2013 Program

Monday - 12/9/13 Tuesday - 12/10/13 Wednesday - 12/11/13

Monday, December 9, 2013 **

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Mobile Workshops

This year, the PA Brownfields Conference offers two mobile workshops that highlight southeastern Pennsylvania brownfields sites. The mobile workshops are offered on the afternoon of Monday, December 9. Workshops are included in conference registration fees but advance registration and a separate ticket is required. Please indicate your selection on the conference registration form. Workshops are subject to minimum attendance. Choose from one of two workshops:

  • Tour 1 -  Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • A former 1200-acre military base decommissioned through the BRAC process is now being redeveloped through a public-private partnership with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. See a sampling of the many projects, both redeveloped spaces and breathtaking new buildings, offered at the Navy Yard as they celebrate their total of 10,000 employees working at the Navy Yard this past year. The tour begins at Building 101, Suite 310 for presentation, followed by tour of new developments such as GlaskoSmithKline, Penn State’s Energy Efficiency Hub, new neighborhood park, and other sites TBD. The tour will conclude with a stop at Urban Outfitters. (Bus transportation departs the Radisson at 2:00 PM.  Tour is 2:40 to 4:40 PM. Bus takes guests to opening evening reception, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, location TBD. Bus returns guests to the Radisson.)

  • Tour 2 -  Conshohocken Waterfront
  • Conshohocken has reinvented itself from an historical mill town with industrial operations along the river into modern office and residential developments which earned it the name “Silicon Valley Forge.” Allied Barton and IKEA call Conshohocken home for their headquarters. The tour begins with a walking tour at parking lot of Marriott Residence Inn on Washington Street. Visit the Londonburry and Millennium apartments, Tower Bridge office buildings, Millennium Office buildings, the public open-space trail, and walk along the Schuylkill River Trail to gain perspective of scope of overall riverfront redevelopment. (Bus transportation departs the Radisson at 2:00 PM. Tour is 2:20 to 4:20 PM. Bus takes guests to opening evening reception, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, location TBD. Bus returns guests to the Radisson.)

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Get Acquainted Reception

Get acquainted (or reacquainted) with new and old friends at the opening reception, held at the Great American Pub, 123 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

This informal networking reception is a great way to catch up with friends and colleagues prior to the start of the conference. There is no cost to attend, but reservations will help us plan properly; please select this option on your registration to make your reservation!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 **

7:00 AM - Registration Opens / Exhibitor Set-Up


7:00 - 9:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00 - 8:50 AM

Pre-Conference Workshop 1: Brownfields 101

Chair:  Steve Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA

Spend an hour before the start of the conference learning the basics of PA’s brownfields program. The session is designed for those who are new to brownfields redevelopment, those who want a refresher, or those who want to put the entire redevelopment process into perspective. The session will cover the basics of Acts 2, 3 and 4, the legal protection provided, federal counterparts, the drivers of the process, managing technical issues, the nuts and bolts of doing the deal, risk management, vapor intrusion issues as a new issue, and long term stewardship of redevelopment projects including environmental covenants. Speakers will provide both the DEP and private practice perspectives.

Speakers: Steven Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA; William Ahlert,
HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA, Troy Conrad, Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA

Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Resources for Lean Times: Liability, Economic, Technical and Legal Advice, and Regulatory Innovations across the USA

Chair: Susan Boyle, GEI Consultants, Inc., Mt. Laurel, NJ

An interactive panel discussion, which will encourage suggestions from the audience, will share on-the-ground examples of how states and municipalities have facilitated catalytic redevelopment efforts that return brownfield sites to productive reuse. Featured tools: liability protection innovations; standardizing submittals and remedies; privatizing oversight in an effort to move the process along quicker and in recognition of diminishing state monetary and staff resources; and taking the oversight from the state to the municipal level. This session will also feature no-cost, advisory resources currently available for municipalities and non-profits in PA looking to accomplish their brownfield goals while supplementing the traditional public brownfield funding incentives. Learn about the Technical Assistance for Brownfields Program (TAB) for USEPA Region 3 states, how the BRIGHT (Brownfield Redevelopment Implementation and Guidance Help Team) project of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast(BCONE) works and how it could supplement Brownfield Action Teams, and think about the applicability of the New York City Brownfield Partnership’s Pro Bono counseling program to your needs at the individual landowner level. The session promises to go light on Power Point, so dialogue among the panelist and with the audience can result in brainstorming on other tools that are needed to take brownfield redevelopment to the next level.

Panelists: Sue Boyle, GEI Consultants, Mt. Laurel, NJ; Dan Walsh, Director of the Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation, New York, NY; Elizabeth Limbrick, NJIT TAB for USEPA Region 3, Newark, NJ;  Larry Schnapf, Esq., Schnapf Law and the NYC Brownfield Partnership, New York, NY; and Trevan Houser, Land Resource Solution LLC and BCONE, Moorestown, NJ
9:00 - 9:15 AM - Welcome Address
The 2013 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference officially opens with welcoming remarks and a conference overview.
9:15 - 10:15 AM

Plenary Session: What’s Trending - #Real_Estate_Forecast & #Brownfields

Brian O’Neill is Chairman, CEO of O’Neill Properties Group. O’Neill Properties was founded 35 years ago to “redevelop” surplus industrial, corporate, institutional and government properties into Class-A office, residential, and retail projects. O’Neill Properties believes it is the largest company in America devoted entirely to brownfield redevelopment. O’Neill Properties is the “ultimate recycler”. O’Neill Properties is currently building over $2 billion of projects in the Northeast. The changing marketplace requires O’Neill Properties to remain flexible on which product it will build. O’Neill Properties works very closely with the EPA and the various state Departments of Environmental Protection in order to achieve cooperative solutions which resuscitate brownfield sites in a way that is economically responsible.

Speaker: Brian O’Neill, O’Neill Properties Group
Times TBA

DEP Regional Directors Meetings

New for this year’s conference, attendees can request to meet with one of our six Regional Directors to discuss a topic related to brownfield redevelopment. All requests must be made in advance on the conference registration form; a confirmation message will be returned to you.
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

1A: From Contamination to Education: Site Reuse through Community Partnerships

Chair: Coleen Terry, ECON partners inc., Wayne, PA

This session highlights a dynamic case study of a project that is reclaiming two contaminated industrial sites in the Mt. Airy neighborhood in the City of Philadelphia that will be combined for use as a second campus for a successful charter school. The Wissahickon Charter School has an environmentally-focused curriculum and recently had its charter renewed, and the number of students it can enroll was doubled. This necessitated the identification of a site for a second campus. The site they selected is contaminated, but the school’s environmental focus supported the rehabilitation and reuse of the site. The project was possible through the involvement of the City, School, Community Development Corporation, the Reinvestment Fund, and PA Office of Budget. The panel will focus on bringing together partners through solid Owners Representation and Project Management to deliver a site on time for a new school year, and access grant funding and tax credits to close a critical funding gap when it was discovered that the environmental remediation was more intense than anticipated. The project will attain Act 2 clearance for residential standards that will allow use as a school. The panel will include funders, PMs, community leaders and environmental professionals.

Panelists: Stephanie Hernandez, The Remington Group, Wayne, PA; Charlene Drake, React Environmental Professional Services Group (REPSG), Philadelphia, PA; Sara Vernon Sterman, The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), Philadelphia, PA

1B: Creating Community Advocacy for Brownfields Redevelopment

Chair: Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates, LLC, Carlisle, PA

How can community members be a proactive part of the brownfields revitalization planning process in their community? Many popular urban environments were former industrial districts yet these brownfields areas are also often adjacent to older established neighborhoods which have a vested interest in the redevelopment of the area. These communities are often faced with the reality that the demand for industrial development has vanished, yet the legacy of the former industrial economy remain - contaminated land, degraded landscapes, and outdated infrastructure. A case study will be presented where (1) week-long community visioning charrettes were employed to develop area-wide redevelopment visions for Carlisle Borough and (2) Site-specific public involvement meetings were held by the new property owner of the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel site.

Speakers: Sean Garrigan, AICP, RLA, ASLA, Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates, Inc., Somerset, PA; Thomas Lobasso, Re Invest Solutions LLC, Farmingdale, NY

1C: Seeing through the Vapors – Practical Approach to Managing the Uncertainties of Vapor Intrusion in Redevelopment Projects

Chair: William Ahlert, HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA

Vapor intrusion can represent a fog of uncertainty for a brownfield project.  The science and regulatory guidance are in flux in Pennsylvania and nationally.  Legal requirements and risks are as well.  But vapor intrusion risks, once recognized, are often very manageable.  The first step is seeing the fog for what it is.  An experienced lawyer and consultant will outline the latest on what is known and what is still evolving in vapor intrusion regulation and guidance, including on guidance form USEPA, PADEP and ASTM.  The second step is building appropriate protections into your property due diligence, purchase and sale agreements, and project design.  With Case Studies we will discuss practical approaches to the acquisition and development process to help manage and reduce vapor intrusion risk.          

Speakers: Christopher Roe, Fox Rothschild LLP, Exton, PA; Vincent Carbone, PG, HDR Engineering Inc., Bethlehem, PA

12:00 - 1:30 PM - Plenary Luncheon and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (Invited)
1:30 - 2:20 PM

2A: Funding Brownfields in a Tight Economy - The Case for Solid Economic Data and Alternate Sources (Charitable Foundations)

Chair: Mark Urbassik, P.E., LEED, KU Resources, Pittsburgh, PA

Is the lack of funding the reason for your stalled project? In this time of tight budgets and nervous lenders and investors, how do you access funding, and to whom do you turn? This session will present the necessity in developing good economic, fiscal, and environmental impact data as the key to making a clear connection between public and private investment, and the jobs and taxes generated. Insights into funding decisions from charitable foundations will also be discussed as an alternative to sources typically accessed on brownfield projects.

Speakers: Patrick Kirby, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center, Morgantown, WV; Evans Paull, Redevelopment Economics, Baltimore, MD

2B: Using Nature to Facilitate and Enhance Site Remediation, Restoration, and Redevelopment

Chair: Jennifer O'Reilly, Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc., Exton, PA

Property development and environmental concerns are often viewed as conflicting priorities. Through case studies, this session will demonstrate how “natural design” elements can be used to clean up site contamination utilizing processes such as phytoremediation and facilitate attenuation of residual contamination associated with brownfields. Natural design and eco-revitalization elements can be integrated into redevelopment plans to “green” projects, increase their functionality, and make them more aesthetically pleasing while creating natural habitats.

Speakers: Bruce Pluta, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia, PA; Katrina VanDeusen, EWMA, Lawrenceville, NJ

2C: Creative Public Private Approach to Development in Lower Schuylkill

Chair: Kate McNamara, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

After 2 years of planning and coordination, the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan has moved into implementation phase with creative pilots programs in preliminary stages. This panel will discuss new approaches to area-wide planning, emphasis on industrial land rejuvenation, and creative financing.
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Plenary Session: Local Institutions: The New Focal Point for Development

Many urban and suburban settings have assets beyond local government when it comes to the economic development health of the community. Colleges, universities, and hospitals can play a large role in brownfield redevelopment and economic success of a community. With proper planning, development strategies and community partners, these institutions can help facilitate the growth of these areas. Listen to recent successes in Lancaster and Philadelphia, how these partnerships were formed, and the improvements that have been made.

Speaker: Keith Orris, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
4:00 - 4:45 PM

Plenary Session: Extreme Makeover Contest

Chair: Christie Yerger, PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Harrisburg, PA

Three Extreme Makeover applicants will present their projects for consideration for a grant under the Commonwealth’s Industrial Site Reuse Program. The projects will be introduced by a 3-minute video and each applicant will have the opportunity to pitch their project. The Extreme Makeover presentations will be scored by the audience and a panel of judges. Which applicant will be declared the conference winner? The winner will be announced at the conference on Wednesday.


  • #1 The Crossings at Ambler Station, Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery;
  • #2 Wissahickon Charter School, Philadelphia;
  • #3 former Haddonfield Lumber Yard, Bucks County Industrial Development Authority

  • 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Exhibit Hall Reception
    Enjoy networking with fellow attendees at the end of the conference presentations in our Exhibit Hall Reception. Attendees will enjoy appetizers and  beverages throughout the Exhibit Hall, and have the opportunity to meet with PA DEP Acting Deputy Secretary Chris Abruzzo, DEP staff, and exhibitors.

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 **

    7:30 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast served in the Exhibit Hall
    8:15 - 9:15 AM

    Plenary Session: EPA – Still a Strong Partner in Successful Brownfield Redevelopment 

    The EPA Brownfields Program is still alive and well and helping communities across the US to redevelop brownfield properties. Traditional funding programs such as assessment, remediation and revolving loan fund grants are still available and new programs such as the Areawide Planning Grants are beginning to have tangible impacts in many communities. Hear from David Lloyd about what EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization has to offer and then learn how EPA’s Areawide Planning Grants are being successfully utilized in two Pennsylvania communities.

    Moderator: Jill Gaito, Principal, Gaito & Associates, LLC

    Speakers: David R. Lloyd, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, USEPA, Washington, DC; Sean Garrigan, AICP, RLA, ASLA, Principal, Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates, Inc.
    9:15 - 10:15 AM

    Plenary Session: An International Energy Hub: Vision for the Philadelphia Region

    The Philadelphia region has long been the 2nd largest petrochemical and refining center in the US and, today, is poised to be a major international energy hub. Numerous plant closures were being announced, including three large refineries in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia region embraced the industrial heritage of these facilities and the region’s assets and fought to take advantage of positive advances in the international energy market. This plenary session will focus on refinery success stories and anticipated multiplier effect, facilitated by both private sector innovation and, in part, by smart federal and state government involvement that included economic incentives and commitment to tackling potential regulatory hurdles.

    Moderator: C. Alan Walker, Department of Community and Economic Development, Secretary

    Speakers: Phil Rinaldi, CEO, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (former Sunoco Philadelphia refinery); Joe McGinn, Sunoco Logistics (former Sunoco Marcus Hook refinery)
     10:45 - 11:35 AM

    3A: Currie Landfill Recovery: Turning an Environmental Liability into a Community Asset

    Chair: Eric Gustafson, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, Meadville, PA

    This session will discuss how PADEP, Millcreek Township, Moxie Nein, L.P., and Baker Engineers worked together in a unique public/private partnership to transform an abandoned industrial/municipal landfill into a significant community recreational resource. The project resulted in the construction of a large community recreational area, a parcel for future commercial development, established valuable municipal storm water management controls, and protection of the Presque Isle Bay Watershed through stream restoration and establishment of a constructed wetland and a riparian buffer. State and local partners will discuss the process and administrative tools which were used to establish reuse goals, manage liability concerns, and address financial hurdles. Baker Engineers will review the complex technical considerations associated with the project and discuss how the company was able to design and oversee the landfill re-construction to transform the site into an attractive, flexible-use property.

    Speakers: Eric A. Gustafson, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, Meadville, PA; Matt Maloney, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Moon Township, PA; Brian McGrath, Millcreek Township Supervisor, Millcreek, PA

    3B: Ambler Boiler House; Lessons from a LEED Platinum Certified, Transit-Oriented, Adaptive Reuse, Brownfield Redevelopment

    Chair: Walter Hungarter, RT Environmental Services, Inc., King of Prussia, PA

    The Ambler Boiler House adaptive reuse project spanned over a decade from initial concept design to tenant occupancy. The historic Keasbey & Mattison brick masonry shell, which had deteriorated into a local eyesore and brownfield site, has been transformed into a LEED Platinum certified multi-tenanted transit-oriented office space. Learning opportunities associated with this seminar span the gamut of built-environment professions and specialties. The proposed case study seminar will utilize a collaborative approach, in order to fully illustrate the many professional disciplines involved in the project. The history of the site will be discussed by the developer and architect. The developer will also review how creative financing (including EnergyWorks, Montgomery County and the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program [RACP]) allowed a speculative office project to restart in the middle of the Recession. The environmental engineer will review the project approach to abatement of hazardous materials as well as addressing a proposed brownfield redevelopment with close adjacencies to dense residential neighborhoods. Adaptive reuse design strategies, incorporation of geothermal wells on a rather small site footprint, rainwater harvesting and landscaping irrigation, multi-tenanting considerations in an open plan non-traditional office space and other design issues will be covered by the architect and MEP engineer.

    Speakers: Walter H. Hungarter, III, P.E., RT Environmental Services, Inc., King of Prussia, PA; Matthew A. Heckendorn, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Heckendorn Shiles Architects, Wayne, PA; John Zaharchuk, Summit Realty Advisors, LLC, Ambler, PA

    3C: The Real Estate Hibernation Has Ended – What Developers Need to Know About Key Environmental Regulatory Changes in the Post-Recession Economy

    Chair: Jonathan Spergel, Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, Bala Cynwyd, PA

    Now that the deep recession that impeded all sectors of real estate development over the past five years has passed, developers that have been dormant for year are now actively pursuing both new and previously mothballed development projects. While little new development has occurred since 2008, a number of key environmental regulatory changes at both the federal and state level have occurred in the intervening time period, some of which may be unfamiliar to even seasoned developers, and which may have significant impacts on the development projects. This program will review key environmental regulatory changes that may impact new developments, including changes in the regulation of stormwater, wetlands, site remediation, vapor intrusion and waste management. The panel will include both veteran developers and experienced environmental law practitioners.

    Speakers: Jonathan Spergel, Michael Gross, and Jonathan Rinde, Esquire, Partner, Manko, Gold,
    Katcher & Fox, LLP, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Richard Heany, O’Neill Properties (invited); Greg Rogerson, J.G. Petrucci Company (invited)

    3D: Inside the Mind of a Brownfield Developer

    Chair: Kara Allison, Hull & Associates, Inc., Dublin, OH

    Rewards don’t often come without risk. And the risks are everywhere in brownfields redevelopment. Learn the secrets of leveraging risk and reward from a successful brownfields project developer who is currently taking on the redevelopment of some of the most challenging sites in the country. From securing a former coal gas manufacturing plant from a major utility company and redeveloping it into a green office building, to acquiring a former Delphi facility that houses the original Wright Brothers airplane manufacturing hangars for preservation and sale to the National Park Service, this presentation will highlight innovative solutions for the most complex brownfield challenges while revealing tactics to help achieve the ultimate “light at the end of the tunnel” for any brownfield project: restoration of tax revenues, reduced contamination, increased property value, preservation of green space, and additional real estate development opportunities for the entire community. Topics covered include liability transfer; alternate contract approaches; remediation and constraint engineering; and regulatory and stakeholder consensus, among other strategies.
     11:40 AM - 12:30 PM

    4A: Next Generation Brownfield - Redevelopment Opportunities at Retired Coal Plants

    Chair: Denise Brinley, TRC, Harrisburg, PA

    Current trends in the electric power market put many coal-fired generators in the United States at risk for retirement. Lower natural gas prices, higher coal prices, slower economic growth, and the implementation of environmental rules all play a role in the retirements. It is anticipated that nearly 50 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity might be retired through 2020, representing roughly one-sixth of the existing coal capacity in the U.S. and less than 5% of total electricity generation nationwide. Most of the generators projected to retire are older, inefficient units primarily concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic, Ohio River Valley, and Southeastern U.S. At least ten sites in Pennsylvania have been slated for closure in the last year alone. In this session, we will discuss the decommissioning and environmental cleanup process for these types of properties, and highlight the brownfield redevelopment opportunities that will emerge from the retirement of coal fired generators.

    4B: Urban Brownfields Community Engagement and "Greening"

    Chair: Holly Cairns, DEP Office of Environmental Advocate, Harrisburg, PA

    The Booth Street community has created a unique approach for addressing brownfield impacts for this environmental justice neighborhood located in the City of Chester. Rev. Dr. Horace Strand will describe the landmark strategic plan that includes relocating housing that is next to major industries, so the land can be redeveloped in a manner more consistent with industrial uses. The newly constructed soccer stadium and riverfront development plan further down from the Commodore Barry Bridge, in relatively close proximity to Booth Street, suggest a renewed emphasis on redevelopment and rehabilitation of properties along the riverfront.

    Another panelist, Aissia Richardson, will present the Urban Garden Initiative where a vacant lot with rampant dumping, prostitution and drug dealing is now a meeting space for Philadelphia’s Broad Street community. Hear about the events - film screenings, dance performances, plays, musical productions, farmers markets and an annual health fair. The panel will provide examples of urban gardens that were previously brownfield sites and what was done to seal and prepare for new life. Many challenges will be detailed, including soil testing for the site and how the community group responded to high lead deposits.

    Speakers: Rev. Dr. Horace Strand, Chester Environmental Partnership, Chester, PA; Aissia Richardson, African American United Fund, Philadelphia, PA

    4C: Renewable Energy and Brownfields: A Perfect Match

    Chair: Mark Urbassik, P.E., LEED, KU Resources, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

    Renewable energy can provide opportunities on brownfield sites to increase real estate values, provide local employment and revenues, and potentially attract third party capital for redevelopment or remediation. USEPA, through its RE-Powering America’s Land (RE-POWER) initiative, is actively promoting the reuse of brownfields for renewable energy projects by providing technical support and redevelopment tools to interested parties. This session outlines the RE-POWER initiative, provides tips on how to evaluate your brownfield and renewable energy uses, and then will look at the economics of renewable energy and what it can do to accelerate redevelopment, mitigate environmental risks, and promote positive economic activity.

    Speakers: Peter Meyer, The E.P. Systems Group, Inc., New Hope, PA; Erich Zimmerman, P.E., HDR Engineering, PC, West Fall, NY

    4D: Reaching Community Consensus for Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Sites

    Chair: Peter Simone, Simone Collins Landscape Architecture, Norristown, PA

    Come hear a panel composed of elected officials, community members, planning professionals and risk assessment researchers discuss a case study of a Superfund Site in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County. The discussion will focus on the importance of participatory decision-making to create community buy-in for new public uses on contaminated sites. Sometimes the technical aspects of cleanup are “easy” compared to earning community support for adaptive reuse. The West Ambler Superfund Site is a fascinating case study of how one community is working toward economic revitalization with the Superfund Site as its focus.
     12:30 - 1:30 PM
    Plenary Luncheon and Extreme Makeover Award

    Don’t miss the exciting announcement of the Extreme Makeover Award as voted on by you! Brian Eckert from DCED will make the presentation to the winners.

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    Questions, please contact Cori Weber by e-mail or by phone: 412-261-0710, ext 11.