Revitalization and redevelopment have been common trends in recent urban planning. Communities are working to revive blighted areas that attract crime, lower property values and drive out longtime businesses. Memphis is no stranger to addressing blight. Neighborhoods like the South Main District, the Edge District and Tioga’s stomping grounds in the Pinch District, are all seeing a reawakening with mixed-use developments and transportation enhancements. Warehouses and factories that h... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 30
by Will Gray environmental scientist Wildfire can be devastating when it comes into contact with developed areas, but in the untamed wilderness, fire is a natural phase of life. Many plants have incorporated fire into their life cycles. The Lodgepole pine will hold its seed sealed in resin until fire kills the tree and melts the resin, releasing the seed to grow in the soil now cleared of underbrush. Many species of trees can sprout new shoots from underground root nodules that are protect... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 23
by Larkin Myers, PE, LEED AP vice president It’s summertime and the dry weather means construction is happening in earnest in Memphis.  Construction or demolition projects in the State of Tennessee that disturb more than 1 acre of soil are required to obtain coverage under the state’s Construction Stormwater General Permit. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issues a Notice of Coverage for each project, and the contractor is required to maintain ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 17
Recently, Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s fan favorite “Fixer Upper” were fined by the Environmental Protection Agency for inadequate removal of lead paint surfaces during select home renovations. Due to lack of knowledge, this scenario is extremely common in construction and demolition. Lead is difficult to spot and can be found in all parts of our environment - in the air, soil, water and inside our home, mostly in older paints. As Memphis continues to grow, contract... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 2