Environmental Remediation – Chicago (Lincoln Yards)

RW Collins completed a wide array of environmental remediation at the former Finkl & Sons Steel Plant in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This land is being redeveloped for a mixed-use property in the heart of Lincoln Park, known as Lincoln Yards. Numerous challenges were encountered on the more than 100-year-old steel plant site, including 30 underground storage tanks. The land is now ready for redevelopment and green space use for the neighborhood.

Update: Check out this article in Construction Equipment Magazine about our remediation efforts at Lincoln Yards!

A site with a long history of industrial use in the heart of Lincoln Park presented a range of environmental challenges. Working closely with environmental consultants, RW Collins developed a successful plan to tackle tasks from 100,000-gallon concrete underground tanks to lead impacted soil that was treated in situ using soil mixing technologies. Our field crew and heavy equipment operators used skill and precision to excavate 1,500 tons of soil beneath the historic Z-6 Swing Bridge and sheet wall of the Chicago River, in addition to the overall site remediation.

From a logistics standpoint, the site’s location in the heart of Chicago meant that trucks, equipment, and personnel needed to run on a very tight schedule. Our operations and field teams required constant communication to successfully move everyone in and out of the site. This project allowed us to showcase a full suite of environmental remediation technologies and prove that even the dirtiest sites can be tackled with the right knowledge and plan.

Project Facts:

  • 6-month project
  • Over 25,000 tons of contaminated soil removed and hauled
  • More than 200 cubic yards of hazardous lead soils treated to render non-hazardous
  • 30 underground storage tanks removed ranging in size from 500 gallons to 100,000 gallons
  • Recycled 200,000 gallons of petroleum impacted water
  • 30,000 tons of clean concrete recycled
  • Equipment utilized: (2) Caterpillar 336E Excavator, Caterpillar 304 excavator, Caterpillar 950G Wheel Loader, New Holland LS-185 Skid Steer, Caterpillar D-5 Dozer

This project was completed safely without incident, on time, and under budget.

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