Welcome to New York Team Envac

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The second semester of our first year in the MBA program is rapidly coming to an end and we are getting ever so close to departing for Sweden! CAP Sweden is all about clean technology and we have the privilege of working with some really interesting clients. Our client is Envac, a company that designs and implements vacuum waste collection systems.  The company invented the vacuum waste system in 1961 with the goal of creating a sustainable waste collection solution for hospitals, residential buildings, office towers, parks and town centers.  They have installations all over the world including one in Disney World and on Roosevelt Island in New York City. That is where we come in.

Members of Team Envac discussing the Roosevelt Island system with New York Department of Sanitation Employees

Members of Team Envac discussing the Roosevelt Island system with New York Department of Sanitation Employees

As part of our research, we decided it would be worthwhile to see one of their systems in action so we made the journey from DC to New York City.  Our first stop was on Roosevelt Island, a system that has been in continuous operation for nearly 40 years and is still being expanded.  We toured the latest apartment building added to the system and saw how residents dispose of their trash and where the equipment was placed in the building.  From there, we made our way over to the waste collection terminal where all the garbage on the island ends up after it travels through the system at over 30 miles per hour!

Ahmed Alnasser watching the Envac system in action!

Ahmed Alnasser watching the Envac system in action!

At the terminal we saw how waste travels into the building, where it is stored, how trucks collect the waste and how the system runs.  It was amazing to see that most of the equipment used in the terminal was original and that it was still running so well after so much time.

Waste travels through the red pipes above, into collection containers, where they await pick up.

Waste travels through the red pipes above, into collection containers, where they await pick up.

After leaving the terminal, we headed across town to see the latest project Envac is involved in.  This project is the new Hudson Yards Development.  Split into eastern and western sections, Hudson Yards will add a total of 17,440,000 square feet of mixed use residential, commercial and retail space above the Hudson Rail Yard. Since the site is currently an active construction site above an operating rail yard, we were not allowed onsite and had to view it from The High Line, which ends right above it. It still provided us with a great view as we were able to visualize what the project would look like when finished.

Eastern section of Hudson Yards as viewed from The High Line

Eastern section of Hudson Yards as viewed from The High Line

While it was a long journey and an even longer day, it was a great opportunity for us to see our client’s product in action. With only one more week left in the semester, we are very excited to continue to work on this challenging project. More to come!

The High Line park ends where Hudson Yards begins.

The High Line park ends where Hudson Yards begins.

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