Phoenix, AZ


215,000 SF

Contract Value

$47 M


The City of Phoenix ’s Phoenix North Transfer Station received the Collection & Transfer Division’s 2007 Transfer Station Gold Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The award recognizes the outstanding planning, design, construction and operation.

Phoenix North Transfer Station

Layton Construction completed the North Transfer Station/Material Recovery Facility (NTS/MRF), a solid waste transfer station and material recovery facility located in northern Phoenix. The $47 million facility occupies a 51-acre site, with over 215,000 SF of building space. It is designed to handle as much as 4,000 tons of material per day.

Layton completed the NTS/MRF project on a fast-track schedule with multiple GMP's and was able to save the city millions of dollars through extensive value engineering in the design process. Layton was also responsible for the design-build of the 1,200-ton steel structure, a very complex process due to clear span and internal and external height requirements.

One of two waste transfer stations serving the city of Phoenix, the NTS/MRF is one of the largest and most technically advanced facilities in the United States. It boasts a state of the art material recovery facility with an enclosed viewing gallery designed to allow groups of people the opportunity to see how the operations work from above.

The NTS/MRF is also environmentally friendly. Recyclable material is taken to the facility, dumped on a separate tipping floor, processed through $4.5 million worth of specialized sorting equipment, conveyers and containers and is then baled and sold to paper mills and other recyclers for processing. The recycling system was manufactured in Holland and was designed to process 20 tons of material an hour.