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One of the greatest risks in the development and management of your built environment is obtaining permits and regulatory approvals. Site selection, planning, and engineering won’t get the project done if the permits don’t come through. The need to gain permits from multiple agencies requires proper phasing of permitting efforts. The right sequence of design and permitting activities controls costs by developing only the necessary amount of design prior to issuance of final permits.

We provide technical support for:

  • Environmental impact assessment and mitigation
  • Coastal areas and resources
  • Inland wetlands, rivers, and protected habitats
  • Floodplain resources
  • Planning and zoning compliance
  • Stormwater management compliance
  • Wastewater management and water supply
  • Subdivision of land

In support of these important efforts, Woodard & Curran maintains a robust Ecological Services group able to complete all phases of environmental permitting, including field studies, permit negotiation and completion, and mitigation or restoration design and construction. We specialize in complex permitting projects and in achieving cost-effective solutions for both the project and the environment. For more information, see our Ecological Services page.

Woodard & Curran’s construction management services complement the design and permitting phases of projects by providing knowledgeable guidance on field changes and compliance. Our experienced staff offers the following services to complete construction on time and within budget:

  • Construction contract preparation
  • Bid evaluation
  • Construction administration
  • Contractor oversight
  • Field inspection
  • Shop drawing review
  • Field change evaluation and design

Project Hightlights 

Permitting and Civil/Site Design
The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
The Jackson Labortory is the world’s largest mammalian genetic research facility and supplies universities, medical schools, and research laboratories all over the world with approximately 2 million JAX®Mice annually. Jackson Laboratory turns to Woodard & Curran for all its permitting needs, including SLOD, NRPA, stormwater, air emissions, and local planning board approvals. Woodard & Curran has also helped Jackson Laboratory with master planning and site design. Projects have included permitting at two major research buildings, mouse production facilities, several parking lots, administrative buildings, a new emergency generator building, a new core operations center for warehousing, loading docks, and facilities management. Woodard & Curran successfully supported Jackson Laboratory’s through a NEPA review that resulted in a finding of no significant impact that allowed it to move forward with the installation of a large wood-pellet-fired boiler, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Athletic Fields Upgrades
City of Stamford, CT
Flooding issues and the presence of contaminated soils had the City of Stamford, CT searching for a solution to improve field conditions and protect the environment and residents’ health at three properties in the city. Stamford turned to the design-build team of Woodard & Curran and DeRosa Tennis Contractors, Inc. to permit, design, and construct replacements of existing natural grass athletic fields with synthetic turf. Because environmental conditions at the sites were generally complex, and included contaminated soils and historical flooding issues, Woodard & Curran made careful provisions for the management of contaminated soil to address environmental and health risks due to the contamination. Woodard & Curran also employed advanced stormwater management strategies, including subsurface detention and piping systems, to address historical flooding conditions, control stormwater flow and minimize game play downtime. The project received an Engineering Excellence Award from the Connecticut chapter American Council of Engineering Companies.

Brownfield Redevelopment for Retail
Target Corporation, CT

Read about Woodard & Curran's brownfield redevelopment work for Target. 

Road Reconstruction
City of Ellsworth, ME
Woodard & Curran serves as the City of Ellsworth’s primary engineering consultant in all aspects of municipal infrastructure planning, design, and construction. In addition to working with city officials to manage water and wastewater systems and assist with code reviews, Woodard & Curran supports the City Manager and Department of Public Works with the evaluation and upkeep of local roads and City streets. This included developing scoring criteria to prioritize the road improvement projects based on level of service, condition, traffic, drainage and safety. Woodard & Curran has worked on the full-depth reconstruction of a number of streets, major stormwater improvements that address flooding and stormwater quality issues, and altering traffic patterns to improve safety among other projects.

Municipal Pier Reconstruction
Searsport, ME
When two gale force storms hammered the Maine coast less than a week apart, they left the outer section of the Searsport Municipal Pier damaged beyond repair. The Town of Searsport hired Woodard & Curran to design a replacement that would be able to better withstand harsh weather. Woodard & Curran developed a modular crib design using treated lumber to resist rot, and reusing granite ballast from the destroyed pier. During demolition of the old structure, it was apparent that the surface below the pier consisted of jumbled granite blocks that could not easily be leveled. To compensate, an underwater granite slab was poured under the assembled modular pier before the ballast was added. The contractors worked through the winter months in order to meet Searsport’s deadline and return the pier to its status as an integral part of the seaside community.

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Joseph Barbagallo, PE, DEE