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OSU-Cascades Brownfield Redevelopment and Campus Expansion Plans Reach Key Milestone

Oregon State University-Cascades and Deschutes County have reached an important milestone in their negotiations for the sale of an inactive construction and demolition debris landfill to OSU. On October 30, 2017, Deschutes County…

Ted Wall, PE Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Planning & Community Development
Vancouver’s Lower Grand Employment Area is Booming

When you think of job creation and economics, look no further than the Lower Grand Employment Area (LGEA). The City of Vancouver, Washington recognized the potential for the LGEA to help preserve jobs in the city’s core and drive regional…

James Maul, RG, LG Blogs, Engineering, Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
All Systems Can Go: Cities risk losing critical information when staff retire

This article originally appeared the September/October edition of CityVision Magazine. Take a minute to think about the staff at your city with the most experience and expertise. Do you rely on them to provide context for projects and…

Tyler Vick Blogs, GIS & Data Management
MFA Awarded Best Presentation at NCASI Conference

MFA is pleased to announce that Senior GIS Analyst, Erik Strandhagen, was awarded the honor of best presentation at the National Council for Air and Steam Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) West Coast Regional Meeting after serving as a speaker at the…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Awards, Blogs, Engineering, Forest Products, GIS & Data Management
Communication and Outreach Services: Another MFA Evolution

Since MFA’s founding as a small group of mostly engineers and scientists conducting environmental investigations and design work, we have grown not only in number of people but also in scope of services.  We have also grown in our…

Charla Skaggs Blogs, Planning & Community Development
Learn What’s New With The Oregon 1200-Z Stormwater Discharge Permit

After issuing two draft permits and reviewing two rounds of public comments, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality renewed the 1200-Z Stormwater Discharge Permit, which became effective on August 1. MFA tracked the permit renewal…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Blogs, Environmental, Stormwater
Wenatchee Brownfield Transforms into Hilton Garden Inn

Wenatchee visitors will have a new and stylish place to stay, and the City will have a new revenue source via sales and lodging taxes, as a former brownfield transforms into a new hotel. The August 4th groundbreaking for construction of a new…

Justin L. Clary, PE Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Planning & Community Development
MFA Economists: Evaluating Data to Inform Smart Decisions

Our best work happens when we help clients implement solutions that benefit not only the bottom line, but also community, jobs, economic and environmental health.  To that end, we have added four new staff members who form MFA’s economics…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Blogs, Economics
Skagit County Celebrates the Return of a Brownfield to Productive Use

Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) wishes to congratulate Skagit County on the recent completion of its new community justice center, which was developed on a former truck stop fueling station brownfield. The need for a new jail facility to…

Yen-Vy Van, LHG Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Local and State Agencies
Plan Revealed for Up-Close Views of Willamette Falls

Many Oregonians are surprised to learn that Willamette Falls ranks just after Niagara Falls—it is the second-largest waterfall in the country by volume. MFA is happy to share the great news that just this month, final design was unveiled for…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Blogs, Planning & Community Development
Congrats to Three Cities, a Port and a County

Q: What do City of Hoquiam, City of Aberdeen, City of Sedro-Woolley, Port of Skagit, and Skagit County all have in common?  A: They recently were named 2017 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners – and they are all MFA…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Blogs, Environmental, Planning & Community Development
Underground Storage Tanks Move Out, Redevelopment Potential Moves In for Josephine County and Grants Pass

Every so often, a project comes along that illustrates exactly what MFA’s Founder, Jim Maul meant when he said, “One of my biggest joys as a consultant is when we nail a problem in a way that is exactly right for our client and the…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Blogs
Woody Guthrie would be proud of the Port of Camas-Washougal’s Development Plan

Composed by Woody Guthrie and adopted in 1987 as Washington’s official state folk song, “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On” paints a poetic picture of the river cutting through green douglas firs and of the “mighty men” who worked on the river,…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Blogs
Oregon Air Toxics Rulemaking Framework Released

On March 21, 2017, the Oregon DEQ released a draft framework outlining the air toxics program in Oregon. http://cleanerair.oregon.gov/state-releases-draft-framework-for-new-health-based-air-toxics-standards/ At a high level, the draft…

Chad Darby Air Quality, Air Quality, Blogs
American Planning Association Spotlights MFA Project

Thanks to the American Planning Association (APA) and author Katharine Logan, LEED AP, we are proud that our work in Spokane’s 500-acre Hillyard industrial district is one of three examples featured in the February 2017 Planning magazine…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Press Releases
Oregon State University Plans Expansion on Reclaimed Demolition Landfill Site

Kudos to Oregon State University’s Cascade Campus for thinking creatively to reclaim underutilized property in the newly-released plan to expand OSU’s Bend campus to meet future enrollment projections. We have been fortunate to work…

Stacy J. Frost, PE Blogs, Press Releases
Have Air Quality Issues? MFA is here to help!

We extend a warm welcome to six new staff members, all of whom specialize in air quality services. Adding expertise in these services further integrates MFA’s engineering and consulting services for facilities that have air emissions and…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Blogs, Press Releases
Metro Regional Snapshot Focuses on Brownfields

As part of its quarterly “regional snapshot” series, Metro has published a reader-friendly look at brownfields and their impact on economic growth and development in the Portland metropolitan region. While the region continues to see…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment
Whatcom County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan

The Whatcom County Council unanimously adopted an update to its Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan (the Plan) during a meeting held on January 24, 2017. The adoption is the culmination of a two-year effort led by Whatcom…

Justin L. Clary, PE Blogs, Solid Waste and Recycling
MFA Voted Best in Business 2016

MFA is honored to receive the Vancouver Business Journal’s award for Best in Business 2016 in the Urban Planner category. “The list of winners was determined by Vancouver Business Journal readers who cast their votes for the companies that…

Alistaire Clary, PE Awards, Blogs
EPA Responds to my Last Blog Post and Finalizes RMP Rule

Clearly EPA is reading my blog, because only nine days after I posted a summary of lingering questions about proposed PSM/RMP changes (link), EPA has responded with a final version of the updated rule (link) and a summary of frequently asked…

Bill Beadie, CIH Blogs, Health & Safety
PSM/RMP Update: Major Events, Rule Changes, and Donald Trump

PSM/RMP for the uninitiated: The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) both enforce similar requirements for facilities that have more than the threshold quantity of…

Bill Beadie, CIH Blogs, Health & Safety
CCIM Commercial Real Estate Conference

MFA staff led sessions on brownfield development at the most recent Certified Commercial Investment Managers (CCIM) Conference, held on September 29 and 30, 2016, in Bend, OR. Jim Maul, Ted Wall, and Seth Otto prepared a dynamic, informative,…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Blogs, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
Zidell—The Past, Present, and Future

Hats off to Zidell Marine Corporation for over 50 years of success in the barge-building industry and everything they have given to the Portland community and economy. They announced this week that they will be exiting the barge-building…

James Maul, RG, LG Blogs, Press Releases, Sediment
Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail Grand Opening

Tomorrow the Port of Camas-Washougal will celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail. MFA is excited to see this project completed, which began with an Integrated Planning Grant that MFA assisted…

Alan R. Hughes, RG, LG, PG Blogs, Engineering, Press Releases
Community Service at Clark County Food Bank

The work MFA does helps our community every day, from cleaning up brownfield sites to planning and designing new neighborhoods. MFA goes beyond that, enabling and supporting their employees to volunteer in our community supporting causes we…

Kaitlyn Bruno Blogs, Events
Updates on Washington State Department of Ecology’s VCP- Part II

Ecology has made some big changes in their Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). In an effort to balance staff shortages with increasing workloads, Ecology has raised the bar for entry into the VCP and is implementing new policies to streamline…

Heather R. Good, LHG Blogs, Environmental
Ragnar Relay 2016

We here at MFA are familiar with the race against time. Every week, we come together as a team to produce quality designs, reports, and action plans on time and on budget. However, this weekend some MFA’ers worked overtime to race to the…

Zachary Pyle, PE Blogs, Events
Seeing Results in Silver Valley, Idaho

Everything is crisp and fresh. I take a cold breath in and can only respect the awe and unforgiving beauty of the woods I call home. I can’t say I know what it is, but there is something about the woods that will always captivate me. It’s…

Haley McDaniel Blogs
Updates on Washington State Department of Ecology Voluntary Cleanup Program

Here are updates from my recent meetings with Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) staff to discuss the status of Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program.   New Checklists and Templates for Voluntary Cleanup Program…

Alan R. Hughes, RG, LG, PG Blogs, Environmental
Everything You Need To Know About NPDES

For more than 40 years, the Clean Water Act and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits have aimed to curb water pollution by regulating the levels of pollutants that are allowed to discharge into our rivers, lakes, and…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Blogs, Stormwater
Short Term Fix Proposed for MTCA Funding

The Governor’s proposed Supplemental Capital Budget includes $25 million for cleanup funds to partially cover the recent shortfall in Remedial Action Grants. The source of the funds will be State issued bonds. The $25 million represents 29…

Jim Darling Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment
Western States Industrial Stormwater Permitting

EPA recently launched the new Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) to regulate industrial stormwater, but the already more-stringent state permits in California, Washington, and Oregon leave the MSGP a moot-point. Industrial stormwater permit…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Blogs, Engineering, Stormwater
Northern State Redevelopment Project

Plan Adopted for Redevelopment of Historic Northern State Hospital The Sedro-Woolley City Council has unanimously adopted the Subarea Plan for the Center for Innovation. This is the capstone of two years of planning for redevelopment of the…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental
MFA’s Aquatic Adventures

Characterizing and cleaning up contamination in the aquatic environment can present significant logistical challenges. A sampling of MFA’s recent high adventure aquatic experiences includes:                               …

Kaitlyn Bruno Blogs, Environmental, Sediment
Making the Case for Environmental Forensics

“Forensics” is a term that may evoke images of an awkward detective linking the dots between crime scene evidence and laboratory DNA results to solve a crime. Environmental forensics applies the same general principle of criminal forensics…

Phil Wiescher, PhD Blogs, Environmental, Sediment
Incremental Sampling Methodology

Incremental Sampling Methodology is becoming a go-to approach – for responsible parties and regulators alike – for efficient and robust contaminant characterization. While the method is fairly established for soil characterization, the use of…

Kaitlyn Bruno Blogs, Environmental, Sediment
Hood to Coast—Running in the Rain

A 198 miles course with heavy rain and thrashing winds may not sound like fun to most, but MFA’s 2015 Hood to Coast team would argue differently. On the weekend of August 28th MFA’s team, Must Finish Alive, participated in the 34th annual…

Jerry J. Oelerich, EIT Blogs, Events
MFA to Accept National Brownfields Leadership Award on behalf of OBC

The Oregon Brownfield Coalition is the 2015 recipient of the Brownfield Leadership Award for Innovation & Resiliency, in the category of Statewide Brownfield Innovation. The award is presented by NALGEP (National Association of Local…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Awards, Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental
Ski to Sea 2015: MFA Team Finishes Alive, and then some

Being based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Maul Foster & Alongi embraces the outdoors and encourages our employees’ pursuit of a myriad of activities that support healthy lifestyles. As part of our corporate culture, we have put…

Justin L. Clary, PE Blogs, Events
Managing Stormwater in China and Across the Globe…And Enjoying Great Food in the Process

Over the last several days I have had the privilege of attending the 2015 International Symposium on Urban Stormwater Management and Landscape Hydrology in Beijing. There have been professionals and scholars from across the globe discussing…

Ted Wall, PE Blogs, Engineering, Events
MFA Staff to Present at Managing Stormwater in Oregon Conference

Maul Foster & Alongi staff will be hosting two presentations at this year’s NEBC Managing Stormwater in Oregon Conference on May 21. Stormwater expert, Ada Banasik, will share her experiences in implementing effective and economical…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Blogs, Engineering, Events, Stormwater
MFA’s China Knowledge Exchange Continues with Presentations in Beijing

Statistics abound as to the current and projected pace of urbanization in the world’s most populous country, the People’s Republic of China. With a total population of over 1.35 billion people, a projection issued in March 2014 by the…

Ted Wall, PE Blogs, Environmental, Planning & Community Development
MFA Lends Hands to Forest Park Conservancy Earth Day Volunteer Team

Earth Day presented a cool spring morning with conditions that couldn’t have been better for some light manual labor for a good cause. On April 22, 2015, a group of MFA employees joined a volunteer team with ESCO Corporation and Keen to do…

Ted Wall, PE Blogs, Events
Demolition Brings New Chapter for Josephine County’s Dimmick Tower

It was a hot August day when I first saw the building—fenced off and surrounded by brown, crunchy grass, it was a five-story building with boarded-up windows and broken glass. When I finally got to enter the building, I suited up in Tyvek™…

Kyle Roslund, LG Blogs, Environmental, Health & Safety, Local and State Agencies
Public/Private Partnerships: Taking Action for Community Interests

In the world of economic development, nothing can add value to a large-scale project like a strong, mutually beneficial partnership between public and private interests. At the P3C Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo 2015 in…

James Maul, RG, LG Blogs, Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development, Ports, Real Estate
MFA Writes Two Winning USEPA Grants for the Cities of Spokane, WA, and St. Helens, OR

On March 9, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced the recipients of its 2015 Area-Wide Planning (AWP) Grant. The AWP grant program assists communities that are responding to local brownfield challenges, including multiple…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Awards, Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development
Stormwater Permitting and MFA: Smart, Early Planning Leads to Success

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently implemented a program to assign construction stormwater general permit (CSWGP) coverage to sites that have known contamination and that may discharge potentially contaminated…

Josh Elliott, PE Blogs, Engineering, Environmental, Stormwater
Northern State Hospital: Past, Present, and Future Use

Over 100 years ago, the State of Washington took a bold step in opening the Northern State Hospital, a state-of-the-art residential mental health facility in Sedro-Woolley. The campus, designed by the world-renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape…

Jim Darling Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development
Welcome to the Jungle

Are we in the right jungle? -Stephen R. Covey | As civil and environmental engineers, we must accept that recognition for a job well done will often take the form of indifference. We do our best work when no one does a double take. When…

James Maul, RG, LG Blogs, Engineering, Environmental, Planning & Community Development
Washington State Brownfield Policy Recommendations

The Washington State legislature is considering a brownfield package of legislative actions (known as MTCA 3.0) to improve the ability to undertake and complete brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects. The package contains a number of…

Jim Darling Blogs, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental
Oregon Adopts Greenhouse Gas Rules

The proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) rule-making package developed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was adopted by unanimous decision of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on October 23, 2008. The rule-making…

James Maul, RG, LG Blogs, Environmental