Floyd|Snider News and Events

Floyd|Snider Summer Hours
July 2020

As a B Corporation, caring for our employees, our community, and the environment is always our top priority. As part of this commitment, we are implementing summer hours for July and August! For these 2 months, our office will be closed on Fridays while our employees enjoy the precious Pacific Northwest summer. To learn more about what being a B Corporation means to us, read our Annual Report.


Floyd|Snider Celebrates International Volunteer Day 2019
December 2019

volunteering 2019Members of Floyd|Snider’s staff spent an afternoon volunteering with local nonprofits to celebrate International Volunteer Day. This year, we teamed with WestSide Baby and Plymouth Housing to promote equality and inclusion in our community. Staff worked at WestSide Baby, a local nonprofit that works to keep kids safe, warm, and dry by supplying diapers and gently used clothing, equipment, and toys to kids ages 0 to 12. Other members of our team spent time serving food and meeting with residents at Plymouth Housing whose mission is to eliminate homelessness and address its cause by preserving, developing, and operating safe, quality housing and providing adults opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives. It was a rewarding and inspiring afternoon for our staff, and we are so proud of our staffs’ desire to give back.


Congratulations to Layni Wachter and Corey Wilson on Achieving PE Licensure!
November 2019

New PEs 2019Floyd|Snider wishes to congratulate Corey Wilson and Layni Wachter for achieving their Professional Engineering licenses!

Layni has been with Floyd|Snider since 2016 and specializes in complex construction oversight, fee estimate development, and project scheduling and coordination. Layni is currently working on multiple projects involving the development of Feasibility Studies for upland and in-water remediations and is preparing construction documents for the installation of stormwater treatment systems at Terminal 18.

Corey joined Floyd|Snider in 2015 and provides project management, design, and construction oversight for a wide range of projects involving cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination, stormwater conveyance and treatment, and dredge material management for public and private clients. Corey is project lead supporting multiple industrial clients with engineering design and capital expenditure analysis to update facility infrastructure and improve stormwater quality.

Check out updates on all of our staff, including new hires, on our website.


Jessi Massingale Presents at 20th Annual CERCLA/MTCA Sediment Remediation Conference
September 2019

Jessi CERCLA confFloyd|Snider Principal Jessi Massingale, PE, presented at this year’s Advanced Conference for CERCLA/MTCA Sediment Remediation. Her presentation, “Thea Foss and Wheeler-Osgood Waterways Superfund Site: Approach to Long-Term Monitoring with Ubiquitous Urban Contaminants,” provided an overview of our on-going work with the City of Tacoma for Long-Term Monitoring of the Thea Foss and Wheeler-Osgood Waterways cleanup. The talk presented how, in collaboration with USEPA, we have successfully demonstrated that the remedy remains protective and continues to function effectively. Our work has led to close-out of the Superfund site remedial actions 12 years post-remedial construction completion. Aspects of the project that are applicable to other urban waterway sediment cleanup sites were also presented. Floyd|Snider was the prime environmental consultant for the remedial action construction and has since overseen remedial monitoring and is now completing preparation of the Remedial Action Report.


Floyd|Snider Recognized As a Best For the World Company
September 2019

Best for the WorldFor the second year in a row, Floyd|Snider has been honored as a global leader using business as a force for good by being named Best for the World by B Lab. Floyd|Snider received recognition in the Best for the World: Overall category, as well as in the Environment, Governance, and Workers categories. These honors recognize Floyd|Snider’s commitment to managing our business in a manner that provides benefit to our employees, our communities, and the environment, as well as providing financial benefit to our shareholders. As an ESOP, our shareholders and our employees are one and the same! Read more about our efforts in Floyd|Snider’s B Impact Report and our Benefit and Sustainability Annual Report.


Floyd|Snider Staff Get New Perspective of Cleanup Sites
September 2019

Staff members spent a beautiful afternoon on the Duwamish River last week, visiting some of our cleanup sites by kayak. Alki Kayak Tours took 22 employees out for an amazing tour from the South Park Marina to north of the First Avenue South Bridge. Floyd|Snider is proud of our work along the Duwamish, and we enjoy giving back through donations and participation in volunteer efforts with local groups such as ECOSS and Duwamish Alive!kayaking


Floyd|Snider Named a Washington Best Workplace for 2019
August 2019

WA Best WorkplacesOn August 22, Floyd|Snider was honored alongside other Washington State businesses as one of Washington’s Best Workplaces for 2019. The Puget Sound Business Journal accepts nominations yearly, and award recipients are then determined based on staff survey results. Members of our staff went to T-Mobile Park to receive the award and celebrate. We pride ourselves on the support we provide our employees—from career growth opportunities to personal fulfillment. As one employee put it, “[Floyd|Snider] is a community, a family, and a team all at once. My coworkers are passionate about their jobs, about quality, and about supporting each other. I plan to retire here.”


Community and Change Building with Other B Corps!
July 2019

Floyd|Snider is constantly working to become a better company—doing good for the world, our communities, and our employees. We have recently taken steps to further our dedication to our employees and communities through two inspiring conferences. Kate Snider was recently asked to participate in a summit in New York City, bringing together leaders from employee-owned benefit corporations across the nation. The goal of the meeting was “building a movement to grow mission-oriented employee-owned firms.” We are proud to be 1 of approximately 53 employee-owned benefit corporations in the U.S. Learn more about the convening here and here.

Kate and shareholder Kristen Legg recently traveled to Portland for the annual Pacific Northwest B Corp Leadership Development conference. The theme for this event was “Building the B Ecosystem,” where ideas around shared values and working toward inclusivity were explored. Local B Corps were highlighted throughout the event, focusing on creating a truly collaborative and equitable work culture, sustainability, and our responsibility to the world as a B Corp.


Floyd|Snider Staff Volunteer in the Community
May 2019

NWHarvest TeamFloyd|Snider staff recently joined Northwest Harvest at the Cherry Street Food Bank to help provide food to our Seattle neighbors. Through its network of 375 food banks, meal programs, and high-needs schools throughout Washington, Northwest Harvest provides 2 million meals each month; these meals are provided freely to anyone in need, with a focus on respecting their dignity while providing nutritious food. At the Cherry Street Food Bank, a few blocks from Floyd|Snider’s offices, we spent a morning sorting fresh vegetables, packaging dry goods, and distributing fresh food and bag lunches to more than 500 clients. We found the work rewarding and look forward to future volunteer opportunities with Northwest Harvest. Floyd|Snider is proud to offer our employees an extra week of paid leave each year to use in service to the community, which is just one of the ways Floyd|Snider fulfills our commitment to being a benefit corporation. Learn more about our volunteers in our 2019 Annual Report.


Floyd|Snider Staff Publish on Deriving Representative Background Concentrations at Sediment Sites
April 2019

Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht, along with other members of the Sediment Management Work Group, have published an article, “Important Considerations in the Derivation of Background at Sediment Sites,” in the journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. The article details the scientific approach to determining representative background concentrations of contaminants at a sediment site while taking into account natural and anthropogenic sources that may continue to affect the site even after remediation. The article states, “Representative background concentrations are critical for putting site-related risk into context, developing a cost-effective and technically feasible remedial approach, understanding the potential for recontamination, and ensuring long-term remedy success.” Dr. Geiselbrecht has participated in the successful development of an ASTM Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action – Monitoring (ASTM E3164-18, available at https://www.astm.org/Standards/E3164.htm) with Appendix X2 concerning the derivation of background. Dr. Geiselbrecht is currently participating in an ASTM Standard Guide concerning the determination of representative background concentrations. The group also presented their work during the International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments in New Orleans, February 2019, at a session titled “Scientific Methods for Determining Anthropogenic Background.”


Floyd|Snider Becomes a 2019 Sponsor for Women in Environment
February 2019

WIE logoFloyd|Snider is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of Women in Environment (WIE) for 2019. The WIE organization is a non-profit established to foster professional development and growth for women in the environmental field through networking, education, and mentoring.

Lynn Grochala has been a member of the Seattle mentoring committee since it was founded in 2014. She was a mentor from 2014 through 2017 and has acted as “super mentor” since 2018. Kara Hitchko has been a member of the Seattle networking committee since 2012 and the education committee since 2014. She has worked to organize professional development events including workshops and panel events covering topics from technical writing to successful project completion, and networking events ranging from snowshoe outings to happy hour mixers. Several other Floyd|Snider employees have participated in mentoring groups, including Amanda McKay, Pam Osterhout, and Adia Jumper.

Floyd|Snider will be sponsoring the Seattle spring professional development event. For more information on WIE visit their website.


Megan King, PE, Promoted to Key Leadership Position
January 2019

Megan King, PEFloyd|Snider is pleased to announce that Ms. Megan King, PE, has been promoted to the position of Associate Principal.

Megan has been with Floyd|Snider since 2006. She is a professional environmental engineer and senior project manager with 15 years of experience in upland and in-water hazardous waste remediation, project management, and facilitation. Her extensive experience has been applied to a full range of environmental cleanup and restoration projects throughout the Pacific Northwest—for ports, municipalities, industries, and developers. Megan’s skills include construction management, remedial design and implementation, strategic planning, and agency and stakeholder negotiations. Megan is also an experienced facilitator, assisting groups with long-term planning, community outreach, and team-building.

Megan holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Portland. She is extremely active in the professional community, participating in outreach with local universities, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Washington Public Ports Association, and other professional networks. Megan is also a volunteer member of the leadership team at Camp Leo for Children with Diabetes, a non-profit organization that provides a safe and educational overnight camping experience for children and teens with Type 1 Diabetes. Megan expanded the camp program in 2013 to include high school aged campers and has directed the high school camp sessions ever since.

The level of respect and care that Megan demonstrates in her technical and strategic work for Floyd|Snider’s clients, along with her commitment to community and environment, exemplify the values Floyd|Snider holds as a Certified B Corp. We are committed to performing our consulting services and managing our business to provide benefit to our employees, our communities, and the environment, in addition to providing financial benefit to our shareholders. We are proud to have Megan as a member of our leadership team.


Floyd|Snider Staff Volunteer in the Community
November 2018

WestSide BabyFloyd|Snider staff had an amazing time volunteering with WestSide Baby recently. WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization that collects previously owned items for children and babies and distributes them free of charge to King County families in need. Members of our staff spent the morning filling orders for families in need and learning about all of the amazing ways WestSide Baby helps our community. We are proud to offer our employees an extra week of paid leave each year to use in service. Learn more about our volunteers in our 2018 Annual Report.


Floyd|Snider Awarded Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed Long-Term Management EIS
September 2018

CLLDWIn June, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services selected Floyd|Snider to lead Phase 2 of the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed Long-Term Management Project. Floyd|Snider will work with an interdisciplinary team to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that documents probable environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives for long-term management of the resource, and mitigation measures that would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance environmental quality.

Tessa Gardner-Brown of Floyd|Snider will serve as Project Manager for the work, working closely with Jessi Massingale, who will lead agency and tribal coordination efforts. ESA will serve as the EIS lead; EnviroIssues will manage public outreach; Moffatt & Nichol will lead conceptual design and hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling; and Herrera will conduct the geomorphic assessment, as well as water resources and invasive species analysis. The Floyd|Snider Team is supplemented by a variety of additional specialty firms, with technical expertise ranging from economic to transportation analyses.  

Scoping for the EIS is planned to begin in late September 2018. EIS scoping is a formal process to solicit comments that will help to determine the range of alternatives, impacts, and potential mitigation measures to be evaluated in the EIS. Long-term management planning for the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed has been ongoing for 30 years. The EIS is intended to identify a preferred alternative for long-term management.


Floyd|Snider Welcomes New Staff
July 2018

2018 HiresFloyd|Snider is growing and thriving! We are thrilled to announce a wonderful group of new employees who have joined our team over the past few months! Scott Adamek, PE, LG, has over 28 years of experience in engineering and geology and brings a wealth of experience in upland remediation, engineering design, stormwater management, construction procurement, and construction management. Emily Jackson, EIT, is an environmental engineer with 10 years of experience in ecological and human health risk assessments, upland remediation and redevelopment, sediment dredge and cap design, hazardous waste management, construction cost estimating, permitting, and construction management. Christy Heaton brings 10 years of GIS experience providing GIS analysis and project management support through development project life cycles and finding creative ways to automate geoprocessing tasks. Adia Jumper, EIT, is a civil engineer and recent college graduate providing technical support in field investigations and remedial investigations and feasibility studies, including soil and groundwater sampling and sub-slab soil vapor sampling at upland sites. Kenneth Moore has more than 10 years of experience as an editor specializing in science and policy content. Camille Capers has over 7 years of experience in accounting and project billing. To learn more about our team, visit our staff page
Photo (left to right): Kenneth Moore; Christy Heaton; Camille Capers; Adia Jumper, EIT; Emily Jackson, EIT; Scott Adamek, PE, LG


Floyd|Snider Honored by B Corp as a Best for the World Company
June 2018

BestfortheWorld2018Floyd|Snider was one of 12 Washington businesses honored by B Lab as a global leader creating the future of business. The 2018 Best for the World Honoree list was announced earlier this month, highlighting B Corps that are proving that competing not only to be best in the world but best for the world is a winning strategy. Floyd|Snider was honored in a number of categories: Best for the World Overall, Best for the Environment, Best for Workers, and Best for the World: Governance. We are proud to be a certified B Corp and to have been recognized for our dedication to the environment, our community, and our employees. To learn more about our commitment to a better work environment, click here.


Floyd|Snider Fitness Program Provides Community Building and Wellness
May, 2018

MassageFitPart of Floyd|Snider’s mission as a certified B Corporation is to provide our employees with opportunities to improve—both in their career and personally. We are proud to work with MassageFit Solutions every week, providing weekly workout sessions (adult recess!) and onsite massages to our staff. We have enjoyed circuit training, yoga, and outdoor fitness challenges for the past year, and everyone involved has great things to say! “The classes are a great way to rejuvenate and reset for the rest of the week.” “The instructors are really knowledgeable about a range of fitness topics and always tailor the class to the goals of the participants.” “I leave my massage feeling relaxed and invigorated!” We highly recommend MassageFit Solutions for any organization looking to expand their employee wellness program. Check it out herethe video on the website features several Floyd|Snider employees!

Floyd|Snider staff members Kristen Legg and Gabe Cisneros have also volunteered with The Duncan Connection, a non-profit organization run by MassageFit’s creator, Tiana Duncan. Kristen, a former professional dancer and choreographer, has taught multiple introductory dance classes to the group, bringing new styles of movement and artistry to people who may not have had access to dance training in the past. Gabe volunteered as an instructor with The Duncan Connection and Vertical Generations for a night of bouldering, pizza, and fun! The Duncan Connection provides low-cost fitness classes, wellness resources, and water safety education for all ages regardless of background.


Floyd|Snider Employees Make A Difference
February, 2018

Floyd|Snider provides employees with an extra week of paid leave each year to use in service to the non-profit of their choice. We choose, through a variety of thoughtful business and personal practices, to remain committed to environmental stewardship and the value of environmental quality within our community. That’s part of what makes us a B Corporation.

Gabe ClimbingWe want to celebrate one of our own, Gabriel Cisneros, for all that he does in his volunteer work. Gabe, a licensed Geologist, volunteers his time with Access Fund and the Washington Climber Coalition by working with land managers to care for climbing areas within state parks and privately owned land. He is currently working with the Larrabee State Park to help organize a cleanup day that will consist of litter and graffiti cleanup in hard to reach places, and exploring the potential to develop new trails to new climbing areas within the park. Employees like Gabe make us a strong B Corporation.

To learn more about our commitment to the environment and our community, check out our Annual Report. You can also stay connected to us on LinkedIn.


Floyd|Snider Celebrates B Corp Month
February, 2018

B Corp VolunteersFebruary is B Corp Month, and we’re excited to celebrate our status as a B Corporation! As a Certified B Corporation, we assist clients in defining and achieving project goals for contaminated upland and aquatic properties, while managing our business in a way that provides benefit to our community, our employees, and the environment. We are proud to be the first environmental consulting firm certified by B Lab in the United States! Becoming both a Social Purpose Corporation and Certified B Corp solidified our commitment to being a socially responsible company.We are dedicated to supporting a good quality of life for our employees, and offer benefits and shares in company ownership for all employees, comfortable and ergonomic office spaces, and opportunities for professional and personal growth. Learn more about our commitment to being a socially responsible company in our Annual Report. #BCorpMonth


Tessa Gardner-Brown Volunteers with Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group
October, 2017

Tessa VolunteerTessa Gardner-Brown volunteered alongside teaming partner Confluence Environmental Company at the first annual Fall Fundraiser for the Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group. Tessa worked at the event’s oyster bar, shucking Shigoku and Kumamoto oysters, sustainably harvested from waters of the Puget Sound. The fundraiser provides support to the Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, whose mission is to restore streams and near-shore habitat in our region, which provides benefit to salmon and other aquatic species. You can find out more about the non-profit here.


Kate Snider Serves as Emcee at ECOSS Event
October, 2017

Pinkapalooza 2017Firm Principal and co-founder, Kate Snider, served as emcee and auctioneer at the first annual ECOSS Pinkapalooza BLOCK Party. The fundraiser, which took place at Jack Block Park in West Seattle, included dinner, performances, and a raise the paddle event. Over $73,000 was raised to aid ECOSS in their mission to educate and empower businesses and diverse communities to implement environmentally sustainable practices including stormwater compliance, pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and recycling. Floyd|Snider is proud to support ECOSS in their valuable work. Learn more about ECOSS at their website.


Brett Beaulieu, LHG, Presents at NEBC's Northwest Remediation Conference
October, 2017

B&LFloyd|Snider Hydrogeologist Brett Beaulieu, LHG, will be presenting at the Northwest Environmental Business Council’s Northwest Remediation Conference on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Brett will be speaking about the performance and adaptive management of groundwater arsenic remediation technologies at the B&L Woodwaste Site, a former woodwaste landfill in Pierce County, Washington. The conference will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. More information on the conference can be found here. More on the B&L Woodwaste Site can be found in our recently published Green and Sustainable Remediation Program document.


We are Now a Certified B Corp!
September, 2017

Floyd|Snider is now a Certified B Corporation®!

We are excited to be the first environmental consulting firm certified by B Lab® in the United States!

Floyd|Snider has chosen to become a Social Purpose Corporation (SPC) in the state of Washington and a Certified B Corp. We have always performed our consulting services and made business decisions based on how our actions will affect our employees, the environment, and the community at large. Becoming both an SPC and Certified B Corp solidifies our commitment to be a socially responsible company.

Certified B Corps (the B stands for “benefit”) are for-profit companies certified by B Lab®, a global nonprofit, to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B Corps aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp™ certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

Per B Lab®, as of 2017 there is a growing community of more than 2,000 Certified B Corps from over 50 countries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business!

Our commitment to sustainability is also reflected in Floyd|Snider’s Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) program. Our GSR program works to reduce the impact of remedial actions on the environment through strategic remedial investigation, remedy design, and implementation for cost-effective, long-lasting, and low-impact alternatives that enhance the selected remedial action and future use of a site.

Our GSR services also include the ability to integrate qualitative and quantitative remedial footprint analysis and sustainable benefits of projects into the alternatives evaluation and maximize stakeholder understanding of sustainable remediation.


Floyd|Snider Honored at King County Small Business Awards
September, 2017

KC Small BusinessFloyd|Snider was honored today alongside 27 other small businesses at the seventh annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards. King County Executive, Dow Constantine, and other members of local government presented awards. The morning celebrated the success of small businesses and their positive impact within our community. We are proud to have been a finalist for the Green and Sustainable Small Business of the Year. Our Green and Sustainable Remediation program works to reduce the impact of remedial actions on the environment through strategic remedial investigation, remedy design, and implementation for cost-effective, long-lasting, and low-impact alternatives that enhance the selected remedial action and future use of a site. You can learn more about our GSR program here.


Congratulations to Lisa Meoli, MA
September, 2017

Lisa GraduationFloyd|Snider is proud to announce that Lisa Meoli, our Environmental Historian, has completed her Master of the Arts in History from Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. Lisa’s research on the Elwha River dam removal and environmental restoration, and its historical significance in the fields of engineering, landscape ecology, and public policy, was published in Columbia Magazine by the Washington State Historical Society in Summer 2017. Her research focused on the history of the Elwha River and dam removal, and presents a case study of the interdependence between changes in cultural values and the shaping of the environment by temporal human decisions. Her article tells the story of the bidirectional relationship between the Elwha River and local human populations. In July, Lisa was selected to serve on the advisory board for Professional Development and Public Engagement for the American Society of Environmental History. She will be advising on environmental history issues and will bring together practitioners from outside the academy with academics to prepare students for various jobs in the environmental history field.


Tessa Gardner-Brown on Conference Committee for National Assoc. of Environmental Professionals
June, 2017

TessaAfter attending the 2017 annual conference of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) in Durham, North Carolina, Tessa Gardner-Brown sought out opportunities to further support the organization, and began serving as a member of the NAEP Permanent Conference Committee (PCC) in June. The PCC works to ensure “the continued successful planning, implementation, and conduct of NAEP’s Annual Conferences well into the future.” To learn more about NAEP, you can visit their website. This career development follows Tessa’s separate but recent achievement of becoming a Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, in November 2016. Tessa is an Environmental Planner and has been with Floyd|Snider since 2015.


Floyd|Snider Volunteers at Whidbey Institute
May, 2017

Whidbey RetreatDuring a portion of this year’s company retreat held at the Whidbey Institute, Floyd|Snider staff assisted the Institute’s caretakers in clearing debris in the understory and removing invasive species, both of which will aid in improving the health of the forest. This was a meaningful volunteer service activity and a great team-building exercise! The Institute includes over 100 acres of wildlife sanctuary with trails and gardens open to the public daily. They also host programs that contribute to a sustainable and life affirming future, bringing people and organizations together to engage with each other and with nature. For more information on the Whidbey Institute, click here.


Floyd|Snider Celebrates 20 Years and Founder Dr. Teri A. Floyd
April, 2017

20th AnniversaryEarlier this year, Floyd|Snider staff joined with teaming partners, past and present clients, regulatory agency representatives, and former employees to celebrate two exciting milestones in the company’s history: our 20th anniversary, and Dr. Teri A. Floyd’s professional transition to Principal Emeritus status. Guests participated in creative art projects both for Dr. Floyd and the office to display, tasted local whiskeys with a knowledgeable vendor, and heard from some pivotal members of Floyd|Snider’s history and future. A slideshow of images from the event can be viewed here. Dr. Floyd will continue to have a role in our firm as Principal Emeritus, lending her expertise and providing advice and wisdom when needed. Our firm has done so much over the last 20 years, and we look forward to the next 20. 


Floyd|Snider Staff Team with KPFF for Snoqualmie Valley Half Marathon
April, 2017

MarathonWith summer quickly approaching, runners from Floyd|Snider are tightening their laces to begin training for the Snoqualmie Valley Half Marathon, which will take place on June 10, 2017. Floyd|Snider is teaming with runners from KPFF Special Projects to run the race, with a portion of registration fees and all donations going to the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, an organization dedicated to building and coordinating community leadership in the Snoqualmie Valley and promoting youth to lead safe, healthy, and successful lives.

Floyd|Snider and KPFF will also be sponsoring the running team by each giving a donation to the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, an organization with a mission committed to preserving the beautiful 1.5 million acres of land between Seattle and Central Washington, also known as the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance this area, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Currently, bipartisan legislation was just introduced to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area, which would be the first designation in the Pacific Northwest.

The race ends at the scenic Tolt MacDonald Park, along the Tolt River in Carnation. If your running legs aren’t ready for the challenge, feel free to meet us at the finish line to celebrate, share a beer, and enjoy the scenery!

Participating in fun events that support our environment and local community fits with our firm’s commitment to sustainability and fosters local, community involvement.

Check back soon to see our updated green and sustainable remediation page, which highlights Floyd|Snider’s approach to reducing the impact on the environment through strategic remediation, restoration, and best management practices with cost effective, low-impact remediation alternatives that enhance the remedial action and future use of the site.


Floyd|Snider Staff to Present at NEBC Stormwater Conference
February, 2017

NEBC logoFloyd|Snider Associate Principal Stephen Bentsen will present at the 10th annual Northwest Environmental Business Council’s Managing Stormwater in Washington Conference on March 8, 2017, in Tacoma, Washington. Stephen will present on “Container Terminal Stormwater Treatment on a Superfund Site” in the Industrial Treatment Project Showcase. The presentation will focus on addressing stormwater at a marine container terminal, including source control measures, evaluation and selection of stormwater treatment alternatives, and construction at SSA Marine’s Terminal 18 site. For more information on the conference, click here.


Jessi Massingale and Stephen Bentsen are Promoted to Key Leadership Postions at Floyd|Snider
January, 2017

Floyd|Snider is pleased to announce that Ms. Jessi Massingale, PE, has been promoted to the position of Principal and Mr. Stephen Bentsen, PE, has been promoted to the position of Associate Principal.

JessiMassingaleJessi has been with Floyd|Snider since May 2004. She is a professional civil/environmental engineer and oceanographer providing investigation, design, permitting, and regulatory compliance expertise for marine and upland remediation and redevelopment projects. Jessi provides strategic and technical consultation on complex projects that include thoughtful data evaluation, cleanup level development and remedy strategy, remedial design including sediment dredging and cap modeling, comprehensive permitting, construction bid package preparation and documentation, complex cost estimating, and litigation support. Jessi is currently managing multiple projects located in Tacoma, Olympia, Vancouver (Washington), Seattle, and Portland. Jessi lives with her husband and two sons in Bend, Oregon, while maintaining a frequent presence in our Seattle office.

StephenBentsenStephen began at Floyd|Snider in March 2003. He is a professional civil/environmental engineer who specializes in stormwater regulatory compliance and treatment, marine/waterfront sediment and uplands remediation, and construction management. He is particularly skilled with projects that include development and evaluation of stormwater treatment alternatives, remedial alternative evaluation and design, assembly of conceptual and design-level cost estimates, environmental and civil engineering design, and construction management. Stephen currently manages Floyd|Snider projects at multiple sites in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham. Stephen lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.

Jessi and Stephen both bring significant technical expertise and strategic leadership to the firm. We are grateful for their commitment, and the great work they do every day on behalf of their clients to bring new life to industrial properties and improve the nearshore environment. 

We have a lot going on here at Floyd|Snider! Check back for continued updates on news, staff, and services.


F|S to Present at Battelle Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments
January, 2017

Battelle 2017Floyd|Snider will be represented in three presentations given during the Noncontaminant Stressors Session at the Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments January 9 through 12, 2017. Held in New Orleans, the conference is organized and presented by Battelle and sponsors; Floyd|Snider is presenting projects that demonstrate involvement in public- and private-sector work in environmental assessment, remediation, and management. Two of Floyd|Snider’s recent successful projects will be showcased at the conference. Jessi Massingale will present her work at the Port of Tacoma’s Pier 4 on “A Collaborative EPA Time-Critical Tributyltin-Contaminated Sediment Removal Action,” which she co-authored with teaming partner Scott Kuebler (KPFF) and Scott Hooton, Trevor Thornsley, and Stanley Ryter at the Port of Tacoma. Megan King, PE, will be presenting two posters on Floyd|Snider’s waste removal work at UniSea, Inc. in Unalaska, Alaska. These presentations will address permitting and construction at the site, and are entitled “Strategic State and Federal Permitting for USEPA-Directed Dredging and Discharge of Seafood Waste in Alaska State Waters” and “Implementation of a Seafood Waste Dredging Action in Alaska State Waters,” respectively. The presentations were co-authored with Ms. Massingale and Tessa Gardner-Brown of Floyd|Snider, UniSea, Inc. staff, and teaming partner John Nakayama of NewFields. A full list of presenters is available here.


Floyd|Snider Staff Present at Air and Waste Management Association PNWIS
October, 2016

PNWIS logoJessi Massingale and Tessa Gardner-Brown recently spoke at the Pacific Northwest International Section (PNWIS) of the Air and Waste Management Association Conference held in Juneau, Alaska. Their presentation, Strategic State and Federal Permitting for USEPA-Directed Dredging and Disposal of Seafood Waste in Alaska State Waters, discussed a recent approach to navigating the current challenges present in the state and federal permitting processes for the dredging and at-sea discharge of seafood waste that has accumulated on the sea floor. Jessi and Tessa presented a successful approach to collaboratively working with ADEC, USEPA, and USACE to secure the necessary Short-Term Water Quality Variance, Nationwide Permit, and project design and Waste Remediation Plan approvals.


SR-520 Floating Bridge and Landings Project Receives DBIA National Merit Award
July, 2016

520 DBIA AwardThe SR-520 Floating Bridge and Landings Project has just won a National Merit Award in Transportation through the Design-Build Institute of America. Floyd|Snider was permit lead for the Design-Build team. “DBIA recognizes exemplary application of Design-Build Done Right project delivery that, at a minimum, resulted in highly successful projects that achieved best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals.” Through the SR-520 Floating Bridge and Landings Project, WSDOT and Design-Builder Kiewit/General/Manson, A Joint Venture designed and built the world’s longest floating bridge, creating a safer, more reliable link between Seattle and the growing high-tech cities east of Lake Washington. Working closely with Kiewit/General/Manson, KPFF Consulting Engineers, and Berger ABAM, Floyd|Snider led the acquisition of all Design-Builder permits and agency coordination, and supported the team to ensure that the work was conducted consistent with permit conditions, applicable regulations, and environmental requirements. Information on this award is available at DBIA’s website. More information on this project and our role can be found on our Experience Page.


Presentation by Jessi Massingale, PE, at the CORPI Ports 2016 Conference
June, 2016

Port of Tacoma Pier 4Floyd|Snider Associate Principle Jessi Massingale, PE, presented at the COPRI PORTS 2016 Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her presentation; A Collaborative EPA Time-Critical Sediment Removal Action, discussed the successful removal of TBT-contaminated sediments conducted as the Phase 1 Removal Action at the Port of Tacoma’s Pier 4 on the Blair Waterway in 2016. The Port’s Phase 2 Reconfiguration Project is currently in construction. Her presentation reviewed unique project conditions and components, the importance of engineering, environmental, and agency collaboration, the results of a dredge BMP technical analysis, strategic project elements that were key to successful implementation, and lessons learned. The technical program and more information about the conference are available here. Complete proceedings are available here.


Environmental Historian, Lisa Meoli, Highlighted in Multiple Publications
June, 2016

Floyd|Snider’s Environmental Historian, Lisa Meoli, has been published in multiple online newsletters recently. Her work with the Magnolia Historical Society has led to many publications on the history of the Seattle neighborhood, including articles on Magnolia Manor Park and Magnolia School. She was also featured in the American Society for Environmental History’s Summer 2016 newsletter. Lisa is an environmental historian with over 15 years of experience providing technical support in historical and litigation research and environmental investigation. She has completed several projects involving PRP identification for contaminated sites and has performed compilations of local site histories, corporate and environmental histories of industrial facilities, corporate ownership changes, and operational and production histories of industrial facilities. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public History at Arizona State University.


Allison Geiselbrecht Presents at Law Seminars International's Environmental Due Diligence Seminar
May, 2016

Floyd|Snider Principal Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht will be presenting at Law Seminars International’s upcoming seminar on Environmental Due Diligence, which will be held May 16, 2016 at the WSCC Conference Center in Seattle. Allison will be presenting on identification of technical requirements for the regulatory pathway and evaluating strategies for moving forward during due diligence. More information is available here.


Floyd|Snider in the Field
December, 2015

K Ply RemediationIt was a busy “field” year for Floyd|Snider staff, with many projects having extensive sampling events, site assessments, and construction oversight work, including: the K Ply Site in Port Angeles, the B&L Woodwaste Site in Milton, the Lora Lake Apartments Site in Burien, the Former Olympia Dry Cleaners Site in Olympia, and the Murray Morgan Bridge Remedial Action in Tacoma.

Floyd|Snider is supporting the Port of Port Angeles with the cleanup and redevelopment of the former K Ply plywood mill property under an Agreed Order with Ecology. Remediation conducted in 2015 included demolition of remaining concrete structures, removal of surface debris, excavation of 29,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, and treatment of residual groundwater contamination. Floyd|Snider prepared the construction plans and specifications and provided construction management services for the duration of the project. Floyd|Snider also assisted in securing MTCA grant funding.

At the B&L Woodwaste Site, Floyd|Snider is implementing Ecology’s cleanup action plan to remediate arsenic-contaminated groundwater in the vicinity of this closed woodwaste landfill. The construction work completed in 2015 involved removal of arsenic-contaminated soil on two adjacent properties. This residual contamination was left over from before the landfill was consolidated. Floyd|Snider prepared the plans and specifications, obtained the necessary permits, and provided oversight of excavation, water management, and site restoration activities.

Floyd|Snider assisted the Port of Seattle with negotiating a Final Consent Decree with Ecology for the Lora Lake Apartments Site in September 2015. Floyd|Snider implemented a 4-week data collection event, installing over 100 soil borings for use as compliance monitoring data for the planned dioxins/furans-contaminated soil excavation. Floyd|Snider is leading the remedial design, which includes excavation of contaminated soil, on-site consolidation and capping of contaminated soil, and capping of contaminated sediments and rehabilitation of an emergent wetland in the footprint of the current Lora Lake. Cleanup at the site is planned for 2017.

Floyd|Snider implemented Ecology’s cleanup action plan for a former dry cleaning facility in downtown Olympia. The cleanup consisted of soil excavation to remove tetrachloroethylene-impacted soil to significantly reduce the source of groundwater contamination at the site. Floyd|Snider provided construction planning and oversight in coordination with the adjacent property owner and current tenant to minimize impact to active businesses during excavation. The excavation removed the bulk of the known soil contamination on-site and was featured in an article in The Seattle Times (July 2015).

Floyd|Snider assisted the City of Tacoma with a sediment remedial action underlying the Murray Morgan Bridge in the Thea Foss Waterway, within the boundaries of the Commencement Bay Nearshore/Tideflats Superfund Site. After bridge rehabilitation was completed in 2013, post-construction sampling indicated that surface sediment underneath and adjacent to the bridge had been recontaminated by metals. Floyd|Snider supported the City of Tacoma in completion of the remedial action, which consisted of dredging and capping sediments under the bridge. Floyd|Snider prepared construction plans and specifications, provided construction management services, and performed post-remedial action conformational sampling. The remedial action was completed successfully in February 2015.

To learn more about all of our projects, visit our Project Experience page.


Jessi Massingale Presents at 2015 WEDA Conference
November, 2015

WEDAAssociate Principal Jessi Massingale, PE, presented at the Western Dredging Association Pacific Chapter’s 2015 Conference in San Rafael, California on November 6, 2015. Her presentation “Recontamination and Remediation of Sediment Underlying the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma, Washington” was co-authored by Floyd|Snider’s Amanda McKay, and Mary Henley and Tom Rutherford of the City of Tacoma. Included in the presentation was information on the past bridge rehabilitation; dredge, dewatering, and capping project activities; the City’s future long-term monitoring; and lessons learned. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded from WEDA’s website, here.


Floyd|Snider Assists in Northwest Seaport Alliance Official Formation
November, 2015

Seaport AllianceKate Snider, Principal at Floyd|Snider, recently concluded facilitation work with the Port of Tacoma and Port of Seattle senior staff to formally initiate the Northwest Seaport Alliance. The Northwest Seaport Alliance is the first of its kind in North America, unifying management for both the Seattle and Tacoma port’s marine cargo facilities. Kate assisted in this unprecedented undertaking by working with a 16-person team of senior staff from both Ports to produce the proposed Seaport Alliance Agreement and all supporting materials, for deliberation by the joint Port Commissions. You can learn more about the Northwest Seaport Alliance and all that it offers to Washington through its commitment to the shipping industry, economic development, environmental stewardship, and job growth at their website.


Thanksgiving Food Drive at Floyd|Snider
November, 2015

Northwest HarvestFloyd|Snider is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive for Northwest Harvest (NWH) beginning Wednesday, November 11 for Two Union Square. We will be collecting nonperishable foods in our front lobby, which is located on the 6th Floor. We will be accepting monetary donations to this 501(c)3 non-profit organization as well. Please make checks payable to NWH. Donations will be accepted through November 25. Please stop by during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm) to say hello and make your donation.

Hunger Facts:
Washington is the 23rd hungriest state in the nation. One in five Washingtonians relies on a local food bank.

Suggested food items: General food items include canned vegetables, canned fruit (especially with low sugar but not artificial sweeteners), canned fish or meat, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, and beef stew, chili, and similar meals with low sugar and saturated fats. Infant and baby foods include baby formula, infant cereal, jars of baby food, powdered or canned milk, and diapers.


Lisa Meoli Joins Magnolia Historical Society Board
October, 2015

Lisa Meoli has recently become a member of the Magnolia Historical Society board. The Historical Society works to acquire and care for a publicly accessible common-use collection of archives related to the Magnolia neighborhood, as well as the greater Seattle area. Notably, their work has resulted in the publication of two academic quality histories of the Magnolia neighborhood and the creation of an archival collection of Magnolia historical documents at the University of Washington Allen Library Special Collections. As an environmental historian with more than 15 years of experience and a resident of the Magnolia neighborhood, Lisa is excited for this opportunity to work on behalf of the preservation of our local history. Recently, Lisa has led the development of a new branch of services in Historical Research and Analysis at Floyd|Snider and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public History. To learn more about the Magnolia Historical Society you can visit their website; to learn more about historical research services offered at Floyd|Snider, click here.


Tom Colligan Named to Ecology's Technical Advisory Group
October, 2015

Floyd|Snider Associate Principal Tom Colligan, LHG, has been selected as the primary hydrogeologist member of Washington State Department of Ecology’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG). As part of this group, Tom will meet quarterly for the next 6 years and provide technical review and opinions to Ecology as they revise well construction and licensing statutes and regulations. More information on the TAG can be found on Ecology’s website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/wells/wcl-tag.html.


Emily Jones Receives Masters of Science through UW
July, 2015

Emily Jones, MSFloyd|Snider congratulates Emily Jones for earning her Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington! Emily completed the non-thesis degree program in June. Her coursework included classes in chemical fate and transport, environmental organic chemistry, sediment transport, risk assessment, hydrology, and water treatment. These topics dovetail with her experience at Floyd|Snider over the last 5 years, where she has worked on a range of complex projects, including: stormwater treatment system selection and design, cleanup level development and remedial action implementation, and site characterization based on research regarding historical industrial processes. Emily looks forward to bringing the knowledge gained from the program to Floyd|Snider projects. Learn more about Emily, and the entire Floyd|Snider staff, on our Staff Page.


Corey Wilson Joins the Floyd|Snider Team!
June, 2015

Floyd|Snider is happy to welcome Corey Wilson to the firm. Corey has over 5 years of experience in consulting as an environmental scientist/engineer and will provide technical support on many of our projects. His expertise includes contaminant fate and transport, water quality, environmental organic chemistry, and physical/chemical treatment processes. Corey also has extensive experience conducting stormwater and storm drain sediment monitoring at NPDES-permitted industrial facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Corey holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, with a focus on water quality engineering. Learn more about Corey on our Staff Page.


Floyd|Snider Welcomes Tessa Gardner-Brown
April, 2015

Floyd|Snider is pleased to welcome its newest team member, Tessa Gardner-Brown, to the firm. Tessa joins Floyd|Snider as a Senior Environmental Planner, working in permitting, permit compliance, and policy analysis. For complex project permitting, Tessa will manage permit applications and processing, while coordinating directly with regulatory and resource agencies, stakeholders, and our project teams. Tessa will also be involved in implementation and documentation of compliance with permit commitments during construction and field work. In her role as policy analyst, she will review, evaluate, and analyze policy and regulatory issues, and prepare analytical documents in support of client strategic objectives. Tessa has experience in environmental planning, including important roles on major Puget Sound infrastructure projects such as the SR-520 Floating Bridge program, and Elliott Bay Seawall project. She holds a BA in Environmental Policy and Urban Planning from Western Washington University.


Floyd|Snider Staff to Present at Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments
January, 2015

BattelleFloyd|Snider will be represented in two presentations given at the Eight International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments January 12–15, 2015. Held in New Orleans, the conference is organized and presented by Battelle and sponsors, including public- and private-sector organizations active in environmental assessment, remediation, and management. Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht will present during the Recontamination Session on “Sediment Recontamination Challenges: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Urban Embayments,” which she co-authored with Dr. Gretchen Heavner and Jason Taylor of Floyd|Snider. Megan McCullough, PE, will be presenting as part of the Noncontaminant Stressors Session. Her presentation, entitled “Evaluation of Seafood Waste Remedial Alternatives for the UniSea, Inc. Dutch Harbor Alaska Facility, Negotiations with EPA,” was co-written by Jessi Massingale, PE, of Floyd|Snider, John Nakayama of NewFields, and Gregg Bishop of UniSea, Inc. A full list of presenters is available here.


Floyd|Snider Facilitates Innovative Industrial Stormwater Treatment Brainstorming
January, 2015

PortAllianceFloyd|Snider recently wrapped up a contract with the City of Seattle to brainstorm alternative approaches to stormwater permitting, treatment, and compliance in urban industrial neighborhoods. As a follow-on to the Mayor’s Maritime and Manufacturing Summit, the project explored, from a physical, legal, and regulatory context, the potential of installing multi-party sub-basin treatment as a potential regional approach to stormwater permitting, treatment, and compliance. Floyd|Snider facilitated a Work Group including the City of Seattle Economic Development and SPU, King County, Ecology, ECOSS, industrial stormwater permittees, and technical and legal experts to advance this concept, as well as discuss other alternative stormwater management and compliance approaches. Key Floyd|Snider staff included Kate Snider, PE, and Allison Geiselbrecht, PhD.


Kate Snider Facilitating Seaport Alliance Agreement
December, 2014

Kate Snider has been engaged jointly by the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma to provide facilitation and project management services to support the formation of the new Seaport Alliance. During the Seaport Alliance due diligence phase, Kate is working with a 16-person team of senior staff from both Ports to produce the proposed Seaport Alliance Agreement and its supporting materials, for deliberation by the joint Port Commissions. Under the Seaport Alliance, the Seattle and Tacoma port commissions plan to unify the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions in order to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo to the region. Where the ports were rivals, they now intend to be partners. This unprecedented level of cooperation between the state’s two largest container ports is a strategic response to the competitive pressures that are reshaping the global shipping industry. The proposed unified management structure will have significant impact to the economic health of the regional maritime industry.


Floyd|Snider Begins Work on TPH Contamination Investigation for Port of Longview
November, 2014

Port of LongviewThe Port of Longview operates a marine terminal complex along the Columbia River on the southwest border of Washington State consisting of several berths, conveyors, and buildings, and an associated rail yard. Floyd|Snider is under contract to assist the Port of Longview with the cleanup of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) contamination on a portion of the 835-acre waterfront site, associated with former storage tanks and underground pipelines.

Floyd|Snider is evaluating all available site data and identifying data gaps that will need to be filled to develop a comprehensive conceptual site model. Floyd|Snider will ensure that potential contaminant fate and transport issues and exposure pathways are identified in ways that support a defensible RI/FS and Cleanup Action Plan (CAP) to Ecology and other potentially liable parties. The site cleanup will support and coordinate with facility infrastructure development.


Gabriel Cisneros, LG, Joins the Floyd|Snider Team!
July, 2014

Floyd|Snider welcomes Gabriel Cisneros, LG, to Floyd|Snider. Gabe has over 11 years of experience as a registered Geologist. He provides support in various phases of environmental assessments, site investigations, soil vapor assessments, remedial investigations/feasibility studies (RI/FS), and cleanup action plans (CAPs). Gabe has extensive experience with Washington State Department of Ecology's Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) applied to upland soil, groundwater, and soil vapor. To learn more about Gabe, visit our Staff page.


Allison Geiselbrecht Presents at 2014 Environmental Cleanup Conference
June, 2014

Floyd|Snider Principal Allison Geiselbrecht will be presenting at the 2014 Environmental Cleanup Conference, CERCLA & MTCA Advanced Sediments Topics, at the Environmental Law Education Center in Seattle on June 9. Her presentation, Understanding Regional Background, will discuss practical application of regional background under the SMS using two recent case studies, Port Gardner and Port Angeles. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.elecenter.com/2014-Agendas/2014-06-09-Environmental-Cleanup.htm. To read more about Allison, visit our staff page: http://www.floydsnider.com/staff.php.


Floyd|Snider Selected for Precedent-Setting Stormwater Treatment Development
June, 2014

Floyd|Snider recently won a contract with the City of Seattle to explore alternative approaches to stormwater permitting, treatment, and compliance. The project will evaluate, from a physical, legal, and regulatory context, the potential of installing multi-party basin-wide treatment as a potential regional approach to stormwater permitting, treatment, and compliance. Floyd|Snider will facilitate meetings with the City of Seattle Economic Development Group, SPU, and legal; King County; Ecology; and industrial business representatives to advance this multi-party basin-wide treatment, as well as other alternative stormwater management and compliance approaches. Key Floyd|Snider staff will include Kate Snider, PE, and Allison Geiselbrecht, PhD.


Congratulations to Tucker Stevens on his PE Achievement!
May, 2014

Tucker PEFloyd|Snider wishes to congratulate Tucker Stevens for achieving his Professional Engineering license! Tucker has been an engineer at Floyd|Snider for over 4 years and has contributed to a variety of engineering projects including feasibility study alternatives evaluation, design level cost estimates, and stormwater compliance. Floyd|Snider is proud to have Tucker as part of our team!


Tom Colligan Presents at the Battelle Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated Compounds
May, 2014

The Ninth Battelle International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds was held May 19-22, 2014, in Monterey, California. Attending were 1,500 scientists, engineers, regulators, and other environmental professionals representing universities, government site management, and regulatory agencies from more than 30 countries. Floyd|Snider Associate Principal Tom Colligan was in attendance and presented a Platform Session talk entitled "Coupling of Thermal Remediation and Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination for Source Area and Downgradient Plume Treatment."


Jason Taylor Presents at the Washington URISA Conference
May, 2014

Floyd|Snider GIS/database expert, Jason Taylor, presented at the Washington URISA Conference on May 14, 2014. He spoke on two topics: batch processing surface weighted average concentration (SWAC) analysis and a method to perform raster calculations using Python dictionaries. His first topic discussed the SWAC analysis process, which is becoming an important component to understanding the effects of sediment remediation on sites. Presently, Floyd|Snider is tasked with producing such work and Jason has developed several tools regarding the automation of this time-consuming process. His other topic discussed how Python dictionaries can be used to perform raster math, a process that is important in comparing various surface datasets.

Jason Taylor has been with Floyd|Snider for 2 years and aids in both GIS and database efforts. Jason's full bio is available on our staff page: www.floydsnider.com/staff.php. More about the Washington URISA Conference can be found at http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2014_Conference_Index.php.


Port of Vancouver Contracts the F|S Team for Dredging Services
February, 2014

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The Floyd|Snider team has been selected by the Port of Vancouver to provide berth maintenance dredging and deepening design, permitting, ESA compliance, and construction oversight support services. Floyd|Snider, with Jessi Massingale as the overall team project manager, will manage all work under the contract, lead the environmental permitting, provide constructability review services, and prepare specifications, with subcontracted assistance from KPFF and Hart Crowser who will provide design services for the team, and Ecological Land Services, Inc. (ELS) who will provide ESA compliance services.


F|S Assisting the Marine Terminal Operator Group with a Container Terminal AKART Study
January, 2014

Since Fall 2013, Floyd|Snider has been working with the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) to assist the Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) Group with engineering services and regulatory consultation associated with stormwater management under the Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP). As part of this work, Floyd|Snider is preparing a Container Terminal AKART Study, which will be incorporated into the larger Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) AKART study for marine terminals.

The Container Terminal AKART Study proposes what Best Management Practices (BMPs), including treatment technologies, should be considered "all known, available, and reasonable methods of prevention, control, and treatment" (AKART) for stormwater management at container terminals and is being developed with the PMSA based on input from all container terminal operators in Seattle and Tacoma.

The purpose of the WPPA study is to define a consistent protocol for Washington ports and their tenants to use to achieve greater improvements in stormwater discharge quality and compliance with the ISGP while providing greater predictability for terminal operators and more economic certainty regarding implementation costs. The goal of the WPPA study is development of an ISGP Implementation Manual for Washington Marine Cargo Facilities.


Brett Beaulieu Presents at the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists Dinner
January 16, 2014

On January 16, 2014, Brett Beaulieu presented recent findings from his research on arsenic remediation at the B&L Woodwaste Site at a well-attended meeting of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) Washington Section in Seattle. Brett described the results of an on-going investigation of in-situ arsenic treatment stability and mechanisms, based on groundwater monitoring and micro-X-ray absorption spectroscopy (µ-XAS). In addition, Brett presented a summary of the phased cleanup implementation and design decision-making at the B&L Woodwaste Site as a case study of a Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) groundwater arsenic cleanup.

 More information about Brett's presentation can be found here: http://www.aegwashington.org/meetings.php



Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht Promoted to Principal
January, 2014

Allison G NewsFloyd|Snider announced Tuesday, January 7, 2014, that Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht has been promoted to the title of Principal. She will join Dr. Teri Floyd and Kate Snider, PE, in providing key leadership for the environmental consulting firm. Dr. Geiselbrecht began at Floyd|Snider in March 2001 as an Environmental Chemist and was promoted to Associate Principal in January 2009. With over 13 years of experience coordinating multidisciplinary environmental projects in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Geiselbrecht has been a key member of the Floyd|Snider team, building lasting client relationships both regionally and nationally.

Dr. Geiselbrecht's expertise is in the investigation of sediment and water chemistry and biodegradation of pollutants such as PAHs, PCBs, TBT, dioxins/furans, and pesticides, and stormwater management and controls. Dr. Geiselbrecht has worked extensively on projects involving geochemistry of freshwater and marine sediments, and she has conducted numerous study design, research, and field investigations. She assists clients with stormwater compliance, including source control and treatment technology evaluations, as well as litigation support for CWA lawsuits. Her strong technical expertise enables her to provide sound strategic and regulatory advice in complex regulatory settings.

Dr. Geiselbrecht has represented clients throughout the U.S. on complex projects, managing sediment cleanup, habitat restoration, and stormwater source control for the Port of Seattle Terminal 10, Seattle Iron and Metals, the City of Seattle, and Schnitzer Steel, among others. She has served as an expert witness and aided in mediation preparation and presentation on several trials with successful outcomes for the client. Recently, Dr. Geiselbrecht presented her co-authored paper, Port of Seattle Terminal 10: From Superfund to Active Use, at the American Society of Civil Engineers PORTS '13 Conference in Seattle. She is currently Project Coordinator for the Western Port Angeles Harbor sediment site.


Jessi Massingale Promoted to Associate Principal
September, 2013


We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jessi Massingale to Associate Principal!  Jessi has been with Floyd Snider for over nine years, and has consistently provided exceptional service and support to her clients and colleagues, and leadership within the company.  At the project level, Jessi is a senior Engineer and Oceanographer and a key member of the team whether serving as client/project manager or technical resource.  At the corporate level, Jessi is a member of our Management Committee, helping to guide the firm's growth and business strategies.  Congratulations Jessi, thank you for your leadership!




Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht Presented at the COPRI Ports 2013 Conference
August, 2013


Floyd|Snider Associate Principle Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht presented at the COPRI PORTS 2013 Conference held in Seattle, Washington. Her presentation; Port of Seattle Terminal 10: From Superfund to Active Use, discussed the successful redevelopment of the Port of Seattle Terminal 10 property on the Duwamish River in 2011. Her presentation reviewed some of the challenges associated with redeveloping a closed Superfund site, including coordination with EPA and former property owners and response parties, and ensuring redevelopment design considers on-site contamination and existing remedial action infrastructure. Megan McCullough, P.E. provided construction management support on the project and is a co-author.

The technical program and more information about the conference is available here:


Port of Vancouver Selects F|S for Environmental Due Diligence Services
July, 2013

Floyd|Snider was recently selected by the Port of Vancouver to assist the Port in conducting environmental due diligence to support a potential property purchase and future industrial development of a 94-acre property, located adjacent to the riverfront that is zoned for heavy industrial purposes.  Floyd|Snider and teaming partners, Ecological Land Services (ELS), EcoInvestigations, and PBS Environmental, will be working with the Port to acquire the necessary permits for in-water sampling, conduct wetland delineations and hazardous building materials assessments, characterize the chemical quality of uplands soil and groundwater and in-water sediment, assess any potential cleanup requirements, and prepare redevelopment conceptual cost estimates, in a manner that best meets the public interest, and the Port's overall objectives for the property.


F|S Welcomes Gretchen Heavner to the Company
June, 2013

Floyd|Snider recently welcomed Gretchen Heavner, an environmental engineer/chemist with 3 years of previous professional consulting experience in environmental site assessments, management of field investigations, statistical analysis and interpretation of analytical data from laboratory analysis, and report and proposal preparation. Gretchen holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and is skilled in research, technical writing, and data quality control, and has developed extensive analytical and problem-solving skills.


Port of Seattle Contracts F|S for Environmental Site Management Support Services
April, 2013

Floyd|Snider has been selected by the Port of Seattle to provide a wide array of Aviation and Seaport environmental programs management support services typically associated with environmental management of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites. Support services provided by Floyd|Snider are expected to include scientific, technical, engineering, estimating, regulatory, strategic planning and chemical analytical services.


Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht Presents at National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium
March, 2013

SymposiumFloyd|Snider Associate Principle Dr. Allison Geiselbrecht recently spoke at the National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium held in Tacoma, Washington March 25-28, 2013. Her presentation, Working Waterfronts and Regulatory Constraints: A Collaborative Approach discussed the challenges present in the current Washington State approach to stormwater compliance. She presented an alternative approach, focusing on basin-wide treatment with opportunities for collaboration and cost sharing.


Floyd|Snider Welcomes Ken Preston as New Constructability Specialist
January, 2013

Ken PrestonOn January 2, 2013, Floyd|Snider welcomed Ken Preston to our team. Ken brings to the firm over 30 years of experience in construction estimating, negotiations, and construction supervision for innumerable waterfront development and remediation projects, including sediment remediation, offshore outfalls and intakes, harbor facilities, dredging work, marinas, breakwaters, and shoreline protection projects. Ken will bring strength in constructability, smart construction solutions, and practical construction cost estimating to Floyd|Snider.

Ken holds a BA in Geology, and has worked with General Construction, now Kiewit, since 1976. Upon leaving the company in 2012, he had served as a senior estimator, branch manager, project manager, project superintendent, and field engineer. Ken has strong relationships and an exceptional reputation with engineers, owners and contractors throughout the Pacific Northwest; based on practical and innovative construction solutions implemented with collaborative spirit and good humor.

From Floyd|Snider, Ken will provide constructability consulting services to waterfront landowners, architect/engineering firms, and environmental consulting firms. He will offer these services as an independent line of business, in addition to consulting on Floyd|Snider cleanup and redevelopment projects. His services will include constructability and project strategy review and input, design level cost estimating, construction document review, and participation in regulatory negotiations relative to constructability and project strategy.


Department of Enterprise Services Contracts F|S to Conduct a Permitting Analysis for Capitol Lake
November, 2012

Capitol LakeFloyd|Snider, with teaming partners Herrera Environmental and Axis Environmental, recently contracted to assist the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) with an analysis of the environmental permitting requirements for a dredge event in Capitol Lake in Olympia, Washington. Over the 7-month project duration, Floyd|Snider will develop a permitting road-map to identify the necessary permit approvals, permit sequencing and relationships, and the kinds of analysis needed for permitting; evaluate invasive species considerations and requirements; identify data gaps; and work with DES to evaluate potential partnership opportunities for a dredge event within the lake. The project will include stakeholder coordination and input on project documents.


Port of Tacoma Contracts F|S for Environmental Support to the Pier 4 Reconfiguration Project
November, 2012

Pier 4Floyd|Snider was recently contracted by the Port of Tacoma (Port) to assist in the permitting and cutback characterization of the Pier 4 Reconfiguration Project. As part of the Port's redevelopment of the General Central Peninsula (GCP) terminal complex, Pier 4 will be reconfigured to be in alignment with the upgraded Pier 3. The project includes the need to cut back the existing bank to accommodate the pier reconfiguration. Floyd|Snider will be working with the Port, the engineering design team led by KPFF, and regulatory permitting agencies, including the Dredge Material Management Program (DMMP), to secure permits for the in-water demolition and reconstruction of a new Pier 4.


Floyd|Snider Gives Back at 2012 Company Retreat
September, 2012

Retreat2012aThis year, Floyd|Snider held its annual retreat at IslandWood, an environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island. The staff enjoyed a stimulating morning of brain-storming and a warm, sunny afternoon outdoors. Everyone participated in a World Café, where topics such as firm strengths and communication skills were discussed.

After a delicious lunch, whicRetreat2012bh included veggies grown about 100 yards from the dining hall, everyone headed to the garden for an afternoon of community service. Floyd|Snider swarmed the garden classroom, taking on tasks including pruning, hauling compost, transplanting seedlings, and heavy-duty weeding. It was an honor to help with some of the maintenance required for this 255-acre outdoor learning center focused on community involvement, sustainability, and education support for all ages.


Welcome Jason Taylor to the Floyd|Snider Team!
August, 2012

JasonHeadshot2012Floyd|Snider is please to welcome Jason Taylor. Jason Taylor joined the Floyd|Snider team in 2012 and primarily works to assist both GIS and database efforts. Jason has a wide range of experience including water quality laboratory work, field sample collection and processing, water quality QA/QC, and instrument maintenance and repair, as well as experience in GIS, computer programming, cartography, and database administration. This experience includes such tasks as source tracking for various water quality analytes, developing custom programs for data storage, implementation of department-wide QA/QC processes for data processing, state accredited waste water sample processing, and database construction and maintenance for small government. Jason holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a minor in GIS from Western Washington University and brings unique insight and enthusiasm to his work at Floyd|Snider.


Floyd|Snider in Forbes
May, 2012

 ForbesA profile on Floyd|Snider was featured in the May Pacific Northwest edition of Forbes Magazine, in a special promotional section on “Women in Business.” Click on the article image to read the piece.







Floyd|Snider Welcomes Jenny Graves, EIT!
February, 2012

JennyAfter serving as the intern at Floyd|Snider this past winter, Jenny Graves has now joined the F|S team! Jenny is a civil/environmental engineer with experience in environmental engineering, surface and stormwater health and management, wetland ecology, microbial processes, hydrology, and water quality. Jenny has experience in both field and laboratory settings with the collection and analysis of surface water, groundwater, and soil samples. She is skilled in research, technical writing, data quality control, and Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Studies, and has developed extensive analytical and problem solving skills. Jenny holds a graduate degree (MS) in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering focus from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Seattle University.


F|S Assists in Terminal 10 Development!
January, 2012

Floyd|Snider has just completed a project assisting the Port of Seattle (Port) and their civil T10 predesign consultants with permitting, environmental constraints, and agency negotiation support for the Terminal 10 (T-10) utility development project! T-10, on Harbor Island in Seattle, Washington, is a former Superfund site, and spans both uplands and in-water operable units of the Harbor Island Superfund site. To assist the Port, Floyd|Snider directed multiple-agency stakeholder negotiations for stormwater upgrades including key negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for the design and locatT10 outfallion of the new outfall structure that would provide the required function, while meeting USEPA requests for minimization of visibility and disturbance to the shoreline. Floyd|Snider also negotiated USEPA approval of methods for contaminated soil handling and disposal that met USEPA's needs, while minimizing the Port's requirement for field screening, soil segregation, and off-site disposal of contaminated media. The T-10 construction project was successfully completed in November 2011!


Congratulations, Megan McCullough, PE!
December, 2011

Floyd|Snider wishes congratulations to Megan McCullough for achieving her Professional Engineering licenMegan McCulloughse. Megan has been an engineer at Floyd|Snider for over 5 years and has applied her engineering experience to projects that include feasibility study alternatives evaluation, upland remedial design, bid package preparation, design and construction management, and the assembly of design-level cost estimates. Way to go, Megan!


WSDOT Announces Kiewit-General-Manson with F|S as the Best Value for the SR 520 Bridge Replacement
August, 2011

520 BridgeThe Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) selected Kiewit-General-Manson, A Joint Venture, with Floyd|Snider as a teaming member, as the apparent best price and technical proposal for replacing the aging State Route 520 floating bridge. Construction is scheduled to start on Lake Washington in 2012. The design-build contract includes the six-lane floating bridge, with wider, safer shoulders, transit/HOV lanes, and a bicycle/pedestrian path; towing 33 concrete pontoons; and building 44 supplemental concrete pontoons, 58 anchors, and an east approach connection to SR 520, along with a new maintenance facility and dock. The plan also focuses on impacting traffic as little as possible during construction of the new bridge and the dismantling and removal of the old.

Floyd|Snider headed the project environmental permitting efforts for Kiewit-General-Manson for construction of the graving dock and initial 33 concrete pontoons in Grays Harbor. Floyd|Snider will again lead the environmental permitting for the Design-Builder, in close coordination with WSDOT, and with subcontracted assistance from Anchor QEA. KPFF and Berger-Abam are joint venture partners who will provide design services for the team.

The project's environmentally-focused construction delivery plan will reduce impacts to the environment and local communities. In addition to optimizing the design and ensuring that WSDOT's stated goals for the project are met, Kiewit-General-Manson's proposal protects and enhances nearby shoreline and wetlands, improves culvert fish passages and natural vegetation habitat, increases water quality and runoff treatment into Lake Washington, and provides measurable benefits in costs through recycling and reuse. Kiewit-General-Manson's bid price of $586.5 million for construction of a new, six-lane floating bridge was $163.5 million less than the upset price of $750 million included in the request for proposals. More details about the SR 520 program are online at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.


Welcome Shareholders!
August, 2011

Floyd|Snider would like to welcome our newest company Shareholders! Eleven F|S employees were made ownership offers as part of a long-term ownership transition plan, which will provide opportunities to key employees to purchase shares of company stock over the next 10–15 years. We are very excited for these individuals to have an even more integral role in supporting our clients and community in the coming years. Welcome to Brett Beaulieu, Stephen Bentsen, Erin Breckel, Tom Colligan, Chris Gardner, Allison Geiselbrecht, Jessi Massingale, Megan McCullough, Lisa Meoli, Erin Murray, and Tiffany Volosin.


Kristen Legg joins the F|S Team!
May, 2011

Photo Bio KristenFloyd|Snider has brought on Kristen Legg as a Technical Editor and Project Assistant, focusing on editing our high-quality company deliverables and organizing the Floyd|Snider library system. She has a number of years of expereince writing, editing, and managing production projects. With additional knowledge in data input and quality control, Kristen will work closely with the technical staff in document development. We are happy to welcome Kristen to the team.



Welcome Lynn Grochala to the F|S Team!
April, 2011

Photo Bio LynnFloyd|Snider recently welcomed Lynn Grochala, an Environmental Scientist with 12 years experience in managing environmental assessment and cleanup projects. Lynn has extensive experience providing regulatory compliance assistance for a variety of client types and preparing technical reports. She also has experience completing subsurface investigations to delineate and characterize contaminant plumes for sites impacted with petroleum hydrocarbons and/or chlorinated solvents and designing and conducting oversight for remedial actions.



SR520 Floating Bridge Pontoon Construction Project in Aberdeen - Construction About to Begin!
February, 2011

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Kiewit-General Joint Venture team, with Floyd|Snider, has been working together to complete design and receive all final environmental permits for the construction of the Grays Harbor pontoon casting basin facility at the Aberdeen Log Yard Site in Aberdeen. Construction is scheduled to start on February 16, 2011, following Governor Christine Gregoire's groundbreaking ceremony on the 12th. The project includes the construction of the casting basin facility, and the construction of 33 new floating bridge pontoons for the SR520 floating bridge. By the end of 2012, the first wave of the 33 pontoons will be constructed at the facility. More details about the SR 520 program are online at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.


SPU recently contracts Floyd|Snider and team for the South Park Landfill Project
November, 2010

Floyd|Snider has been contracted to the City of Seattle Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to provide landfill SouthPark Landfillexpertise and environmental support services for the historic South Park Landfill site.  Floyd|Snider is teaming with Aspect Consulting, Herrera Environmental Consulting, and BHC Consultants for the implementation of a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Work Plan and the development of a Cleanup Action Plan. Information on the South Park Landfill Project can be found at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites/sparklf/southpark_lf_hp.html



Congratulations to Brett Beaulieu on his Hydrogeologist Licensing!
September, 2010

Brett LHGBrett Beaulieu can now add being a licensed hydrogeologist to his list of credentials! Brett routinely contributes his geology and hydrogeology expertise to Floyd|Snider projects. Brett applies his experience specifically to arsenic and metals geochemistry and fate and transport challenges. Brett has led several hydrogeologic related investigations, modeling evaluations, and remediation efforts. Floyd|Snider is excited for Brett with this achievement and is proud to have Brett as part of our team!


F|S Welcomes Emily and Kathleen
September, 2010

Floyd|Snider welcomes Emily Santee to our technical team and Kathleen Kennedy to our Emily & Kathleenadministration team. 

Emily is a chemical engineer from the University of Washington with a strong background in both analytical research and chemical fate and transport processes. Emily interned with Floyd|Snider during her undergraduate career as a research assistant, and is now enjoying the transition to full-time technical work. Emily joined Floyd|Snider in June of this year. She recently completed her field training and is looking forward to assuming a more hands-on role with the company. Kathleen is a project assistant with particular skills in environmental writing, and a journalism degree from the University of Oregon. Kathleen also joined F|S in June of this year. Kathleen is providing valuable support for the electronic document management system at the company.

Kathleen and Emily are both located in the Seattle office. We are pleased to add them both to our full time staff.


F|S Presents an Overview of the Challenges and Regulations for Dioxins at a NEBC Luncheon
September 1, 2010

NEBC presentationAt the September 1st Northwest Environmental Business Council NEBC crowd  (NEBC) luncheon titled Dioxins - Technical Challenges and Project Impacts, Floyd|Snider and the Port of Olympia presented two presentations. Jessi Massingale, a Floyd|Snider professional engineer and oceanographer presented an overview of dioxin challenges and current regulations, and Joanne Snarski of the Port of Olympia presented a look at the impact of dioxins to Port projects. Jessi's presentation looked at the source and risk associated with dioxins, dioxin analytical challenges, uplands and in-water background levels in Washington and Puget Sound, current state uplands and sediment regulatory guidance, and a look at overarching challenges.

 Follow this link to download the pdf version of Floyd|Snider's presentation: http://nebc.org/Documents/Luncheons/09-01-10_SEA-Lunch-Massingale.pdf


Tiffany Volosin Promoted to Chief Financial Officer
July, 2010

We are proud to announce that Tiffany Volosin has agreed to join the Floyd|Snider management team inTiffany_biking the position of CFO.  Tiffany has served as Floyd|Snider Controller since 2004, and has become essential to the operations and financial management of the firm.  In her new position, Tiffany will work with the Principals and Associate Principals as a key member of the executive management team guiding the firm's growth and business strategies, risk management, hiring, benefits and operations.  Tiffany has significant prior experience assisting startup companies with building financial systems and improving operational efficiency.



Fourth Annual Floyd|Snider Company Retreat
June 30 - July 1 ,2010

2010 retreat22010 retreat1This year the fourth annual F|S company retreat was held at the Islandwood learning center on Bainbridge Island. Islandwood is a 255-acre outdoor learning center - literally a school in the woods, and a great location for a company retreat in the summer. Several F|S staff rode their bikes to the ferry, and to Islandwood on Bainbridge. Along with traditional retreat topics about the company, and of course the classic campfire, this year we also participated in fish painting and team building exercises. All of the F|S staff were able to attend and enjoy some time together outside of the office.



F|S Presents Arsenic In-situ Remediation Findings at 2010 Battelle Conference
May 27, 2010

Floyd|Snider presented results from in situ treatment of arsenic in groundwater at the Battelle International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, in Monterey, California.  Brett Beaulieu, a F|S hydrogeologist, presented preliminary findings following full-scale in situ reductive precipitation treatment to remediate a multi-acre arsenic plume at the B&L Woodwaste Site in Pierce County, WA.  In situ treatment of the leading edges of the plume is part of a remediation strategy designed to protect downgradient receptors in the short term while containment of the source area and extraction of the remainder of the plume are applied over the long term. 

More information about the conference is available here: http://www.battelle.org/conferences/chlorinated/



CHB Platinum Anniversary Auction
May 15, 2010

Floyd|Snider receCHBntly sponsored and attended the Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB) annual fundraising auction and dinner. This year was the Platinum Anniversary Auction, commemorating the twenty years that CHB has spent in cleaning up, restoring and protecting Commencement Bay. The auction and dinner took place at the Foss Waterway Seaport and was yet again a great CHB event. F|S is also proud to contribute to the Fund the Bay education program.




6th Annual Tacoma Public Works- Relay for Life Golf Tournament
May 15, 2010

Floyd|Snider participate6th Tacoma Golf Tourneyd for the fifth year in the annual Tacoma  Public Works/Relay for Life - 18 hole charity golf tournament.  The event took place at the Meadows Golf Course in Tacoma with terrific golfing weather in the 70s. F|S is happy to support and participate in another year of this great charity event and to support such an important cause.






Alaskan Way Viaduct/Seawall Replacement Project
May, 2010

The City of Seattle, throSeawallugh Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), is moving forward with replacement of the Elliott Bay seawall structure.  Floyd|Snider, as a teaming partner with TETRA TECH, will be providing consulting services regarding management of contaminated sediment, soil, groundwater and stormwater that will be encountered during construction of the new seawall structure.  The seawall runs along Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle from South Washington Street to Broad Street. The seawall replacement project involves designing a new earthquake resistant system that will support the street and right-of-way, protect the shoreline and waterfront from coastal erosion, provide access to the waterfront piers, provide opportunities for the public to access the water, improve marine habitat and support upland uses, public spaces, utilities and buildings.




F|S Field Photo on the Cover of Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation
March 2, 2010

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A F|S photo of a PCB field test earned the cover of the Winter 2010 Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation edition. The field test was conducted as part of the In-situ Soil Remediation at Reichhold/SSA Containers Facility in Tacoma, Washington. The purple color shown in the test tube indicates a soil PCB concentration of less than 50 ppm. Way to go Stephen Bentsen and Erin Murray for not only providing environmental engineering services, but also getting great field shots!



F|S Welcomes Tucker Stevens to the Company
February, 2010

New Hire TuckerFloyd|Snider welcomes Tucker Stevens to our technical team.  Tucker is an environmental engineer (EIT) from University of Vermont with a strong background in chemistry and chemical engineering.  Tucker's specific expertise includes air toxics, environmental organic chemistry, chemical fate and transport, analytical instrumentation, and chemical engineering.  Tucker's favorite projects involve problem solving where smart engineering requires understanding the underlying chemical and physical systems.  F|S is pleased to continue to add excellent people to our company. Tucker is located in our Seattle office.




F|S Completes a Successful Expansion of the LNAPL Recovery System at Todd Pacific Shipyards
January, 2010

Todd 01Todd 02As part of the Soil and Groundwater Operable Unit for the Harbor Island Superfund Site in coordination with the USEPA, Floyd|Snider recently completed the installation of three new light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) recovery wells, trenching, and subsurface piping to two central recovery sheds at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, WA.  Challenges in the project included significant known and unknown subsurface utilities and structures, and coordinating with the shipyard to minimize operational impacts.  Floyd|Snider prepared a work plan for the USEPA, developed construction plans and specifications and bidding documents, and provided construction oversight and management services.  The LNAPL recovery system now consists of seven active recovery wells and has recovered over 300,000 gallons of LNAPL.  Floyd|Snider will continue to provide operation and maintenance assistance throughout the operation of the system and will work with USEPA until the LNAPL recovery is complete.


WSDOT Announces Kiewit-General with F|S as the Best Value Proposal for the SR 520 Bridge Pontoons
December 23, 2009

520pontoonThe Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) selected the Kiewit-General Joint Venture, with Floyd|Snider as a teaming member, as the apparent best price and technical proposal for building the new State Route 520 floating bridge concrete pontoons in Grays Harbor County. The Kiewit-General team will design and build a new pontoon construction facility in Grays Harbor County - scheduled to begin in late 2010, design and construct 33 new floating bridge pontoons, and store the pontoons until they are needed for the SR 520 floating bridge. Floyd|Snider will lead the project environmental permitting efforts with WSDOT.

In August, WSDOT identified the 55-acre Aberdeen Log Yard as the preferred site for the Grays Harbor area pontoon casting facility. Environmental review of the log yard site and the alternate 90-acre Anderson & Middleton site in Hoquiam is scheduled to be completed in 2010. After environmental review is completed and permits obtained, construction of the pontoon casting facility can begin. By the end of 2012, the first wave of the 33 pontoons will be constructed at the facility. More details about the SR 520 program are online at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.


San Juan County Recently Contracted Floyd|Snider in the Redevelopment of a Transfer Station
November, 2009

San Juan CountyFloyd|Snider has been contracted to provide environmental and geotechnical support services to the San Juan County Public Works Department during redevelopment of the Sutton Road Transfer Station in Friday Harbor.  Floyd|Snider is teaming with PanGeo to conduct Phase 1 and Phase 2 investigations at the site, and support the County during property acquisition, and site redevelopment.  Information on the Transfer Station Replacement Project can be found at:



F|S Arsenic Remediation Presentation at 2009 GSA Annual Meeting Now Available on the Web
November 17, 2009

Results from remedial design studies for in-situ treatment of arsenic, presented by Brett Beaulieu, LG, a Floyd|Snider Geologist, at the 2009 Portland Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, are available for download as PowerPoint slides from this link: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009AM/finalprogram/session_25139.htm.

Full-scale implementation of the in-situ treatment remedy at the B&L Woodwaste Site in Pierce County, Washington is currently underway. 

The abstract, Field Testing and Modeling of In-situ Groundwater Arsenic Remediation Through Iron Sulfide Precipitation Near Tacoma, Washington, was co-authored by Samantha Ewing, MS, a Floyd|Snider Geochemist.


Floyd|Snider Successfully Completes In-situ Soil Remediation at Reichhold/SSA Containers Facility
October, 2009

SSA 01As a keystone property in the Puyallup Tribal Terminal development in Tacoma, WA, Floyd|Snider recently completed the in-situ soil component of the final cleanup action plan on-schedule and under budget.   After developing a Focused Feasibility Study and a Cleanup Action Plan in coordination with Ecology, Floyd|Snider developed plans and specifications, prepared a SEPA checklist, selected a contractor, and provided construction management services for a large-scale excavation and disposal of contaminated soil, including F021-listed CAMU-eligible soil and TSCA soil.  The project also included dewatering and treatment of impacted groundwater, control and minimization of noxious odors through the application of odor-suppressing foam, and confirmation sampling.  The site is a former chemical manufacturing facility and was significantly contaminated with pentachlorophenol, daughter products, and underlying hazardous substances including dioxin and furans.


F|S Annual Pumpkin Carving
October 21, 2009

Halloween 2009 01In preparation for Halloween, Floyd|Snider employees and families came together for our annual pumpkin carving event. This year we enjoyed spooky and scary treats such as mummy cap cakes, witch's hairy finger breadsticks, bone crunching meatballs, and witch's cauldron tortellini!





Congratulations to Jessi Massingale on her PE achievement!
October 1, 2009

Jessi fieldWe are pleased to announce that Jessi Massingale has a new PE designation to add to her list of achievements over the past 5 years she has been with Floyd|Snider.  Jessi is a valuable member of any project team as a sound technical voice, or as a competent manager.  Jessi applies her engineering experience to projects that include feasibility study alternatives evaluation, identification of engineering constraints to vessel loading operations, shoreline and sediment remedial design, maintenance dredging bid package preparation, design and construction management, and the assembly of design-level cost estimates.  Floyd|Snider is proud to have Jessi as part of our team! 



Port of Seattle Contracts F|S for the RIFS Development of the Lora Lake Apartment Property
September, 2009

Lora Lake

Floyd|Snider was recently contracted by the Port of Seattle to assist the Port in the Investigation and Site Remediation of the Lora Lake Apartments Property located near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Floyd|Snider will be working with the Port and the Department of Ecology, and other key stakeholders to move the remediation of the Lora Lake Apartments site forward in a manner that best meets the public interest, requirements of the Agreed Order, and the Port's overall objectives for the property.




F|S Employees - Green Team Alternative Commuter Challenge
Fall, 2009

Since early this summer, F|S employees have been participating in an alternative commuting-to-work challenge, led by the firm's Green Team to reduce our carbon footprint. The staff have successfully logged a total of 7,350 alternative commuting miles (i.e., walking, biking, busing, and carpooling).


Ecology Contracts Floyd|Snider to Facilitate Stakeholder Process for LID Standards Recommendations
September, 2009

LID PhotoFloyd|Snider, teaming with SvR Design, was recently contracted to assist Ecology in responding to a Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) ruling requiring the inclusion of Low Impact Development (LID) standards into the Municipal Stormwater General Permits. Floyd|Snider will facilitate Ecology's eight-to-ten month stakeholder process to develop recommendations for the LID standards. The advisory committee meetings are open to the public with specific times on the agenda for public input. More information on the LID committee meetings can be found on Ecology's website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/LIDstandards.html.



Floyd|Snider Commencement Bay Boat Cruise
July 16, 2009

Tacoma boat 3Tacoma boat 02The Floyd|Snider Client Boat Cruise toured through the Commencement Bay Waterways on the evening of July 16th aboard the "My Girl" ship. The cruise departed from the Thea Foss Waterway as clients, teaming partners, and Floyd|Snider staff enjoyed drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and the company of our colleagues while viewing several project sites from the water. Thanks to all those that were able to attend. 



Third Annual Floyd|Snider Company Retreat
June 9-10, 2009

Retreat-GroupRetreat - ArtThe Third Annual Floyd|Snider retreat was held again this year at the beautiful Whidbey Island Institute in Langley. 100% of the Floyd|Snider staff attended the retreat, and spent two days together enjoying activities such as a scavenger hunt, interactive business meetings, listening to a guest speaker, dinner, badminton, group painting, and campfire snacks.


New Employee Volunteerism Policy
June 1, 2009

AWB AwardFloyd|Snider received an award from the Association of Washington Business for recognizing volunteerism due to a new paid-time-off policy for employees.

Beginning in 2009, Floyd|Snider employees who have been with the company for at least 1 year, are eligible to take an additional week of paid time off to volunteer for any non-profit organization of their choice. The company has always tried to encourage community service and involvement, and is pleased to have the opportunity to give this extra time to employees.