GZA worked with a major financial institution redeveloping a 61-acre brownfield site into a database center. The long-vacant site had housed a sprawling, former institutional facility with 32 abandoned and derelict buildings, walkways, roads and significantly overgrown landscape areas. The site’s enrollment in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) required GZA to meet aggressive scheduling milestones.


Initial project work included preparation of the NYSDEC BCP application and design and implementation of a fast-track, comprehensive Remedial Investigation (RI). Upon completion of the RI, GZA prepared an Interim Remedial Measures (IRM) Workplan to allow Site remediation/development to begin prior to development of a site-wide remedial action. A site-wide Remedial Action Workplan (RAWP) was then developed and progressed through the NYSDEC review/public comment period. GZA performed IRM remediation oversight, clearing sources for soil import and facilities for soil disposal, and perimeter air monitoring at the Site. Daily and monthly field reports and air monitoring reports were submitted to NYSDEC. Upon approval of the site-wide RAWP, GZA continued these tasks during the site-wide remedial action. GZA’s Project Manager and field staff participated in frequent communications with the NYSDEC field inspector and the NYSDEC project manager.


GZA’s extensive experience with the regulatory requirements of the NYSDEC BCP and its ability to staff a large, fast-track environmental project allowed the client to meet ambitious project milestones and successfully develop the long-abandoned site.