Department of Defense Experience – Small Arms Firing Range Upgrade – Portsmouth, Virginia

To date, EFS has completed approximately 4,000 environmental projects ranging from direct push sampling to facility decommissioning and demolition. Below is a case study on one of their previous projects.

EFS was contracted to perform Small Arms Firing Upgrades at the United States Coast Guard Integrated Support Command (USCG – ISC) Base in Portsmouth, Virginia. The project was performed under a contract with Readiness Management Support LLC under the United States Air Force AFCAP contract. EFS was retained to perform lead remediation and clean construction services at the site. Initially, EFS excavated, transported and properly disposed of lead-contaminated soil, and demolished and disposed of the former firing range backstop structures. Additionally, EFS performed complete firing range upgrades at the site.

The scope of services provided by EFS included:

  • Preparing a site specific Health and Safety Plan, Lead Work Plan and Waste Management Plan
  • Excavating, transporting and disposing of 750 CY of lead-contaminated soil and 280 CY of lead-contaminated debris
  • Excavating, transporting and on-site placement of 4,400 CY of non-impacted soil material
  • Installing a 115-feet long x 20-feet wide x 18-inch thick concrete pad for the new firing range trap system
  • Fabricating, installing and painting four steel sidewall baffles (14-feet high x 16-feet wide x 1/4-inch thick) and 23 steel overhead baffles (5.5-feet tall x 4-feet wide x 3/8-inch thick) including 92 feet of 16-inch x 12-inch x 5/16-inch structural tubing
  • Installing 3,000 linear feet of 4-inch x 8-inch salt-treated rough cut lumber
  • Installing new storm water control features at the site including concrete storm water control basins, reinforced concrete piping, 120-feet long x 30-feet wide retention pond, rip rap, etc.
  • Furnishing power, tie-ins, grounding and vaults to the new trap system
  • Constructing a new 14-22-feet wide x 250-feet long service road which included installation of sub-grade stone, porous pavement material, seeding and mulching

EFS provided HAZWOPER and lead worker trained personnel to perform the scope of work. All work activities were performed in strict accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Coast Guard, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and local regulation. This project was a highly visible and active site and all work activities were performed by EFS without any lost time incidents.


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