Swinerton In the News

SMC Northern California: June 17, 2013

A Well-Rounded Reuse Solution

In any dense urban area, trash—how much there is, what to do with it, how to reduce it—is a major issue, and the situation in the city of El Cerrito, California, is no different. The problem’s so familiar, in fact, that most of it can be reduced to basic math.

Helping the city toward this goal is Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects, which recently completed an update of the El Cerrito Recycling and Environmental Resource Center in 2012. The center is a testament to the true possibilities of sustainable construction and a useful model for recycling as it should look in the 21st century.

Following an audit and estimation for renovation performed by the city, El Cerrito worked with Swinerton Management & Consulting to draft an RFP for design-build teams who could tackle the project, but a tight budget proved difficult for many bidding firms to work around. “The city only had around $3.5 million for the project budget, which translated to around $2.8 million for construction,” Noll says. “We had to think really creatively for how we could keep all of the goals of the program and still build something that would match it.”

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