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By Mallory Szczepanski, Waste 360

December 6, 2018


Designing materials recovery facilities (MRFs), hauling facilities, transfer stations and other types of facilities for the waste and recycling industry is no easy feat.

But Cambridge Companies, Inc., a company that provides high-quality design, consulting, construction and general contracting services to a wide range of industries, enjoys the challenge and has helped develop safe, effective and efficient facilities for the waste and recycling industry for 30 years.

Cambridge got its start in the industry in Chicago, mainly designing transfer stations before taking on other types of design-build projects like MRFs and hauling facilities. And over the last 30 years, the company has completed approximately 150 solid waste projects within the U.S., with more currently in the works.

The company, which handles new projects as well as remodels and expansions, often has multiple projects going on at once, all in different stages. And for Cambridge, it’s important that those projects are cost effective, efficient, safe and durable because they need to withstand the large equipment and vehicles that operate at the facilities each day, as well as adapt to the ongoing changes that happen within the industry.

“Clients often come to us with possible project ideas, and we take those ideas and develop conceptual plans, budget plans, site selection options, etc., to give them an overview of what is possible and what is not,” says Jeff Eriks, vice president of business development, marketing and customer experience at Cambridge. “We get a lot of the mom-and-pop companies in the industry coming to us for projects, and they have limited capital available. But we work with them to build facilities that fit their needs while remaining within their budget.”

For its design-build projects, Cambridge utilizes a seven-step process known as Cambridge’s Proven Process. The steps are as follows:

  1. Initial contact. Cambridge completes an introduction, an overview of service offerings and processes and a layout of next steps.
  2. The company reviews the current state of the project and generates a project mission statement. It also creates solutions, budgets and schedules, discusses clients’ ideas and concepts and makes a decision on the direction of the project.
  3. Design and permitting. Cambridge coordinates plans and meetings, meets agreed upon deadlines, submits bid, permit and construction drawings and works to obtain permits.
  4. The company ensures the client has ample coverage for their new facility, shows accurate comparison to reduce change orders during construction and plans a buyout meeting.

Construction. Cambridge makes sure the design for the facility is safety and quality driven, all parties are on the same page, the project is under budget and on time and the client will be satisfied with the end product.

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