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City of Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center, Tacoma, Washington

One of the largest bolted, clear span buildings in Washington, the City of Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center is located at the Tacoma Landfill. The 83,590-square-foot structure serves as a space to receive, sort and transfer municipal solid waste with an area to separate and recover recyclable materials from the waste stream.

In developing the center, project goals included improving operational efficiency, minimizing operating and maintenance costs, improving safety, meeting current design standards and regulations, providing operational flexibility to meet future needs and increasing facility capacity to meet future waste and traffic projections. Designed by JR Miller & Associates, Brea, Calif., the facility is comprised of a pre-engineered metal building from Varco Pruden Buildings, Memphis, Tenn. JE Dunn Construction Co., Seattle, served as the general contractor, and HDR, Omaha, Neb., served as the engineer. Prior to erection, Renton, Wash.-based North Pacific Industrial Coatings coated the steel with a high-performance coating system.

Erected by CHG Building Systems Inc., Renton, the open web design of the truss beam frames allowed for HVAC ducts, wiring, sprinkler systems and lighting to be incorporated through the trusses. The open web provides enhanced light dispersal for better visibility. The building also features prismatic strip skylights for daylighting and energy savings. The roof was built in 25- by 135-foot sections weighing 56,000 pounds each that were assembled on the ground. The sections were hoisted onto the frame lines using two cranes and assembled in place saving time and increasing safety. There were no time loss incidents in the 19,805 man hours of construction. The project was completed on-time and under the owners' original budgets.

Varco Pruden Buildings,