Fisher Associates was retained by the State University Construction Fund to complete Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) investigations at the location of three of the properties under consideration for the new Binghamton University School of Pharmacy (BUSOP). We first evaluated the parcels consisting of: five parcels on Corliss Avenue occupied by six buildings; three parcels on Park Street occupied by four buildings; and, two parcels on Baldwin Avenue occupied by three buildings, via a Phase I ESA to determine the potential for environmental issues and liability.
Based on the findings of the Phase I ESAs, we conducted a Phase II Investigation that included subsurface soil investigations through the use of test pits. The test pits were advanced to the limits of the excavation equipment reach (approximately 14-feet below grade), and were monitored at continuous intervals in each test pit. The soil samples collected were sent to a NYSDOH-approved laboratory for analysis for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), Heavy Metals, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
The results of the test pit investigation and laboratory analysis indicated that the soils at the site contained deep fills of various materials including brick, concrete, metal, ash deposits, and other deleterious materials that would require special handling precautions and disposal procedures during the construction phase, and would require a Soil Management Plan (SMP).
During the investigations, we were the primary point of contact with the State University Construction Fund (SUCF). We provided guidance and served as the project liaison between the SUCF and the construction manager in developing recommendations for the site.