Environmental Considerations in Business Expansions

With anticipated steady economic improvement, manufacturers are considering expanding their operations. Manufacturers should incorporate environmental considerations into their expansion plans. Failure to do so could leave manufacturers holding the bag for the cost of resolving environmental issues. Such costs can be huge.

Due Diligence
Property owners are responsible for contamination on their properties. When considering purchasing a new property or a facility to expand your operations, ask a reputable environmental consultant to do an ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). The purpose of a Phase I ESA is to identify actual or potential contamination associated with the property, which is or could become a liability for the property owner. A Phase I ESA could also identify other potential environmental issues (e.g., mold and asbestos) that could result in liability or unanticipated costs. Continue reading

Beneath Barclays Center

The Brooklyn Nets officially open their season at Barclays Center on November 1 versus their cross-city rivals the New York Knicks, but basketball is not the only thing taking center stage at this new arena. JAY Z, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, and many other stars will perform during the inaugural season of this spectacular facility, which seats up to 19,000 fans for sporting events and concerts.

And literally beneath all the excitement in Brooklyn is where you’ll find Langan, the geotechnical consultant for Barclays Center, a core component of the Atlantic Yards, a bold redevelopment plan by Forest City Ratner that will bring cultural and economic vitality to the local community.

Langan performed a site-specific seismic analysis that resulted in a more favorable seismic design category for Barclays Center. Based on our seismic recommendations, the seismic detailing and connections, as well as foundation ties, were revised, ultimately saving the client millions of dollars. Langan also provided the special inspections for both the extensive foundation system and complicated support of excavation on this large urban site.

“At Langan we always strive to provide engineering solutions that leverage our technical knowledge and local experience with challenging sub-surface conditions, which in this case resulted in significant schedule and cost savings for Forest City Ratner,” said Andy Ciancia, Senior Principal, Langan. “We are thrilled to support this incredibly important project that will transform the Atlantic Center neighborhood of Brooklyn, one of the many New York Metro areas that we consider our backyard.”

To view some major projects from Langan’s stadium and arena portfolio, click here.