Located in Spokane's thriving University District, the property formerly known as Taylor Edwards lies along the Spokane River and is a prime commercial development site. BNSF Railway Company formerly owned the property and the historic Great Northern Building located there. The site had once been used for railcar repair and had also been leased for foundry activities from the early 1920s to the 1950s, resulting in elevated lead and arsenic concentrations in the soil and shallow groundwater. Upon discovery of contamination, BNSF committed to fully assessing and remediating the property.
BNSF hired GeoEngineers to assess the site and design and implement a remediation plan, and then to conduct a cleanup that protected human health and the environment, enhanced the shoreline habitat and enabled future site development. GeoEngineers’ staff worked closely with BNSF and regulators to create a cost-effective and sustainable remedial approach and design.
GeoEngineers implemented the remedial design and observed construction activities, including removing soil, consolidating hot-spot areas and capping soil in less contaminated areas. In 2010, BNSF sold the site to McKinstry, which purchased the site to develop a sustainable “green” building and lease office space for green technology companies. Working with McKinstry, GeoEngineers continued to provide support, designing new foundations, a geoexchange heat system and stormwater management facilities for future development.
GeoEngineers’ role has evolved into helping the new owner with sustainable development solutions for the site and its recently renamed landmark, the SIERR Building at McKinstry Station.
Cleaning up the contaminated site in collaboration with multiple stakeholders reduced the risk to human health and the environment, while also enhancing the surrounding properties.
Designed and implemented a remedial design approach to bring an abandoned, underutilized property into productive and beneficial use, rejuvenating an industrial neighborhood
Removed nearly 4,000 tons of hazardous waste and 961 tons of non-hazardous waste
Remediated a site that enabled the owner to sell and the new owner to build a new green-energy building in the University District