Whether your environmental needs include the remediation of brownfields sites to allow for redevelopment in your community, environmental compliance for infrastructure and facilities or NEPA services for transportation infrastructure, HR Green can provide the solutions you need.
As part of an integrated services group at HR Green, we collaborate with Transportation, Environmental, GIS, Engineering, and Planning Groups. This interdisciplinary approach allows us to effectively manage environmental concerns, regulatory requirements, and agency coordination to provide clients with a variety of perspectives that are vital when executing a successful project.More
Projects can be delayed, stalled or even terminated due to regulatory requirements. The Federal, state, and local environmental process is often complex, with agencies interpreting and implementing various regulations. Getting necessary approvals and completing documentation without compromising the needs of projects is often challenging. When you choose HR Green, you acquire a staff of professionals with the proven ability to successfully execute comprehensive environmental efforts for projects. We are proactive in representing projects while also maintaining working relationships with state and federal agencies. In-depth knowledge of the process helps us anticipate the challenges that you face, and we work with you to resolve them.
We use a collaborative approach to select multi-disciplinary specialists within our firm to cover all aspects of environmental projects. As part of an integrated services group at HR Green, we collaborate with Transportation, Environmental, GIS, Engineering, and Planning Groups. This interdisciplinary approach allows us to effectively manage environmental concerns, regulatory requirements, and agency coordination to provide clients with a variety of perspectives that are vital when executing a successful project.
The Former Wonder Bread Factory is Transformed into a New Brewery
The former Wonder Bread factory located in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, shuttered its operations in November 2012 amidst bankruptcy proceedings. Built in 1927, the vacant building occupied an entire block within the community’s urban core adjacent to numerous public facilities including the library, hockey arena, children’s museum, and public market. City officials immediately worked with several key stakeholders, including the historic preservation committee and Main Street Waterloo, to identify a potential re-use for the 0.94-acre site; however, contamination concerns created anxieties for potential investors.
Brownfield Assessment Grant Assess Environmental Impacts of Underutilized Properties in Antioch
The Village of Antioch is a community of just over 14,000 residents located within the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. Along its main corridor of Illinois Route 83 (IL 83), many businesses either closed or moved resulting in the environmental and economic decline of the community’s urban core and central business district.
Council Bluffs Brownfields Success
Council Bluffs, IA
Council Bluffs has demonstrated a unique ability to quickly return properties to a productive re-use. Much of the City’s efforts have focused on the South Main Brownfields Project Area which is among the oldest and most deteriorated industrial districts in Council Bluffs.
Waterloo Brownfield Redevelopment
HR Green has helped secure 12 EPA Brownfields Grants for the City of Waterloo since 2000 which have helped inventory, characterize, assess, and cleanup numerous underutilized sites including a former construction machinery company.
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail
St. Paul, MN
Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and City of St. Paul selected the team of HR Green and Inter-Fluve to conduct a feasibility study, develop concept plans and final design, complete three construction bid packages and construction oversight for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail.
The Liberty Square Redevelopment Area comprises approximately 340 commercial, industrial.
Obtaining grant funds for various projects is paramount for most communities; however, securing and managing these funds for critical projects is no simple task. In an ideal world, effective Capital Improvement Planning allocates funding for improvements; however, when accidents occur or Mother Nature strikes, disaster recovery efforts can be a significant funding challenge for communities. Grant funding knowledge is essential to ensure that a community can recover from disaster and prevent future loss of life and property.
A well-informed constituent will feel engaged and involved. Communities striving to improve communications with their residents and visitors should periodically evaluate the technologies available and weigh their strengths against the community’s need. Some technologies are excellent at getting information distributed to a broad audience quickly, while others allow for interaction and multimedia applications.
Most Americans take the water systems that bring clean water to and from their homes and businesses for granted. They turn on the tap and flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water came from or where it will go. But could you imagine a day without water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service?
Drones have been filling our news feeds with uses such as recreational, military, and drone deliveries, but how can a municipality determine how to leverage this rapidly evolving technology? Many communities across the country are starting to research sUAS uses and invest in sUAS technology and applications.
Coined less than 25 years ago, the term “brownfields” is relatively new to the environmental science lexicon and remains unfamiliar to many outside the profession. Few realize that, since 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has overseen a program devoted to improving these unpleasant-sounding places.
The challenges to transportation project designers are more difficult today than ever. Right-of-way (ROW), easements, utility adjustments, and the ability to efficiently stage construction while safely maintaining traffic are critical factors to keep projects on track, especially in constrained urban settings. Add to the mix are a broad range of regulatory clearances that must be obtained in a sequential manner during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to keep the project on schedule. These clearances are often based on conceptual and preliminary design that if not thoroughly developed during the location and route studies phase can lead to rework and schedule delays later in the project life cycle.
The use of 3-D Design tools aids engineers in evaluating designs and the conditions present that can create construction delays, cause expensive changes to the design or could affect long term maintenance costs if not adequately analyzed at key steps in the design process.
As 2014 begins to fade into history the question on everyone’s mind is “What is in store for Transportation experts in 2015?” Technological advancements will continue to be the driving force of change but integration of modes of transportation and innovation in design and contracting are sure to be popular in 2015. What is certain is that a rapidly changing landscape seems to be the norm these days—here are some emerging trends for Transportation planners and experts.
With the recent focus on the dire financial state of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), added interest has been seen across the land for longer-term measures that would stabilize the HTF. In August a short-term measure bumped the HTF with $10.9 billion which will keep projects active through April 2015.
Congress is wrestling to pass legislation to restore funding to the Highway Trust Fund so numerous proposals are being pushed, lobbying is at fever peak and dire warnings are being issued across the country. The concern in the states is valid; in the Iowa Transportation Commission’s 5-year transportation plan, approved earlier this year, the DOT warned in a “Dear Iowans” letter that without funding being reauthorized, improvement projects could come to a halt. Other states are issuing similar warnings.
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Waterloo Iowa Empowers Citizens with Brownfield Project Website with Help from HR Green, Increasing Transparency for Ongoing Projects
A brownfields project website geared towards informing citizens of the City of Waterloo, Iowa has been instrumental in empowering them to fully understand the history of environmental investigations completed in their respective neighborhood.
Albert Einstein worked on his new Theory of Gravity in 1913. That’s also when Howard R. Green was beginning his civil engineering consulting business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now HR Green, Inc. (HR Green), the company has grown to a workforce over 400 strong, with offices across the country in regions as diverse as our workforce.
Once again, HR Green, Inc. (HR Green) has been included in the Engineering News Record’s (ENR) annual lists of top design and construction firms in the nation. HR Green has continued to climb the annual ENR list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States, rising 39 spots and coming in at 202.
In the past few years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related occupations have started to top the list of careers students are looking to pursue. HR Green Inc. (HR Green) continues to work with high schools, community colleges and universities across the country to offer hands-on, professional level job shadow and internship experiences.