Relevant Projects

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Remedial Site Plan

Client: I Gordon Corporation
Client Contact: Mr. Robert Gordon (585) 546-8111

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rochester built a new headquarter building in downtown Rochester in 1998-1999. The site is a combined lot which historically was occupied by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a parking lot for DMV customers, and several gas stations and auto service

Environmental conditions found during the investigation phase of the project:​
• 22 Active, unregistered or abandoned Underground Storage Tanks
• 6 In-Ground Hydraulic Lifts at an auto repair facility
• Greater than 4,400 Tons of Petroleum-Contaminated Soil​
During site excavation, Mr. Arpad Kolozsvary supervised the remediation of all environmental conditions encountered. Twenty-two underground Petroleum
Bulk Storage (PBS) tanks were registered and removed in compliance with Part 613.9 regulations. Arpad supervised the removal of 4,400 tons of contaminated soil, and prepared closure reports in conformance with NYSDEC STARS Memo #1“Petroleum-Contaminated Soil Guidance Policy”.

A geo-synthetic barrier/passive venting system was designed and installed to prevent residual contamination beneath South Avenue from migrating into the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building.

1025 Chili Avenue

Client: Frederico Construction, Inc.
Client Contact: Mr. Len Frederico (585) 647-1210
Project Manager: Arpad Kolozsvary, REM, IH

Frederico Construction Inc. is currently constructing a new office and warehouse building at the existing 1025 Chili Avenue property in the City of Rochester. The site consists of five contiguous parcels of land totaling 10 acres. Arpad's firm, working in conjunction with the City of Rochester and Frederico Construction, planned the redevelopment of this brownfield parcel to remediate the existing abandoned industrial site with new office/warehouse space.

For the past 40 years, the 1025 Chili Avenue site had been used for the storage of military and surplus commercial goods. The storage of these materials occurred within the existing buildings and around the exterior of the site. Existing conditions on this site required an environmental site evaluation and remedial planning.

An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) was prepared for the project site to identify areas of concern and organize the cleanup and preparation of the site for construction. This EMP provided Arpad's firm with guidelines for the construction planning of the new office and warehouse buildings for Frederico Construction. Careful attention was given to the site grading, utility planning, roadway design, and building locations in response to this EMP. Site utility routings were designed to avoid impact to sensitive areas and cut/fill guidelines were used for site grading. Demolition planning and cleanup of the on-site debris was an important consideration in order to continue the revitalization of this Chili Avenue area.

Monroe County Pure Waters (MCPW) and Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) approvals were obtained for site discharges into the combined sewer system at the project roadside. Post developed storm water runoff treatments were evaluated and designed to insure quantity controls and quality controls were in place according to NYSDEC standards.

37 Bittner Street

Client: Knauf-Shaw, LLP
Client Contact: Linda Shaw, Esq. (585) 546-8430
Project Manager: Arpad Kolozsvary, REM, IH
NYSDEC Contact: Ms. Charlotte Theobald, PE (585) 226-5354

The Kirstein Building at 242 Andrews Street is at the corner of Bittner Street in the City of Rochester. Built as the Kirstein & Sons Optical Company in 1910, the currently vacant building is proposed for residential development. It is strategically located at the north edge of Rochester’s Renaissance Square project.

37 Bittner Street is the parking lot at the north side of the Kirstein Building. It is proposed for development as an approximately 93,200 sq. ft. 6-story apartment building with an underground parking garage. This site was historically used as a public gas station, and it is documented to have resulted in petroleum contamination in the underlying soils and groundwater.

Arpad obtained NYSDEC approval to perform a "Brownfield Cleanup Program" (BCP) on the 37 Bittner Street parcel, allowing for the proposed re-development to occur. The purpose of this BCP is to further define the nature and extent of potential on-site impacts resulting from historic operations at the site. The results of this investigation will be used to evaluate remedial actions that will be required to render the site suitable for development.

Comfort Inn

Client: Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Client Contact: W. Stephen Tierney, Esq. (585) 987-2800
Project Manager: Arpad Kolozsvary, REM, IH
NYSDEC Project Manager: Mr. Frank Sowers, PE (585) 226-5357

The Comfort Inn is located at 395 Buell Road in the Town of Gates, New York. Comfort Inn is a 2-story hotel building, built in 1961. Buell Automatics, Inc., at 381 Buell Road, is located just north of Comfort Inn. It was determined that a plume of groundwater contaminated with the chlorinated solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) has migrated from the Buell Automatics site towards the Comfort Inn site. While sampling the down gradient plume migration from Buell Automatics, tetrachloroethylene (a/k/a perchloroethylene, or PCE) was detected in basement sump water samples and sub-slab soil gas samples in the basement utility room of Comfort Inn. PCE contamination is not identified at Buell Automatics, and they are not responsible for remedial measures associated with the PCE detected at the Comfort Inn.

Arpad and his staff re-sampled the basement sumps and collected 17 additional groundwater samples from April 2004 to August 2004 in and around the boundary of the Comfort Inn site. It was confirmed that the PCE is concentrated beneath the basement utility room at Comfort Inn. To facilitate the sale of Comfort inn in 2005, Arpad's participated in the firm's  negotiating a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (BCA) with NYSDEC as Site No. C828129.The Brownfield Cleanup Agreement was designed to:

1. Further define and identify the nature and extent of any chlorinated solvents in on
    -site soils and/orgroundwater; including a boundary investigation;
2. Evaluate on-site soil and groundwater quality;
3. Conduct an on- and off-site qualitative exposure assessment, including a human   
    health exposure assessment and a fish & wildlife exposure assessment.

Arpad's firm has concluded the BCA field work including sub slab soil vapor samples, ambient air samples, soil samples, and groundwater samples. We have concluded that the source of contamination appears to be on site only, and beneath the Comfort Inn basement utility room. We are proposing a remedial system of high vacuum vapor extraction to remove the PCE from beneath the utility room. Bioremedial measures will be utilized to treat the groundwater plume south of Comfort Inn.

Fischbach & Moore Electric, LLC

Client: 235 Metro Park Associates c/o Singer Real Estate
Client Contact: Mr. James Goldberg (585) 442-2092
Project Manager: Arpad Kolozsvary, REM, IH
NYSDEC Project Manager: Ms. Charlotte Theobald, PE (585) 226-5354

This Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (VCA) was undertaken to investigate the Fischbach & Moore Facility at 235 Metro Park in the Town of Brighton, New York. A Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) and Health and Safety Plan (HASP) were approved by NYSDEC prior to commencement. Phase II work performed for Fischbach & Moore by Ridge Environmental Services (RES) in May 2000 identified “various chlorinated compounds” in site groundwater.

Arpad and his staff conducted the Phase II soil and groundwater sampling in September, 2000, and in April, 2001 indicating a chlorinated plume in groundwater; the contaminated groundwater was identified around the east side of the Fischbach building where approximately 25 years of servicing electrical equipment had occurred.

Based on these data, out client entered into the VCA with NYSDEC, and our July 1, 2002, Voluntary Cleanup Site Investigation Work Plan was approved by NYSDEC. Included in the NYSDEC-approved Scope of VCA Services were:

• Passive Soil Gas
• Electromagnetic Survey
• Underground Storage Tank Removal
• Surficial Cleanup
• PCB Cleanup by Pressure Washing Interior Slab
• Soil and Groundwater Sampling

An active sub-slab depressurization system (ASD) has been installed to mitigate future concerns relative to vapor intrusion into the building. Contaminated groundwater will be treated with bioremedial measures.

Speedy's Cleaners Brownfield Cleanup Program

Client: 3130 Monroe Ave. Associates, LLC
Client Contact: Mr. Christopher T. Williams (585) 586-3050
Project Manager: Arpad Kolozsvary, REM, IH
NYSDEC Contact: Mr. Greg MacLean, PE (585) 226-5356
Spill Closure: Mr. Michael Zamiarski (585) 226-5438

Speedy’s Cleaners historically used perchloroethylene (PCE) as a dry cleaning solvent. Our Phase I and Phase II Investigations identified PCE contamination in the right-of-way north of the parcel. Our Phase I and Phase II investigations identified a leaking out-of-service fuel oil tank, and PCE contaminated soils and groundwater. Organic vapors were identified beneath the building slab, and in the interior tenant space. The NYSDEC Region 8 Spills Unit closed Speedy’s Cleaners Spill #9870611 with no further remedial action required on 2/19/02.

Residual PCE contamination is being addressed in a NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). During the Remedial Investigation (RI), we conducted soil sampling, groundwater sampling, and soil vapor sampling. Based on these data, concerns were identified relative to soil vapor intrusion. Our Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) Work Plan was approved by NYSDEC and NYSDOH, and we installed an active sub-slab depressurization system (ASD) to mitigate these concerns. The majority of soil and groundwater contamination has been determined to be in the off-site RG&E right-of-way, and not the responsibility of the current owners of the former Speedy’s Cleaners property.