The King County Solid Waste Division’s recently completed Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station redevelopment project has been honored with two awards that exemplify King County’s commitment to sustainable building. In late November 2017, the project receive the “Green Project of the Year Award” from the Northwest Construction Consumer Council, and in late January, the project received the “Environmental Silver Award” from the American Council of Engineering Companies. Judges cited the project’s commitment to sustainable design and construction, as well as the innovative use of recycled materials, enhanced recycling services for customers, and the projected LEED Gold certification as reasons for the awards.
A multi-year project, the new facility, located in Bellevue, offers a wide array of recycling services, a new household hazardous waste facility that allows customers a place to dispose of these materials in an environmentally-responsible way, and two pre-load compactors that increase the efficiency of loads transported to the landfill by about 30 percent, thereby reducing the number of transfer trailer truck trips to and from the station. The facility also has sustainable design features that improve energy efficiency, including translucent skylights and window panels that allow natural light into the building, rainwater harvesting, recycled content building materials such as steel, asphalt, and concrete, and landscaping with drought-tolerant plants.