Comprehensive On-Call Environmental Services for Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development
Weston & Sampson was selected by the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) to provide on-call environmental services. Services include due diligence assessments in support of property acquisition, property condition surveys and inventory services, response actions under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), including licensed site professional (LSP) services, demolition support services, construction support and post-remediation monitoring.
Task orders completed by Weston & Sampson include Phase IV post-remedial monitoring at two sites, one a chlorinated solvent site at a former electroplating facility and the other a petroleum release at a police station fueling facility. The monitoring has included testing of indoor air and sub-slab soil vapor quality, as well as monitoring of an active sub-slab depressurization system.
Weston & Sampson also prepared Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) to support property acquisition of three parcels. Weston & Sampson identified potential Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) for each parcel based on site reconnaissance; review of available environmental and geologic information; and the experience and insight of Weston & Sampson’s assigned project staff and LSP.
We are currently performing due diligence property conditions assessments on multiple parcels owned by the city. The purpose of this project is to augment the limited information on the parcels and evaluate their development potential so the city’s real estate department can make decisions regarding their disposal or transfer to another city department. Using our iData collect software, an electronic field data collection form was developed to evaluate these parcels.
Weston & Sampson has prepared demolition design documents for three properties that have become an “attractive nuisance” to the city and, in some cases, are structurally unsafe. Our design package includes a survey for hazardous materials, evaluation of site-specific issues (e.g., structural and abutting property constraints, traffic and access, utilities) and an engineer’s cost estimate. All demolition packages are bid through Massachusetts public bidding laws via MGL Chapter 149.