VERTEX was engaged by a purchaser/developer to evaluate the environmental risk and corresponding redevelopment plan associated with a 30-acre parcel of land with a heavy historic industrial use in Boston, Massachusetts. The site was formerly used as a railroad yard including numerous supporting facilities such as: boiler houses, gas plants, coal yards, repair shops, a glass factory, wash facilities and other industrial uses.

VERTEX performed a due diligence investigation and prepared a conceptual soil management plan that would allow for the majority of environmental issues to be dealt with during site redevelopment when materials could be re-used under a cap with only hot spots requiring off-site disposal.VERTEX prepared a MCP compliance strategy and remediation decision tree to combine the numerous Release Tracking Numbers (RTNs) at the site to allow soil movement to occur across the site during development and alleviate the burden of several reporting requirements under different regulatory timelines. In order to determine which areas of the site would be better suited for buildings, roadways, structured or paved parking, or parks given the potential costs to address areas of identified contamination during construction, VERTEX performed an initial subsurface investigation including the installation of approximately 120 borings and 40 monitoring wells.

Data regarding field observations, sample characteristics, and the results of over 400 laboratory samples were uploaded into a sophisticated environmental database. Using GIS, VERTEX then created clear imagery so that VERTEX and the design team could overlay numerous development scenarios to plan the best locations of site improvements and minimize potential environmental remediation costs where possible.