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For those unfamiliar with redevelopment projects, they usually consist of existing buildings being demolished in order to build new ones. There is a big market for this field, with projects ranging from big to small. No matter what the project is, there are typically three steps involved in ensuring a successful process from start to finish.

  • Environmental Site Assessment

Conducting environmental site assessments is a crucial step to ensuring your property is ready for the redevelopment process. There are sometimes two phases to this process, the first of these being a historical examination. At this stage, there is no physical testing involved, but it rather includes a visual inspection of the site, a review of the surrounding buildings and their historical purposes, interviews with previous owners who know of the property’s prior use, a look at historical documents and government records and a review of the topography. If these studies identify any environmental issues, phase two of the environmental site assessment will be enacted.

Phase two is a more comprehensive study that looks at the reasoning behind the environmental issues recognized in phase one. During this stage, samples of the land will be studied in a lab to see if the property has been contaminated by any harmful sources such as mold, lead and pesticides. Once the final report has been made, the project can continue by creating environmental guidelines.

  • Constructing a Response Action Plan

A Response Action Plan is often needed if there was any contamination identified in phase two of the environmental site assessment. This plan maps out the required activities needed to effectively manage the contamination during the project’s construction as well as any site cleanup proposals. There are typically two aspects to this project. The first focuses primarily on construction, ensuring that any contaminated materials are being handled properly by workers. To avoid any negative impacts these substances could have on the overall project, a course of action must be taken.

The other response action plan is to get rid of the source of contamination. However, environmental scientists must be heavily involved in this process to ensure proper handling of the issue. 

  • Staying Present Throughout the Construction Process

The third step of redevelopment is to continually check in throughout the construction process to ensure everything is running smoothly and there haven’t been any additional threats posed by possible contamination. Often, you may want to bring special equipment to the site while it is being constructed to identify any potential contaminants. Your team will also want to properly document any contaminants found throughout the process and the methods used to expel them. This report will need to be sent to a regulatory agency in order to prepare the site for its purpose.


Joseph Joe Mcinerney Chicago