Seattle Public Utilities Melina Thung, Interim Director

North Transfer Station

  • woodlawn landscape Woodlawn Open Space
  • Scale houses Scale houses
  • woodlawn landscape construction Woodlawn Open Space construction
  • recycle and reuse building Recycle & Reuse Building
  • carr place open space Carr Place Open Space
  • new transfer station entrance New Transfer Station Entrance.
  • construction of north transfer station Construction of North Transfer Station – April 2016
  • north transfer station public art Artwork “RECLAIMED” by artist Jean Shin
  • north transfer station concept art Concept art for the new North Transfer Station.

What & Why

What’s happening now?

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is replacing the North Transfer Station with a more modern and efficient facility that will meet Seattle's growing needs.

Over the past month, the North Transfer Station construction team completed ADA ramps on N 35th Street, worked on the sound wall on the west side of the building and installed irrigation for the green roof on the recycle building.

Learn more about what to expect during construction (pdf)

During the North Transfer Station construction, please use the new South Transfer Station facility at 130 South Kenyon Street in South Park.

August 2016

Over the past month, the North Transfer Station construction team finished installing bird netting inside the Tipping and Recycle/Reuse buildings and pouring pervious concrete pavement for the Carr Place and Woodlawn open spaces.

The construction team will:

  • Deliver and install furniture.
  • Install customer payment computers and equipment.
  • Begin testing of scale plaza automated traffic control systems.
  • Train staff on building management systems and HVAC systems.
  • Complete electrical and lighting work throughout the station.
  • Continue installation of the fitness stations along N 35th Street and Woodlawn Ave N.
  • Continue compactor testing in the Tipping Building.
  • Continue work and landscaping at Carr Place and Woodlawn open spaces.
  • Continue station inspections.

Project goals and benefits

At the new facility, customers will find the following amenities that will improve upon current services.

  • Better customer safety
    The new facility will have 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 will have dedicated space to process more recycling. Residential and commercial haulers will use separate entrances to improve traffic flow and customer safety.
  • Less odor and noise
    The new facility will include 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 will reduce the odor and noise coming from the new facility.
  • Space to create community
    East of the new facility, SPU will create an open space (pdf) that will include a play area for children, a sports court, an open play field, walkways, static exercise stations, and art installations.
  • Public art
    The new station will include new public art (made out of recycled materials, of course!). See Jean Shin’s artist statement and a preview of the planned art.


Free 24-hour construction hotline:
(206) 819‐5948

During construction, please visit the South Transfer Station