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Morris Library Asbestos Abatement and Rehabilitation
Owner: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Location: Carbondale, Illinois
Facility: Higher Education
Date: 2001-2005

Project Background:
This project was funded by the Illinois Capital Development Board and consisted of a multi-year engineering contract for specifying the removal of 30,000 square feet of asbestos-containing acoustical treatment from the basement and first floor areas of the library. All activities were performed by union trades during normal operating hours and included electrical, mechanical, and ventilation put-back work. Scrap assets from universal wastes and salvageable steel added value to the project.

Burnham Hospital Demolition and Environmental Remediation
Owner: City of Champaign
Location: Downtown Champaign (Illinois)
Facility: Abandoned Hospital Complex
Date: 2003-2005

Project Background:
This project was funded through a tax increment financing that is being repaid after development of the site. The project involved the main campus demolition, an annex demolition, and power house demolition. Waste segregation was extensive, involving removal of potentially infectious medical waste, disposal of PCB-tainted smoke stacks, recovery of reclaimable refrigerants, and treatment of lead-tainted water. Total project cost with engineering fees was 3.5 million dollars, including one million dollars for environmental remediation and removal of seven underground storage tanks. Surrounding lots and hospital complex were enrolled in the Illinois Site Remediation Program with the goal of obtaining a comprehensive No Further Remediation Letter.

Linden Cottage Demolition and Environmental Remediation
Owner: Illinois Department of Human Services
Location: Alton, Illinois (East St. Louis Area)
Facility: Linden and Cedar Cottages
Date: 2003-2005

Project Background:
Retained by Teng & Associates, as contracted by the Illinois Capital Development Board for the design of a new Forensic Center, the principle of Courtice|Grason is the lead consulting-design engineer for the demolition design and environmental remediation of a former tuberculosis unit now known as Linden Cottage. Teng is a specialized, value-added, integrated services organization providing design, construction, and development for all major business markets. Courtice|Grason's scope of work was to provide specification sections and detailed drawings for the testing, abatement, or remediation of PCB-contaminated surfaces, potentially infectious medical waste, and characterization of heavy metals possibly present from the historical use of the property.

Kincaid Brothers Uptown Demolition
Owner: Village of Louisville
Location: Louisville, Illinois (Village Square)
Facility: Kincaid Brothers Building
Date: 2005

Project Background:
The Kincaid Brothers Building has been a village square landmark since the late 19th century. The building reflected the architecture of its time with unique stained glass windows, carved moldings, and exterior fascias resembling many gothic works. Courtice-Garson's principle project manager prepared design documents for the general demolition of the building and for hand separating a portion of the building from a common wall shared with an adjacent structure. Also specified was closure of an interior hand-dug well and the protection and future stability of the adjacent building and site. Site work included importing fill, compacting, grading, and landscaping. Specialized trades were recruited for rehabilitating the common wall and for managing the scrap assets of salvageable materials.

CERCLA Assessment and LUST Determination
Owner: The GSI Group
Location: Paris, Flora, and Newton, Illinois
Facility: All Corporate Real Estate
Date: 2005

Project Background:
Three corporate properties and adjacent manufacturing sites were comprehensively investigated with regard to their extent of liability and current regulatory obligation. The project goal was to satisfy a due diligence request and to conduct the necessary site investigations to meet an accelerated closing deadline. Project highlights included:
  • Subsurface investigations to investigate a former leaking underground storage tank. Client-reviewed work plans helped tailor the investigation to a logically discrete area of composite soil sampling.
  • Analysis of existing groundwater monitoring wells for hydraulic gradient determinations. Groundwater data was used to bracket the investigation to subsurface areas that were deemed to be most likely impacted.
  • Investigation of other contaminants of concern (COC) including the range of semi-volatile organics, total lead, and ph. Site concentrations were compared to the inhalation and ingestion route pathway standards in the Tiered Approach to Corrective Action Objectives guidance document.
Site Characterization and Environmental Remediation
Owner: Enerstar Power Corporation
Location: Kansas, Yale, and Casey, Illinois
Facility: All Corporate Real Estate
Date: 2005

Project Background:
Three corporate properties and adjacent manufacturing sites were comprehensively investigated with regard to their extent of liability and current regulatory obligation. The project goal was to satisfy a due diligence request and to conduct the necessary site investigations to meet an accelerated closing deadline.

PROJECT ARTICLES

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Morris Library Asbestos Abatement and Rehabilitation - 1.2 million dollar project for which the principal of Courtice|Grason was centrally involved:

Remodeling, asbestos removal set for library

Disposal of asbestos in Morris planned

Burnham Hospital Demolition and Environmental Remediation - 3.5 million dollar project for which the principle of Courtice|Grason was centrally involved:

Champaign holds question, answer session for demolition project

Burnham Redevelopment

Bauer Building Demolition, Effingham, Illinois - $118,000 project for which Courtice|Grason was principal in charge:

Land for courts facility to be ready by end of year

Kincaid Building Demolition, Louisville, Illinois - $122,000 project for which the principle of Courtice|Grason was centrally involved:

Danny Miller presides over Louisville Village Board for last time, demolition bids accepted.



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