Introducing the Minnesota Brownfields Second Annual Summer Webinar Series. This year’s series, called Beyond Remediation, considers elements of the redevelopment process – beyond contaminated land remediation – that add value for stakeholders and communities. This four-part series discusses new technologies and approaches, and highlights projects that have overcome challenges to achieve exemplary and innovative results. Suitable for brownfield redevelopment beginners as well as veterans, the series includes the four webinars described below. Each webinar includes one hour of informative content, followed by time for Q&A and breakout sessions for additional discussion and networking.
While we often discuss land recycling, another form of reuse is the recycling of existing structures. Adaptive reuse offers an excellent option to communities to optimize the commercial and operational performance of built assets in a sustainable way, contributing to urban regeneration. Although not without costs and challenges, adaptive reuse can prolong a building’s life by transforming an obsolete structure, to keep neighborhoods occupied and vital. In this webinar, we will discuss the concept and practice of adaptive reuse, and highlight two recent examples – one from the Twin Cities metro area and one from Greater Minnesota.
Andy Bollig Roers Companies
Devon Lundy Urban Works
Ethan Boote Rethos: Places Reimagined
Holly Hansen EDFP/AICP
Mark Meier Landmark Environmental, LLC
Thursday, June 24, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management
Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores, or mimics the natural water cycle. A cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts, it provides many community benefits. Unlike single-purpose gray stormwater infrastructure, designed to move water away from the built environment, green infrastructure reduces and treats stormwater at its source, while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits. In this webinar, participants will learn about a decision making model to analyze which type of green infrastructure is most suitable for a particular project, while also hearing how example projects have used green infrastructure investments to boost the economy, enhance community health and safety, and provide recreation and other benefits.
Eric Lund Barr Engineering
Forrest Kelly Capital Region Watershed
Jeff Shopek Loucks
Vinicius Taguchi University of Minnesota
Thursday, July 29, 12:00 – 1:30pm
As brownfield sites undergo change from what they were, to what is envisioned by developers, the challenges can be significant. These may include geotechnical issues, including deep foundations, soil amendments, or clean soil import; water related issues, such as stormwater management or dewatering; and, soil disposal or treatment. Other aspects include erosion control across contaminated soils, temporary soil retention, protection of adjacent structures, and abatement of regulated waste. Project leaders plan for some of these issues, while others arise during the course of work. This webinar will examine the myriad of constructability challenges, and discuss example projects, which overcame these challenges through innovative approaches.
Imants Pone Braun Intertec
Kenneth Laren Braun Intertec
Thursday, August 26, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Sustainable Design and Energy Efficiency
Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments. In using the principles of sustainable design, designers and architects consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts from the initial phase through to the end of life. In this webinar, participants will learn about the new and cutting edge ideas emerging on the sustainable design front, as well as hear about examples of these ideas implemented through brownfield redevelopments.