Waste to Energy Facility
Solid Waste Authority
Palm Beach County, Florida
- $672M New Facility
- Most Advanced and Cleanest Waste-To-Energy Power Plant in North America
- Generates 100 Megawatts of Electricity
The new SWA Facility is the first of its kind in more than 15 years and is the most advanced and cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in North America. The plant produces electricity from waste, reduces landfilling by over 90%, displaces the need for fossil fuels and powers approximately 44,000 homes. Michael Singer Studio developed the conceptual aesthetic and environmental design for the new $672M Facility, assisted in establishing design criteria, and was involved in design and implementation oversight throughout the construction process. Colby Co. provided engineering in support of Michael Singer Studio’s work. The building and site was designed by Arcadis and Song & Associates and constructed by Babcock & Wilcox.
The Singer Studio conceptual design included numerous aesthetic, functional, environmental and educational elements and programs that have been incorporated into the built project. A skybridge connects tour groups from the LEED Platinum Visitors Center to the main process building to witness the internal waste-to-energy process. The entire facility is designed as a singular rainwater harvesting system to capture and store two million gallons of rainwater for use within the waste-to-energy process and for site irrigation. The new Visitor’s Center includes an engaging interactive multimedia tour and exhibit area for the general public and school groups. The interactive educational tour emphasizes the importance of recycling, waste reduction and proper handling of household hazardous waste.