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.
HR Green Helps Transform Former Wonder Bread Factory into Exciting 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.
Antioch Brownfield Assessments
The Village of Antioch is a community of 14,301 located within the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. Illinois Highway 83 (IL-83) bisects the heart of the town’s central business district, which previously represented a center for commerce and employment. Unfortunately, many of these businesses became less viable and have subsequently either closed or moved to a more opportune location. What remains of the downtown is a stark reminder of its vibrant past. In addition, numerous buildings and sites remain stigmatized with the perception of environmental contamination.
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.
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.
All construction activities have the potential to cause soil erosion and many water experts believe the greatest water pollution threat from soil-disturbing activities is the introduction of sediment from the construction site into storm drain systems or natural receiving waters.
Looking to get the word out about your construction project? Receiving too many phone calls during your construction project? Consider using a construction project website. A construction project website allows you the ability to provide vast quantities of project information to stakeholders with little effort. The project information that you can provide is only limited by your imagination.
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The transformation of a 1927 industrial bakery into the new Single Speed Brewing Co. is yet another urban renewal success story that HR Green, a professional engineering and environmental consulting firm, helped launch.
As part of HR Green’s ongoing commitment to helping communities leverage Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for brownfields assessments and cleanup, the company announced today that it has helped the city of Waterloo, IA secure two more EPA grants totaling $400,000. Since 2000, HR Green’s efforts have secured for the city a total of $2.65 million in grants and loans.
Stacy Woodson Elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Professionals
HR Green’s Stacy Woodson, P.E. has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). She will be installed in her new position in April in time for the NAEP 2016 Annual Conference, April 11-14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.
Minnesota Brownfields has awarded the City of St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation its 2015 Community Impact Award for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. The 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 provide construction oversight for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail.