Redevelopment of Historic Urban Brownfield Site
Boston, MA

Environmental Consulting for Redevelopment of the Historic Ferdinand, Curtis, and Waterman Buildings

Weston & Sampson was retained by the Boston Public Facilities Department (PFD) as the environmental consultant for a $115 million redevelopment of the historic Ferdinand, Curtis, and Waterman Buildings into the new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Office Facility. This property was a listed Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) site due to a release of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) from a former dry cleaners located at the property. Additional contaminants include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soil. The new Nubian Square Municipal Office Facility includes six stories of new construction and incorporates elements of the existing buildings, such as the Ferdinand Building facade. Partial demolition of the existing buildings was performed in addition to excavation of thousands of cubic yards of soil for the construction of the new building.

To manage redevelopment of this contaminated site, Weston & Sampson provided environmental consulting services, including Licensed Site Professional (LSP) services and MCP response actions, including:

  • Assessment of hazardous materials prior to building demolition
  • Preparation of soil and groundwater management plans and specifications
  • Partial building demolition design
  • Evaluation of vapor intrusion issues and the design of a sub-surface vapor mitigation system due to the presence of chlorinated solvents in the subsurface
  • Preparation of MCP documents to manage contaminated soil and groundwater during construction
  • Injection of chemical oxidation chemicals to destroy chlorinated solvents

Weston & Sampson is providing post construction support to achieve regulatory closure.


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