Our projects for public and private sector clients are in the following areas: Environment, Planning, and Business and Professional Development.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Studies, Transportation Planning, Air and Noise Modeling and Mitigation, Water Resource Management Studies
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT – Chicago Downtown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Documented Categorical Exclusion for Federal Transit Authority (FTA) Review. KCG Tasks for the Downtown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project spanning North Michigan to North Clinton Avenues east to west and West Adams to West Randolph Streets north to south included research, data interpretation, noise and vibration modeling,, regular meetings with the project team, client and the FTA, public meeting, and preparation of several internal drafts of a Documented Categorical Exclusion (DCE) for FTA review and approval prior to releasing funding for the project. DCE preparation incorporated the latest FTA format and content guidelines for all areas of potential impact, short and long term as well as a synopsis of potential areas of environmental contamination due to historical land uses. The first official draft sent to the FTA was approved in two weeks after submittal. This quick turnaround was the result of meticulously working through the each aspect of the DCE with the client and the FTA every step of the way. 2011-2012. Reference: Gary Foyle, AECOM, Project Manager, 312-373-6552.
- Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – Quality Assurance Review for the Program Management Office, of the Mitigation Monitoring Program (MMP) and related documents; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Record of Decision (ROD), and Programmatic Agreement (PA) for this 20-mile long corridor. The corridor will have 21 new aboveground stations. Associated environmental resources, visual, historical, and economic impacts will be mitigated throughout the project. Responsibilities include the comparison and review of documents and project tasks as they relate to the mitigation of environmental, social, and historical impacts and the minimization of risks during all phases of the project. 2010-2013. Reference: Timothy Mantych, FTA PMOC Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering, (314) 335-4454.
- Lake County Department of Transportation (LCDOT) – Wadsworth Road/Lewis Avenue Intersection Improvement. KCG is subconsultant for NEPA studies the PSI to Reynolds, Smith & Hill for the proposed widening of this intersection in Waukegan and Beach Park, Illinois, adjacent to the Waukegan National Airport. The Phase I engineering studies include known wetlands and contaminated property, some of which will be affected by necessary right-of-way acquisition. 2013-Present. Reference: James Shaw, Project Manager, RS&H, (630)-364-5246.
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, 1st Avenue Flood Control Project — Phase I and Phase II Engineering – Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment, Preliminary Site Investigation, Tree and EcologicalSurvey, Wetland Delineation, Bat Survey – Project Manager. The project’s intent is to identify and construct an alternative that will mitigate chronic flooding that occurs along the 1st Avenue corridor from Roosevelt Road to Cermak Road.KCG performed all environmental functions, prepared reports and advised the client accordingly. Reference: M. Anthony Wolff, PE, CFM, Water Resources/Municipal Group Manager, Ciorba Group 773 355 2961.
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) – Pedestrian and Bike Path – Lake Shore Drive Historic Bridge over the Chicago River. Prepared Environmental Survey Request (ESR), followed ECAD procedures, and researched public permit, land use, and environmental compliance records for area surrounding the historic Lake Shore Drive Bridge over the Chicago River. Examined database and cartographic resources and Researched historical records and prepared documents for submittal to the State Historical Preservation Officer. Performed field sampling for hazardous materials as necessary. Coordinated and facilitated permit submissions to the US Coast Guard and combined permit applications to the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. Worked with prime consultant and municipal public client, CDOT, and state and federal regulatory agencies. To save the client money conducted field surveys in conjunction with other team members to take maximize the presence of specialized equipment such as barges and drill rigs. 2007-2009. Reference: Jamal Grainawi, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Project Manager, PBQD, 312-782-8150.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)Region 5, Clean Water Act IDIQ Contract 2010-2013, Kowalenko Huff JV, Task Orders encompass field investigations, policy studies, research, mapping, technical writing , and report and exhibit preparation. Task Orders to date have included a Root River Watershed literature review and Surface Mining Technical Support.
- Kowalenko Consulting Group, Inc. (KCG) conducted a literature review of historic, ongoing, and planned nutrient and sediment related water quality studies and projects for a pilot watershed in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The Root River Water system, 1,064,970 acres in southeast Minnesota, was selected from among the USDA Healthy Watershed Initiative focus area watersheds for analysis. KCG planners and environmental scientists through research and interviews characterized the Root River system, its land uses, and potential areas of concern given the data available from existing studies. 2010. Reference: Dean Maraldo, Project Manager Root River Study, 312-353-2098.
- KCG is program manager for the surface mining technical support task order. The Kowalenko Huff JV Technical Team that includes sub consultants Civil and Environmental Consultants (CEC) and Geosyntec have the responsibilities of reviewing and commenting on mining projects in support of up to eight cases. The technical support includes Section 404 or 402 mine reviews or permitting actions. The Team may for example, explore the feasibility of underground injection as waste disposal option and new technologies to reduce waste, such water content reduction in slurry. The contractor may review mine designs and produce recommendations to reduce the disposal of fill material into the Waters of the U.S. (WOUS), 2012. Reference: Melissa Gebien, Environmental Scientist, Project Manager, 312-886-6833.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District – KCG provided the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) St. Louis District scientific, geotechnical, and engineering data to supplement, support, and defend the Environmental Assessment (EA) recommended alternative of the injection of ASTM 6618 lime/Class C Fly Ash slurry into levee side slopes for stabilization purposes. The KCG team identified data gaps in the draft EA prepared by USACE using databases/libraries to support/defend with an ecological, human health, and agrarian impacts risk screen, the beneficial use of the Fly Ash in the USACE St. Louis District proposed Alton to Gale, 11 levee districts 24.28 mile levee improvement application. Data findings and interpretations were presented on the client’s behalf to representatives from the Headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) resulting in the approval of this approach for levee stabilization. References: Capt David Moore, Project Manager, 314-331-8055, and Kenneth Cook, NEPA Manager, EA Author, 314-331-8498.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Vicksburg, Memphis, Rock Island, St. Paul Districts- KCG geologists were part of a team of professionals performing periodic levee inspections on the Mississippi River and Cedar River examining the condition of over 400 miles of levees, 2009-2011. KCG was a subconsultant to Stanley Consultants, HNTB, and Hanson Professional Services.
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Division Street Bridges over the Chicago River and North Branch Channel. – KCG performs NEPA environmental impacts research, Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act Report, and Phase I and II Project Development Report for the demolition and construction of new 4-lane bridges, between Elston Avenue and Halsted Street. Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment (PESA) for expanded corridor, permit applications, traffic counts, crash analyses. 2004-2005, 2010, 2016. Reference: Mike Eichten, Project Manager, AECOM, 312-373-6567.
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), CTA Loop Elevated Stations – NEPA environmental impacts research and hazardous materials evaluation for the demolition of the existing Randolph/Wabash and Madison/Wabash CTA elevated transit stations, to be replaced by a single new station at Washington Street. As a sub to exp US Services Inc., KCG performed all environmental studies and investigations for the Phase I Engineering, 2013-14. Reference: John Stryker, 312-616-7919.
- Metra Commuter Rail, Peterson/Ridge Station UPN North – NEPA environmental impacts research for the proposed new commuter rail station on the existing Union Pacific North Line in Chicago. As a sub to Exp Engineering, KCG prepared all site impact evaluations, including noise studies, for this proposed improvement. 2012-2014. Reference: John Stryker, Exp US Services, Inc., Project Manager.
- Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) – Regional Green Transit Plan prepared for the RTA an umbrella organization for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra Commuter Rail (Metra), and PACE Suburban Bus System (PACE). KCG was responsible for research and findings reporting, and technical writing related to sustainability in the areas of water resource and waste flow management. KCG staff researched, reported Best Management Practices and incorporated these into several deliverables. Reference: Stephanie Sand, Project Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton, (703) 377-8341.
- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) – Developed GIS and mapping application for the CTA Red, Orange, and Yellow (ROY) Lines for NEPA Level 2 and eventually Level 3 Alternative Corridor Studies. This Alternatives Analysis was conducted with the goal of defining the best alternative to improve transportation options for various neighborhoods in Chicago. Conducted noise studies. 2006-2009. Reference: Mary DeBacker, Project Manager, PB World, 312-782-8150.
- Metra Commuter Rail –for the “New Start” Metra Southeast Service Alternatives Analysis, to improve transportation options for the far south suburbs of Chicago in Cook and Will counties in Illinois and Lake County Indiana. KCG provided environmental data and analysis for corridor with ten municipalities, with the goal of producing several levels of analyses for the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) process. KCG team tasks included evaluating the social, economic, and environmental impacts from several alternatives such as highway, bus, and commuter rail. Products included reports, exhibits, and the development of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping application for data acquisition and visual representation. 2006-2007. Reference: Gary Foyle, (Earth Tech) AECOM, 312-373-6552.
- Metra Commuter Rail – Provided environmental consulting services and developed GIS and mapping application for the “New Start” STAR Line Alternatives Analysis, including data collection and interpretation of the social, cultural, historical, and environmental resources for the affected communities along the routes undergoing evaluation. The envisioned line will connect communities in suburban Cook, DuPage and Will counties with O’Hare Airport, thereby eliminating the need to travel to Chicago’s downtown. 2006-2007. Reference: Phillip Pasterak, Project Manager, PB World, 312-803-6539.
- Metra Commuter Rail – Project Manager – Southeast Service Scoping Report for submittal to the Metra Board in anticipation of request for FTA funding for an Environmental Assessment (EA). KCG Team examined research and findings over the last 3 years leading to a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). In progress, 2009. Reference: Gary Foyle, (Earth Tech) AECOM, 312-373-6552.
- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) – Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Categorical Exclusion (CE) reports for four bus corridors in the City of Chicago, comprising over eighty miles of service. The products included CE associated technical memos and exhibits, GIS mapping and data collection. This analysis was conducted with the goal of defining the best methods to improve transportation options for various neighborhoods in Chicago. The areas of impact studied, researched, and documented were noise and vibration, aquatic resources including wetlands, floodplains, water quality, navigable waterways and coastal zones, ecologically sensitive areas and endangered species, hazardous materials, community disruption and environmental justice, use of public parkland and recreational areas. 2008-2009. Reference: Jennie Grainger, (DMJM) AECOM, 717-671-6985.
Environmental Site Assessments Phases I, II, III, Environmental Engineering, Outdoor and Indoor Sampling, and Environmental Remediation Oversight
- Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation – South Suburban Airport – In compliance with the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E-1727-13 KCG prepares Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for multiple properties being acquired in anticipation of construction of Peotone Airport. These ESAs include the following components: environmental compliance and historical records research and review, including individual compliance database radius maps; Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for each property under review; site reconnaissance with documented field observations and interviews with owners, local government officials, and other individuals knowledgeable about the historical land uses of the properties; data evaluation, and preparation of reports complete with current and historical maps, aerial photographs, FOIA responses, compliance databases, and other pertinent materials. 2012-Present. Reference: Mark Thompson, Project Manager, Hanson Professional Services, 708-258-6783.
- Public Building Commission of Chicago – Environmental Sites Assessments, Phases I, II, and III. These have included Police District Facilities, libraries, fire stations, and other public structures. Services include ambient air monitoring and soil characterization during demolition and contractor environmental compliance during construction. The most current completed project was Brighton Park II Elementary School. 2001 to present. Reference: LeeAnn Tomas-Foster, Deputy Director for Environment, PBCC, 312-744-9281.
- Volunteers of America, Housing for Disabled and Homeless Veterans and Their Families, 3053 West Franklin Boulevard, Hope Manor I Apartments construction begun, and Hope Manor II, 6001 South Green Street site of the former Englewood Hospital, Chicago, Illinois – Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Investigations, Phase II Sampling, and Phase III Remediation oversight. For Hope Manor I, KCG has conducted all aspects of the environmental assessments including the preparation of the No Further Remediation (NFR) letter. KCG engineering and environmental science staff sample soil and groundwater for contaminants, install groundwater monitoring wells, analyze, and characterize soil during demolition and construction activities. 2009-12. References: Mitch Milner, Milner & Caringella, Developers, 847-433-8084 and Nancy Hughes-Moyer, Executive Director and CEO, VOA, 312-564-2310.
- Private Clients – Banks and Real Estate Developers – Environmental Sites Assessments, Phases I, II, and III for private sector clients. Carrying projects through the No Further Remediation (NFR) process. Sustainable Brownfield Restoration and Economic Development. More than one thousand Phase I Environmental Site Assessments prepared. Approximately 10% to 15% of Phase I reports recommend sampling (Phase II) for potential contaminants. Of these an average of 5-10 per year need remediation or No Further Remediation (NFR) letters. Related projects include Environmental Transaction Screens and Environmental Review of prior Phase I reports. 1990 to Present. References: Chris Daly, Vice President, BMO Harris Bank, (312) 461-3217; Marcus Frye, Vice President, First Bank of Highland Park, 847-272-1300.
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) – Lakefront Improvement Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail with a bridge over DuSable Park and the Ogden Slip to Navy Pier – KCG environmental staff conducted all Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment (PESA) preparation of several drafts that included visual reconnaissance, Freedom of Information Act correspondence, impact to endangered species and wetlands research, archival Environmental Survey Request (ESR) search, historical properties tally for the Study Area. KCG followed ASTM Standard E-1727-05 with added research for impacts necessitated by the scope and location of the project area. The historical industrial land uses in the area of necessitated extensive FOIA research, data interpretation, and meetings with local as well as federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Region 5. KCG Environmental scientific and engineering staff observed and conducted sampling efforts. The proximity of the project to the North Branch of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan called for U.S. Corps of Engineers Chicago District permitting research. 2011-2012. Reference: Marco Loureiro, HNTB, Project Manager, (312) 798-0348.
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) – 41st and 43rd Street Pedestrian Bridges, the KCG environmental team prepared ASTM Standard Preliminary Site Assessments (PESAs) for each of the locations. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), historical and current compliance databases, maps, and aerial photographs, and interview data, were gathered for the completion of each report and recommendations on sampling for Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs). Historical land uses on one of the sites warranted Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, sampling and testing of soils. KCG environmental engineering staff designed and oversaw the sampling effort and prepared all documentation and reporting of findings. 2007- Present. Reference: Mike Eichten, AECOM, Associate Vice President, 312-373-6567.
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) – North Western Avenue Viaduct over West Belmont Avenue, the KCG environmental team prepared NEPA documentation and PSI ASTM Standard Preliminary Site Assessments (PESAs) for the original and later expanded project limits. All properties (more than 700) built before 1960 within the Study Area, were visually surveyed, researched with the Cook county Assessor of Deeds, photographed, and catalogued. Historical fire insurance, topographic, flood insurance maps, aerials, compliance records and databases, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA responses were analyzed and documented. Several PESA drafts were prepared with full appendices for review by the client before the submittal of the final PESA. 2008-14. Reference: Tim Whalen, AECOM, Civil Department Manager, Transportation, 312-373-6736.
- Chicago Park District – Historic Renovation of Independence Park Bungalow with LEED Silver Certification, Inspection and Abatement Plan Design, Indoor Air Quality Monitoring, and Implementation of abatement and containment for renovation efforts in areas where Asbestos Containing Materials, Lead-Based Paint/Lead on Painted Surfaces are present. 2009. Reference: Gregory R. Williams, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, Bailey Edward Architecture, 312-440-2300.
- Former Industrial Site 1910-2100 South 54th Avenue, Cicero, Illinois – Leaking Underground Storage Tank investigation, remedial design, oversight of removal of tanks and all affected soil from abandoned 35,000 gallon fuel oil tanks, of the former manufacturing plant. This included LUST reimbursement through the Illinois EPA LUST Program. The vacant property located at 1910 to 2100 South 54th Avenue in Cicero, Cook County, Illinois. During the past thirteen years, KCG performed a number of tasks relating to environmental assessment and remediation at the Site. These included the initial soil testing and remediation of fuel oil that was released to the surface in 1999 from USTs abandoned by the prior manufacturing operations in the 1970s. The most significant actions were the oversight of the removal of the leaking 35,000-gal USTs and the remediation of the affected area beneath and around the aforementioned power plant. As a result, The Illinois EPA granted the Site a Focused Letter of No Further Remediation in October of 2005. KCG performed a comprehensive Phase II Environmental Assessment in 2005-2006 that characterized subsurface environmental conditions with respect to potential development of the Site for commercial or residential purposes. The subsurface investigation occurred in three phases, and included soil and groundwater sampling. 2005-2007. Reference: Andres Schcolnik, President, ANSCO Real Estate Investments, 773-784-7900.
- U.S. Navy NAVFAC Engineering Command Midwest –Renovation of historic Building 1, Naval Station Great Lakes, Design Build, Indoor Air Quality Monitoring, Remediation Plan Design and Implementation of remediation and containment for renovation. 2007-2008. Reference: LCMDR Ken Endress, Real Property Accountability Officer, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, 847-688-5395 x132.
- Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) – Burley Avenue, 106th to 126th Street reconstruction. KCG environmental and research team prepared Phase I Site Assessment, designed and executed Phase II sampling plan for anticipated reconstruction. 2008-Present. Reference: Mark Buwen, AECOM, Project Manager, 312-373-6559.
- City of Chicago Department of Environment (CDOE) – Pritzker Park Environmental Site Assessments and NFR development. The Scope of Work includes Phase I and II Assessments, site remediation, and application for a Letter of No Further Remediation from the Illinois EPA. 2005-06. Reference: David Graham, Project Manager, CDOE, 312-744-3639.
- City of Chicago Department of Environment (CDOE) – Kinzie Corridor Phase II Environmental Site Assessments for twelve (12) contiguous sites. Development and implementation of sampling plan, data analysis and interpretation, recommendations and preliminary cost estimates for remediation prior to construction. 2004. Reference: Kevin Laberge, Project Manager, CDOE, 312-742-0463.
University Curriculum Development and Emergency Preparedness
- Northwestern University, Civil and Civil and Environmental Engineering) – Development of online course modules and structure of the Master of Program Management graduate degree. The MPM program is designed to prepare technically qualified individuals for responsible management roles in the construction and operation of major engineering projects. KCG is part of the professional team in development of the six-course online Executive Management for Design and Construction certificate program. 2013-present. Reference: Raymond Krizek, Professor and Director, Master of Project Management Program, 847- 491-4040.
- University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – Project Manager for the research, report preparation, and presentations to the oversight committee consisting of local and regional emergency response officials and stakeholders. This Private Sector Integration Plan (PSIP) is a product of the Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Combined Statistical Area, as part of the FEMA-sponsored Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. The University of Illinois at Chicago brought together a consortium of leading academic, research, private sector, governmental, and community-based professionals from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health (SPH), the College of Business Administration (CBA), and the Emergency Management and Continuity Planning (EMCP) Program to develop the PSIP. This initiative expanded on previous efforts at private sector integration within this region, by focusing on specific and identified portions of Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources (CI/KR) sectors that have been prioritized based on the first 72-96 hours of a catastrophe. Anthony Bilotti served as a team leader for development of the Private Sector Disaster Management Resource Inventory and Directory. He staff also led the Functional Needs Communities – Emergency Resource Gap Analysis, to analyze the gaps that may exist for providing supplies and resources for hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities serving individuals with functional needs during the first 96 hours of a major emergency. 2011-2012. Reference: Dr. Kevin Croke, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health Dean Emeritus, Project Director, 847-630-9584.