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Newsletter, June 2013
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Epsilon Associates, Inc. is an environmental engineering and consulting company providing environmental management and permitting services to real estate, energy, industrial, and public sector clients. Epsilon's reputation for practical strategies, a focused work effort, and successful project outcome has made us an industry leader.
staffStaff Updates
Historic Team Wins Tsongas Award Preservation Massachusetts Award Photo

On May 1, 2013, members of Epsilon's historic team - Doug Kelleher, Maureen Cavanaugh, and Taya Dixon - were honored with the Paul E. Tsongas Award at the Preservation Massachusetts' Awards Dinner.  Doug, Maureen, and Taya were recognized for their instrumental role as preservation consultants in the advancement of historic tax credit projects.  To date, Epsilon has successfully secured more than $500 million in state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits for our clients.  Congratulations go to Doug, Maureen, and Taya who lead our historic preservation practice!


Make sure to visit the Preservation Massachusetts website to view their video, featuring our senior historic team, entitled Producing Preservation, Act I: "Behind the Scenes," to learn how the award recipients make preservation projects a reality.


Epsilon Project Wins EBC Award

Epsilon is excited to announce that not only will we be sponsoring this year's Environmental Business Council of New England's (EBC's) 23rd Annual Meeting and 20th EBEE Awards Celebration, but we will also be among the award recipients.  Taking place on June 12 in Boston, the event recognizes companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment.  Epsilon Principal Les Smith, along with representatives from Comcast, NSTAR Electric Company, Power Engineers, LLC, and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management will be receiving the  EBC Nicholas Humber Environmental - Energy Award for Outstanding Collaboration for their joint effort on the Martha's Vineyard Hybrid Submarine Cable Project.  This is one of the first projects to go through permitting under the new state Ocean Management Act.

New Employee

We are excited to welcome a new employee to the Epsilon family: Talya Moked.  Talya recently joined Epsilon as the newest environmental planner.

projectProject Highlights 
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Opens its Doors
Spaulding Rehab
On April 27, 2013, the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) welcomed its first patients.  Located on a remediated brownfield site in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, the new 262,000-square-foot facility provides water access allowing patients to participate in therapeutic water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, and windsurfing.  It is also Boston's first stand-alone "green" hospital and has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  Working closely with the project architect, Perkins + Will, Epsilon led the permitting effort for the project, which required Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), City of Boston Article 80, Chapter 91, and Wetlands Protection Act approvals.

NSTAR Brings Reliability to Southeastern Massachusetts & Cape Cod    NSTAR SEMA Construction  

Epsilon has been working alongside NSTAR on their Lower SEMA 345 kV Transmission Project providing environmental permitting and environmental inspector services during construction.  Construction of the Lower SEMA project will increase the reliability and efficiency of the regional electric transmission system serving Cape Cod, thus improving service and reducing costs to customers.  In conjunction with NSTAR and project counsel, Epsilon developed the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) and Department of Public Utilities Section 72 petitions including project and routing alternatives analyses.  Epsilon also prepared Environmental Impact Reports in accordance with MEPA and provided expert testimony at EFSB hearings.  Epsilon managed and coordinated the wetlands delineation work and rare species field surveys and provided permitting support under the U.S. Clean Water Act, Wetlands Protection Act and local Wetlands Bylaws, Chapter 91, Coastal Zone Management, FAA, and the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.  The project has been under active construction since the fall of 2012.  For more information on this project, please visit our NSTAR Lower SEMA 345 kV Transmission Project Web page.


Grand Re-opening Celebrated in Gloucester Central Grammar Building

On May 3, 2013, The Community Builders, Inc., Gloucester Development Team, elected officials, and residents celebrated the grand re-opening of the Central Grammar Apartments in Gloucester, MA.  Initially constructed in 1889 and significantly enlarged in 1922, the former school building was later converted to 80 residential units in the 1970s.  In 2009, The Community Builders and the Gloucester Development Team embarked on a substantial rehabilitation of the historic former school building.  The project has received high praises from both the National Park Service and Massachusetts Historical Commission notably for the replacement of the 1970s era windows and the reintroduction of wood, true-divided windows throughout the building.  Epsilon provided historic tax credit consulting services to the project team, securing more than $3.6 million in combined state and federal historic tax credits for the owner.  

eventsConferences and Events       AWEA 2013 Conference Booth

In March, Epsilon's Ecological Sciences group exhibited at the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions 42nd Annual Environmental Conference in Worcester, MA.   Epsilon Principals Mike Guski, Dale Raczynski, and Rob O'Neal exhibited at the one-day 10th Annual Renewable Energy Conference hosted by the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) in Boston.


In April, Epsilon received a new, redesigned booth, which was immediately shipped to Chicago where Epsilon Principals Mike Guski and Rob O'Neal, Senior Scientist Rich Lampeter, and Marketing Coordinator Alison Me exhibited at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2013 Conference and Exhibition.  Following the AWEA conference, Epsilon Managing Principal Ted Barten, Principal Mike Guski, and GIS and Graphics Manager Brian Graves exhibited at the Independent Power Producers of New York (IPPNY) Spring 2013 Conference in Albany, NY.  Immediately following the IPPNY Spring Conference, Epsilon Principals Dale Raczynski and AJ Jablonowski, and Associate Steve Slocomb exhibited at the NECA 20th Annual Renewable Energy Conference & Expo in Groton, CT. 


To learn more about these events, visit our News and Events pages .

Our Website Gets a New Look!
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