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the infrastructure for the site and local environment consultants CATLIN Engineers and Scientists to design a waste management plan. “We looked at the entire site as one large ecosystem enhancement project,” says Kraig Kern, vice president and director of marketing for WK Dickson. “The physical constraints of the site and proximity to the Cape Fear River, coupled with the fact that this site was contaminated from years of industrial use, created a potential recipe for environmental catastrophe.” The architects and engineers installed a stormwater filtration system that was inno-vative and flexible enough to also serve the future convention hotel. The system cap-tures all stormwater runoff onsite, directs it to underground filtration chambers, filters it through fine sand, and then discharges it cleanly into the Cape Fear River. During construction, this approach clearly separated surface water runoff from the project site’s existing contaminated soil and water. General contractor J.M. Thompson then removed all contaminated soil and water by pumping loads of water into tanker trunks and hauling the soil offsite. 79 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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