King County Dedicates New HDR-Designed Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station
Officials of King County Washington and the City of Bellevue recently dedicated the new Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station in Bellevue, Washington, USA. Replacing the ageing, undersized station with a modern facility allows King County to meet the needs of northeastern King County customers well into the future. The new station features technology that reduces environmental impacts, improves customer service and allows customers more recycling and disposal options.
HDR provided environmental, permitting, architectural and engineering design, public involvement and construction-related services for this major transfer station replacement. A large number of HDR staff from multiple offices worked on the $52 million construction project.
The new 70,000-square-foot station improves efficiency and decreases truck trips from the site to the regional landfill. Recycling and diversion efforts will keep 5,000 tons of waste out of landfills annually.
The new transfer station design features an enclosed solid waste transfer and processing area, administration area, fuelling facility, maintenance shop, a new household hazardous waste facility, recycling areas, and a hot load area. It also provides an area separate from commercial traffic for self-haul customers to unload their waste, drop off recyclables, and safely dispose of household hazardous waste, floor sorting and materials diversion. Sustainability features were integrated into the design, construction and operation of the new facility with a goal of LEED® Gold Certification.
To provide continuous service for its customers, King County required existing transfer station and household hazardous waste collection operations to be maintained during construction of the new facility. Services were provided in three phases: planning/conceptual design; detailed design phase and permitting; and construction. During the planning/conceptual design, public meetings were held in Bellevue to gather input and gain community support for the project.
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