Wednesday, May 4, 2011
|Seattle Times||Daily Journal of Commerce Headline|
|Amazon to open new Sumner warehouse, hire several hundred||City moves ahead with $128M transfer station replacements|
|downtown Seattle’s Red Lion hotel sold||Seattle Public Utilities has two design options for the $60 million replacement of the North Transfer Station in Wallingford and wants the community to help choose a final design.
At one point, the utility had 12 concepts for the site at 1350 N. 34th St., and whittled them down to seven that were presented to the community last fall. SPU recently showed the final two options to the City Council’s Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee.
Option A has a main transfer building toward the western edge of the site and a recycling building toward the eastern edge, with separate lanes and entrances for residential and commercial waste haulers.
Option B puts the recycling building next to the transfer station, and all traffic would use the same lanes and entrances. People using the recycling station would drop off recycling, then re-enter main traffic lanes to dump waste. In this option, the recycling station is moved farther away from homes, along the east side of the property line.
Both options require some zoning changes and a street vacation, which will need approval from city council.
The design will help the utility solicit a team to complete the project. Once a design is chosen, SPU will announce a schedule for hiring a design-build team.
SPU is surveying station users and seeking public input on both designs. The utility will work with a stakeholder group of community representatives and industrial users to choose a design option May 16, and work on the rezone this year and into 2012. HDR Engineering provides support services for the north station.
Construction on the north station won’t begin until the new $68 million South Transfer Station is complete. The new south station is at 130 S. Kenyon St., just north of the existing south station. Mortenson Construction is leading that design-build contract.
Other team members are the Miller Hull Partnership, Reed Wagoner, Swift and Co., and O’Brien & Co.
Construction began last November and Tim Croll, solid waste director at SPU, said the 100,000-square-foot south station is on schedule and on budget. The team completed foundation work, and installed pilings and underground utilities. It will begin erecting the building soon, with substantial completion next spring. The station should open next summer.
The south station has separate entrances for residential and commercial customers, which improves efficiency. Waste will be dumped on a flat floor before it is moved to a compactor and into trucks.
Croll said the flat floor allows the space to be flexible as waste handling changes in the future. Though the north station will be configured differently, it will also have a flat floor.
Both existing transfer stations were built in the 1960s before the city started recycling so they don’t have systems for material separation and reuse.
Both new stations are targeting LEED gold. The south station will have translucent ceiling panels, as well as skylights and side panels that let in light and reduce energy use. Large cisterns will collect roof water.
The stations will use energy-efficient compactors and water-efficient landscaping. A viewing area will allow visitors to see what’s happening inside.
The team salvaged components from the old South Park Bridge, including the “teeth” where the bridge sections met. Artist Carol DePelecyn will use them as part of an art installation at the south station.
Once the new south station opens, SPU will operate both the old and new south stations and close the north station. Croll said the team will wait until it has all project permits before closing the north station, which will be closed for up to two years.
The north station is more complex than the south station because it has more constraints such as a smaller site, nearby housing and different types of zoning.
The south station is in an industrial area on an open piece of land.
The $68 million South Transfer Station, shown here, must be completed at 130 S. Kenyon St. before work can start on the $60 million North Transfer Station in Wallingford. Construction on the south station is due to be done in a year.
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