Welcome Amanda Plocinik

Please welcome our new Ecological and NEPA Technician in our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania office. She will be assisting with wetland and stream studies, including benthic macroinvertebrate studies (aquatic bugs), CEEs and scoping documents, and will also assist with the environmental summary write-ups for PennDOT proposals.

Amanda graduated from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) with a major in environmental resource management and a minor in watersheds and water resources. Amanda also holds her GIS Certificate

Welcome Jenna Garrison

Please welcome Jenna Garrison, the new Environmental Scientist in ASC’s Indianapolis office. She is responsible for preparing and managing the NEPA documents and assisting with environmental site assessment surveys and reporting, including Red Flag Inventories for INDOT. Jenna is a certified Asbestos Building Inspector and Asbestos Management Planner.

 

Welcome David Cohen

David Cohen is our new Ecologist in the ASC Indianapolis office.  He comes to us from the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management (IDEM) where he wrote permits.  He is responsible for ecological fieldwork, writing reports, and helping with environmental documents.

Animal Shelter Donations

ASC Group staff got involved in their local communities by donating dog and cat food to their local animal shelters. There has been a great need over the last year mainly because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Also, many pet owners who lost their jobs depend on shelter pantries for pet food.

The ASC Ohio staff contributed 200 lbs. of dog and cat food to the Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus;

the Indianapolis staff donated food, cat litter and  blankets to the Humane Society for Hamilton County;

the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania staff donated food, cat litter, toys and cleaning products to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area;

and the Florence, Kentucky staff donated food, treats and money to the SPCA-Cincinnati Chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project in Pennsylvania

Services Provided:

This public-private partnership (P3) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project was awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to the consortium of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is taking advantage of the new P3 tool, signed into law in 2012, to address the state’s roughly 4,500 structurally deficient (SD) bridges. The project is an initiative to replace 558 aging bridges throughout Pennsylvania. Replacing the bridges will provide motorists with new, modern structures and allow PennDOT to remove them from their structurally deficient list. The bridges are primarily crossings on smaller state highways, many in rural areas, rather than interstate bridges or large river crossings.

Each of the bridges for the P3 project were assigned a unique number, JV#. ASC was responsible for completing the Section 106 process for over 300 bridges in the western half of Pennsylvania, specifically, in PennDOT Districts, 1-0, 2-0, 9-0, 10-0, 11-0, 12-0.

Installation Assessments, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Services Provided:

ASC/Auxano has completed hazardous materials assessments for approximately 580,000 s.f. of building, the tank farm decommissioning, and approximately 500 linear feet of steam line decommissioning at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  ASC/Auxano conducted Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) assessment by a specially trained and State-certified Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialists. ACM samples were submitted to a National Voluntary Laboratory Asbestos Program (NVLAP) accredited laboratory for analysis by polarized-light microscopy (PLM) with dispersion staining in accordance with the prescribed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency protocol for the determination of asbestos in bulk samples (Appendix A, Subpart F of EPA 40 CFR 763).

In addition to the standard National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), supplemental evaluation assessments have been conducted to assist the base with issues it has been having during demolition/renovation of the buildings. The base is having issues with dust above the drop ceilings being contaminated with asbestos. Contractors have been adding hefty remediation costs after the project had an established budget due to the asbestos dust issues.

ASC/Auxano’s certified industrial hygienist (CIH) was tasked with determining what parameters to test for while evaluating the dust and which OSHA regulations need to be followed for worker safety. The assessment method ASC/Auxano staff employed was American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Test Method for Microvacuum Sampling, and Indirect Analysis of Dust by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) for Asbestos Structure Number Surface Loading [ASTM Designation: D5755-09 (Reapproved 2014)]. The assessment was successful in identifying a half a million-dollar remediation budget addition prior to the project being sent out to bid, saving the government from incurring a large change order and construction delay during the renovation of the building.

ASC/Auxano additionally conducted Lead Containing Materials (LCM) [including lead based paint], mercury lamps, pesticides, mercury containing thermostats, batteries, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) containing equipment, Halon’s, Ozone depleting refrigerants, and fire and smoke detectors with radioactive sources assessments.

For the steam tunnel and bulk tank farm projects, ASC/Auxano staff were also confined space trained. Site safety is important, and each project has a site health and safety plan developed prior to our staff being deployed so that accidents are minimized.

Lower Fall Creek Trail Phase II Multi-Use Path, Indianapolis, Indiana

Services Provided:

ASC Group completed cultural and environmental resources tasks for the proposed Lower Fall Creek Trail, Phase II Multi-Use Path in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

The Phase Ia Archaeological Survey and records check was completed and no archaeological sites were located within the project area and no further work was recommended.

The Historic Properties Report documented the identification and evaluation efforts for properties included in the Area of Potential Effects (APE). Aboveground resources located within the project’s APE were identified and were evaluated in accordance with Section 106, National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, and the regulations implementing Section 106 (36 CFR Part 800). As a result of the NHPA, as amended, and CFR Part 800, federal agencies are required to take into account the impact of federal undertakings upon historic properties in the area of the undertaking. Historic properties include buildings, structures, sites, objects, and/or districts that are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The results of the HPR concluded that the APE contains two properties listed in the NRHP: Indianapolis Park and Boulevard System Historic District and the Flanner House Homes Historic District. The APE contains one property that is recommended eligible for listing on the NRHP: Indianapolis Water Company Canal/Indiana Central Canal.

An ESA Screening was completed and identified sixteen (16) properties located adjacent to the project area that require further evaluation under the Phase I ESA assessment.

IndyGo Purple Line Bus Transit Project, Indianapolis, Indiana

Services Provided:

ASC initially completed as a Phase Ia Archaeological survey and short report for the Purple Line project, which is a rapid transit line planned for Indianapolis by IndyGo, the metropolitan transit agency. The Phase Ia archaeological survey located no archaeological sites within the project area, which extends from downtown to Fort Benjamin Harrison, and recommended that the project be allowed to proceed.

ASC then completed a supplemental Phase Ia Archaeological Survey, which was required due to changes associated with a new multi-use path, drainage needs, and some additional right-of-way needs. This survey identified Site 12Ma1042, also called the Interurban Group Site. The site consists of three structural elements: an interurban station foundation, an interurban bridge foundation, and portions of the interurban rail bed associated with the other two features. The station foundation is located at the entrance to the St. Andrews Neighborhood, formed by three subdivisions dating from ca. 1910. The context created by the close proximity of the three structural features at the entrance of the neighborhood offer insight into the construction of the interurban infrastructure and provide a tableau for research into the growth of suburban Indianapolis, growth that was encouraged through the interurban rail system. Therefore, it was determined that the Interurban Group Site possesses those qualities of integrity and significance as defined by the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) criteria for evaluation. The site is also eligible for listing on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (IRHSS). An assessment of effects report documented how the proposed project would impact historic resources along the proposed Purple Line route.

ASC wrote a data recovery plan, which provided research questions and a field investigation strategy for recovering significant archaeological data about the site prior to its demolition. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (IDNR-DHPA) reviewed and approved this plan. ASC has completed Phase III data recovery excavations at the Interurban Group Site. The archaeological investigation mitigated the adverse impacts the Purple Line project will have on the site. During the Phase III mitigation fieldwork, a combination of hand-excavation, mechanically-assisted trenching and 3D modeling of features was undertaken to document the site. The 3D modeling utilized a combination of drone-assisted and handheld digital photography, and the images were combined utilizing photogrammetry software. The result of the 3D modeling provides for a virtual reconstruction of the interurban station, which assists in visualizing its place in the surrounding neighborhood as it existed ca. 1910. Overall, the Phase III report contributes to the study of the history of Indianapolis, particularly its transportation system.

Welcome Marie Swartz

Please welcome Marie Swartz, full-time Technician for ASC Group, specializes in field archaeology, laboratory processing and management, and NEPA document production. She has been working on ASC Group projects on an as-need basis since 2014. Since then, she has acquired field experience spanning from the Mid Atlantic to Southwestern United States as well as material preservation at Ohio University Libraries. An avid volunteer, she has served under various capacities for state and local historical societies.