- PCB remediation
- Decommissioning design
- Ready for Reuse designation by EPA
- Construction management
URS provided construction management and remediation services for the decommissioning of the Austin Energy Seaholm Power Plant in Austin, Texas. At the conclusion of this project, EPA issued a Ready for Reuse certification for the facility—the first ever granted for unrestricted use of a PCB remediation site. The project was awarded the Gold Medal in the environmental category of the 2005 Texas Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Awards competition.
Built in 1950, the Seaholm Power Plant provided electrical power to the city of Austin for approximately 40 years before closing in 1990. In 1991, the Austin City Council resolved to preserve Seaholm, transforming it into a mixed-use public space with housing, entertainment and cultural attractions.
URS developed a solution that would fulfill the EPA’s Ready for Reuse requirements, maintain the structural integrity of this landmark building and limit the amount of investment required by the building owner. The project was completed for the original contract price within six months. The innovative approach resulted in an approximate savings of $2.29 million for Austin Energy. These savings allowed Austin Energy to move forward with the redevelopment project ahead of schedule and will allow Seaholm to soon become a flagship public destination in the downtown Austin revitalization program.