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South Transfer Station

seattle public utilities

This complex project involves the master planning of seven new facilities on a Seattle Public Utility-owned closed-landfill site totaling 11 acres in size, which will support the nearby SPU Transfer Station built in 2014. The site will have 100,000 sf of structures including Recycling and Reuse Facility (15,000 sf), Dewatering and Decant Facility (MRF), and other associated structures.

RAI provided two schematic design options for the layout of the Graffiti Ranger and Illegal Dumping Support Facility on the site, along with space allocations and floor plans. Pros and cons were provided, along with costs to be integrated. The building requires approximately 900 sf of office tenant space and 700 sf of operational area (locker rooms and storage). The operation requires parking for a minimum of (6) field ops trucks and parking for a staff of 11. Using 3D modeling, RAI conducted a graphic analysis of all eleven facilities and their impact to site layout and density.


RAI led the programming phase which involved a complex network of consultants, the client, and stakeholders. Information was gathered and transmitted into both graphic and analytic forms, then reiterated into the stakeholder community outreach. As the architectural design lead, RAI is currently in the design phase and using Revit 3D modeling to develop and design the structures.

Type: Municipal                                                 Client: City of Seattle Public Utilities

Location: Seattle, WA                                        Project Lead: Susan Neaton

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