Seattle Public Utilities Ray Hoffman, Director

North Transfer Station

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

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.

July 2016

Over the past month, the North Transfer Station construction team finished adding mulch to the planter beds along N 34th and N 35th Streets, installed ADA curb ramps at the northeast corner of the Woodlawn open space entrance, and completed forming retaining curbs at the Carr Place open space.

The construction team will:

  • Prepare for compactor testing and install bird netting in the Tipping Building.
  • Install handrails at the entry stairs near the Administration Building.
  • Continue work at the Carr Place and Woodlawn open spaces, which includes pouring pervious concrete pavement.
  • Continue the installation of site signage.

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