Buffalo Outer Harbor Proposed Pedestrian Bridge and Bell Tower

Buffalo Outer Harbor Proposed Pedestrian Bridge and Bell Tower

Buffalo Outer Harbor Proposed Pedestrian Bridge and Bell Tower

Buffalo, NY

Project Objective

The scope of this project was to provide an evaluation of subsurface conditions in preparation for a proposed new pedestrian bridge, bike path, and bell tower / ticket booth.

Unique Project Features

Site access was extremely limited due to grasses, trees, and a nearby brownfield remediation site. The soils in the area were potentially contaminated.

Encorus Group Solution

Encorus staff mobilized a track-mounted drill rig to investigate the subsurface soils at various locations on-site along the proposed structures. Infiltration test wells were installed to determine the potential for surface water ponds.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Mobilization of appropriate equipment to facilitate testing
  • Investigation of subsurface soils
  • Installation of infiltration test wells
Buffalo State College Integrated Contingency Plan Update

Buffalo State College Integrated Contingency Plan Update

Buffalo State College Integrated Contingency Plan Update

Buffalo, NY

Project Objective

This project’s objective was to update Buffalo State College’s Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP), which included a Hazardous Materials Contingency Plan (HMCP), and a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.

Unique Project Features

Because the aboveground oil storage capacity of the facility is over 10,000 gallons, Buffalo State College could not self-certify the SPCC Plan under §112.3(g)(1). Therefore, it was required to be prepared by a Professional Engineer in accordance with 40 CFR 112.

Encorus Group Solution

Site visits were performed to examine the facility and prepare a plan n accordance with accepted and sound industry practices and standards, and final certification of the completed SPCC plan and distribution to interested parties. Encorus also prepared a Hazardous Material Contingency Plan (HMCP) for the campus, which addressed how the College handles emergencies related to petroleum products and hazardous chemicals, wastes, substances, and matter. Subsequently, Encorus was contracted to provide tank inspection and certification services for the campus.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Updates to ICP, including hazardous materials storage and management sections, oil storage containment and delivery procedures, oil tank and container inspection, testing preventative maintenance procedures as related to oil and bulk storage containers, facilities diagrams
  • SPCC Plan review and revision
  • Hazardous Materials Contingency Plan (HMCP) review and revision
  • Site visits to examine the facility
  • Tank inspection and certification services
Buffalo State College Underground Fuel Oil Tank Inspection

Buffalo State College Underground Fuel Oil Tank Inspection

Buffalo State College Underground Fuel Oil Tank Inspection

Buffalo, NY

Project Objective

This project’s objective was to provide complete services for the inspection and evaluation of underground fuel oil storage tanks at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State campus.

Unique Project Features

Because the aboveground oil storage capacity of the facility is over 10,000 gallons, Buffalo State College could not self-certify their SPCC Plan under §112.3(g)(1). Therefore, it was required to be prepared by a Professional Engineer in accordance with 40 CFR 112.

Encorus Group Solution

Site visits were performed to observe partial excavation of the tanks, visual and ultrasonic testing of tanks, and engineering evaluation of tanks against New York State petroleum bulk storage requirements.

In addition, Encorus assisted the client in updating their Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP), which included a Hazardous Materials Contingency Plan (HMCP) and a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Site visits for the inspection and evaluation of underground fuel oil tanks
  • Updates to ICP, including hazardous materials storage and management sections, oil storage containment and delivery procedures, oil tank and container inspection, testing preventative maintenance procedures as related to oil and bulk storage containers, facilities diagrams
  • SPCC Plan review and revision
  • Hazardous Materials Contingency Plan (HMCP) review and revision
  • Tank inspection and certification services
Buffalo VA Medical Center Underground Storage Tank Assessment

Buffalo VA Medical Center Underground Storage Tank Assessment

Buffalo VA Medical Center Underground Storage Tank Assessment

Buffalo, NY

Project Objective

Encorus was contracted to evaluate the existing Underground Storage Tanks at the location for reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of continued operation, as well as to evaluate potential replacement options for the tanks and appurtenances as well as inherent costs and benefits of replacement.

Unique Project Features

The tanks were installed in 1989 and retrofitted with cathodic protection in 1997. VHA Directive 2008-062 requires that retention of equipment beyond the useful lifespan (40 years for fuel oil tanks) must be based on an engineering evaluation of reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of continued operations.

Encorus Group Solution

Encorus examined daily plant report spreadsheets for the years 2012 through 2016, analyzing the entire winter season to ensure that the location’s coldest temperatures were captured, as Buffalo’s climactic conditions can vary widely. Both scenarios were analyzed for loading requirements. The corresponding natural gas fuel loads to those days were converted to equivalent units of No. 2 fuel oil (in gallons). Based on the required quantity of fuel to be stored, the need for redundancy and resiliency, and space constraints on the campus, tank sizes and locations were selected. References utilized included VHA Directive 2008-062, 40 CFR Part 280, 6 NYCRR Part 613, and Boiler Plant Daily Reports 2012-2016. Encorus presented the client with three options for consideration. All three include full tank removal of existing tanks as part of the design. Each option was presented with pros and cons as well as a cost estimate based on currently available data.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Analysis of historical data
  • Engineering calculations
  • Examination of applicable VHA Directives, codes, and standards
  • Preparation of options for presentation to the client
Corvette Cleaners Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

Corvette Cleaners Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

Corvette Cleaners Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

Amherst, NY

Project Objective

Two previous investigations had been completed at the subject property by the property owner for the purpose of assessing the impact of historic dry-cleaning operations on the eastern portion of the subject property.

Encorus Group Solution

Encorus Group completed a limited Phase II Environmental Site Assessment of the above-referenced subject property. The eastern portion includes a single building compromised of a restaurant and a dry cleaner. Encorus mobilized a truck-mounted drill rig to the subject property for the purpose of further investigating the subsurface conditions on-site. The investigation was limited to advancing three soil borings on-site to depths of 12 feet below ground surface (BGS) or until first groundwater was encountered. Temporary PVC wells were installed at each boring location on completion of soil sampling activities for the purpose of obtaining groundwater samples for laboratory analyses. Recovered soil samples were scanned with a photoionization detector (PID) for the presence of total ionizable volatile compounds that may have indicated potential subsurface impact. All samples were examined and logged by Encorus’s Senior Geologist. Based on the analytical results, there is no source for the elevated PID readings recorded in the recovered soil samples. However, as with this boring, as well as the other two borings, such may ultimately be attributable to soil moisture conditions encountered during this investigation. No VOCs were reported for the three groundwater well samples. This seems to indicate that any residual subsurface impact associated with the historic dry cleaning operations and equipment on-site appears to be localized to that portion of the subject building and property and may not have migrated further. Based solely on the results of the limited subsurface investigation and the analytical testing, it is Encorus’s opinion that further investigation is not warranted.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Mobilization of truck-mounted drill rig
  • Installation of temporary PVC wells
  • PID scanning