Memo Regarding Recommendation to Authorize the Acting City Manager to Execute a One-Year Agreement with Terraphase Engineering in an Amount Not to Exceed $143,900, with the Option of Three One-Year Extensions, for a Total Four-Year Expend, July 10, 2018
Alameda Point was an active United States Navy (Navy) base from 1940 to 1997. While active, as many as 18,000 personnel worked at the Naval Air Station (NAS Alameda). It was selected for closure as part of the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Operational closure occurred in April 1997.
Alameda Point is a federal “Superfund” site due to contamination in the soil and groundwater associated with the Navy’s past use of the property. It is comprised of 300 petroleum sites and 34 federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) installation restoration sites, many of which have been remediated and closed. The Navy is responsible for the clean-up of contamination associated with its former activities at Alameda Point, and has been actively investigating and remediating the property for the last 15+ years, during which time it has spent over $500 million on these efforts.
The City uses a professional environmental consultant to provide services regarding the Navy’s remediation of the former NAS Alameda, conveyance of land from the Navy to the City and new development. The environmental consultant will serve as a strategic advisor and must possess a comprehensive understanding or the history of Alameda Point to interact with the Navy, environmental regulators, the City Council, community and developer, potential investors, and staff on numerous and diverse hazardous material issues. Peter Russell of Russell Resources, who served as the City’s long-time environmental consultant for Alameda Point, retired 2017. The City subsequently entered into a contract with Roux Associates, which expired June 30, 2018. City staff recommends entering into a new agreement with Terraphase Engineering to provide environmental consulting for Alameda Point moving forward. Staff had entered into an initial short-term contract with Terraphase in the amount of $20,000 for a 6-8 week period to become familiar with existing documents, get them up to speed on the current work plan and begin work on time-sensitive projects.