Newell Recycling of Atlanta is widely known for its efficient and environmentally friendly recycling processes and facilities. Recently, when redesigning its East Point and Gwinnett facilities to improve its already impressive process, Newell contacted Prime Engineering, Inc. to provide a full array of surveying and engineering services.
Most notably, Prime provided surveying, design engineering, permitting assistance, procurement assistance, and construction administration assistance services for the installation of a new 6,000-horsepower hammer mill-type shredding system. This system was designed to replace a smaller shredder system in Newell’s East Point facility.
Because the new shredder had to be installed in the same location as the existing shredding system—rendering inoperative the facility’s whole-car shredding capability while the new system was installed—Newell Recycling needed the new system installed in the shortest time possible.
Prime Engineering, Inc. assembled a surveying and engineering team to prepare a coordinated package of construction documents, assist in permitting and procurement, and provide construction administration for the demolition of the existing whole-car shredding system and installation of the new, larger system. In total, the project required the replacement of the equipment foundations, engine house, support equipment, electrical power, and control system.
The results: a new shredding system with a capacity 50% greater than that of the existing system.
Additionally, Prime Engineering provided civil engineering services at Newell’s Gwinnett County facility. The concrete pavement structure at this facility was failing under the loads being placed on it. To solve this problem, Prime redesigned the concrete pavement structure to withstand the necessary loads of the recycling facility’s normal business operations. Work included a design of the subgrade, pavement section details for various locations, and suggested direction of drainage flow.