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March 26, 2020
King County expects to start construction in early 2022 on an approximately 69,000-square-foot recycling and garbage transfer station at 35101 W. Valley Highway S., a county representative said.
The estimated $133 million project will replace the 1960s-era Algona Transfer Station.
The new South County Recycling and Transfer Station will have an approximately 56,000-square-foot building for garbage from commercial entities and recycling and garbage from the public. Attached to that will be a 7,500-square-foot administration building.
A separate 4,300-square-foot building will be for moderate-risk waste, and a scale house to weigh garbage and recycling will be less than 1,000 square feet.
HDR is the prime architect/engineering firm overseeing the design. JRMA is a subconsultant doing the architectural and structural design work.
Construction bids are expected to go out in 2021 and the station to open in late 2023.
The station's service area is Algona, Pacific, Auburn, Federal Way and the surrounding unincorporated area.
4Culture and King County's Solid Waste Division are seeking an artist or artist-led team to create site-specific or site-integrated artwork for the station. Artists should apply by April 30 at https://tinyurl.com/wo39oao/. The budget is $500,000, or $540,000 for artists applying as mentor and mentees.