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Registration & Networking – Continental Breakfast

  Welcome & Opening Panel: Challenges & Lessons Learned
    Moderator: Marjan Foruzani, Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC
    - Lucy Auster, King County  
    - Jodi Gearon, Washington Dept. of Ecology
    - Campbell Mathewson, CenturyPacific, LLL
    - Susan Morales, U.S. EPA Region 10

9:30-10:45 Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks 

Development Issues & Tools

1A Re-Use Project Economics - Critical Factors

Finances and risk management are central to any real estate project, but redevelopment adds a new level of complexity. Explore the special risk factors that can impact a re-use project’s economics and how to manage them, including containing clean-up costs, controlling schedules, and factoring in regulatory uncertainty.


- Tom Mergy, PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc.

- Bill Joyce, Joyce Ziker Parkinson, PLLC
- Brian Rockey, Peoples Bank
- Susan Stead, Parker, Smith & Feek


Public Sector Strategies

1B Understanding the Business of Development

When a public entity becomes responsible for a brownfield site, the staff may need to take on the unfamiliar role of a developer. Learn the fundamental building blocks of the commercial development process, including site-use options, market analysis, economic modeling, and financing – with a focus on public or public/private projects.   

Michael Stringer, Maul Foster & Alongi
 - Matt Anderson, Heartland, LLC
- Su Dowie, Foss Development Authority
- Jeff Robinson, City of SeaTac

Cleanup Approaches & Technologies

1C Cleanup Approaches That Work

Developers want cleanup methods that are fast, inexpensive, don’t restrict site use, and have predictable outcomes. Meanwhile, all approaches involve trade-offs among these same factors. Review a set of commonly used remediation techniques, their strengths and weaknesses, and where they are best applied - including electrical resistive heating, engineered soil excavation and disposal, and landfill gas mitigation.

- Mindy DeYoung, Riddell Williams P.S.

- Nels Cone, Andersen Environmental
- Jeremy Davis, Landau Associates, Inc. 
- David Flemming, TRS Group, Inc.

10:45-11:15 Networking Break

11:15-12:30 Session 2 – Concurrent Tracks

Development Issues & Tools

2A Managing Liability - Regulatory & Contractual Tools

Environmental liability can survive the initial cleanup or property transfer, and this residual liability needs to be understood and potentially allocated by both an owner/seller and a buyer/future owner. Using a hypothetical contaminated property transaction, explore the wide variety of regulatory and contractual issues and options available to protect the interests of parties.

- Mike Ehlebracht, Hart Crowser, Inc.

- Ken Lederman, Foster Pepper PLLC
- Doug MacCourt, Ater Wynne LLP


Public Sector Strategies

2B Financing Public Projects - A Packaged Approach

Public entities typically have limited resources to invest in the redevelopment of environmentally impaired properties. Learn about state and federal programs that offer technical assistance and financing resources for publicly owned projects, how they can be leveraged to get a project off the ground, and about a successful redevelopment project that is leveraging multiple funding sources.

- Tim Syverson, Landau Associates, Inc.
- Jodi Gearon, Washington Dept. of Ecology 
- Erik Gerking, Port of Everett
- Bill Mandeville, Washington Dept. of Commerce

Cleanup Approaches & Technologies

2C Innovations in Cleanup 


New technologies are continually being developed that target the contamination remediation process. Hear about some recent innovations in the field – along with their strengths, application scenarios, and their challenges gaining acceptance in this often risk-averse arena.


- Fred Blickle, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

Ashley Cedzo, Regenesis
- Ben Martich, Geosyntec Consultants
- Tyler Oester, SoundEarth Strategies, Inc.
 LUNCH & Keynote Address:
    A-P Hurd, Vice President, Touchstone
2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks

Development Issues & Tools

3A Paying for Cleanup  
In principle, the property owner is responsible for contamination cleanup costs, but there are often other resources available. Review a range of options, including cost-recovery from prior owners or tenants, insurance claims, and government assistance programs.


 - David Rabbino, Tonkon Torp LLP

Chris Gdak, Stantec Consulting
Thomas M. Kilbane, Attorney at Law
- Dave Valinetz, Restorical Research


Public Sector Strategies

3B Public/Private Development Agreements

The public sector is increasingly turning to private funding to develop commercial projects on publicly owned land. Learn about these types of development agreements – what they entail, where they are appropriate, and how to structure them.

 - Mike Mendes, ERM

 - Josh Brower, Veris Law Group
- Ignacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling
- Jerry Johnson, Pacifica Law Group

Cleanup Approaches & Technologies

3C Integrating Site-Use Planning with Cleanup

Substantial benefits can be achieved by dovetailing a site’s cleanup requirements with site-use planning and redevelopment. Explore how this type of integration can reduce total project costs, improve remedial outcomes, and introduce fresh ideas into site conceptualization and implementation.

 - Glen Wallace, Pacific Groundwater Group

Grant Hainsworth, Crete Consulting
  - Peter Hapke, Advocates Law Group, PLLC
- Lise Ward, City of Seattle
3:15-3:45 Networking Break  

3:45-5:00 Session 4 Concurrent Tracks

Development Issues & Tools

4A Obstacles to Redevelopment

Redevelopment projects don’t always go smoothly. Examine situations where contamination-related issues or other environmental factors – arising at various points in the redevelopment process – led to project cancellation or significant delay, and what can be learned from these examples.

 - Chris Carter, SoundEarth Strategies, Inc.

 - Chris Rossman, The Wolff Company
- Scott Shock, Exponent
- Chuck Wolfe, Charles Wolfe Law

Public Sector Strategies

4B Community-Level Planning & Engagement  

Communities are increasingly looking at their brownfields sites and cleanup projects in the context of a community wide plan. Learn how public engagement and visioning can lead to a comprehensive strategy that also includes needed city plan elements such as supportive zoning, land use provisions, and industrial land use policies.

- Arnie Sugar, HWA Geosciences Inc.

- Chris Andersen, City of Auburn
- Allan Giffen, City of Everett
- Lisa Lefeber, Port of Everett     

Cleanup Approaches & Technologies

4C Emerging Issues in Remediation


Some cleanup issues are new, while some (literally) won’t go away. Explore a set of diverse topics currently challenging the industry, including upland source control and recalcitrant chemicals, complex chemical distribution and the groundwater-surface water-sediment pathway, and green and sustainable remediation policies and strategies.


- Elena Ramirez, SCS Engineers

- Noah Garguilo, AECOM
- Steve Germiat, Aspect Consulting, LLC
- Ben Starr, Integral Consulting, Inc.
5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception