SWPA NEPA Analysis

Tectonic performed general NEPA analysis tasks commonly associated with the level of analysis commensurate with and prior to the generation of a Categorical Exclusion associated with small to moderate scale operations and maintenance projects associated with high-voltage transmission systems. This included specialized surveys and/or monitoring.

The NEPA review included classification of the required level of review along with preparation of an evaluation of existing and future conditions associated with the proposed construction activities related to geology and soils, air quality, water quality, floodplains, wetlands, vegetation and wildlife, historic and cultural resources, and other applicable topics. Upon final review and conclusions of consultations as needed, the projects were documented and submitted for SWPA’s review utilizing the SWPA’s Categorical Determination, Categorical Justification and NEPA Checklist Form (SWPA F 450.4).

Section 106 Consultation letters were prepared and submitted to tribes, SHPO and other resource agencies and sometimes required the initiation of archeological surveys or monitoring special studies, analysis, assessments or permits applications identified after the preliminary review or consultation with the tribes, SHPOs, US Fish and Wildlife office, or other agencies. Tectonic provided archeological surveys and monitoring, and/or surveys or monitoring associated with project impacts regarding Section 7 Endangered Species Act (ESA) and federally listed Threatened or Endangered Species on an as-needed basis.

Superstorm Sandy Archaeological Monitoring

Tectonic provided archeological monitoring and reporting services in order to mitigate the Adverse Effect of the demolition and related ground-disturbing activities to be conducted at multiple project areas within the Jamaica Bay and Sandy Hook Units of the Gateway National Recreation Area (GATE JABA and GATE SAHO), located in Queens County, New York and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Several structures within the project areas were determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as contributing structures to their respective historic districts. In each instance, monitoring requirements were negotiated as part of Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) with the New York or New Jersey State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO).

Reason for Project: Mitigation of adverse impacts related to demolition and relocation of National Register listed historic properties affected by Hurricane Sandy flooding.

Project Challenges: An unpredictable construction schedule coupled with a long performance period requiring a nimble and proactive team approach.

West Point Motor Pool

SPDES Compliance Projects

Tectonic prepared Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) and performed weekly construction compliance inspections for projects associated with United States Military installations in New York State. Documentation and protocols were prepared in accordance with NYSDEC GP 0-08-001 and GP 0-10-001 requirements. Services included SWPPP preparation, staged erosion and sediment control design, slope stability analysis, permit preparation, agency coordination, inspection, and permit closeout.

Representative projects include:

• Saugerties Army Reserve Center – The development of a main training building, an organization maintenance facility building, an unheated storage enclosure, parking lots, and other associated facilities on this 15-acre property along the NY State Thruway in Ulster County.

• West Point Department of Logistics Motor Pool – The development of a 41.7-acre site adjacent to a protected surface water body. The project sought and received a waiver from the NYSDEC to disturb more than 5 acres at one time. During large-scale earthmoving operations, additional erosion control measures were employed and inspections were provided twice weekly. Improvements included a 45,000 square foot vehicle maintenance building, a 12,000 square foot administration building, a wastewater treatment plant, an electrical substation, vehicle storage lots, and associated parking, roadways, utilities, embankments, retaining walls, lighting, and landscaping.

Fort Drum Guthrie Medical Center

Tectonic provided geotechnical engineering and site surveying services for this new 48,000 SF addition to a 1980’s, 89,000 SF, multi-story hospital and medical care clinic.

Geotechnical analysis was performed in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense Unified Facilities Criteria as well as site-specific Fort Drum Installation Design Guide documents for structural design. Tectonic performed a subsurface investigation including borings and test pits and prepared a geotechnical engineering report detailing the methods of investigation.

The $28 million addition supported an increase in the number of patients from about 36,000 to 43,000 soldiers, family members and retirees.

Picatinny Arsenal Packaging, Handling, Shipping & Transportation Center

Tectonic provided geotechnical engineering and environmental services for this new $17 million, 46,000 SF, LEED Silver, multi-building facility used for shipping and distribution within the arsenal.

Geotechnical investigation included subsurface exploration and test borings. Environmental services included screening using a photo-ionization detector and soil sampling. Tectonic’s geotechnical engineering analysis and report informed the design of the facility’s foundation.

Sited next to wetlands, delineations were used to mitigate any disturbance in the wetlands transition area.

New Cadet Barracks at U.S. Military Academy

Tectonic provided geotechnical, civil and structural engineering as well surveying, construction inspection and construction monitoring during the construction phase of this new $186 million, 287,000 SF barracks that will house 650 cadets.

Sited into the side of a steep hill close to existing buildings, including the historic West Point Chapel, the project required rock cuts up to 80 ft. high and nearly 150,000 cubic yards of rock blasted and removed from the site.

Tectonic performed value engineering of the original rock support design and provided recommendations to mitigate effects of blasting, including the development and execution of an instrumentation monitoring program and associated special inspections. Additionally, Tectonic’s civil engineers developed a construction plan for the shotcrete treatment of the rock face that had been scanned using 3D LiDAR technology by the firm’s surveying team. Surveying services continued throughout construction with particular attention to monitoring during blasting.

Tectonic ultimately provided additional inspection services to monitor drainage, utilities, grading, building foundation and superstructure construction.

Environmental Testing & Remediation for Child Care Center, Federal Building

The General Services Administration (GSA) retained Tectonic to provide environmental testing and remediation services. Building restoration work caused Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) -laden debris (from waste caulk) to fall throughout the Federal courthouse plaza and playground of the employee’s day care center. This project had a sensitive population at risk and the falling debris resulted in site-wide contamination above background levels with both state and Federal regulatory triggers.

  • Review, test, and evaluate extent of residual PCBs.
  • Remedial Investigation (RI)
  • Delineated and managed remediation of the PCBs .
  • Regulatory framework included satisfying New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
    (NJDEP) and Federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requirements simultaneously.

The site is within a large city; this, and the security issues made the Remedial Investigation a challenge.

USDA Animal Import Center Facility

Tectonic provided multi-discipline services as a subconsultant to government contractor, Clark Nexsen, for the preliminary design, support and oversight of the design-build construction on the New York Animal Import Center (NYAIC) at Stewart International Airport. This 10,000 square foot, LEED-Silver Administration building is one of 2 air/ocean-borne animal import centers on the eastern seaboard that is operated by the U.S. Department of Agricultural Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA-APHIS). The NYAIC was created as part of a multi-phased modernization plan to inspect and quarantine animals before their ultimate release and transfer to their final destination within the U.S.

Tectonic provided the following services:

  • Preliminary design: surveying, geotechnical subsurface investigations, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) screening, New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO) consultation, and code review.
  • Preparation of NEPA and New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) documentation addressing potential environmental impacts, and coordination of the process and determination with the USDA’s environmental liaison.
  • Development of a Program of Requirements (POR) and preliminary site plan to address the functional and operational compliance with USDA design standards, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) tenant construction requirements, airport individual State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit limitations, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) circulars/regulations.
  • Utilization of sand filters, pre-manufactured pretreatment units, and green technologies (stormwater planters and vegetate swales)

The information obtained from the pre-design phase and preliminary site and stormwater designs will be utilized by a design-build team in the final design and construction of the project.

USMA Foley Athletic Center

Tectonic has a long history of performing work at various sites throughout the United States Military Academy. Tectonic provided multi-discipline support including civil and geotechnical engineering, surveying, and construction inspection services for the design and construction phases at the Foley Athletic Center, a 77,000-square foot facility designed by Baker Barrios Architects. The Center was constructed to provide Army athletic teams with a climate-controlled indoor practice facility.

Services included:

  • Performing a value engineering redesign of the project’s stormwater management facility to address impacts of shallow rock, groundwater influence, and construction budget.
  • Providing State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Compliance inspections (under NYSDEC General Permit) to assist with the Contractor’s management of erosion and sediment control associated with the project’s development.
  • Performing a ground survey based on the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 1988) with mapping prepared in AutoCAD format showing all visible improvements, subsurface utility information, and topography to facilitate design of the new facility.
  • During construction, setting survey control lines for the installation of steel frame and pre-fabricated panels for the new building, drainage, and sanitary sewer structures.

The completed facility has become the largest donation in the history of the Academy. It houses a regulation 100-yard football field with a FieldTurf® playing surface utilized by several of Army’s teams including football, baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse.

Child Care Center (CCC) Outdoor Play Area (OPA) Testing and Remediation

This project resulted from renovation work, involving exterior building envelope restoration work, that caused Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) -laden debris (in the form of waste caulk) to fall throughout the Federal courthouse plaza, including into the playground of the employee’s day care center. This project had a sensitive population at risk, and numerous concerned parties. The falling debris resulted in site-wide contamination above background levels and both state and Federal regulatory triggers. The regulatory framework included satisfying New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) clean-up requirements simultaneously.

Tectonic provided reviews, inspection, and testing services to delineate the extent of residual PCBs. The site is located within a Federal compound of a large city; this, and the security issues made the Remedial Investigation (RI) a challenge. Tectonic also ensured the testing regimens conformed to the TSCA evaluation procedures and all samples were analyzed at a NJ-authorized contract laboratory. Tectonic delineated the horizontal and vertical extent of PCBs in the soil and unitary play surface.