The MRF occupies approximately 130,000 square feet of the former automobile plant, reusing the building elements (foundations, floor, roofing system, and walls), including a new tipping floor, baled recycling storage, and associated truck bays. NTH provided a range of consulting and engineering services to the project, including environmental due-diligence; environmental permitting; structural assessment; site-civil design; geotechnical engineering; subsurface utility engineering; and construction support. Successful blending of these services proved key to transforming a formerly unused and abandoned industrial site into a productive segment of the regional solid waste management system.
As part of this multi-year project, NTH assisted GFL with property acquisition due-diligence, a condition survey that included assessment of existing structural, utility, and related components for a waste transfer station, the recently constructed MRF, and planned additional developments within the 38-acre property acquired from General Motors.
NTH prepared several conceptual facility designs, which helped our client strategize and envision the ultimate end-use for the facility as a regional solid waste handling, recycling, and maintenance facility, incorporating existing useful assets at this nearly 75-year-old former automobile factory. Being responsible for the site-civil design components, NTH also navigated the labyrinth of existing site utilities, tunnels, and press-pits, to develop focused solutions for utilizing as much of the existing infrastructure as possible and developing new site utility design services for water, storm, and sanitary infrastructure.
The state-of-the-art MRF, completed in March 2023, is now operational, and contributes to Michigan’s overall recycling and sustainability goals. Equally important, the MRF provides an infusion of new employment, revenue, and taxes in Pontiac, Michigan, a financially challenged city.
NTH’s ultimate long-standing experience on this site and solid relationship with the client, paired with a thorough understanding of GFL’s goals and objectives, allowed NTH to provide comprehensive support and robust engineering drawings for this site plan package.