Weston & Sampson was recently awarded a Silver 2017 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) for the Medfield Charles River Gateway – Comprehensive Soil, Sediment, and Groundwater Remediation project.
This redevelopment project relocated/capped an asbestos landfill from the wetlands and riverfront area. The project remediated a highly sensitive natural area, and is currently the largest floodplain restoration project on the Charles River. It is the fruit of successful collaboration between the Town of Medfield, DCAMM, Charles River Watershed Association, State legislators, and project stakeholders. This was a first-in-the-state project, permitting on-site relocation of a large volume of asbestos fill, thereby eliminating out-of-state disposal and associated traffic and carbon emissions. The project restores the natural river conditions, creating a wetland habitat while providing five million gallons of flood storage and water supply protection. The new park provides hiking and kayaking amenities with elevated views over the river.
"We want to thank DCAMM for the opportunity to work with them on such a meaningful project" said Frank Ricciardi, PE, LSP, Vice President and EGE Program Manager. "This sustainable project greatly improves the environment and habitat of the Charles River as well as providing a unique recreational area with a stunning view of the Charles River. Special thanks also goes to the Town of Medfield and Charles River Watershed Association for being excellent partners during the project."
The award was presented on March 15, 2017 at the ACEC/MA 2017 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA.