Exhibiting at NJ Manufactured Housing Association Event

Exhibiting at NJ Manufactured Housing Association Event

Veronica Foster, P.E. and Gina Reeve from our Cherry Hill office will be attending the Annual Meeting for the New Jersey Manufactured Housing Association (NJMHA) to represent the GPM Associates, a Montrose Environmental company, brand for water resources and wastewater engineering services.  The event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 19, 2019.

Ms. Foster is on the NJMHA Legislative Committee and actively works with the organization to educate their members on current regulatory issues facing their members, including water and wastewater issues. 

To learn more about current regulatory issues or to discuss your project, please contact:

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Veronica Foster, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant
vfoster@montrose-env.com
856.354.2273

AGC Participates in Charlestown Cleanup

Several members of Advanced GeoServices Corp’s (AGC) staff participated in a cleanup effort in Charlestown Township, Chester County, PA on April 6, 2019.  Dan Wright of AGC is the Township Engineer and Zoning Officer for Charlestown Township and coordinated AGC’s first Cleanup Crew.  The cleanup was successful and quite a bit of trash was collected.  We would like to thank Charlestown Township for offering this opportunity to us to give back to the community and to the volunteers of the effort for all their hard work:

To learn more about how Dan Wright assists Charlestown Township with their municipal issues, or to talk to Dan about your municipal issues, he can be reached at:

Dan Wright
Director of the Site Design Services group
dwright@advancedgeoservices.com
610.840.9167

AGC’s PFAS & Remediation Expert Steve Kirschner Attending ABA SEER 37th Water Law Conference

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Steve Kirschner, AGC’s PFAS and Remediation Expert will be attending the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ (ABA SEER) 37th Water Law Conference from March 26-27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.  This highly anticipated event will feature several keynote speakers, including Kim Marotta, Global Senior Director Sustainability and Alcohol Policy, Molson Coors; Philip J. Weiser, Colorado Attorney General; and Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Many topics will be covered at this event, including:

  • Trends In Enforcement and Compliance;

  • Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Law;

  • Resiliency;

  • PFAS;

  • Evolution of the Clean Water Act Jurisdiction;

  • Recycling Trends;

  • Drinking Water;

  • Infrastructure;

  • Financing;

  • Air Quality;

  • Brownfields; and

  • Energy.

Steve and other AGC experts have worked on projects involving many of these issues, so we are looking forward to learning about the latest trends with these topics so we can share this information with our clients and network.

Contact Steve and hear about what he learned at the conference or to discuss your site needs:

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9117

Advanced GeoServices Exhibiting at the Delaware Spring Legislative Brunch & Manufacturing Conference

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Advanced GeoServices, part of the Montrose Environmental Group, will be exhibiting at “The Future is Now: Building the Pipeline for Engagement - Spring Legislative Brunch & Manufacturing Conference” at the Delaware Technical Community College in Dover, DE on March 19, 2019.  This event is hosted by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Manufacturing Association.  Advanced GeoServices’ Jennifer DiJoseph and Montrose Environmental’s Josh Carr will be attending and are looking forward to meeting attendees and sharing our experiences.  We attended this event last year and are looking forward to another great event.

Contact Jennifer DiJoseph about your site needs at:

Jennifer DiJoseph, P.E.
Project Consultant
302.316.3277 Ext. 2

AGC’s Experts to Present at USWAG CCR Workshop in March

USWAG Workshop Addressing CCR Regulations

On March 21, 2019 Veronica Foster and Chris Reitman will give a presentation, “An Historical Perspective of State Adopting of CCR Rules,” to the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) at the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Workshop held in Arlington, VA on March 20-21, 2019.  The presentation will cover the historical regulation of CCR wastes by states throughout the continental United States and actions they can  take be delegated the authority from the EPA to regulate CCR units in their states now.

Veronica Foster has worked with CCRs since 2000, leveraging previous experience with incinerated and screened Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).  Both materials have similar engineering properties and design considerations for dry ash handling and disposal.  MS. Foster was the design engineer for a Mid-Atlantic CCR Landfill project which was awarded the 2010 Construction Excellence Award for new Cell construction by the states’ contractor’s association and office of budget.  The recognized Landfill, permitted in 2008, met the state’s requirements for dry ash management and disposal prior to the draft CCR Rules first published in 2010.  This site also satisfied the CCR Rules without any modification.  Ms Foster continues to support clients manage their CCR liabilities.

Chris Reitman has worked on many significant CCR projects, including several closure projects in Pennsylvania utilizing both beneficial reuse options and in-place closure.  Mr. Reitman has also reviewed the management of over 50 ash basins in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest areas for compliance-related issues.

Please contact Veronica or Chris about your site issues or if you have questions:

Veronica Foster, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant
856.354.2273

Chris Reitman, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant and Director of Environmental Services
610.840.9123

AGC’s PFAS Expert Rick Shoyer to Speak at PFAS Action Team Public Meeting on November 30 2018

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The concerns about the emerging contaminants known as “PFAS” (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) continues with the release of a recent health study in Pennsylvania.  Blood levels in Bucks and Montgomery Counties had PFAS levels above the national average.  The new data from the PA Department of Health will certainly be a hot topic at the PFAS Action Team Public Meeting on November 30, 2018. Advanced GeoServices’ PFAS expert, Rick Shoyer, will be providing public comments during the meeting.  Rick will speak about the need for interim remedial measures to address ongoing releases, developing a better understanding of the ubiquitous presence of PFAS in our environment, and public education.

For more information, contact:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
Senior Project Consultant
856.354.2273

Steve Kirschner, P.E.
Director of Business Development
610.840.9117

How to Convert Urban Land into the Coolest Place for a Picnic

Walk out the eighth floor of Brandywine Realty Trust’s dazzling Evo Tower in Philadelphia and you encounter Cira Green – an urban park extraordinaire with over an acre of rolling green space suited for  strolls, picnics, and events with a fabulous city view. 

Plateaued between two “vertical neighborhoods” (more on that later), Cira Green is the striking, dog friendly green space that transforms a parking garage into an urban gem.  Conceived by Jerry Sweeney, Brandywine’s President and CEO, Cira Green and the entire LEED certified Cira Centre are the kind of sustainable innovation that is rejuvenating Philadelphia’s city scape.  This is sustainable urban redevelopment at its best.  

The technology under the park maximizes the ability of this space to serve as a stormwater management system that stores excess rainwater in a cistern, and reuses it to water grass, plants and trees on Cira Green.  This is a self-contained ecosystem that does not generate stormwater runoff.  The Delaware Valley Green Building Council recognized this site with its Groundbreaker Award. 

You do not have to live here to enjoy this space – it is open to the public, as long as you don’t bring more than 500 of your friends at once (maximum occupancy permitted on Cira Green is 500).


Paul Commito, Brandywine Realty Trust Senior Vice President and incoming Chair of the Philadelphia District Council of the Urban Land Institute, shared the story of this site and other innovative brownfield developments as Keynote speaker for the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast’s Sustainable Communities Workshop on May 25, 2017.

Adjacent to Cira Green is Evo Tower, the tallest “dorm” in the country, as well as FMC tower, a LEED Gold certified “vertical neighborhood” with more than 1 Million square feet of space on less than one acre of land that is home to FMC corporation, additional office space, ultra-luxury residences, hotel suites, a 72 foot pool, fitness center, theater, and a world class restaurant and a bar (run by Michelin star rated Rebelle from NYC).


In May, the Brookings Institute released a report on the challenges and opportunities facing Philadelphia’s standing as an international leader: “Connect to compete: How the University City-Center City innovation district can help Philadelphia excel globally and serve locally”.  The University City-Center City innovation district, where the Cira Centre is located, is an area where Brandywine is teaming with Drexel and local communities to promote economic growth and innovative research. Brookings cites Brandywine’s collaborative work as one of the major projects positioning the City for explosive growth: “Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel are set to break ground on the Schuylkill Yards development in 2017, which…is envisioned to hold nearly 5 million new square feet of mixed-use space focused on connecting the private, public, and non-profit areas through innovation.”

The Report notes:

Research shows Philadelphia’s chance of becoming a top-tier city—with the attendant firms, jobs, revenues, and innovations that status would bring to the city and region—cannot hinge on individual acts or institutions. Given its assets and the progress it has already made, it is clear Philadelphia can rise to this collective challenge. With federal and state funding receding and the next-generation technologies that will determine the competitive cities of the future in rapid development, now is the time for Philadelphia’s leaders to fulfill the city’s full potential.

The Brandywine Realty Trust team, with their ability to transform urban sites into sustainable, multi-faceted, world class communities, is leading the way. 

The Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop brought together over 300 brownfield experts at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

For more information, contact:

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9117

AGC’s Barry Stingel to speak at May 12 Chesco Future Focus event

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AGC’s Barry G. Stingel, RLA, ASLA will be speaking at the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s (WCCCC) “Future Focus Case Studies: From Site Selection to Handing Over the Keys” event on May 12, 2017, which will be held at the Public Safety Training Facility in Coatesville, PA from 7:30am-9:30am. 

As one of the panelists, Barry will discuss current developments, rationale behind site selection, challenges to construction, and the anticipated impact of various projects on western Chester County’s overall economic growth and quality of life.  Barry is “looking forward to an interesting panel discussion with my colleagues in the land development industry on May 12th. Thanks to the WCCCC for putting together this event.”

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To register for this event, go to chamber@westernchestercounty.com.

To learn more about how AGC can assist you with all phases of site development, contact:

Barry G. Stingel, RLA, ASLA
Project Consultant
610.840.9182
 

AGC is helping to plan The State of Energy Technology event

State of Energy Technology event

Advanced GeoServices is helping to plan the invitation-only "The State of Energy Technology" event on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA. 

The event is sponsored by the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund and feature discussions on energy technology investment, recent developments, and recent achievements in the region.

Speakers include:

Panelists include:

If you would like to attend this event or learn more about it, please contact:

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9117
 

AGC to Exhibit at USWAG Decommissioning Workshop

Advanced GeoServices will be exhibiting at the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Decommissioning Workshop in Houston, TX at the end of September.  

USWAG is an organization that focuses on solid and hazardous waste issues on behalf of the utility industry.  Formed in 1978, USWAG is comprised of 110 utility operating companies, energy companies and industry associations, addressing the regulation of utility wastes, byproducts and materials while protecting human health and the environment. 

The workshop will highlight:

  • Regulatory Aspects and Risk Mitigation
  • Decommissioning Old Urban Electrical Substations
  • Substation Environmental Assessments
  • Assessment and Remediation of Herbicides and PCBs during Substation Decommissioning
  • Substation Decommissioning
  • Transactional Due Diligence
  • Environmental Due Diligence and Liability Management Associated with Power Plant Property Transfer Projects
  • Environmental Risk Allocation Approaches for Power Plant Decommissioning
  • Developing Cost Effective Strategies for Pre-Demolition Assessment at Coal Fired Power Plants
  • Remediation Planning, Regulatory Approach and Implementation Considerations for Soil and Groundwater Impacts Associated with Duke Energy’s Plant Retirement and Decommissioning Program
  • Power Plant Closures
  • Coal Decommissioning
  • Incorporating Environmental Remediation Factors into Decommissioning Plans
  • Management of PCBs in Building Materials
  • PCB Remediation of Power Plant Water Treatment Building,
  • PCB Forensics

If you have questions regarding coal ash management and power generating facility decommissioning of sites, please contact:

Chris Reitman, P.E.
Vice President & Principal
610.840.9123

Veronica Foster, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant
856.354.2273

AGC's Barb Forslund Shares Experiences as a Small Business Contractor to the US Army Corps of Engineers

Barb Forslund recently spoke at the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Military Engineers' "2016 Small Business Networking & Opportunities" event in Chesterfield, NJ and shared her experience pursuing federal government contracts as a small business contractor and teaming with other partners.  

AGC was recently awarded our first contract with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District for a geotechnical investigation for Reach B of the Marcus Hook Anchorage portion of the Delaware River Deepening project in Philadelphia, PA.

According to Barb Forslund, "the US Army Corps and other branches of the military offer a good opportunity for established businesses like Advanced GeoServices that are on the larger end of the small business size limitations for engineering and environmental consulting.  Our experiences in the private sector and service oriented approach bring value and help those agencies achieve their mission.  It takes patience and persistence to break into any new market sector, and we are excited about the potential  that this opportunity brings.  Building a team is critical, and we continue to look for small and large business partners whose services are complementary to ours. "

If you would like to discuss your experiences with Barb, you can reach her at:

Barb Forslund
Senior Consultant
610.840.9145