Construction of North Transfer Station – April 2016
Concept art for the new North Transfer Station.
What & Why
The North Transfer Station is a state of the art facility designed to improve customer safety, increase capacity and efficiency, and reduce odor and noise. SPU worked with the commu¬nity through a collaborative design process to create a facility that includes community ame¬nities and sustainable features, such as public open spaces, green stormwater infrastructure and solar panels. In addition, the new Reuse & Recycle building will reduce the amount of waste headed to the landfill. With the new features of the station, SPU is excited to be serving North Seattle once again!
Features and benefits
At the new facility, customers will find the following amenities and services.
Better customer safety
The new facility has flat floors for unloading and sorting. Without an open pit, customers are safer and less at risk of slips and falls.
More capacity and efficiency
The new facility has dedicated space to process more recycling. Residential and commercial haulers use separate entrances to improve traffic flow and customer safety.
Less odor and noise
The new facility includes more covered and enclosed spaces, a better ventilation system, automated rolling access doors, and entrance and exits designed to minimize noise in the neighborhood. These improvements reduce the odor and noise coming from the new facility.
Space to create community
East of the new facility, we created an open space(pdf) that includes a play area for children, a sports court, an open play field, walkways, static exercise stations, and art installations.