Tectonic's staff of knowledgeable environmental engineers and scientists provide diversified expertise in environmental investigations, design, consulting and monitoring services for both public and private-sector clients. We serve our clients by reducing regulatory burden while constructing a streamlined compliance effort to remain consistent with project requirements and facilitate efficient progress. To accomplish these goals, we provide a wide variety of services with the main objective of understanding the client needs, analyzing the regulatory framework and translating that to a clear plan of action that we follow through successful completion of the project.
- Cultural Resources and NEPA-SEQRA Compliance
- Site Investigation & Remediation
- Ecological & Wildlife Services
- Oil & Gas Development
Tectonic has been conducting historic and archaeological reviews in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act for more than ten years, serving clients throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Tectonic employs Secretary of the Interior Qualified Archaeologists and Historians as well as experienced environmental scientists. As a result of our combined experience, we are able to offer an in-house multi-disciplinary group that's highly qualified, efficient and skilled at project management.
We have successfully completed projects involving National Register properties, National Historic Landmarks, culturally sensitive landscapes, and significant natural resources. As part of our services, Tectonic has evaluated the prehistoric/protohistoric and historic sensitivity of project areas, performed archaeological subsurface field investigations, and inventoried historic resources. Archaeological and Cultural Resource services include:
- Project review in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
- Data gathering, utilizing federal and state records
- Assessment of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places
- Evaluation of direct and visual effects upon historic resources
- Phase I and II archaeological surveys
- Phase III data recovery
- Laboratory processing
Tectonic offers qualified and dedicated planning and design consultants who can plan, research and document significant historic buildings, sites and structures in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements and guidelines. Our approach begins with a strong working knowledge of The Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines, supplemented with our expertise of building materials and systems, construction techniques, and the unobtrusive incorporation of modern improvements.
Our services include:
- Historic Building Assessments and Documentation
- National Register Eligibility Assessments
- National Register Nominations
- HABS/HAER Documentations
- Historic Structure Reports
- Maintenance Plans
- Design for Rehabilitations, Adaptive Reuse, & Restoration
Visual Impact Assessments
Tectonic performs a full range of Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) services for our clients to demonstrate how a proposed project will fit into the existing viewshed. Tectonic's VIA services include viewshed mapping, balloon tests, photo- simulations, and the preparation of visual impact assessment reports. Tectonic uses ArcGIS to produce concise maps of the viewing area showing visibility based on local topography and the screening effects of vegetation. Using digital image processing software, Tectonic prepares photo-simulations of the proposed project from aesthetic resources located within the project area. Our services can be incorporated in the planning process to provide clients with supporting documentation and recommendations prior to regulatory review. These services include the preparation of viewshed maps, an inventory of aesthetic resources within the project area, and recommendations regarding visual mitigation measures. Together, these pre-application services provide valuable information that can shorten review periods.
Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
Tectonic performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) and Phase II ESAs for client due diligence to afford CERCLA liability innocent landowner protection as well as alert clients to potential environmental site concerns and liabilities that could affect project development and costs. Phase I ESAs are performed by environmental professionals (EPs) in close conformance with ASTM standard E1527-05, in order to identify obvious and likely potential sources of contamination and assess general environmental conditions of the property. The Phase II ESAs are performed in accordance with ATSM E 1903 when site subsurface investigation and testing is required. Tectonic’s ESAs provide clear conclusions and practical recommendations that clear the way for our clients to proceed with their projects in a cost effective manner.
Remedial Design of Contaminated Soil/Groundwater
Tectonic performs remedial site investigations to determine the presence and extent of contaminated soils and groundwater. The investigations utilize field-testing and observation, laboratory testing, and computer modeling to best understand the present and predicted conditions of the site. Tectonic then determines the most efficient cleanup strategy and design that best fits the objectives and timeline of the client and project while achieving regulatory compliance. Whenever feasible and practical, Tectonic seeks to identify methods to manage low impacted materials on site using engineering controls such as capping with new buildings or parking lots, or other methods to minimize offsite disposal requirements and costs.
Hydrogeologic Groundwater Modeling Investigations and Pump Tests
Tectonic's staff includes experienced hydrogeologists and geologists that perform subsurface investigations that gather information for hydrogeologic modeling of construction dewatering projects, water supply wells and contaminant fate and transport modeling. Tectonic’s hydrogeologists then interpret the investigation data gathered during subsurface investigations to construct a groundwater model using the latest version of MODFLOW. These models are then used to optimize well placement for dewatering or to determine where a contaminant plume is migrating, so that effective remedial systems can be designed and implemented. Tectonic performs groundwater resource investigations and can design and perform pump tests to evaluate and develop groundwater supplies. Tectonic uses the most current technology with experienced field staff to collect accurate data. Using the pump test data, we can determine long term safe yields and address wellhead projection issues to maintain the quality of your groundwater resource.
Regulated Waste and Soil Disposal
Tectonic provides consultation during the removal of contaminated soils and solid waste. Tectonic performs sampling and provides analysis of potential waste materials generated during construction phase activities to determine and identify disposal facility requirements and meet their permit conditions for acceptable waste, as well as the proposal record keeping and documentation associated with the transportation and disposal.
Tectonic offers our client’s brownfield redevelopment services to assist in determining the nature and extent of site contamination through research and iterative site investigations steps that optimize the use of resources by focusing on specific areas of concern. Based on our delineation of contaminants in the affected soils and groundwater media, we prepare remedial plans and cost estimates for addressing site contamination, as well as identifying cost saving measures such as site reuse or funding programs such as the Brownfield Cleanup Program tax incentives.
Tectonic offers a full service for landfills from site investigation plans, closure plans to construction and certification of closure to long-term monitoring. We are experienced in the use of all geosynthetics and their applications to reduce construction costs and time frames, as well as the detailed documentation required to certify closure to regulatory agencies. We also assist clients with landfill reuse options such as parks and recreation, or the construction of new facilities over former landfills using stabilization techniques such as dynamic compaction or deep foundations to address waste mass settlement.
Independent Environmental Monitoring
Tectonic provides oversight during all phases of construction activities to insure environmental compliance. Tectonic has provided field inspection, materials testing, and reporting to enable the project to stay on track with regulatory agencies and properly document the measures performed to provide the proper confidence in the level of environmental diligence during the project.
Tectonic provides physical particulate and volatile organic air monitoring services for environmentally impacted project sites in the New York Metropolitan Area and surrounding tri-state area. To meet project and regulatory compliance requirements, Tectonic has prepared site-specific environmental health and safety and community air monitoring plans, and has provided project oversight of these programs in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. Tectonic has experienced staff of environmental engineers and scientists that provide real-time particulate air monitoring for fugitive dust suppression, as well as screening for volatile and semi-volatile organic vapor compounds on heavy/civil commercial construction site projects.
Tectonic’s well trained professional staff includes Certified Professional Wetland Delineators, soil scientists, field botanists, and wildlife biologists. Tectonic’s staff can guide you through the regulatory process with sound, professional advice that will enable you to determine the permitting requirements for your project. Our clients benefit by our extensive understanding of wetland hydrology, ecology, and surface/groundwater interactions. These services include the following:
- Wetlands Delineation
- Wetlands Mitigation and Monitoring Plans
- Hydric Soils and Hydrophytic Vegetation Identification
- Letters of Interpretation (LOI) in New Jersey
- New York State Freshwater and Tidal Wetland Permitting
- Wetland Permitting and Jurisdictional Determinations
Wildlife Species Services
Tectonic’s Threatened and Endangered Species group of certified ecologists and wildlife biologists certified in Habitat Evaluation Procedures by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specializes in state and federal permitting, mitigation, and regulatory issues. Tectonic’s staff of qualified biologists allows us the flexibility of dealing with a diverse array of federal and state-listed endangered or threatened wildlife and vegetative species. Services include:
- Presence/Absence Surveys
- Habitat Suitability Assessments
- Permit Applications and Mitigation Plans
- Pre-submittal consultations to determine permit feasibility
- Post-development Bio-monitoring Species
Invasive Species Services
In today’s global environment, international trade has influenced the spread of non-native, invasive species in the United States. These species have caused a multitude of problems in many natural ecosystems, and these problems will persist into the future unless their populations are identified and their dispersal controlled. Tectonic’s staff includes qualified field botanists, dendrologists, biologists and Certified Professional Wetland Delineators that can provide you with the invasive species services, including:
- Field Surveys, GPS Identification
- Botanical Inventories
- Documentation and Mitigation Plans
- Removal, Disposal and Restoration
- On-Site/Post-Remediation Monitoring
Tectonic recognizes the potential of both natural gas and oil development utilizing horizontal drilling and high volume hydraulic fracturing to continue to develop large reserves within the West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and potentially New York State regions. As a result, we are fully committed to providing strong, results oriented services to the upstream and midstream segments of this growing industry. To accomplish our goal of being a leader of engineering services, we have focused on staying thoroughly informed on developments within the industry’s Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. We have both permanent environmental engineers/scientists and a wide network of pipeline staff available immediately to perform work on both oil and natural gas pipelines. Our services focus on wildlife, wetlands, stream crossings, and archaeological surveys as well as construction phase EI and Biological Monitoring that complement our multi-disciplined services, thereby augmenting our comprehensive ability to serve our clients. Tectonic is a PEC Premier certified company striving to make the workplace a safer environment by utilizing standardized training programs and contractor evaluation processes that minimize potential risks and ensure quality control.
As a large, southern-tier based New York firm with an office in Pittsburgh, PA, Tectonic has a unique ability to service the natural gas drilling, gathering and pipeline industry. We are based locally and have substantial in-house resources. We are geographically close to the gas reserves with strong experience working with and addressing concerns of local townships and villages. Tectonic’s expertise with federal, state and local permitting provides us with the first hand knowledge required to expedite applications and facilitate regulatory approvals. Our highly motivated group of professionals is dedicated to the long-term success of the oil and natural gas industry within our region and we seek to proactively deliver successful projects.
Multi-Disciplined Engineering Services Include:
- Pipeline and Utility Environmental Inspection (EI) & Biological Monitoring
- Ecological Services (wetlands, wildlife, invasive species)
- Archaeology/Cultural Resource Assessments
- Environmental Assessments/Remediation/Compliance
- Air, Water, Noise and Soils Testing and Monitoring
- Road Infrastructure Engineering & Surveying
- Water Resource Development/Watershed and Stormwater Management
- Dam/Impoundment Services