Central Ohio Gaming Ventures, LLC
Burgess & Niple (B&N) led the design and construction of a water supply and treatment process for the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio. Working with design/build partner Reynolds Construction Company, B&N designed a treatment plant to process non-potable water for onsite irrigation.
The 200-gallon-per-minute plant treats groundwater from an adjacent well before it is pumped into stormwater ponds located on the casino site. The stormwater ponds supply water used to irrigate the Hollywood Casino grounds. The additional groundwater from the well maintains pond water levels during the dry summer months.
The 121-acre site where the casino was built is a former industrial brownfield. The groundwater well was the first to be constructed on a brownfield site in the state of Ohio. B&N worked closely with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to secure approval to pump groundwater from the limestone bedrock aquifer. Approval was required because the overlying sand aquifer was impacted from historical operations on the site.
The well and water treatment plant were constructed at the furthest point from the site’s impacted areas. This minimized the potential for the environmental impacts to migrate into an unimpacted area. To maintain site aesthetics, B&N designed the treatment plant to be contained in an underground vault, which obscures it from view.
In addition to the water treatment plant, B&N provided Voluntary Action Plan Certified Professional oversight of the brownfield assessment, cleanup and remedial activities. A Covenant Not to Sue was issued from the Ohio EPA in 2012, indicating no need for future assessment, remediation or cleanup.