Getting green through brownfields

CTA team members Keith Cron and Tim Mulholland recently traveled to Chicago and attended the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Brownfields Conference. The event is geared to raise awareness of and promote redevelopment in underutilized and/or contaminated properties.

A brownfield is defined as “a real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

CTA’s brownfields team, through sustainable revitalization, can assist developers, communities, or authorities to take a project from “cradle-to-grave” — this includes market analysis and financing assistance (grants), to planning, to site selection and environmental characterization, environmental remediation, design/engineering, and redevelopment.

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy presents Lillian Sunwall, Vice President of GFDA, with the Phoenix Award.

At the conference, CTA’s team met with city leaders, EPA officials, and development authorities, and learned new ways to acquire various grants and/or assist with overcoming the financial obstacles to navigate redevelopment projects.

The Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) was awarded a 2014 Phoenix Award for Region 8 of EPA for their effort to revitalize downtown Great Falls, MT.  True Brew Coffee, the Celtic  Cowboy/Arvon Hotel, and Easter Seals were the noted projects showcased. CTA’s brownfields team participated in each of these community marker projects.

For more info about brownfield sites and sustainable revitalization, contact Keith Cron (, 406.452.3321)  or Brent Moore (, 406.896.6285).



Great Falls Development Authority  |  Great Falls, MT
CTA provided brownfield services to GFDA for the cleanup of petroleum contaminated soils and groundwater at locations in Great Falls. This included reviewing cleanup plans, technical design, and tracking project tasks, invoices, and costs for soil remediation, groundwater monitoring, and total site reclamation activities.

Bear Paw Development Authority  |  Bullhook, MT
CTA provided assistance to Bullhook Community Health Center to perform a comprehensive environmental compliance component at their facility in Havre, MT. To address potential hazardous materials, CTA worked with Bullhook and Bear Paw to complete a Phase I ESA, plan and implement a Phase II sampling strategy, prepare specifications for remediation activities, and provide project management and oversight.

Great Falls Community Food Bank  |  Great Falls, MT
CTA worked with the Great Falls Community Food Bank for a complete renovation of their facility. Services included initial hazardous materials investigation of the building to characterize ACM, LBP, mercury, and PCB prior to renovation. From this, CTA secured and acquired a Brownfields EPA Grant for the cleanup phase of the project.

Easter Seals Goodwill  |  Great Falls, MT
CTA provided QEP services including an initial Phase I assessment and Phase II hazardous materials investigation of ACM, LBP, mercury, and PCB prior to the renovation of their facility. The team’s roles included project management, specification preparation for the asbestos and lead abatement work, containment design, and project oversight.

City of Kalispell Brownfields  |  Kalispell, MT
CTA has provided the City of Kalispell QEP services for their brownfields program for assessments of qualified brownfields projects, consisting of hazardous materials and petroleum contamination for Phase I and Phase II work; Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) preparation; development of Community Relations Plans, including scheduling and conducting stakeholder public meetings; project management services, to include coordination with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and EPA; Specification (Work Plan) Preparation; Data Gap analysis; Project Oversight; and reporting.

East Helena Smelter Assessment  |  Helena, MT
CTA worked with METG to complete a variety of technical and financial studies to assess future redevelopment potential of more than 1,500 acres of industrial and commercial property impacted by a former lead smelter in East Helena, MT. The East Helena Smelter project was cleaned according to the EPA’s Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements, and the work is funded through a variety of sources, including the EPA.

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