TCF Bank Stadium
Wenck was the environmental consultant for the University of Minnesota relative to its East Gateway Redevelopment Project, which included as its primary brownfield redevelopment feature, the $288 million TCF Bank Football Stadium. The stadium construction required investigation and cleanup of the former Republic Creosoting facility on the former Union Pacific railroad yards, trenching for utility work through the impacted soil under the former Standard Oil Bulk plant, and construction of the stadium over a former asphalt plant. The cost-recovery effort required the work to be performed in accordance with the “Superfund” National Contingency Plan (NCP).
Prior to the investigation, Wenck prepared work plans – including the quality assurance project plan (QAPP) as well as a health & safety plan (HASP) – to ensure safety, scope, and technical excellence were top of mind at all times. We also developed a Community Relations Plan to solicit public involvement, a key in active communication keeping everyone in the loop. Wenck attended meetings and gave presentations outlining best practices, fielding questions and concerns, in addition to being an advocate for the client.
The project began with soil and groundwater sampling with laboratory analysis. Once data was received, Wenck evaluated it, including a risk assessment, and prepared a report detailing the findings. Our in-house response team had additional roles to play. As a comprehensive firm, we were able to evaluate remedial alternatives through a Feasibility Study, prepare a Response Action Plan (RAP), and Construction Contingency Plan (CCP). All aspects of the investigation and response action work required constant coordination and communication with various stakeholders, including a host of University departments, outside legal counsel for the University, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and an array subcontractors. Wenck also successfully coordinated with the Metropolitan Council, whose sewer construction was integrated into the project after the initial scope was developed.
Our expertise in contaminated site investigations and response actions was a critical part of the University’s success on this project. After completion, the stadium became the first new football field in the Big Ten since 1960, according to the University’s website. In addition to Minnesota college football games, TCF Bank Stadium has hosted Gopher hockey games, Monday Night Football, an MLB All-Star game, and a handful of concerts. The stadium is a gathering place for the community and a source of pride that will span generations.
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