It is with great pleasure to announce that PWGC was tapped for a 2019 Big Apple Brownfield Environmental Protection Award for our involvement at the former Liberty Brass site located in Long Island City, Queens, NY. The 2019 Big Apple Brownfield Awards (BABA) are sponsored by the New York City Brownfield Partnership. In its 11th year, BABA promotes excellence in brownfield redevelopment by honoring successful brownfield projects across New York City.
PWGC’s submission involved quantifying the environmental and public health benefits of the remedial work from the perspective of contaminant removal, treatment, and sequestration. The BABAs recognize brownfield projects that accomplished the most significant improvements associated with the award criteria. A brief description of our services at the former Liberty Brass site follows:
PWGC provided environmental risk management and consulting services to Curbcut Urban Partners, an experienced private developer, on a new, transit-oriented, state-of-the art, mixed-use development on Queens Boulevard. The developer voluntarily performed the remediation of this 22,500-square-foot former metal plating and hardware manufacturing facility. The site was accepted into the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (NYSBCP) in December 2015. PWGC directed and oversaw the Remedial Investigation and prepared a Remedial Investigation Report and Remedial Action Work Plan, oversaw the remedial action, and prepared a Final Engineering Report and Site Management Plan.
Historical operations at the former Liberty Brass site resulted in the release of chlorinated solvents, including trichloroethylene (TCE), petroleum hydrocarbons, and metals to the subsurface. PWGC worked closely with ownership and NYSDEC representatives, as well as the project architect, construction manager, and other team members. Our efforts led the site achieving a conditional Track 1 cleanup within the NYSBCP. The project achieved a Certificate of Completion in December 2018. The total environmental remediation-related costs were approximately $13 million.
Richard Kampf, PG, Director, NYC Office, states, “This award is a tribute to the trust and patience of ownership, the perseverance and commitment of the project team, and the collaborative support of the state regulatory agencies on a project that is a win for all stakeholders.”