Neel-Schaffer providing design, construction oversight for $27M project
Neel-Schaffer is assisting the Orange County (FL) Utilities Solid Waste Division in building a new modern transfer station on L.B. McLeod Road in Orlando. Neel-Schaffer prepared final construction plans for bidding and construction of the new transfer station in 2018. Construction of the $27 million facility started in August 2019 and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Neel-Schaffer is providing construction oversight and contract administration services.
Orlando-based JMHC is the contractor and provided this drone video update on the project as of May 2020.
The Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division selected Neel-Schaffer in 2015 through the CCNA process to plan, design, and permit demolition of the current transfer station and construct a replacement facility with a design life of 40 years.
The McLeod Road Transfer Station (MRTS) site is in an industrial park on L.B. McLeod Road. The 6.8± acre property is surrounded by the City of Orlando’s wastewater treatment plant facility and a Waste Management, Inc., transfer station. The old transfer station building was a conversion of the City of Orlando’s old solid waste incinerator facility built in the 1960s.
The County leased the property from the City of Orlando and converted the building for use as a top-load transfer station. After nearly 60 years of use, the old building needed replacement. Neel-Schaffer assisted the County through facility programming to develop alternative design concepts and the design criteria for a new modern transfer station facility for review and approval by the County. Neel-Schaffer prepared engineering plans for the selected design and obtained site redevelopment approvals and the building permit from City of Orlando.
The new transfer station was designed on the same site with a modern 62,000-square foot receiving and transfer building that has a capacity to process 2,000 tons of solid waste per day. It also includes an 8,000-square foot service building for administration offices, employee quarters, a vehicle maintenance shop, and a scale house with truck scales. The replacement facility includes many engineering innovations and technology with state-of-the-art modern equipment to enable safe and efficient operations for many years to come. The project is in progress to be completed on schedule.