BRAC Redevelopment Consulting Support: Environmental Assessment, Engineering, and Compliance Consulting Support Services, Former NAS Barbers Point, Oahu, HI

Based on years of industry experience and expertise, Weston brings high-quality environmental consulting support to Kalaeloa Ventures LLC to facilitate property transfer and redevelopment at the former Naval Air Station (NAS) Barbers Point, Oahu, HI.

Weston is providing ongoing support and has executed over 22 separate Task Orders under the Kalaeloa redevelopment program at the former NAS Barbers Point for Hunt Development LLC (Hunt). The former NAS Barbers Point was closed under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in 1995, but the U.S. Navy retained over 540 acres that were subsequently leased to Hunt under a Lease in Furtherance of Conveyance in 2007. Hunt, in their efforts to facilitate property transfer from the Navy, has relied on Weston’s specialized experience and expertise with the BRAC process to expedite property transfer.

Weston is supporting Hunt in the technical environmental evaluation of multiple parcels of land in Kalaeloa for redevelopment and supporting varying environmental due-diligence activities, including review of the Navy’s Environmental Conditions of Property documents, regulatory review and liaison, performing soil and groundwater assessment activities on multiple parcels, completing compliance inspections of a permitted underground injection stormwater well system across the area, and preparing extensive GIS mapping based on historical information.

Weston performed a review to assess the environmental risks associated with the privatization of the water and wastewater systems at Kalaeloa. The environmental review was conducted to identify risks associated with the operation, maintenance, and compliance of the utility systems on over 13 miles of water and wastewater infrastructure. Environmental assessment activities have included the sampling of potentially asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paint contaminated media, soil, and groundwater for the determination of environmental risks to Hunt, which may be acquired through the purchase or lease of property.

We have worked closely with Hunt to help identify and quantify the environmental risk and develop strategies to negotiate with the Navy to expedite property transfer. Achieving regulatory site closure on these lingering environmentally impacted parcels, allows them to be developed for community benefit, including schools, recreation centers, and retirement living communities. Through the transfer process, Hunt will be able to sequence the cleanup of priority parcels to facilitate redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization, thereby accelerating community reuse.

Weston has worked closely with Hunt to review, assess, and evaluate the constantly changing priority parcels and the critical infrastructure to identify environmental risks associated with their development. Weston understands the importance of public and private partnerships and the significance of Community Development Corporations and other neighborhood entities in guiding local land use planning and decision making.