Adaptive Site Reuse and Brownfield Redevelopment

Beneficially reusing an existing, environmentally impacted property is one of the best practical examples of sustainability in our business. In many cases, property locations that are attractive for new development have been previously developed, and as a result, they often have environmental impacts that stand in the way. “Location” matters and environmental issues can often be managed in a way that allows redevelopment within your project’s budget. GeoInsight has extensive experience:

  • Developing creative and practical solutions to achieve compliance with environmental regulations, and
  • Managing environmental issues and the associated risk in a way that is consistent with the property’s proposed end use.


"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." -Ancient Greek Proverb

Regulatory Familiarity

We are well-versed in Brownfields requirements and regulations in New England, and are experienced with the USEPA’s requirements surrounding American Society for Testing and Materials Phase I All Appropriate Inquiry Environmental Site Assessments, National Historic Preservation Act research, and Community Involvement.


Your Solution May Consist Of:

  • A remedial effort that permanently addresses the environmental concern
  • A set of engineering controls, combined with use restrictions, that incorporate an activity and use limitation for the property to appropriately manage potential risk, and
  • A reuse program designed to beneficially incorporate these solutions within the existing site conditions.


A Multi-Talented Team to See Your Project Through

Brownfields projects can be extremely complex, requiring a familiarity with and competency in not only traditional environmental and engineering disciplines, but also in navigating other diverse fields such as real estate market analysis, development feasibility, community outreach, and administrative record organization. GeoInsight’s experience with all aspects of Brownfields projects, technical abilities, commitment to providing cost-effective and practical strategies, and comfort working with multiple stakeholders makes us an important component of your project team.


Preserving Your Financial Resources

We strive to maximize the value derived from our clients’ resources, whether privately or publicly funded. While we base our core professional strengths on strategic environmental and engineering consulting, we recognize that close cooperation and communication with you, the community, the regulators, and other stakeholders is an important factor in achieving Brownfield redevelopment success by reaching consensus to move the project forward.


GeoInsight is thoroughly experienced in the level of rigor required for investigation and characterization activities necessary to establish a reliable basis for:

  • Supporting Remedial Action Plan design
  • Evaluating and estimating remedial alternatives
  • Remedial implementation
  • Beneficial use determination
  • Hazardous materials assessment (i.e., asbestos, lead, PCB, containers), and
  • Reuse/reintegration of existing structures.

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Featured Case Study

Former Smith Sawmill: Brownfields

The former Smith Sawmill in Sunapee, New Hampshire was developed prior to 1921 and was once occupied by the Edwin Crabtree & Sons Paper Mill. Commencing in 1926, a portion of the site was occupied by the New Hampshire Power Company, which drew hydroelectric power from the Sunapee River for its operations. In the early 1950s, that area west of the river was developed as a sawmill and reportedly operated for approximately 30 years. The site has been inactive for many years and currently supports several vacant and dilapidated structures.