The King County Solid Waste Division earned local honors for its newest recycling and transfer station, which advances the division’s commitment to environmentally and economically sound solid waste management.
StoryKing County’s new Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station earned a “Best Project" award in the 2018 Government/Public Building category from Engineering News Record Northwest, an industry publication that covers engineering, architecture and construction news.
ENR’s regional Best Projects Program evaluates winning projects on the ability to overcome challenges, contribute to the industry and community, and the quality of project design, safety, and construction. Judges reviewed more than 30 projects located in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington State.
“Our commitment to environmental and service excellence is reflected in this award,” said King County Solid Waste Division Director Pat D. McLaughlin. “I am proud of how our employees worked closely with the project contractors and construction crews to ensure customer service was not disrupted during the entire process. Also, the extraordinary recovery of resources from the site diverted 5,740 tons of debris from the landfill.”
The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station Project was uniquely qualified for this award because the facility remained open to customers throughout the entire project, even during the demolition of three onsite structures and the construction of a new waste and recycle transfer building, a household hazardous waste disposal facility, an administration building, and numerous structural earth wall retaining systems.
The project also achieved 95 percent diversion of construction and demolition debris for reuse instead of sending the waste to a landfill. The winner of an overall Project of the Year will be selected from the Best Project-level winners at an awards banquet in Seattle on Nov. 15.
The new 70,000-square-foot station facility in Factoria offers a wide array of recycling services, a new household hazardous waste facility giving customers a place to dispose of these materials in an environmentally-responsible way – something McLaughlin said is growing increasingly important with recent changes in the recycling market in China that require collected recyclables to be empty, clean and dry.
The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station, which began operating in 2016, is certified as LEED - Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation was earned for the facility’s sustainable design, recycled content building materials, rainwater harvesting, efficient energy and water use, and more.
King County operates eight transfer stations, two drop-boxes, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and many programs to help customers recycle. Learn more about the Solid Waste Division at kingcounty.gov/solidwaste.