Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station Renovation Project
The new Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station was built on the site of a facility dating from the 1970s.
Thanks to the hard work of operations staff, engineers, planners, and managers, in July 2012, solid waste transfer operations were smoothly transitioned from the old Bow Lake Transfer Station to the newly constructed Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station. Interim recycling was introduced inside the new building until the completion of a newly expanded recycling are on the south side of the building in 2013.
This single station receives about one third of the county’s total garbage tonnage for transfer to the landfill and is on track to double the amount of recycling that takes place in King County transfer stations through its resource recovery efforts as well as an expanded recycling collection area.
The design of the new station incorporates many new features:
The project was completed on schedule and seven million dollars under budget, while maintaining a stellar safety record. In 2014, the King County Solid Waste Division won the Solid Waste Association of North America (external) Silver Award for Excellence in Transfer Stations in recognition of the Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station. Read the complete award application (PDF, external).
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED™)
The LEED™ Green Building Rating System™ recognizes environmental leadership in the building industry. It is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED™ emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Projects can obtain various levels of certification – Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum – based on a point rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council has certified Bow Lake with the highest level of certification: Platinum.
In 1973, King County adopted legislation creating the 1% for Art program, which requires that a percentage of funds from capital construction projects be set aside for public artwork. Experience has shown that investments in public art benefit the community in many ways, from deterring vandalism to turning public facilities into better neighbors and community assets.
Artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot created a sculpture in the form of a large, hovering cloud that contains colorful pieces of discarded glass from the Pilchuck Glass School, an international center for glass art education in Stanwood, WA. Read more about the art on 4Culture's website (external) under "Public Art Collection."
Tom Creegan (Primary Contact)
Polly Young (Other Contact)
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Updated: Feb. 4, 2015