City of Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center


Year: 2009-2010
Cost: $26 Million

Working with Tacoma’s Department of Solid Waste, JRMA provided programming and a feasibility analysis including options to develop a plan that:

  • Consolidated operations
  • Provided flexibility
  • Increases capacity to meet future waste and traffic patterns

A series of workshops determined the most flexible solution was to build a new 83,590 square foot structure rather than retrofitting the existing structures. Tacoma’s new Recovery and Transfer Center:

  1. Consolidated the functions of multiple dated transfer structures into a single modern building, eliminating multiple handling of materials and effectively separating public/self-haul traffic from collection truck traffic;
  2. Is designed to handle peak loads of 2,000 tons per day and also houses administrative offices, a maintenance shop, and a suspended mezzanine.
  3. Received LEED Gold Certification for sustainable features including natural ventilation, increased day lighting, automated lighting controls, solar panels, harvested rainwater for in-house use and water-efficiency landscaping.

tacoma-collageThe Center:

  • Was named Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association
  • Received  a 2012 Award of Merit from the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association
  • Received the Solid Waste Association of North American (SWANA) 2012 Gold Excellence Award (Transfer Station Category)

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