The 60,000 SF Charleston County Material Recovery Facility (MRF) includes an MRF process floor, tipping floor, warehouse space, separate county and operator offices, and an educational facility. The building, which consists of tilt-up concrete, insulated metal panels, glass, and translucent panel, will separate 25 tons per hour of single-stream recyclables for Charleston and the Tri-County area. Materials will then be baled and stored until they can be sold and shipped from the loading docks.
The educational facility includes display and lecture space. Developed to cater to students from ages 5-95, the space features multimedia, tactile, and visual displays incorporating windows and cameras overlooking the process floor. The educational facility also includes a second-story catwalk that runs the length of the production facility so visitors can see the entire process, from the trucks unloading on the tipping floor to the movement of recyclables through the processing facility to baling, storage and shipping.
The main building is pursuing LEED accreditation, and incorporates recycled and recyclable materials throughout including a recycled glass terrazzo lobby floor, recycled steel, carpet made from recycled materials, and a display made from recycled glass.
The campus also features an 8,000 SF maintenance facility and parking for all the county’s recycling vehicles, truck scales, and trailers for additional storage capacity. The buildings are carefully sited to maximize the usefulness of a tight site boarded by two different utility easements while presenting an attractive face to traffic along Palmetto Commerce Parkway.