EPA honors Hana Engineers in Superfund cleanup

September 28, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its Excellence in Site Reuse Award to Brookwood Capital Partners (BCP) and Hana Engineers and Consultants, LLC for their outstanding commitment and efforts in revitalizing part of the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot Superfund site in Suffolk, Virginia.

Hana is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with offices in North Charleston, South Carolina.

This award, in support of the Superfund Redevelopment Program, recognizes the accomplishments of industry partners in returning portions of the contaminated Superfund site into a long-term sustainable and productive reuse property for the Suffolk and Hampton Roads community.

“EPA is dedicated to redeveloping Superfund sites to make positive impacts for communities and help them thrive,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “We’re pleased to recognize BCP and Hana Engineers for their initiative to clean up contamination and their vision in bringing back much needed value at this property for nearby communities and the local economy.

EPA partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to assist BCP and Hana Engineers in redeveloping 45 acres into a 338,000 square foot warehouse with 81 loading docks, 12 acres of trailer parking and 3,500 square feet of office space.

BCP and Hana Engineers removed more than 2,000 tons of contaminated soil, built a new stormwater system, and created 300 jobs for warehouse construction and operation. EPA also recognized their efforts in preventing potential future ecological risks at the site.

“This site is a classic example of how Superfund facilitated a collaborative cleanup approach leading to a streamlined remediation, saving both time and taxpayer dollars,” said Cliff Villa, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management. “This collaborative approach resulted in efficient reuse of this formerly contaminated land, ensuring the property can safely support commercial and industrial uses.”

This partnership embodies the commitment of EPA and project partners to build a promising future for the community.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency have spent many years investigating and remediating this area of the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot with the goal of making it safe for future use,” said Jeff Zoeckler, vice president of Hana Engineers and Consultants, LLC. “The final push to expedite redevelopment into a state-of-the-art warehouse complex is an example of successful collaboration between many stakeholders, including federal, state, and city governments, landowners, developers, and contractors. Hana is proud to play a small part in that process.”

The FNOD site consists of 975 acres that were used by the Department of Defense from 1917-1960 and was added to the EPA Superfund National Priority List in 1999. More than 6,200 munitions items and 200,000 pounds of munitions debris have been removed to safely support residential, commercial, industrial, and public use for 100 different landowners.