The Whittier Peninsula in Columbus, Ohio, was home to industrial sites, scrap yards, warehousing, the Columbus impound lot and crime. This 160-acre brownfield near downtown Columbus was transformed into a "green oasis" as Scioto Audubon Metro Park, now home to wildlife and recreation. Burgess & Niple (B&N) lead the remediation and restoration engineering, including the design of wetlands and other stormwater management features in concert with the remedial needs to comply with Ohio EPA's Voluntary Action Program (VAP).
B&N's Dave Walker, VAP CP, WV LRS, will discuss the soil impacts and remediation efforts that supported the planned wetlands development. This includes the site uses that caused environmental impacts to soil and groundwater, the determination of the needed clean-up levels, mitigation and remedial alternatives, and the selection of redevelopment options. Brian Tornes, PE, will detail some of the methods used for integrating the site demolition debris into the final site development, such as a new playground in place of the warehouse building and the demolition debris reuse. He will also showcase how the site manages stormwater using the constructed wetlands, green roofs, pervious pavement, bioswales, vegetative swales, and dry detention basins to fit within this urban park setting.
The presentation will feature a "virtual tour" of the site's features to demonstrate how these engineering efforts created a restored space for preservation, environmental awareness, urban integration and connection.