Jimmy John's Field Awarded 2017 Phoenix Awards at Annual Brownfields Conference

12.08.17

Jimmy John's Field Awarded 2017 Phoenix Awards at Annual Brownfields Conference

SME is proud to announce that Jimmy John's Field was recognized with the prestigious Community Impact Phoenix Award for brownfield redevelopment excellence, and voted the People's Choice Award. SME accepted the awards on behalf of the project team on December 6 during the Phoenix Awards Ceremony at the National Brownfields Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Phoenix Awards "honor the innovative leadership of men and woman working to solve the critical environmental problems of transforming abandoned property into productive sites for new economic and community opportunities and assets."

SME was a key member of the project team, providing civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering.The transformation of two landfills in the City of Utica into the $15 million Jimmy John’s Field marks the largest redevelopment project the City has ever seen. It has spurred revitalization of downtown Utica, creating a destination where families gather, businesses thrive, and the community can enjoy its treasured natural resources along the Clinton River.

General Sports and Entertainment, Frank Rewold and Son, Inc., the City of Utica, Macomb County and other local supporters worked together to bring this project to life. Redeveloping the landfill sites posed many challenges, including environmental contamination and geotechnical settlement. With help from the City, Macomb County, State of Michigan, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the team secured $3 million in funding to address a host of environmental response measures and constructability issues associated with the landfill parcels.