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GZA Honored with Big Apple Brownfield Award for Bronx Housing Development

NEW YORK and NORWOOD, Mass., July 11, 2019--GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, has been named a Big Apple Brownfield Award recipient for its work on the Reaching New Heights Residence and Apartments in the Bronx.

Sponsored by the New York City Brownfield Partnership, the Big Apple Brownfield Awards promote excellence in brownfield redevelopment by honoring successful brownfield projects in the city.

As part of an overall development team, GZA won the partnership’s Supportive/Affordable Housing brownfield award for its work for the Bowery Residents Committee to turn an abandoned industrial site in the Bronx into a 9-story, 135-unit permanent affordable housing development with a 200-bed shelter for the homeless on its first two floors. The overall mix of permanent affordable housing and shelter is considered a model for future housing development across New York City.

GZA worked with multiple city and state agencies as well as multiple members of the project team to complete the project.  Among the project complications that GZA helped solve were the former presence of a gas holder for manufactured gas; the excavation and disposal of over 14,000 tons of contaminated soils; and the discovery of an abandoned, leaking 5,000-gallon underground fuel storage tank.

GZA’s team, led by senior vice president Benjamin Alter, conducted the site assessment and investigation and developed the remedial action plan, which included the installation of a vapor barrier and a subslab depressurization system in the new building.

GZA CEO Patrick Sheehan said, “GZA is proud and honored to be recognized by the New York City Brownfield Partnership for our work to bring the Reaching New Heights Residence and Apartments project to successful completion. To transform this once-abandoned site into a model for creating new homes and new hope for hundreds of New York City residents is an especially inspiring example of brownfield redevelopment.”

GZA was honored by the NYC Brownfield Partnership along with the Bowery Residents’ Committee, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects, and Leonard J. Strandberg and Associates, a consulting engineering and land surveying firm. The project site remediation was funded by the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation E-Designation Program.