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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
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
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
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
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
Washington Brownfield Projects in the News

Leading brownfield experts Michael Stringer and Jim Darling were recently featured as guest writers in the Seattle DJC. Communities across Washington State are increasingly looking at vacant and shuttered former industrial sites as…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Press Releases
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
Brownfields in Clark County

The Vancouver Business Journal published an article on brownfields in Clark County. MFA is proud to be the leading brownfield consulting business in the Pacific Northwest. In the article we expand on the concept of the 4th  Generation of…

James Maul, RG, LG Brownfield Redevelopment, Press Releases
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
Lead in drinking water

James Peale, RG, LHG, Principal Hydrogeologist at MFA, authored the recent article, Lead in Drinking Water: Steps to take as a Business Owner, published in the Vancouver Business Journal July 8, 2016. Click the link below to read his full…

Alistaire Clary, PE Environmental, Health & Safety
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
Economics Driving Brownfield Cleanup – MFA featured in U.S. Green Building Council Article

Several MFA projects, including Columbia Memorial Hospital/Astoria Landfill Sports Complex, Lake River Dioxin Cleanup, and Zidell Remediation are highlighted in an article by Katharine Logan published in the May/June 2016 issue of USGBC+,…

James Maul, RG, LG Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Press Releases
Astoria Municipal Landfill Redevelopment Wins Oregon Brownfields Outstanding Project Award

MFA is excited to announce the Astoria Athletic Complex project is the recipient of the 2016 Oregon Brownfields Outstanding Project Award! The award will be presented at the 11th Annual Oregon Brownfields Conference May 16th, 2016. This award…

James Maul, RG, LG Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering
MFA’s Hands-On Approach in the News

MFA’s planning efforts on the St. Helens Waterfront Redevelopment project are making the news. Working with our partners from Walker Macy, MFA led a group of St. Helens residents, Waterfront Advisory Committee members, and city council…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental
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
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 Sediment Solutions in the News

The Wahkiakum County Eagle newspaper recently published an article highlighting MFA’s work. After testing sediment the question has arisen, what to do with the material, read about the possible creative solutions MFA has collaborated with…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Environmental, Sediment
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
Astoria Municipal Landfill Redevelopment Wins Brownfield Phoenix Award

At the 2015 National Brownfield conference that was held in Chicago in September, the Astoria Municipal Landfill closure and sports complex redevelopment project was awarded the Phoenix Award for USEPA Region 10. MFA is honored to have led the…

Stacy J. Frost, PE Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental
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
Stormwater BMPs – Recommendations for Oregon Tier II Corrective Actions

Many Oregon businesses were caught off-guard when the state lowered the effluent benchmark levels significantly in the 2012 update of the 1200-Z industrial stormwater permit. The resulting benchmark levels are so low that most industries…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Engineering, Environmental, Stormwater
Seth Otto Brownfield Work in Oregon DJC

MFA Senior Planner Seth Otto was recently featured in the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce for the work he has done in support of new brownfield legislation in Oregon. Seth was a member of the coalition backing House Bill 2734, which allows…

Ted Wall, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Planning & Community Development
Thoughts on Stormwater and Brownfields in China – and a Heartfelt 谢谢 (Thank You)

Upon returning from Beijing, where I attended the 2015 International Symposium on Urban Stormwater Management and Landscape Hydrology and met with numerous experts in the stormwater, landscape architecture, and brownfields arenas, I have come…

Ted Wall, PE Engineering, Environmental, Events, Planning & Community Development
Stable Banks, Unique Conditions, Lasting Solutions

The success of a bank stabilization project hinges on the ability to explore a variety of potential solutions and identify the most effective option for any given site. MFA has seen success with many different types of projects, all with their…

Kathy J. Lombardi, PE Engineering, Local and State Agencies, Ports, Sediment
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
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
Article by MFA Employee Published in Land & Water

Follow the link below to read an article by Erik Bakkom that was published in Land & Water Magazine explaining aspects of the Willamette Riverbank Restoration: Riverbank Restoration Success – From Brown to…

James Maul, RG, LG Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering
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
MFA Assists Yakima in Addressing Decade-Old Brownfield

Under the partnership of the City of Yakima and the Washington State Department of Ecology, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. is cleaning up a long-term community eyesore. The former Tiger Oil retail gasoline station located at the corner of Nob…

Justin L. Clary, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Local and State Agencies
Precision Dredging Techniques Enhance Cleanup at Lake River

The benefits of precision dredging are numerous; I’ve seen them firsthand: streamlined regulatory approval, greater risk reduction, and increased water quality. MFA wrapped up a large-scale dredging project in February 2015 in Lake River,…

Katie Stromme Environmental, Forest Products, Local and State Agencies, Ports, Sediment
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
MFA Team Works on Local Brownfield Cleanup through Redevelopment Project with Global Reach

It isn’t often that one has the opportunity to work on a project with unprecedented local community benefits as well as a game-changing global reach. The adaptive re-use of the historic Northern State Hospital campus in Sedro Woolley,…

Jim Darling Brownfield Redevelopment, Planning & Community Development
Job Creation Catalyzed by Flight Test Hangar Construction

Through its environmental brownfield redevelopment expertise, MFA continues to play a key role in supporting economic development in rural communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. A recent example is MFA’s support of the Port of Moses…

Justin L. Clary, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Ports
Zidell Cleanup Illustrates Significance of Remediation

As mixed-used redevelopment forges ahead on the Zidell Yards property, NorthWest Ecosystem Services Ecologist Paul Fishman took a moment to reflect on the project’s myriad undertakings in the nine years since cleanup efforts got underway in…

James Maul, RG, LG Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate, Sediment
Port of Astoria Implements Targeted Solution to Treat Stormwater

During the last quarter of 2014, MFA assisted 16 industrial facilities in Northwest Oregon with the selection and conceptual design of stormwater-treatment measures required for compliance with the Tier II corrective action requirements…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Environmental, Ports, Stormwater
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
Senior Hydrogeologist Tom Mullen Joins MFA

Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) has hired Tom Mullen, a Senior Hydrogeologist with almost 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and project management, to serve the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene region. This strategic hire…

Jennifer King, PE Environmental, Press Releases
Brownfield Updates

With the real estate market strengthening, there is increased interest in urban redevelopment. Many of these infill projects must address challenges from historical contamination. MFA will be participating in several upcoming conferences to…

Jim Darling Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Real Estate
MFA Invited to Present at Battelle Sediment Symposium

MFA will be sending three staff to discuss innovative sediment remediation technologies at the Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments Conference February 4th – 7th. The conference is hosted by Battelle and…

Erik Bakkom, PE Environmental, Press Releases, Sediment
MFA Planners and Analysts Support Regional Brownfield Scoping Project for Metro

Portland, OR –Following analysis and meetings with stakeholders, Metro staff, and council, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) recently submitted its report to Metro Regional Council describing its analysis of the potential economic and…

Ted Wall, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Planning & Community Development, Press Releases
MFA Presents at Brownfield Conferences

MFA will facilitate workshops on Integrated Planning for Cleanup and Redevelopment of Brownfield Properties at the Oregon Brownfield Conference in Portland and the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Conference in Spokane. These interactive…

Jim Darling Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Press Releases
MFA Scientists and Engineers Invited to Present Findings at International Remediation Conference

Scientists and engineers from Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. have been invited to present findings from their work on remediation sites at the Battelle Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds conference in Monterey, California…

James Peale, RG, LHG Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Press Releases
MFA Staff appointed to the Blacksmith Institute Advisory Board

Jim Darling has been selected to the Blacksmith Institute’s Technical Advisory Board. The Blacksmith Institute is an international non profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle income countries, where…

Jim Darling Awards, Environmental, Press Releases
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
MFA Supporting Smart Growth Policies Nationwide

MFA has been selected as part of a team of consultants, including Redevelopment Economics, to support Smart Growth America in hosting workshops with governors and high-level state officials to develop policies to support brownfield…

James Maul, RG, LG Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Press Releases
Workshop: Contaminated Properties – A Development Perspective

On Thursday September 22, MFA is hosting a workshop designed to provide the latest information on key stages of brownfield redevelopment. This workshop will begin with a buffet breakfast at 7:30, followed by a presentation at 8:00 on…

James Maul, RG, LG Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Events
In-Water Construction Begins at Sediment Cleanup

Portland, Oregon. July 8 – With federal and state permits in hand, Zidell is moving their cleanup activities into the Willamette River in the South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The issuance of the Clean Water Act (CWA)…

Erik Bakkom, PE Environmental, Planning & Community Development, Sediment
MFA Invited to Present at International Battelle Symposium

Portland, June 23, 2011 Based on the outstanding results of an innovative and sustainable remediation approach developed and implemented by MFA scientists and engineers, the first International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable…

James Peale, RG, LHG Events, Press Releases, Sediment
Brownfields & Land Revitalization 2011 Conference

At the May Brownfields & Land Revitalization 2011 Conference in Spokane, Washington, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) will be conducting an interactive workshop on the potential adaptive reuse of a contaminated site. Based on a real…

Jim Darling Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Events, Planning & Community Development, Press Releases
NOAA Biological Opinion Supports Sediment Cleanup Designed by MFA Scientists and Engineers

Portland, OR—As noted in the Oregon Business Journal, the regional administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-Fisheries) has cleared the way for a significant cleanup and…

Erik Bakkom, PE Engineering, Environmental, Press Releases, Sediment
Knowledge from Experience: Stormwater and Sediment Conferences

Several MFA staff are presenting at conferences in February. Neil Alongi will be presenting at the Advanced Washington Stormwater Conference, February 7th at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. His practical years of…

James Maul, RG, LG Engineering, Environmental, Events, Press Releases, Sediment, Stormwater
MFA scientist demonstrates practical and sustainable in situ TCE DNAPL remediation

James Peale recently authored an article titled Successful ISCR-Enhanced Bioremediation of a TCE DNAPL Source Area Using EHC® and KB-1® for the Summer 2010 issue of the journal Remediation. The article, which was co-authored with Dr. James…

James Peale, RG, LHG Environmental, Press Releases
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
DEQ Notifies Companies of Pending Carbon Emission Regulations

The potential regulation of GHG may be generating concern within your organization and could have real implications for your business. Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. can help you develop a strategic approach to managing GHG regulations. As…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Environmental
2010 Oregon Brownfields Conference & Awards Luncheon – April 6-7, 2010

The 2010 Oregon Brownfields Conference and Awards Luncheon will be an unparalleled learning and networking opportunity for brownfields practitioners, both novice and experienced. This two-day Conference is designed to provide attendees with…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Events, Press Releases