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Assisting an Ambitious Redevelopment Plan

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Farallon designs and implements recovery plan for a 1960s-era Seattle landfill

A prominent real estate development firm relied on Farallon for technical support during redevelopment of a former landfill.

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Farallon’s client had a vision for redeveloping a Seattle property used as a landfill from the 1930s through the 1960s, and required Farallon’s expertise to make that vision a reality. Farallon was called on to identify potential sources of contamination, and to develop a cleanup approach that would allow the client to transform a property that had been vacant for decades into a vibrant downtown commercial destination. Farallon provided innovative environmental consulting, hydrogeologic engineering design, and construction support services that allowed the redevelopment project to move forward. As the cleanup progresses, Farallon continues to monitor and maintain the landfill gas control system.

“This is one of the largest single-property redevelopment projects in Seattle,” commented Cliff Schmitt, Principal Hydrogeologist. “Coordinating the details of the cleanup plan with multiple parties and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) is part of Farallon’s service to the client.”

Farallon manager for the project, Tad Cline, noted, “Some of the most-demanding parts of this project were coordinating the priorities of our developer client with the interests of adjacent property owners who owned portions of the old landfill, and at the same time satisfying Ecology requirements and the terms of the Agreed Order. It’s been a great multi-faceted challenge.”

Farallon created an interim action work plan that fulfills client development goals, satisfies the needs of adjacent property owners and the requirements of the Agreed Order between Ecology and other potentially liable persons, and allows the client’s vision to become a reality.


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Construction Support

Our work is integrated with redevelopment design and construction at project sites that have involved deep excavations, steep slopes, and critical habitat areas. Our ability to conduct cleanup actions concurrently with redevelopment...

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Engineering Services

We take a collaborative approach, working with our clients to provide practical engineering solutions to achieve their project goals. Our engineering expertise is extensive and includes a broad spectrum of services.

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