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Long Beach, Calif-based SCS Engineers received a Phoenix Award for transforming a long-abandoned, polluted property into a bustling retail center. Photo: SCS Engineers

Chesterfield Square, a brownfield project in Los Angeles, has received a Phoenix Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and International City/County Management Association.

Long Beach, Calif.-based SCS Engineers designed and orchestrated the project. The company accepted a Community Impact Award, recognizing exceptional projects in smaller communities, at the 2005 U.S. Brownfields Conference in November, for its work at the site. Located on the southwest corner of Western and Slauson Avenues in south Los Angeles, Chesterfield Square is a 325,000-square-foot retail complex sited on 31 acres, anchored by a grocery store, hardware store, fast-food restaurants, and other businesses. Previously, the property had housed a lumber mill, dairy creamery, shopping center, metal reclamation yard, and other long-defunct businesses.

At the onset of the project, engineers had to deal with underground storage tanks that harbored petroleum hydrocarbons and various hazardous materials. They removed the tanks and worked closely with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to ensure the remediation effort was successful and compliant. SCS also provided oversight during asbestos abatement and collected clearance samples.

The award is SCS's second commendation for work on a brownfield project in 2005. The PETCO Park and East Village revitalization project recently received a Phoenix Award for its positive affect on a formerly neglected area of San Diego.

For more information about the Phoenix Awards or the U.S. Brownfields Conference, visit www.icma.org.