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Factoria Recycling & Transfer Station Replacement Project

Proposed design

View a computer animation (YouTube) of the proposed new facility.



Project background and purpose

[+] EnlargeExterior view of existing Factoria transfer station.

Existing transfer station

[+] EnlargeRepairs to roof of existing Factoria transfer station.

Existing roof damage

The King County Solid Waste Division, in collaboration with the cities on the Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, conducted an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the County’s solid waste transfer system. That analysis revealed that the County’s aging transfer system network needs a major overhaul. Many of the urban transfer stations were built in the 1960s and are operating beyond their designed capacity.

The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station, which was constructed in the mid-1960s, does not meet several service needs, including room for collecting recyclable materials, minimum roof clearance needed by modern, larger garbage collection vehicles and the ability to compact waste. The new station will be built to meet current building and environmental standards and to accommodate projected future growth in the region. The Solid Waste Division’s 2006 Solid Waste Transfer and Waste Management Plan (PDF, 3.5 MB) demonstrated the need for a major overhaul of the aging transfer system infrastructure. That plan, which was adopted by the King County Council, affirmed the need to replace the Factoria station.

Project description

KC Council Presentation

View the presentation to King County Council (PDF, 486 K) on the Factoria project.

The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station is located on a 7.8-acre parcel in a light industrial area approximately one half mile north of Interstate 90 and one half mile east of Interstate 405. Customers access the facility via Southeast 32nd Street, off Richards Road. The King County Solid Waste Division recently purchased an additional two acres northwest of the Factoria station to provide a total of 9.8 acres for the project. There are two warehouse buildings currently located on the additional two-acre parcel which will be deconstructed as part of the project.

The existing station handles garbage and also includes a household hazardous waste drop off area. The new station will include many improvements such as:


[+] EnlargeGraphic depiction of station from North side of structure

Graphic depiction of station from North side of structure

[+] EnlargeGraphic depiction of station from SE corner of structure

Graphic depiction of station from SE corner of structure

  • A new recycling collection area for items such as yard waste, clean wood, appliances and scrap metal
  • More efficient household hazardous waste collection
  • An enclosed solid waste transfer building, with adequate roof clearance, that will minimize noise, dust and odors
  • A garbage compactor that will improve the efficiency of payloads and decrease the number of transfer trailer trucks trips required to and from the station
  • A larger transfer building which will reduce customer wait times
  • Sustainable building design features that will improve energy efficiency and result in lower life cycle costs than a conventional building design
  • Sufficient space to process projected future volumes of solid waste and to expand recycling as needed

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Public involvement

The public involvement process provides an opportunity for customers, area residents and other interested parties to learn about the facility replacement project and to offer comments on the planned improvements. Please see project schedule below for any public meetings or events.

On-line comments

If you have questions or would like to provide comments on the project, please use our online comment form to ensure a timely response.

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Project schedule

Project schedule – updated December 2012 (subject to change)

Date

Purpose/Action Taken

May 12, 2010

An open house and presentation on the project was held at the East Shore Unitarian Church. This meeting was an opportunity for facility neighbors, customers, and others to learn about the project and give input on the service and facility improvements considered for the station.

Summer 2010

Preparation of a Draft Facility Master Plan

Sept. 30, 2010

King County Solid Waste Division issues a “Determination of Nonsignificance Non-Project Action” and issues a Draft Facility Master Plan for public review

Oct. 18, 2010

Comment deadline on the Determination of Nonsignificance

Fall 2010

Facility Master Plan submitted to King County Council

April 2011

King County Council approved the Facility Master Plan

Aug. 17, 2011

A community meeting was held to provide facility neighbors, customers, and others with an update on the project.

March 8, 2012

The King County Solid Waste Division issued a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) per the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). This determination means that the proposed facility replacement project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist, technical discipline reports, and other information on file with the lead agency. The MDNS outlines mitigation measures that will be implemented to avoid, minimize, and compensate for negative impacts to the built and natural environments. View the “Project SEPA – March 2012” documents below.

Beginning of the public comment and appeal period on the SEPA determination.

March 29, 2012

End of the public comment and appeal period on the SEPA determination.

April 9, 2012

The King County Solid Waste Division submitted an application for Conditional Use Permit and Critical Areas Land Use Permit approval to remove the existing Factoria Transfer Station and construct a new transfer station and recycling areas with associated facilities.

Sept. 6, 2012

The City of Bellevue held a public meeting to receive comments on the Solid Waste Division’s application for Conditional Use Permit and Critical Areas Land Use Permit

Dec. 13, 2012

City of Bellevue held a Public Hearing on the Solid Waste Division’s proposed project and recommended approval, with conditions, of the Division’s Conditional Use Permit and Critical Areas Land Use Permit application.

2011 – 2013

Environmental review, facility design, land use permitting and construction procurement

2014 – 2016

Construction of new facilities

2016

New station opens


Note: The Solid Waste Division plans to continue operating the existing facility while the new facilities are constructed. However, customer access to the facility may be periodically interrupted during construction. If so, customers will be re-directed to the closest county transfer station.

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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 including Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum - based on a point rating system. The goal of the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station replacement project is to attain a LEED™ Gold rating.

Some of the sustainable features being considered for the new station include:

  • Recycled content building materials – in building walls, floors, roof and other areas
  • Rainwater harvesting – collecting and storing rainwater for use in washing down station floors and equipment, and for flushing toilets
  • Passive ventilation
  • Efficient energy usage
  • Natural daylighting - using translucent windows to allow natural daylight to light work areas as much as possible
  • Efficient water usage within the building and for landscaping

These features are consistent with the Solid Waste Division's environmental focus and with King County's "Green Building Initiative" that promotes the use of environmentally responsible construction practices in all of the County’s building projects. The green building practices applied to this project are also expected to result in lower life cycle costs than in more conventional building designs.

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Public art

In 1973, King County adopted legislation creating the 1 Percent for Art Program. The program requires that 1 percent 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.

The artwork for the project will likely reflect a solid waste or recycling theme and will help promote greater public awareness regarding solid waste issues. The artist selected for the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station Replacement Project is Al Price of Phoenix, Ariz. For information about Mr. Price’s work, please visit the 4Culture website below.

Public art associated with King County construction projects is managed by 4Culture, the county's cultural services agency. 4Culture ensures that the work of artists is reflected in the built environment, bringing art into the everyday lives of visitors and residents. More information about the agency can be found at www.4culture.org (external).

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Documents

Project SEPA – March 2012

Nonproject SEPA – Sept. 2010

Final 2010 Facility Master Plan

The Facility Master Plan is a guide for the site design and operational improvements for the new station.

Factoria Recycling & Transfer Station 2010 Facility Master Plan – Vol. 1 (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Factoria Recycling & Transfer Station 2010 Facility Master Plan – Vol. 2 (PDF, 502 K)

Appendices

Project contacts

Note: If you have questions or would like to provide comments on the project, please use our online comment form to ensure a timely response. Online comments are sent to each of the following contacts.

Primary contact

Dwin Ugwoaba
Project Manager
King County Solid Waste Division
Telephone: 206-477-5238, TTY Relay: 711; Fax: 206-296-8431

Other contacts

Polly Young
Communication Planner
King County Solid Waste Division
Telephone: 206-477-5266, TTY Relay: 711; Fax: 206-296-0197

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Updated: Dec. 31, 2013


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