Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management Recovery & Transfer Center has been named a 2013 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association.

In the Environment Category at a cost between $25 million and $75 million, the team of City of Tacoma, as the managing agency; JE Dunn Construction, as the primary contractor; and HDR, as the primary consultant, earned the recognition. They will be recognized during an international conference at Chicago in August.

Located at the 190-acre Tacoma Landfill, the new $27 million, 83,590-square-foot facility is one of the largest clear-span buildings in the state. The facility handles 165,000 tons of garbage per yea, and is designed for peak loads of 1,400 tons per day.

The Center was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It also has consolidated operations into a central building, eliminating double- and triple-handling of materials to get materials from the location where they are received to the location where they are processed. This centralization reduces the amount of equipment needed , as well as the number of solid waste workers required at those locations.