Constructing Around Contamination

by Edward A. Wood, (M.ASCE), Principal Engineer; Groundwater Technology Government Services, Inc., Chadds Ford, PA.,
Jill R. Crosbie, President; Red Hawk Environmental Consulting, LTD., West Chester, PA.,
Richard A. Brown, Vice President; Remediation Technologies, Groundwater Technology, Inc., 100 Ridge Drive, Norwood, MA 02062.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 10, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


When soil and ground water contamination are found at a construction site, completing the project on time and within budget is always a challenge. Typical problems include constraints to dewatering, limited surface space, subsurface obstructions, restrictions to moving and storing contaminated materials on-site, increased Occupational Safety and Health Agency site safety compliance regulations, and coordination with concurrent construction work. But discovery of contamination on a construction site doesn't have to mean big delays and added costs. Three projects--a highway expansion, a condominium development and a refinery upgrade--show how to integrate remediation with construction.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Groundwater pollution | Occupational safety | Pollution | Infrastructure construction | Soil pollution | Construction materials | Soil water

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