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Redevelopment of industrial waste management site to clean energy

Amec Foster Wheeler’s involvement with this 200-acre Superfund site began in 2010 as part of an effort to review the portfolio of sites for a Fortune 100 industrial company to determine if there was potential for beneficial reuse. We developed a relationship with Brightfields Development, a company that specializes in redeveloping brownfield sites into utility-scale solar projects, and Brightfields determined the site was a good candidate, based on the emerging state solar incentives, location, and regulatory status.

"Amec Foster Wheeler’s excellent design capabilities and ‘out of the box’ thinking resulted in a win-win-win for the company, the agencies, and the community. This is a true example of a sustainable remedy that will provide jobs and clean energy for the community.”  
John Hanselman, CEO, Brightfields Development LLC

After structuring a deal with the company, Brightfields retained Amec Foster Wheeler to complete a preliminary geotechnical evaluation, “proof of concept” field pilot testing, an extensive pre-design investigation, and detailed design and permitting. The final design consisted of a 2-foot soil cover rather than a more expensive capping system.

Amec Foster Wheeler is currently acting as the owner’s engineer for the $20M construction phase of the project. Using an approach that included potential solar reuse allowed the agencies to be more flexible on the remedial approach and saved the company a substantial amount of money on the final remedy. 

Location:Mid-West US
Client:Brightfields Development LLC
Value:US$1.1 million (Amec Foster Wheeler)
Scope:Strategic assessment of beneficial use for inactive waste management or underused industrial property; geotechnical evaluations, feasibility studies, design studies, detailed design, permitting, and construction management support
Date:2010 - present