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Charlotte, N.C.-based Forsite Development has announced recent improvements at ReVenture Park aimed at attracting recycling businesses. ReVenture Park is a brownfield redevelopment of a 667-acre shuttered manufacturing complex in Charlotte to an “eco-industrial” park that is focused on attracting environmentally responsible businesses.
Forsite worked during the last year to complete the transformation of the existing buildings within ReVenture Park, including selective demolition and interior upgrades. The results have created nine buildings that are ready for occupancy ranging in size from 8,000 to 80,000 square feet. The goal with these improvements is to make the facilities attractive to new and emerging recycling projects as well as alternative fuels and renewable energy technologies.
The existing infrastructure at ReVenture Park is extensive including: more than 300,000 square feet of existing industrial space with heavy industrial zoning; 100 acres of outside storage; on-site waste water treatment, tank farms, process water plant, site-wide storm water management, truck scales, heavy electrical infrastructure, fully fenced, 24-hour security and numerous other features. Many of the buildings have significant clear spans, tall ceilings and floor drains throughout. The site also has a CSX rail spur with 36 railcar parking spots.
Low-cost heat and steam is another feature of ReVenture Park. Forsite is under construction on a 1.4-megawatt biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant. The waste heat from the power plant can be made available to tenants as low-cost steam, hot water and hot air. The CHP project is forecast to be fully operational by early 2014.
ReVenture Park is designed with “industrial ecology” in mind where inputs and outputs are maximized between multiple businesses, the company says. Recognized as the largest project of its type in the United States, ReVenture Park provides a setting for startup recycling and related businesses and established companies looking to expand.
Hoban Equipment Ltd., a British Columbia, Canada, construction company has purchased a portable asphalt plant that Hoban says will help it expand its asphalt paving offerings in Canada.
The asphalt plant is a model EX8842 from Asphalt Drum Mixers Inc. (ADM), Huntertown, Ind., and was first erected near Regina, Saskatchewan, to repave a 17-kilometer stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway. Hoban says it selected the model due to its ease of use and productivity.
The EX8842 produces up to 250 tons of asphalt per hour. It includes a counterflow mixing drum, baghouse, cold feed bins, self-erecting storage silo, drag conveyor, asphalt cement tanks, mineral filler silo and recycle bins. The system is designed for fuel efficiency and low emissions. The plant also features the ability to incorporate up to 30 percent recycled material in its asphalt mixes.
To erect the new plant, a service team from Asphalt Drum Mixers traveled to Saskatchewan to oversee the project. “The whole setup process went well, thanks to the help of the Asphalt Drum Mixers crew,” says Mike Tiffin, project manager for Hoban Equipment. “And, because the new plant is so easy to use, we can train new plant operators in no time at all.”
Transcor Dirt Services (TDS) has opened its newest borrow pit operation in Hillsborough County, Fla. The company says the site is the largest borrow pit operation in the Tampa Bay Region with a remaining reserve estimated at 7.5 million cubic yards.
The new pit includes Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) approved fill for road construction applications, septic sand, structural fill, beach compatible sand and sand to fulfill a variety of other specialty applications. The borrow pit is designed to accommodate fluctuations in demand while minimizing the impact to loading and checkout time for the trucks transporting transport the materials.
"TDS's outstanding material quality, fast and reliable service will be the key differentiators of this operation. This is a natural fit for our company given our long track record of producing FDOT certified road base materials and other aggregates for construction applications," says Candice Agosto, TDS’ managing director.
TDS, a subsidiary of Transcor Recycling; a Tampa-based recycling company, provides FDOT-certified aggregate materials for civil construction applications. The company also operates a wash plant facility in South Hillsborough County, Fla., and a 20-acre material yard in Tampa, both of which specialize in the construction and demolition recycling services.
An Iowa judge has imposed a fine on a demolition firm in the state that allegedly failed to follow state regulations during a demolition project. Iowa’s District Court Judge Paul Miller has assessed an $80,000 civil penalty against the demolition firm Jai Santoshi Ma Inc., and its owner Bhupen Patel, for violating the state of Iowa’s environmental laws in the demolition of a Williamsburg, Iowa, truck stop.
The penalty follows a petition, filed in April 2013 by Iowa’s Attorney General Tom Miller, against Patel and his corporation. The company had arranged to demolish the truck stop in May and June of 2012. Before beginning the demolition, the defendants allegedly failed to inspect for asbestos and notify the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Sampling by the DNR and Patel’s consultant showed that the demolition waste included asbestos-containing material.
According to the state’s lawsuit:
- The defendants failed to remove the asbestos prior to the demolition.
- The defendants buried some demolition debris on-site and sent other debris to a landfill for disposal without identifying the waste as containing asbestos.
- For several weeks the defendants left the debris in the open air, without wetting it down to prevent the release of asbestos. Not until July 30, 2012, did the DNR confirm that Patel had finally removed the demolition waste piles and the previously buried waste from the site.
The court’s order, through a consent decree, resolved Miller’s lawsuit.
In addition to the civil penalty, the court ordered Patel and his company to refrain from further violations, identify and properly dispose of all asbestos-contaminated soil at the site, and provide the state with related reports, test results, and invoices.