When revitalizing brownfields, many properties present challenges during the demolition and remediation process. Former hospital sites can be quite complex due to hazardous materials and extensive environmental regulations.
B&N’s environmental professionals have experience identifying and solving the complex challenges that former hospital properties present. In Middletown, Ohio, B&N partnered with the Butler County Port Authority to assess, fund, clean up and demolish the former Middletown Regional Hospital complex.
B&N successfully prepared applications to receive funding for cleanup and demolition. Funding was obtained through the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Revolving Loan Fund.
Additional services B&N provided include:
- Phase I and II Property Assessments
- Asbestos-containing materials survey and abatement
- A hazardous materials survey
- Extensive waste collection
- Hazardous materials recycling
Because owners planned to use the site for residential development, remediation was conducted to the most stringent standards and addressed environmental concerns such as:
- Pharmaceutical and chemical waste
- Underground storage tanks and affected soil
During deconstruction, the project team looked for meaningful ways to reuse, recycle and donate salvageable materials. These efforts saved an estimated $830,000 in project costs, kept approximately 55,000 tons of material out of landfills and benefited many charitable groups.
Medical equipment was donated to local and international ministries. Building materials were given to Habitat for Humanity. The Boy Scouts received commercial kitchen equipment. Natural materials such as plants, trees and stones were reused at the hospital’s new facility. The recycled and donated materials totaled approximately $1.2 million.
The project received a Voluntary Action Program Covenant Not to Sue (CNS) from the Ohio EPA. This indicated that the Port Authority, with guidance from B&N, met requirements for cleaning up the brownfield site.