Inland Development Partners Wins Grand Award for Braun Intertec – Arbor Lakes Corporate Center, Site Remediation and Hazardous Waste Treatment

Inland Development Partners Wins Grand Award for Braun Intertec – Arbor Lakes Corporate Center, Site Remediation and Hazardous Waste Treatment at the 2023 ACEC/MN Engineering Excellence Awards.

Braun Intertec, contracted by a joint venture between Inland Development Partners and Opus Development Corporation, served as the environmental and geotechnical consultant on a project to redevelop a property that included a 70-year-old unpermitted dump in the City of Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Braun Intertec developed a plan to investigate the contaminated site and develop a response action plan to remove 125,000 cubic yards of dumped waste and prepare the site for a large industrial building. As the excavation proceeded, a previously unknown black tar-like material was encountered. The substance oozed like lava—yet retained a spongy, bog-like consistency on a subzero day in Minnesota. Lab tests showed this substance contained hazardous concentrations of trichloroethylene (TCE) and lead, and had a pH of approximately one. There was no established method to treat these three conditions simultaneously and the development project was in jeopardy without a successful remediation plan.

Braun Intertec and its partner laboratory developed a cost-effective and unique onsite treatment technique to render the waste non-hazardous, using readily available construction materials and tools. This technique enabled Braun Intertec to dispose of the treated waste at a conventional landfill rather than hauling the unprocessed hazardous waste to a more costly permitted hazardous waste disposal facility located either in Canada or Texas.

This course of action saved the joint venture at least $2 million and enabled construction to move forward for the $28 million, 204,000-square-foot building that has brought more than 400 new jobs to the City of Maple Grove.

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For over fifty years, the association has been recognizing outstanding engineering projects through the Engineering Excellence Awards. Minnesota engineering firms have entered their most innovative projects and studies on an annual basis and are recognized for the work they have done to make the state stronger.