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

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.

The current transfer station is now closed. The old facility will be torn down and new facilities (including weigh stations, a transfer building, and a recycling center) will be constructed. The new North Transfer Station is expected to open in fall 2016.

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.

April 2016

Over the past month, the North Transfer Station construction team worked on installing electricity, flooring and windows at the transfer building, roofing of the recycle building and constructing the scale house and scale booths.

Public art has also been installed on-site. “RECLAIMED” by artist Jean Shin, is composed of reclaimed rebar from the previous North Transfer Station. The artwork forms organic, linear contours referencing the topography of the site before 1966 when the previous North Transfer Station was constructed. Check out the new art on the south side of the site.

Over the next few weeks, the construction team will:

  • Continue work at the Carr Place open space including forming wraparound concrete stairs.
  • Continue work at the Woodlawn open space including installing footings for exercise equipment.
  • Continue sidewalk installation on 35th Avenue N.
  • Form the scale house plaza.
  • Install ceramic tile, paint, and finish ceiling of the administration building.
  • Install soil on the recycle building’s green roof.
  • Install facility 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