AGC Assists Client in Achieving Wildlife at Work Certification

Research Center

AGC and Ashland LLC combined conservation and corporate sustainability goals with environmental remediation efforts at the Ashland Research Center in Wilmington, Delaware by participating in the Wildlife at Work program through the Wildlife Habitat Council (www.wildlifehc.org).  The Wildlife Habitat Council is nationally recognized and promotes habitat conservation and management on corporate lands.  

Research Center bird box

The Research Center has participated in the Wildlife at Work program from 2014 to the present.  The initial conservation project restored 2.3 acres of grassland habitat and provided nesting sites for birds and ducks at and around a closed landfill.  Since restoration of the landfill and surrounding area, significant improvements have occurred in vegetation, and avian and mammalian species.  Commonly seen avian species include ground-nesting birds (i.e. Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird and Indigo Bunting), box-nesting birds (i.e. House Wren, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee and Eastern Bluebird), ducks, and bald eagles, as well as other native wildlife. Surveys have also observed several avian species included in Delaware’s Wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need list including Warbling Vireo, Bank Swallow, and Chimney Swift.  Public engagement occurs via announcements by Wilmington and Western Railroad during their train tours near the grassland habitat.  Advanced GeoServices and Ashland are continuing to implement the program and endeavor for continued success with supporting biodiversity and avian habitat. 

 For more information, contact:

 Jennifer DiJoseph
Project Consultant
302.316.3277 ext. 2

AGC Proud to be Part of Creative Team for Urban Outfitters’ Latest Destination

Image courtesy of  Main Line Today

Image courtesy of Main Line Today

Advanced GeoServices was part of the design team that created Urban Outfitters’ (URBN) latest destination – Devon Yard, located in Devon, Chester County, PA.  Their destination is a town center that contains Anthropologie, Terrain, BHLDN Weddings, Amis Trattoria, Terrain Café, and a central courtyard.  A venue for outdoor events is also included in the space and it’s called Terrain Garden, which can accommodate 150 guests in a “lush horticultural setting that transforms with the seasons to provide a unique backdrop for any occasion.”

Image courtesy of  Main Line Today

Image courtesy of Main Line Today

Michael Gladnick and his team provided fill testing, land development plans, stormwater design, permitting, and construction documents.  This redeveloped site continues to be inspired by its former occupant, Waterloo Gardens - the entire complex is adorned with plants that bring the outside inside.  More than a shopping and retail center, URBN put a creative twist on this space because it revolves around hosting events, since our lives are a series of events.  This center is designed for celebrating life’s milestones – birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, garden and home accessories for your home, retirement, dining out, and clothes shopping - Devon Yards is the destination to fulfill all your life needs - no matter what stage of life you are in.  The space has been designed to seamlessly integrate all of its components of its stores to fulfill your event needs, including clothing/accessories, floral arrangements, home and garden needs, food, and several four-season event spaces, including Ceremony Garden, Garden Porch, Reception Room, and Bridal Suite.

Image courtesy of  Philly Voice

Image courtesy of Philly Voice

This space is a bride’s dream –lush, ethereal spaces inspired by European gardens, Devon Yard is a one-stop shop for brides and grooms.  They can register at Anthropologie and Terrain, buy their wedding party clothing and accessories at BHLDN Weddings, floral arrangements provided by Terrain, bridal parties can get ready at the venue, guests can wait in the restaurants, the wedding feast catered by on-site restaurants,, and they can choose from several spaces  in indoor/outdoor Terrain Garden to accommodate the phases of their event.   David Ziel, Chief Development Officer for URBN, came up with this concept years ago to “create a space unlike any other”, which also compliments its other area destinations, including Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills, URBN @ King of Prussia Mall, and URBN Headquarters at the Navy Yard.

Read more about Devon Yard:

For more information on this project or to discuss land development services for your site, contact:

Michael J. Gladnick, RLA
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9169

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Hang out with Penguins at Adventure Aquarium!

Penguin Exhibit at Adventure Aquarium

Just across river from Philadelphia, you can hang with fish, sharks, hippos, and most importantly – penguins!  Advanced GeoServices was part of the design team for the renovations to the Penguin Island exhibit at the aquarium in Camden, home to their African penguin colony.  These newly designed renovations are specifically designed for the health and wellness of the animals and closely mimics their native environment.  And the health of humans was also considered in the design – there are rocking chairs, an underwater viewing area, and a shade canopy to keep visitors cool.

This exhibit, which originally opened in 1998, received new, beach landscape custom rock-work with radiant heat around its 17,000 gallon pool. The pool itself was converted to salt water in keeping with the bird’s natural habitat.  Grottoes were added to offer shade and privacy to the penguins. 

Not visible to the public is the renovated and expanded back of the exhibit that assists the aquarium’s staff in the care of the penguins, including a new holding pool and new nesting areas.  Adventure Aquarium is part of a national network of zoos and aquariums that works together toward preservation and breeding programs to increase penguin populations.  It’s already working in Camden – you can visit Carson, Nick, Taco, and Shelley.  Spot them by looking for their steel-gray feathers, as opposed to the black and white feathers or the older penguins.  Two more chicks will be joining their feathered friends mid-summer!

Advanced GeoServices’ civil design for the renovation included a site survey, geotechnical testing, new walkways, drainage design, and grading. We join Adventure Aquarium in celebrating this exciting project.

Read more about the renovations.  Learn more about AGC’s history with the project.

To learn more about this project, contact:

Barry G. Stingel, RLA, ASLA
Project Consultant
610.840.9182

Extent of PFOA and PFOS Contamination in Water Systems Expanding – Utilize AGC’s PFOA and PFOS Experience for Your Water System or Site

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released a report estimating the amount of PFOA and PFOS contamination in drinking water systems throughout the United States that is substantially higher than originally predicted by the USEPA.

According to the report, over 1,500 water systems could be impacted, resulting in the exposure of PFOA and PFOS to about 110 million Americans, rather than the original 16 million estimate.

The EWG is pressing for states to set standards and for cleanups to begin.  States New Jersey, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Vermont have all promulgated new standards and/or screening levels. States like New Jersey have added other Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as PFNA to their regulated compound list.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) is undertaking a statewide evaluation of remediation sites to better understand the risk posed by certain emerging contaminants.  As part of this effort, the NYSDEC is issuing letters to notify owners of certain remediation sites throughout New York to investigate the presence of PFAS and 1,4 dioxane in groundwater.  This is being performed at the same time that New York is proposing their own State standards.

 Advanced GeoServices, a Montrose Environmental company, has worked on several PFOA/PFOS projects for municipal clients with contaminated drinking water supplies. Advanced GeoServices can assist with these types of projects by providing Work Plans, sampling and testing, water treatment, and remediation.

If you need assistance in handling your PFOA and PFOS issues, please contact:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
Senior Project Consultant
856.354.2273

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9117

AGC Recognized for Work on Tightened Schedule for a Property Transfer

Kudos to AGC’s own Rick Shoyer and Chris Valligny for being recognized by one of our clients for outstanding work on their project.  We were able to review the historical environmental data and prepare a summary letter in a very short time so the client could meet their deadline for a property purchase in Montgomery County, PA.  The client sent us a testimonial stating, “We SINCERELY appreciate your help on incredibly short notice.  You guys turned around a quality report quickly, and we will close on our home tomorrow with confidence given your analysis.

If you have a need for an environmental investigation, analysis, or report for a property, please contact Rick Shoyer or Chris Valligny for support:

Rick Shoyer & Chris Valligny

Rick Shoyer & Chris Valligny

Rick Shoyer
Senior Project Professional
856.354.2273

Chris Valligny, LSRP
Project Professional
610.840.9195

New Ozone Groundwater Treatment System Mobilized to New York Site

ozone groundwater treatment system

It may look little, but it packs a punch.  Advanced GeoServices' upgraded ozone injection system will start treating Trichloroethene and Tetrachloroethene contaminated groundwater source area this month to enhance the natural attenuation of the dissolve phase plume.  Stay tuned for progress updates.  Thank you to Joel Leusink of Oxidation Technologies for their support with the upgrades.

For more information, contact:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
Senior Project Consultant
856.354.2273

Stephen Kirschner, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9117

AGC Assists Client with Nearly Doubling Size of Campus

For the past five years our client, SEI Investments, has been hiring almost 200 people a year, which means that this growing company has almost outgrown their campus in Oaks, PA.  To remedy this situation, they will nearly double the size of their current campus by developing 90 acres of land and adding around 425,000-square-feet in new buildings over the next several years.  

AGC Assists Client with Nearly Doubling Size of Campus

AGC has been assisting with the design of this expansion of this unique site, referred to as the "Idea Farm".  According to Dennis J. McGonigle, chief financial officer, from an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal, “It’s not a place for power point presentations but a place to talk, think, create and move the company forward”.  

To design this innovative campus, AGC provided geotechnical engineering, civil engineering/site design, and landscape architecture services.  Site elements such as buildings, parking, pedestrian circulation, grading, stormwater management, and vegetation work in harmony to create a landscape that is it aesthetically pleasing and functional. We employed stormwater BMPs, along with renovating and re-incorporating the existing pond to eliminate the need for detention basins.  The project won the Montgomery County Planning Commission 1997 Outstanding Site Design Award.

For more information on SEI Investments and the Idea Farm, contact:

Mike Gladnick, RLA
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9169

PA Act 2 Closure at a Residential Property

PA Act 2 Closure at a Residential Property

A No. 2 fuel-oil release occurred at a residential property in Bucks County, PA.   On behalf of an estate, Advanced GeoServices conducted soil closure reporting services associated with a release of No. 2 fuel-oil from an aboveground storage tank (AST) located in the basement of the residence under the Pennsylvania Land Recycling Program (Act 2). The property was vacant and the estate was preparing the property for sale.

The report established that contaminated soil was excavated from beneath the basement floor and Advanced GeoServices collected soil samples from the excavation to demonstrate compliance.  Based on the rapid remedial response to the release, all apparently impacted (source) material had been removed from the Site and properly disposed.  Post-remediation soil sampling attained Statewide Health Standards and Advanced GeoServices determined that the release did not impact groundwater. Based on these conditions, a Release of Liability for Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) No. 2 fuel-oil parameters, as set forth under Act 2, was obtained.

According to the client, “As a result of vandalism, we experienced an oil spill in our basement.   During the clean up process it was discovered that the underground water had evidence of oil.  At this point we engaged Advanced GeoServices to remediate this situation and to enable us to obtain a PADEP approval according to the Act 2 standards.  Throughout this process, Advanced GeoServices efforts were performed with professionalism, respect for our property, and constant communication concerning changes and/or progress.  Their openness to any and all questions was a definite plus.  Thanks to their efforts and diligence, we recently received our approval letter from the PADEP.”

To learn more about our services for PA Act 2 Closures, contact:

Chris Valligny, LSRP
Project Professional
610.840.9195

Historic Fill Almost Sinks Brownfield Redevelopment

Historic Fill Almost Sinks Brownfield Redevelopment

The Eastwick section of Philadelphia had historically been used for the placement of 15,000,000 cubic yards of river dredge spoils and fill to raise the land and make buildable land in the 1960s and 1970s.  The fill varies in depth across the region and in locations extents below the groundwater table. 

Advanced GeoServices (AGC) was providing civil and geotechnical engineering support for a land developer when the project was halted due to environmental testing.  An out-of-state consultant was suggesting that significant remediation may be needed due to metals, volatile, and semi-volatile compounds.  Advanced GeoServices’ environmental group was retained by the land owner to provide a second opinion.  A fast-track data review and historic research was completed and used to develop a strategic approach that significantly reduced the uncertainty associated with the environmental issues.   AGC demonstrated that the historic fill was not the result of a site release but rather a regional background issue.   A focused site investigation and analysis showed arsenic was the only constituent of concern and that a site-specific, pathway elimination remedial approach could be easily incorporated into the redevelopment with minimal additional costs.  A Cleanup Plan was subsequently approved by PADEP and the project is currently under construction.

For more information on this project or to discuss your redevelopment site, contact:

CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES
DanWright, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9142

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Steve Kirschner, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9117

AGC Awarded 1st US Army Corps of Engineers Project

Advanced GeoServices is proud to announce that we have been awarded our 1st US Army Corps of Engineers project with the Philadelphia District.  We will be conducting a geotechnical investigation for Reach B of the Marcus Hook Anchorage portion of the Delaware River Deepening project in Philadelphia, PA.

If you would like to learn more about this project or if you would like to discuss how AGC can assist you with your project, please contact:

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant
610.840.9117
 

US Army Corps of Engineers

We thought they were crazy!

Driving up to north New Jersey for a pre-bid site walk, we looked at each other and said, "So, do we really want to bid this work?"  

former industrial manufacturing facility redevelopment

They wanted the 70% cap design (7.2 acres of a former industrial manufacturing facility being redeveloped) within 10 days of project award and 5 days to turn around the 70 % into the 90%.  We knew we could do the work, but the schedule was crazy it seemed.  Turns out we under estimated ourselves.  We effectively captured the client’s design concept during our one-on-one site walk and talked through many design detail options such that we were able to streamline the cap design process.  Getting it done was a herculean effort of internal coordination, daily design team meetings, quality control procedures and consistent client communication.  On time and on budget was paramount on this one.  At the end of the day, I think we surprised our new (and happy) client since he said this was the first time one of his consultants had actually met their schedule on this project.

For more information on this project or to discuss a challenging project, contact:

Steve Kirschner, P.E.
610.840.9117
skirschner@advancedgeoservices.com

Groundwater Remedy for the K&L Superfund Site

oxidation/ozone system for groundwater remediation

Advanced GeoServices Corp. was selected by CSI Environmental to provide civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering services as part of CSI’s turn-key approach for the design/installation of the groundwater remedy at the K&L Superfund Site in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The key component of the water treatment system was combining a metal removal system using peroxide as a main reaction followed by an  oxidation (i.e., ozone) system to destroy a mixed-suite of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the extracted groundwater (approximately 60 gpm).  The Oxidation System takes advantage of residual peroxide exiting the metal removal system.  The peroxide-ozone reaction creates a hydroxyl radical which has a higher oxidation-reduction potential, eliminating the need for multiple treatment processes to treat several recalcitrant compounds such as 1,4 Dioxane and other chlorinated sister by-products.  The system also eliminated the need for an air permit and handling of secondary treatment granular activated carbon (GAC).  Long-term operation and maintenance (O&M) costs are anticipated to be less due to the greater simplicity of the system.  The system started full-scale operation in the spring of 2016.

For more information about the K&L Superfund Site or to discuss a project contact:

Chris Reitman, P.E.
610.840.9123
creitman@advancedgeoservices.com

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
856.354.2273
rshoyer@advancedgeoservices.com

New Hickman Building Approved

Sharpless Hall Replacement Building

On February 16, 2016 West Chester Borough Council granted final plan approval to The Hickman Friends Senior Community’s new personal and supportive care facility located on the Quaker Block in West Chester Borough. Advanced GeoServices is very proud to be The Hickman’s planner and civil engineer for this great new facility. 

The Hickman’s legal counsel, Gawthrop Greenwood, worked tirelessly with the Borough to craft a new zoning ordinance amendment that recognized that The Hickman and its mission as a personal care facility had been in existence at North Walnut and East Marshall Streets for over 100 years. After much negotiation with Borough Council, technical support from Advanced GeoServices and moral support and cooperation from the West Chester Friends Monthly Meeting, the ordinance was adopted and civil engineering for the project began. 

The new building will replace the older Sharpless Hall building located on the same site. This venerable structure, which is actually a pair of buildings joined together, has been a home for many of the community’s seniors but has become obsolete from a programmatic and care giving perspective. Therefore it was time to replace it with a new structure having updated amenities and modern building systems. The new building, designed by Lenhardt-Rogers Architects, will provide 71 living units that nearly triples the capacity of the old Sharpless Hall building. The first floor of the new facility will be devoted to dementia care, something The Hickman had previously not had the facilities to provide. 

Our task was to fit this much larger new building on a very constrained site. With the West Chester Friends School and the Monthly Meeting to the immediate west and The Hickman building to the south, not only was the challenge to site the building properly, but also to design parking and storm water management facilities within the parameters and context of the existing structures on the Quaker Block. After much hard work and consultation with the project team that also included Greenbrier Development and Benchmark Construction, Borough Council approved the land development plans and construction is set to begin in summer of 2016.

The Daily Local newspaper recently featured this story.

For more information on this project or to discuss your project needs, contact:

Barry Stingel, RLA, ASLA
bstingel@advancedgeoservices.com
302.540.1651