The Sunday Breakfast Mission’s Brownfield redevelopment project showcases the effective partnership among a non-profit community services organization, state regulatory agencies, an environmental engineering/science firm and the construction delivery team.

SBM5Duffield Associates was initially retained by the project’s construction manager to provide geotechnical services for construction of a new Women and Children’s Annex addition to the existing mission facility.  While preparing for its field investigations, Duffield Associates learned that the site was environmentally impacted, and advised the project team that the resolution of environmental issues at the property would be a necessary prerequisite to construction.

The owner and construction manager concurred and Duffield Associates was asked to develop a plan that would:

  1. Allow for the construction of the Annex on the existing property as planned;
  2. Secure funding for the environmental cleanup through publicly funded programs and grants; and
  3. Enable the Mission to continue to provide its critical services during environmental studies, remedial and construction activities and provide the much-needed, expanded women’s and children’s services to the community as soon as possible.

SBM1To implement this plan, Duffield Associates provided environmental consulting and engineering services simultaneously and, ultimately, shepherded the site through the Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Brownfield Redevelopment program.  This included planning and performance of environmental evaluations, risk evaluation and remedy selection, remedial design, management of on-site remedial activities, project management, and working collaboratively with DNREC.

The owner’s project team creatively tackled a property burdened with an environmental legacy from its industrial past, and successfully managed numerous technical, administrative, financial and logistical challenges that arose during this Brownfield redevelopment project.

SBM2Because of it’s excellence in design and implementation, this project received a Conceptor Award from Delaware’s American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).