brownfield construction Articles

  • Brownfields: eyesore or opportunity?

    Minute Maid Park, the Downtown Aquarium and the Federal Reserve Bank are all examples of how the City of Houston is cleaning up and reusing local brownfields to create positive impacts on the community through its Brownfields Redevelopment Program. Brownfields are properties where redevelopment is complicated by the presence or perceived presence of environmental contamination. These sites were, ...

  • Brownfield Redevelopment: New Interdiciplinary Challenges

    In the Federal Republic of Germany, 120 hectares of land are 'consumed' daily (84 hectares in the old, 36 hectares in the new federal states) for settlement and traffic; 50% of these areas are sealed at this (Statistical Federal Office, according to Department of the Environment 1998). The high land consumption results from the economic structural change and the expansion of urbane centers. This ...


  • ORC Replaces SVE at Brownfield Site

    Site Summary A former service station was located on prime real estate in downtown San Francisco. Redevelopment was planned for the site, however, due to residual BTEX groundwater contamination, construction activity was halted. A soil vapor extraction (SVE) system previously operated at the site for approximately one year. This approach was not successful in reducing BTEX concentrations to ...


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  • Driving your growth and profits with brownfields

    Brownfields create economic growth while better protecting human health and the environment. Eligible Brownfield properties generally include property that has been or is being used for industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural or public purposes, is contaminated or perceived to be contaminated and/or functionally obsolete and/or blighted.Being a Michigan native, I will use Michigan as a ...

  • Financing brownfields: EPA state program highlights

    Public financing is often essential for encouraging the assessment and cleanup of brownfields. Without public financing or government-backed financial incentives, many brownfields would remain idle and potentially contaminated. The costs associated with the redevelopment of brownfields include costs associated with demolition, site preparation, and construction. In addition to these costs, ...

  • Brownfields redevelopment; Understanding your environmental responsibilities

    Brownfields are properties that have, or may have, contamination or the stigma of contamination that hinders the reuse of land for new development. The lure to these properties is great – seemingly prime, large tracts of land being sold for relatively inexpensive prices; the vision of unrestricted development; putting residential communities on these lands and reaping a great return. To further ...

  • Risk assessment and brownfields-determining exposure to site contaminants

    The USEPA’s Brownfields Program was developed to facilitate the rehabilitation of contaminated property for re-development. EPA has set forth criteria that must be met for a revitalized property to be used for residential, commercial or industrial purposes. The main thrust of these criteria is the long-term protection of residents or visitors (including shoppers and business employees). As ...

  • Brownfield remediation - Urban revitalization requires local groups to learn to identify brownfield sites and understand the liability issues and environmental concerns.

    Brownfields are defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as 'abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.' Vacant industrial sites, gas stations, commercial buildings, and offices all fall under the heading of brownfields. Brownfields can be found in almost ...


  • Sixfields case study

    Northampton is within one of four major growth areas identified in the Government’s 2003 “Sustainable Communities Plan”. The two former landfill sites of Sixfields and Harvey Reeves Road had been identified as key areas for redevelopment. Remediation of the sites was necessary to protect the local surface and groundwater from the impact of landfill leachate. The site is essentially a combination ...


  • Award-winning bioremediation case study

    Tamdown won ‘Best Use of a Single Remediation Technique’ at the 2008 Brownfield Briefing awards for their treatment of this former gasworks in Surrey. After applying Alga Power 101 during the screening process, Tamdown constructed vented biopiles housed in large poly-tunnels. Air was continually circulated through the piles using a low vacuum extraction system, preventing the need for ...


    By A Alga Companhia Limited

  • Reductive Dechlorination Using HRC Reduces VOCs Towards MCLs

    Site Summary As part of the EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) program, a pilot-scale study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of using HRC to reduce TCE concentrations in groundwater at the Fisherville Mill site in Grafton, MA. The Fisherville site is characterized by TCE contamination in a sand and gravel aquifer and is considered a brownfield site. Prior to HRC ...


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  • Transfer stations the revitalization of a transfer station complex

    Lancaster county solid waste management authority (LCSWMA) manages the municipal solid waste from Lancaster County, PA homes and businesses, serving approximately 520,000 residents. Once private haulers deliver the waste to LCSWMA, the organization employs a multi-step approach to trash disposal and processing, called an Integrated System. This system saves significant landfill capacity and ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • CityPlace Redevelopment, Toronto

    Since 1999, XCG Consultants has been assisting Canada Lands Company Limited (CLC) with developing an Environmental Master Plan and overseeing, on behalf of CLC, the remediation and development of the former Canadian National Railway lands in downtown Toronto. CityPlace lands occupy an area of nearly 40 acres in downtown Toronto located directly west of the SkyDome. These lands were originally ...


    By XCG Consultants Ltd.

  • Brown to green: A new use for blighted industrial sites

    The Philadelphia Navy Yard sprawls over 1,200 acres on the banks of the Delaware River, a once-great shipyard now being transformed into a mix of research facilities, corporate offices, and manufacturing plants. In one remote, seven-acre corner - a nondescript plot of land with a highway bridge towering above it - the Navy Yard's industrial past is palpable. Reeds and an occasional tree sprout ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Prominant developer chooses cetco gas vapor barrier for chromium protection case study

    Project: Droyers Point Location: Jersey City, NJ Products: Liquid Boot® Gas Vapor Mitigation System Background: During the summer of 2004, construction commenced on a multi-family housing plan, developed by K. Hovnanian Homes. This 23-acre Brownfield redevelopment project included 30 new three-story townhouse buildings ...


    By CETCO

  • Meeting NIMBY

    The development of commercial or industrial real estate is often delayed or even canceled due to unforeseen public issues. For example in 2004, the USA Today reported that Wal- Mart, the world’s largest public corporation, has encountered successive delays while attempting to construct one of its 40 planned super centers in California. Similar levels of resistance to other so called ...


  • CETCO vapor mitigation system chosen as protection for high-profile sports stadium case study

    Project: New York Red Bulls Stadium Location: Harrison. NJ Products: Liquid Boot 500 Gas Vapor Mitigation System, GeoVent Gas Venting System Background: A sports team chose an idle brownfield location in Harrison, NJ as the home for their new stadium. To mitigate potential vapor intrusion concerns, Louis Berger Group ...


    By CETCO

  • The latest ground Gas monitoring innovations

    The latest Ground Gas monitoring innovations   The traditional methodology for ground gas monitoring has been ‘spot monitoring’ – taking event readings at various set times to predict the sub surface gas regime on both on Brownfield and Landfill sites.     This methodology is in general current practice under both the EU Landfill Directive ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • Insurance Matures for Redevelopment

    After going through an often-painful learning curve in the late 1970s and 1980s, insurance underwriters have developed increasing expertise in writing policies to protect property owners, contractors and other parties in site-remediation projects against unforeseen cost exposures. Two principal insurance vehicles - remediation cost-cap and pollution legal liability (PLL) - are used on many ...

  • Renewable Energy Projects on Contaminated Property: Managing The Risks

    Managing brownfields risks requires complex technical and legal analysis. Analyzing risks in renewable energy projects is equally complex. Both projects involve several contracts that must be integrated and made consistent with each other. Combining these types of projects creates a unique combination of risks, including, for sites where institutional/engineering controls are part of the remedy, ...

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