In September 2019, the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA), on behalf of the City of Detroit, evaluated the site for environmental and due diligence on a mission to revitalize and attract industrial facility developments to the area. Because of our multidisciplinary project team approach and responsiveness and known responsiveness, DBRA selected SME as the second party contractor to perform the services associated with their expanded scope of services. This included: preliminary consulting, test pits, stockpile survey, subsurface investigation, due care planning, EGLE grant management, geotechnical evaluation, hazardous materials abatement, demolition consulting; environmental due diligence, and UST removal.

Innovation and collaboration are what make this project unique. SME used drones for stockpile evaluation, and combined geotechnical, environmental, and survey consulting services to provide high-quality cost and feasibility analyses for site reuse. A prior consultant estimated 400,000 yards of stockpiled materials at more than $12M to remove; our estimate was just 140,000 yards of stockpiled material and a cost of $5M to remove. SME also identified areas that, due to environmental and geotechnical conditions, can be reused on a redevelopment, which will save on trucking and disposal costs. In addition, we also helped with applications for public funding.

We look forward to seeing what is to become of the site and are excited to be apart of this historic revitalization.