When Montpelier Union Elementary School (MUES) selected VHB to carry out a playground rehabilitation, our team identified contaminated soil on the school grounds. VHB immediately engaged with MUES and state regulators to develop a plan to protect the public’s safety. Our environmental engineers completed a full characterization of the soil around MUES grounds and traced the contamination back to a fire at the site and poor-quality fill that had been imported. With the nature and extent of the contaminated soil identified, our team turned their focus on developing a plan to manage contaminated and noncontaminated soil at the project site, which included removal or deep isolation of the impacted soil.
VHB’s project team had to carefully choreograph each step of the rehabilitation and remediation plan, keeping in mind the education of concerned community members as well we as several constraints, including regulatory, budgetary and schedule. By utilizing materials that were already built into the project design, the team was able to mitigate the risks of exposure to make the playground safe while minimizing impacts to schedule and budget. Ultimately, our team’s preparedness of site investigation and transparency with project stakeholders allowed our team to meet all project milestones while staying under budget, providing a safe space for the MUES community.