 2013 Gold Transfer Station Excellence Award, Solid Waste Association of North America
- Sustainable Features: Carbon Dioxide Monitoring, Certified Wood, Daylighting & Views, Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Green Stormwater, LEED Gold, Local/Regional Materials, Occupant Lighting Control, Photovoltaics, Recycled-content Materials, Sustainable Return on Investment, Water Reuse, Water Use Reduction
- Size: $27-million 83,590-square-foot facility. Handles 165,000 tons of garbage per year and is designed for peak loads of 1,400 tons.
- Professional Services: Conceptual Design, Construction Administration, Pre-Design, Site Design, Sustainable Design Consulting
- Related Projects: Solid Waste Facilities & Landfills, Waste
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