Brownfield Development

Asset transformation

Brownfields are typically viewed as liabilities that are risky to develop. We see them differently. We see the opportunity to transform brownfield sites into assets that create value for our clients and community. 

We approach brownfields as development projects, not costly clean-up jobs. We incorporate clean-up into the overall project to expedite delivery, save our clients money, and turn risks into opportunities. On one project, we used material perceived as unsuitable to create a berm that sheltered new residents from an adjacent rail line and became a park space for the community to enjoy. By having an integrated team with a development focus, we’re able to identify and take advantage of opportunities that leverage costs through all phases from planning, funding, entitlements, and approvals to design, construction, operation, and maintenance. The success of brownfield development is measured by community support and client results. Spaces once perceived as liabilities are full of life and energy. Derelict land is made economically viable and profitable. And the dormant value of once-thriving areas is reclaimed and carried forward for generations to come.

Transforming brownfield sites into strong and vibrant communities
Brownfield Grants
EPA Grants

Since 2000, we have secured or implemented over 550 EPA brownfield grants in 45 states and all 10 EPA regions.
We’ve helped award over $1 billion in EPA grants.
The grant funding we’ve helped secure has benefitted 45 states.
Our brownfields teams have partnered with around 300 communities to transform brownfield sites.
Expert Spotlight

Rick Binder, Senior Associate

I help my local communities bring contaminated and vacant sites back to life through environmental remediation and redevelopment.

Chris Gdak, Principal, Environmental Services

I’ve been training for this my whole life…
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David Holmes, Principal, Senior Geologist

Brownfields are the key sites at which community revitalization and transformation take place.

Elias Rashmawi, Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Community Development (US West)

Brownfields embody our community’s history and future. I translate my vision for what they can be into value for clients and communities.
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Steve Kearney, Principal

Working with—and learning from—community members is what excites me most in all of my planning projects.

Jim Paulmann, Vice President, Discipline Leader, Community Development (Planning)

My wheelhouse is master planned communities; knowledge and understanding of their unique issues, and a background in creating positive outcomes for public/private partnerships.
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Jeff Sauser, Associate, Planner

As a planner and urban designer, I enjoy the opportunity to make a difference in communities across North America.

Miles Ballogg, Environmental Services

Brownfields redevelopment is a critical tool in bringing about environmental justice and equitable development in underserved areas.

Rick Binder

Senior Associate

Chris Gdak

Principal, Environmental Services

David Holmes

Principal, Senior Geologist

Elias Rashmawi

Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Community Development (US West)

Steve Kearney


Jim Paulmann

Vice President, Discipline Leader, Community Development (Planning)

Jeff Sauser

Associate, Planner

Miles Ballogg

Environmental Services


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Design Visualization Through design visualization, we help clients and stakeholders picture the building they’ll work in, the bridge they’ll drive over, and the neighborhood their kids will play in.
Land Use Planning We provide creative solutions for right now as well as for the future that take into account site conditions, public input, client needs, and project requirements.
Landscape Architecture Whether it's an urban park, a restored wetland, an athletic complex, or a waterfront destination--through analysis, planning, and design, we create inspired landscapes that reflect context and user needs.
Urban Planning & Design Our plans help harness the forces reshaping North American communities. We create places that are authentic, green, walkable, connected and diverse.  
Visioning. Brands. Experiences. We create tangible, experiential, and memorable places. Transformative experiences that enhance real estate values and bring people back to a place again and again.
Land Development Engineering We transform land by taking into account physical site conditions, public expectations, fiscal requirements, and environmental constraints.
Public Participation We develop and execute communication and consultation plans that allow people affected by change to understand, influence, and accept it.
Remediation & Revitalization We use our expertise to investigate, plan and implement the right solution to your challenges. 
Environmental Services With 3,100 environmental staff in 20 specialties, we know what to do. When we’re gathering data to permit a new project or collaborating on a plan to remediate an old one, our passion for science drives us.
Assessment & Permitting Using science to meet regulations.
Water Resources We help you to protect and restore sensitive water resources, explore and develop new sources of water, and manage risk resulting from sedimentation and flooding.
Surveying & Mapping Using tools like GPS, GIS, 3D laser scanners, and aerial photogrammetry we provide surveying and mapping to define land boundaries, earth’s physical features, and the built environment.
Geotechnical Engineering & Materials Testing Our geotechnical engineers and material specialists are focused on solving complex design, construction, and rehabilitation issues impacting the communities where we live and work.

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