Client: USACE Seattle
Location: Fairchild AFB, WA
Completion Year: 2020
Scope of Work: Environmental Assessment
Through our joint venture, Brice-AECOM JV1, we prepared an Installation Development Environmental Assessment (IDEA) to analyze the impacts of 13 proposed development projects in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The directive was to investigate, study, analyze, consult, document, and provide public interface support addressing impacts of the proposed projects at Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB). We completed a second task order for the base that included preparing an updated Master Site Plan (MSP) for the White Bluff site. Brice-AECOM was also tasked with developing alternatives for individual projects and preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzed the impacts of the proposed development projects.
The initial task order involved data collection to gather and review GFI, including the EIAP, existing NEPA documents, and relevant environmental documents. Data requested included wetlands, floodplains, threatened/endangered species, cultural resources, air quality, and noise information. We then reviewed existing documentation provided by the FAFB EIAP manager and installation representatives to help structure the EA and identify any gaps in documentation/data. We attended a three-day site visit to meet with FAFB personnel and collect planning, operational, and background environmental resource information required to establish baseline conditions, document proposed project details, and identify areas where additional data may be required. We provided technical and statutory/regulatory review, analysis, and discussions to integrate comments from installation stakeholders on IDEA-related programs, and development of a detailed project schedule. Based on the outcomes of the meetings and data gathering, we developed a preliminary draft, draft, and final Description of the Proposed Action and Alternatives (DOPAA) to establish “reasonable” alternative(s) for each planned development project. The DOPAA included evaluation and analysis of the Preferred Alternative, other action alternatives, and a No-action Alternative for each project to be included in the IDEA.
The second task order also involved completing an MSP update for FAFB’s White Bluff site. We updated building setbacks, defined limits on expansion, mapped remaining technically/environmentally acceptable building sites at White Bluff, and identified 21 future development projects. We generated the MSP as a preliminary draft and draft final for government review and comment, and a final version for delivery with the final EA. Brice-AECOM maintained an administrative record with all pertinent documents and correspondence.
- Received “Very Good” ratings (Quality, Schedule) and “Exceptional” rating *Management) on recent interim CPARS dated October 2020
- Produced high quality, accurate deliverables consistently throughout the TO, resulting in minimal substantial comments from stakeholders to maintain the project schedule