On Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) hosted a community meeting at Lake Washington Rowing Club to:
- share the design progress with the community, and
- engage attendees with the design team.
At the meeting, SPU gave a brief overview of the North Transfer Station project and the design team presented their 30% design of the station, its architectural elements and the landscaping and playground. SPU will be keeping the community informed as the design progresses. Stay tuned!
See below for information presented at the meeting:
- Presentation (pdf)
- Site Plan (pdf)
- Architecture Treatments (pdf)
- Landscaping (pdf)
- Meeting Summary (pdf)
Design of the new transfer station has begun with the hiring of the CDM Smith team as the project designer, with Mahlum as the architect and HBB Landscape Architecture as the landscape architects. Under the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) contracting approach, a construction manager will also be added to the team shortly to ensure full integration of design and construction. The design team will be integrating the community’s recommendations into the design of the new facility. They will be consulting with key stakeholders and the community at key milestones (pdf) to ensure that SPU’s commitments and stakeholder recommendations are being met through the design. The design phase will wrap up in 2014.
Once the design is complete, SPU will prepare to decommission the current facility and construct the new one in its place. SPU will phase construction of the new facility with the commissioning of the new South Transfer Station to ensure continuous solid waste services in the City of Seattle.
CoolBear, a temporary public art exhibit made from recycled refrigerator doors, has been installed at the existing North Transfer Station. The artist, Steven Appleton described CoolBear as an artwork that looks over the flow of refrigerators brought by the public to be recycled. He believed that CoolBear is at home with trolls and other characters favored by local artists. He further described, “As an image, the polar bear is a material pun that engages with a trope of environmental activism to create a playful conversation about waste, global warming and recycling.”