For many years, B&N has successfully led brownfield assessment and clean-up projects to prepare properties for reuse. The firm recently launched a new business initiative – the Renewal Studio for Sustainable Urban Development – to provide turnkey redevelopment services for environmentally impacted and underutilized properties.
Using a studio approach that encourages creativity and the art of possibility, B&N works closely with clients and partners to plan, design and implement projects that rationalize infrastructure and revitalize communities.
The Renewal Studio’s urban reinvestment strategies include:
To date, B&N has participated in many projects that achieve sustainable and effective redevelopment of contaminated and historic properties.
In Columbus, Ohio, B&N helped transform the Whittier Peninsula brownfield site into an urban oasis with a park, wetlands and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. B&N performed Phase I and Phase II Environmental Property Assessments, Human Health Risk Assessments and supervised remedial activities resulting in a Covenant Not to Sue from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Additional services included site engineering, site development, environmental and utility permitting and sustainable, urban design elements for the LEED® certified Audubon Center.
The historic Orr-Statler Hotel in Piqua, Ohio was converted into a public library and conference center following environmental assessments, a remedial action plan and Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant assistance provided by B&N. The project received a No Further Action Letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and was named “Best Downtown Success Story” by the Ohio Department of Development.