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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
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
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
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
Congratulations to Port of Skagit, City of Sedro-Woolley, and Skagit County on Planning Award

During the Joint Oregon and Washington Planning Conference on Thursday, October 27, the Planning Association of Washington and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association honored the Port of Skagit, the City of Sedro-Woolley,…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Awards, Planning & Community Development, Press Releases
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
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
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
Governor Jay Inslee Signs Bill to Move Transfer of Northern State Hospital Property to Port of Skagit County

A recent bill allowing the Washington Department of Enterprise Services to transfer the Northern State Hospital property to the Port of Skagit County was signed last week. This decision will allow Janicki Bioenergy to move forward with their…

Jim Darling Planning & Community Development
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
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
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
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
Smart Communities Award for Port, city of Kalama

Evidence of the city and Port of Kalama’s successful collaboration on an underway project was publicly presented in the form of a 2014 Smart Communities Award. The Spencer Creek Business Park and a new, nearby multi-use recreational facility…

James Maul, RG, LG Planning & Community Development, Ports
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
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
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