Lone Star Recycling & Disposal Facility
Waste Transfer Station
Houston, TX (South Beltway)
23,700 sq ft
- The Owners of Lone Star Recycling & Disposal needed a Waste Transfer Station designed with an elevated, sloping structural slab. The slab required the capability of supporting 70 tons of trash over a 60’x60’ area, with no joints and no reinforcing steel in the top 3 inches of the slab on 11 feet of fill provided by the owner.
- The building structure houses an elevated trash tipping floor, with a tunnel at ground level. The custom design of the tipping floor facility was achieved through numerous coordination meetings with the owner and structural engineer. The intent is for local trash trucks to dump their loads on the tipping floor. Large front-end loaders scoop up the trash, and top load the semi-trucks located down on the ground level for long-haul transfer.
- The tunnel flooring system was structurally designed with recessed pits for the drive-scales and sloping trenches to contain the liquid waste. KDW designed the tunnel for semi-truck traffic, with two drive-scales and trenches for the collection of the leachate.
- 12-inch thick concrete walls surround three sides of the tipping floor and are designed for a horizontal impact load of 6,000 lbs.
- KDW designed the knee wall at the bottom of the sloped slab and the side push walls to withstand the daily impact from large front-end loaders.