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Published in Daily Journal of Commerce

Tacoma Solid Waste Management Recovery and Transfer Center

By JOURNAL STAFF, January 09, 2012

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The city of Tacoma has completed the $27 million Solid Waste Management Recovery and Transfer Center at the Tacoma Landfill. The 83,590-square-foot Varco Pruden pre-engineered metal building uses a clearspan open web design. The city said it is one of the largest bolted, clearspan buildings in Washington.

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The roof was built in 25-foot by 135-foot sections that each weigh 56,000 pounds. They were assembled on the ground, hoisted onto the frame lines using two cranes and assembled in place. The open web design of the truss beam frames allows for HVAC ducts, wiring, sprinklers and lighting to be incorporated through the trusses. The design also provides enhanced light for better visibility, and has prismatic strip skylights for daylighting and energy savings.

The center has space to receive, sort and transfer solid waste, with an area to separate and recover recyclable materials from the waste stream.

Owner: City of Tacoma

Prime consultant, civil, electrical and mechanical engineer: HDR, Tacoma

Architectural subconsultant: J.R. Miller & Associates, Brea, Calif.

General contractor: JE Dunn Construction Co., Kirkland

Pre-engineered metal building: CHG Building Systems, Renton

Steel coating: North Pacific Industrial Coatings, Renton

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