The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) is now responsible for the approximately 365 acres comprising the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center property that is contiguous with the existing Nissequogue River State Park. Accordingly, NYSOPRHP is undertaking a comprehensive environmental investigation and preparing a detailed cost estimate to address the remediation of the site. After a comprehensive and extremely competitive statewide procurement process, the NYSOPRHP recently awarded D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. (D&B), in association with its subconsultant, TRC Engineers, Inc. (TRC), the contract to advance this comprehensive study. The site consists of more than 50 abandoned buildings in various states of disrepair, encompassing over 2.5 million square feet of space requiring an assessment of hazardous materials.
As part of the comprehensive remediation plan, the D&B/TRC Team will provide a wide range of environmental services, including: completing a comprehensive Phase I Environmental Site Assessment; investigation and assessment of the buildings and steam tunnels for hazardous materials including lead, PCBs, asbestos and mercury, among others; individual building and steam tunnel remediation cost estimates; demolition of specific buildings and steam tunnels on a “fast-track” schedule; abandonment of underground steam tunnels; investigation of construction and demolition material formerly buried at various locations at the property; groundwater assessments; and a regulatory evaluation of the existing landfill.
“The D&B/TRC Team was a natural combination for this assignment since each firm brings a specific set of skills and expertise to the table to support the Department,” commented Richard Walka, D&B Senior Vice President and Director of the firm’s Environmental Remediation and Multimedia Compliance Division. “I’m very excited to be associated with TRC on this complex project.”
“TRC’s experience providing comprehensive environmental services on large scale facility assessment and building demolition projects will help the Team identify legacy environmental issues and mitigate future environmental risks at the site,” commented Ed Gerdts, TRC Vice President and East Building Science and Industrial Hygiene Practice Leader. “We look forward to supporting D&B and State Parks on this important regional project.”