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King County Dept. Natural Resources, Parks, SWD Selects Jacobs to Provide Siting, Architectural, Engineering Services; Ron Williams Quoted

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Jacobs was selected by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Solid Waste Division (SWD), through a competitive procurement process, to provide siting, architectural and engineering services, the company announced on Tuesday.

“Siting, designing and constructing a transfer facility is an inherently complex process which must account for operational needs, site constraints and the needs and concerns of the service-area and neighboring communities,” said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Buildings & Infrastructure West Region Senior Vice President Ron Williams.

Jacobs will provide support for a new Recycling and Transfer Station in the northeast part of King County, Washington, including but not limited to the areas in or around the cities of Sammamish, Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville.

In accordance with the King County Strategic Climate Action Plan and the King County Green Building Ordinance, the planning and design of the new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station (NERTS) facility will incorporate climate change impacts and sustainable development practices.

Adhering to NERTS, Jacobs will provide practices with a goal of achieving sustainability certifications such as the Living Building Challenge (LBC) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Jacobs siting process will also include equity and social justice considerations that are responsive to the values and priorities of residents and stakeholders such as taking transit-oriented design into account to facilitate employee commutes and providing project communications that meet the language needs of the community.

King County has provided garbage transfer, disposal and recycling services for approximately 1.3 million residents and 660,000 employees. The solid waste system has served a large unincorporated area and 37 of the 39 cities in King County.

In 2019, the County’s eight transfer stations and two drop boxes received 840,000 tons of garbage. At the transfer facilities, many small loads have been combined into larger loads for transport to the County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. The use of transfer stations has lowered collection costs and reduced overall traffic and associated air pollution, fuel consumption and road wear.

“But that challenge is one that we’re well suited to deliver on, as Jacobs and our teaming partners have developed more than 150 recycling and transfer station facilities throughout the U.S. and globally,” Williams concluded.

In addition to Jacobs work with King Country, the company was selected by the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling (DWMR) to provide consulting and design services for a new commercial waste building at the county’s North Area Recovery Station (NARS) in Jan. 2020.

Jacobs will develop critical infrastructure for DWMR to address the waste increase in the greater Sacramento region, and help the department meet requirements of California Senate Bill (SB) 1383, which requires organizations to reduce greenhouse gases and increase organic waste recycling.

The company will also assist DWMR design new commercial waste building while supporting infrastructure. Specifically, Jacobs will develop the geotechnical design of ramps and a trench adjacent to the new facility, a trench drain storm sewer design, and the design of an air filtration system to treat odors from the building.

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