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A Material Recovery Facility Grows in Brooklyn

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As part of Sims Metal Management's long-term contract with New York City, the company will build a new, state-of-the-art materials recovery facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (see metal, glass, plastic & carton recyclables). The facility is expected to be operational by September 2013. See early construction photos below.

image: An artificial reef is being constructedimage: Posts and reinforcement steel beams are set into the water
Construction of an artificial reef in the Gowanus Bay to promote marine life and control erosion.Posts and reinforcement steel beams being set into the water as part of the waterfront dock development.
image: Outer steel posts are set into the waterimage: Concrete slabs with rebar are fitted over the posts
Outer steel posts being set into the water, and trap rock spread out as the dock frame begins to take shape.Concrete slabs with rebar are fitted over the posts.
image: The dock is continued along the length of the Gowanus Bay inletimage: More rebar is laid down in advance of concrete along the dock
The dock is continued along the length of the Gowanus Bay inlet.More rebar is laid down in advance of the concrete along the dock.
image: An alternate view of the dock's developmentimage: Foundation of the storage building for processed & baled materials
An alternate view of the dock's development; from across the inlet.Foundation of the storage building for processed & baled materials.
image: Construction of the storage building for processed & baled materialsimage: Development of the visitor education center and administration building
Construction of the storage building for processed & baled materials.Development of the visitor education center and administration building.
image: Railroad track is installed within the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal up to the Sims fence lineimage: Pile caps line the dock. At this stage, all in-water pile driving is complete
Railroad track is installed within the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal up to the Sims fence line.Pile caps line the dock. At this stage, all in-water pile driving is complete.
image: The storage building wall is outfitted with eight loading docks for outbound shipments of plastic, cartons, & aluminum balesimage: The storage building structure; as seen from inside
The storage building wall is outfitted with eight loading docks for outbound shipments of sorted and baled recyclables.The storage building structure; as seen from inside.
image: An aerial view of the construction siteimage: An alternate aerial view of the construction site
An aerial view of the construction site.An alternate aerial view of the construction site.
image: The southern wall of the processing building is installedimage: An alternate view of the processing building's new wall
The southern wall of the processing building is installed.An alternate view of the processing building's southern wall.
image: Aluminum composite panels are attached to the outer frame of the bale buildingimage: The northern wall of the processing building is installed
Aluminum composite panels are attached to the outer frame of the bale building.The northern wall of the processing building is installed.
image: An aerial view of the site from the southwestimage: An aerial view showing the completion of the bale building's roof
An aerial view of the site from the southwest.An aerial view showing the completion of the bale building's roof.
image: An aerial view showing structural columns installed on the processing buildingimage: The processing building's structural columns go up
An aerial view showing structural columns installed on the processing building.The processing building's structural columns go up.
image: An aerial view of the construction siteimage: An alternate aerial view of the construction site
An aerial view of the construction site.An alternate aerial view of the construction site.
image: The processing building, as seen from insideimage: An alternate view of the processing building, as seen from inside
The processing building, as seen from inside.An alternate view of the processing building, as seen from inside.
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Construction of the processing building.Construction continues on the processing building.
 completed finger pier at Brooklyn MRF  glass and metal storage bunker at Brooklyn MRF 
Completed finger pier.Construction of glass and metal storage bunker.
aerial photo taken May 26, 2012aerial photo taken May 26, 2012
Aerial photo, May 26, 2012. Aerial photo, May 26, 2012.
aerial photo taken February 25, 2013aerial photo taken February 25, 2013
Aerial photo, February 25, 2013Aerial photo, February 25, 2013

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