December 2016

Volume 1, Issue 4

Topic: Transfer Stations

Focus: Types of Transfer Stations;

            New Build Case Study;

            New Employee Bios;

            Happy Holidays!



Jeff Eriks

Transfer stations are designed and constructed in many shapes and sizes. Many methods to transfer waste have been implemented over the years from waste trucks to transfer trailers. Some of the many variations in transfer station facility designs include push pit, lift and load, surge pit and direct tip. Moving waste has also included many types of methods including loaders, excavators, knuckle booms and others. In this article, the discussion will be based upon a few of these options and their design-build differences. At the end of the day, it is important to work with an expert for evaluation of the transfer station operations and the decision regarding which option works best for the owner to cost-effectively transfer material through a facility.

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Suzanne LawrenceDesign Project Manager
Suzanne began working for Cambridge in October 2016.  Over the past 13 years Suzanne has gained a vast array of experience within the residential and commercial construction industries as project manager, project engineer, executive assistant, sales, and operation manager.  Suzanne found her passion learning construction from the early planning stages through the finished product and learned how to operate a construction business by working closely with owners in all aspects of the business.  Her past experience includes…

Ken AkeyPre-Construction Manager
Ken began working for Cambridge in November 2016.  He earned his Associated Degree in Architectural Technology and his Bachelor Degree in Construction Technology at Purdue University.  Ken has also taught as an Estimating Professor at Purdue University, Hammond, IN.  His past experience within the private, institutional, education, and commercial industries includes…

Michael ReganProject Manager
Michael began working for Cambridge in October 2016.  He attended University of Illinois at Chicago and earned his degree in Construction Management.  Michael has been working in the construction industry on commercial, industrial, municipal, professional and medical projects for over 25 years.  His experience includes…

John StewartField Manager
John began working for Cambridge in November 2016.  He attended San Jacinto College for Aviation.  John’s skills include welding, metal fabrication, steel framing, and dirt/concrete foundation knowledge.  He has been working in the construction industry on commercial and retail projects for ten years.  His past experience as a construction superintendent includes

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September 2016

Volume 1, Issue 3

Topic: Hauling Companies

Focus: Facility Requirements;

            New Build Case Study;

            Challenge Accepted



Jeff Eriks

A hauling company is a big part of any waste company. It’s where a majority of employees work from and directly affects the ability of the company to pick up customer trash every day. A hauling company typically houses all the route trucks (residential, commercial, roll-off), containers (roll-offs or household), mechanics, drivers, operations team (dispatch, supervisors, ops manager), back office and management. It’s important that these facilities are able to be built economically and operate safely and efficiently. In this day and age all companies that utilize a blue collar work force are competing for employees. The day where kids went to trade schools or took “real” jobs straight out of school is long since gone. Many kids are encouraged to go to college in lieu of getting a blue collar job or attending a trade school. Due to the nature of this new economy and mindset, quality drivers and mechanics are getting harder to come by so it has become necessary for all companies to try and set themselves apart from the pack by offering unique benefits whether tangible or intangible.

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Oftentimes projects come up that become fast tracked due to various circumstances sometimes out of our control or the owner’s. We recently had a project that needed to be completed within a 3 month window due to the opening date required. This requires the entire team to work together to develop drawings on the fly while also mobilizing for construction.

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June 2016

Volume 1, Issue 2

Topic: Municipal Solid Waste

Focus: Design/Build vs. Design/Bid/Build Article;

            MSW Case Study;

            New Employee Biographies



Evan Williams

This article appeared in the August 2015 edition of Waste Advantage Magazine

Solid waste construction projects present unique challenges for end users, specifically municipalities. A design-build approach can help smooth this process. Challenges come from many areas and include, but are not limited to: community impacts, permitting, transparency in process, cost control and successful implementation. This approach is being used for a new transfer station in Missouri.

Municipal projects tend to be a lightning rod for attention, even more so when it is a solid waste project with community impact. A high priority for these is often to mitigate the environmental effects of the proposed project, as well as plans to address existing concerns on the site. The design-build process adds value in its ability to integrate design and project delivery into one team. In this area, the city, design, and build teams can work together with stakeholders to identify areas of concern and propose remediation measures. Where the typical design-bid-build approach prescriptively dictates one solution, the design-build approach engages the  procurement portion of the build team to get accurate pricing data and determine the schedule impacts of the proposed options, assigning real-time cost/schedule impacts to the proposed solutions. At the Missouri Transfer Station, the project team decided to situate the building with its doors away from two adjoining roads and towards an adjacent sewage treatment plant.

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Marcy Seligman-WaiteDesign Project Manager
Marcy began working for Cambridge in March 2016. She graduated Cornell University with a BS in Interior Design from the Design and Environmental Analysis department. Her experience…

Nancy MillerHuman Resource Manager
Nancy began working for Cambridge Companies on April 11, 2016 as the Human Resource (HR) Manager. She earned her Associate Degree in Business with a concentration in Office Administration as well as coursework toward a BBA in HR Management from Davenport University. Nancy has worked…

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March 2016

Volume 1, Issue 1

Topic: Landfill Shops

Focus: Landfilll Shop Design Article;

            Case Study


LANDFILL MAINTENANCE SHOPS: Determine Needs Before Designing

Jeff Eriks

This article appeared in the March 2016 edition of Waste Advantage Magazine

Maintenance shops are sometimes a necessary component at a landfill site and can serve multiple functions. The main function of this facility is to house and maintain landfill equipment such as dozers, compactors, and haul trucks and is commonly co-located with your landfill employees break room, locker room, and offices. This article will focus on the maintenance shop as a key component in keeping your equipment functioning properly. Due to the type of equipment used at a landfill, the design of the shop should include accommodations for the equipment as well as a safe environment for employees to perform equipment maintenance. One of the major factors determining the type of the shop construction is how long the maintenance shop will be left in this location. Oftentimes, maintenance shops are built on future landfill cells and need to be moved in the not-so-distant-future to allow for the cell expansion. The shop should be kept in close proximity to the working face in order to limit the distance from the work area to where the equipment will be maintained.

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Aerial View of Edinburg, TX (La Gloria) Landfill Shop  Aerial Front View of Edinburg, TX (La Gloria) Landfill Shop

Read about the design/build of this landfill shop here.

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