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Telecommunication Sites In U.S. and Canada


“Can you hear me now?” “That’s powerful.”  For more than two decades, G2 Consulting Group has helped North America stay connected.  G2 engineers are registered in 30+ states and Canada. We perform geotechnical and tower foundation investigations for numerous companies on telecommunication sites. Oftentimes these sites are located in remote areas which require a significant amount of planning prior to site visits to ensure work is completed as efficiently as possible since return trips to sites would be cost prohibitive. G2 uses an extensive network of drillers and excavators across the country to complete such projects on time and on budget.

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Several major telecommunication companies

Project Scope
Geotechnical Investigation
Tower Foundation Investigation

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Tower Foundation Investigation


G2 Consulting Group often performs geotechnical and tower foundation investigations for telecommunication sites at remote locations. These sites require efficient use of time and resources to keep projects within schedule and on budget.

Telecommunication companies are under increased pressures to provide quality cellular services to their customers quickly, whenever and wherever. G2’s expertise provides solutions to each situation at each site. Our vast network of drillers enables us to schedule field operations anywhere in the U.S. We know which methods to use and the proper equipment needed to map foundations accurately and avoid delays.

Smart. Results.Fast.G2 meets tight schedules for our telecommunications clients. We use our vast network of drillers to schedule field operations and expedite projects. We plan, evaluate, and act knowing which methods and equipment to use to avoid delays.


Magna Seating of America, Inc.

Novi, Michigan



G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation and provided special inspections/materials testing for the new $48 million, 180,000 square foot, three-story Magna Seating of America headquarters in Novi, MI.  Site paving, truck docks, site utilities, and a retaining wall were also constructed in association with the project. Magna Seating will consolidate activities into a single facility to house engineering, research and development, and sales and marketing teams.

Magna International is a leading global automotive supplier with 316 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. The company has approximately 133,000 employees. Its product capabilities include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating, power train, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing.

Project Owner

Magna International, Inc.


G2 Consulting Group explored the site to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure, pavement recommendations, and construction considerations related to the development.  Our special inspections / materials testing scope of our services included evaluating earthwork operations, utility installation, retaining wall installation observation, performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete, performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation
Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

Significant grade fills of up to 16 feet and grade cuts of up to five feet required close evaluation of engineered fill placement. Significant challenges with poor subsurface conditions required the removal and replacement of soft/loose fill soils with engineered fill to support the foundations and floor slab, as well as, the removal and replacement of unsuitable organic soils within the retaining wall development area. In addition, a variety of subgrade stabilization techniques were used to minimize removal of non-organic native soils for support of engineered fill.

Smart. Results. Fast. 

With any design/build project, turnaround time on project deliverables is critical to meeting construction milestones. G2 performed this significant geotechnical investigation in a short period of time and provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of the field report to allow the design/build team to move forward with their design.


Civil crew unearths archaeological remains at cell tower site

Ben Youra Project Manager G2 Chicagoland

Ben Youra
Project Manager
G2 Chicagoland

As reported this month in, a civil crew unearthed what was determined to be human remains while excavating at an existing cell tower site. It is believed the remains were part of an unmarked portion of an adjacent historic cemetery. According to the post, the tower is not registered in the FCC’s database.

While findings like this are extremely rare, this occurrence highlights the need to perform proper due diligence work on proposed tower sites during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review process.  In 2015, G2 Consulting oversaw a project associated with a proposed tower site near Lexington, KY. During the NEPA-related work, over 35 pre-historic and historic artifacts were discovered during a Phase I archaeological survey.  The contracted archaeologist determined an enhanced scope of work to ascertain if any intact archaeological resources were present in the project site.

G2 facilitated coordination for concurrence on the enhanced scope of work seeking input from the Kentucky Heritage Council (SHPO), the FCC’s Federal Preservation Officer, and the consulting tribal entities for that area.

G2 worked with the various entities to agree on an approach in a timely manner. The Enhanced Phase I Archaeological Investigation determined that historical agricultural activities within the parcel had resulted in previous disturbance. It was determined that the project should proceed as development of the proposed communications tower would not result in disturbance of any intact historical resources.

G2 was able to utilize its experience to convey fieldwork findings to State, Federal, and Tribal entities and ultimately get clearance for the project with relatively minimal project delays.

G2 advises its clients in every NEPA Report, that should archaeological materials or human remains be encountered prior to or during construction of their telecommunications facilities, construction activities should cease and the SHPO, the Native American tribal entities, and other consulting parties must be contacted for further evaluation.


ACEC of Michigan Scholarships available for 2017

Mark Smolinski Principal G2 Consulting Group

Mark Smolinski
G2 Consulting Group

The American Council of Engineering Companies announced its annual scholarship program this month. The 2017 application is now available.

ACEC of Michigan’s Scholarship Program was created to promote the profession and to provide financial support to those individuals pursuing careers in engineering and surveying. The Council awards scholarships to deserving college students who have completed their freshman year and are enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering or surveying program. Recipients of the awards will be evaluated in the following areas: Work experience, extra-curricular and community activities, references, grade point average, and a written essay. Applicants must have worked for a private engineering, architectural or surveying firm in the past 24 months.

“G2 Consulting Group is a proud member of ACEC of Michigan,” says Mark Smolinski, principal at G2. “Our chapter awards approximately $12,000 annually to well-qualified students.”

The scholarship entry deadline is Friday, January 6. Please click on the link below for the ACEC Michigan 2017 Scholarship application. If you have any questions, please call the ACEC/Michigan office at 517-332-2066.



Telecom Carriers Expand Coverage with DAS • G2 Provides Environmental Due Diligence

Ben Youra Project Manager G2 Chicagoland

Ben Youra
Project Manager
G2 Chicagoland

In the last few years, wireless data traffic has increased exponentially. People are no longer only accessing the Internet at home or in the office, they are doing it wherever they are from their mobile device. Telecommunication carriers have come up with innovative ways to increase their network capacity. One solution is through the use of small cells. Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are another solution used to address the need for increased coverage and capacity of wireless networks.

DAS are typically associated with large facilities and venues that may have known peak usage (i.e., a sporting event or concert) as the systems are designed to address the potential for interference from building materials of the structure itself, as well as, simultaneous data usage from a large number of people in a concentrated area.  Thus DAS is a benefit to both the wireless carriers using the system, as well as, the venue owners in providing better service to smartphone users at these locations.
In 2016, G2 has provided environmental due diligence services in the form of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Phase II ESAs, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews to its telecommunication clients proposing to install DAS at two venues in the greater Chicagoland area.
Our Phase I ESA for one of the projects found the site was utilized for heavy industrial purposes dating back to the 1950’s prior to the redevelopment of the parcel as a sporting venue in the early 2000’s. At least 16 underground storage tanks with two documented leaking incidents were associated with the historical industrial site within the overall property.  However, given the limited nature of the client’s proposed work below grade, we were able to tailor our scope of work for soil testing associated with the Phase II ESA to address only the areas to be impacted by the proposed telecommunications site development and to address the necessary parameters to satisfy the Illinois EPA’s Clean Construction and Demolition Debris requirements. The soil testing results were favorable and our client was able to proceed toward development of the site with no delays or extra costs incurred.

Big-bore Harley dealer aims to be a destination

Farmington Hills — Harley-Davidson motorcycles is perhaps the ultimate lifestyle brand, and one of the nation’s largest Harley dealerships aims to be a lifestyle destination with a brewpub and restaurant just off the showroom floor.


G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical services, as well as, special inspections and materials testing. The project was completed in record time!



Don’t Be Surprised By What You Can Dig Up

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Trevor Woollatt Project Manager

You are about to purchase a property and you hear that the previous owner may have dumped chemicals in the “back 40”. How do you know what’s back there? Who is responsible for cleaning it up? What do I need to know if I want to redevelop this property? Can I participate in a Brownfields Program? 

What is a Brownfields Program?

For more than 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. It is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. (

How can G2’s environmental experts help?

G2 Consulting Group’s environmental team are recognized land development experts who help clients navigate the Brownfield Redevelopment process quickly and efficiently. Many G2 clients have asked about the costs and benefits of a Brownfield Redevelopment program. Michigan’s Brownfield Redevelopment program is unique and powerful because it does not require any funding from the State. Costs incurred by the developer for “eligible activities” are reimbursed through tax increment financing (TIF). This is similar to the method that Downtown Development Authorities (DDAs) use to fund projects within a defined DDA area. In a Brownfield TIF, the increased taxable value resulting from the redevelopment is captured each year until the developer is reimbursed for the eligible activities that were approved. The capture period can extend up to 30 years; however, payback times of five to 10 years are more common.

The process begins with environmental due diligence, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), Phase II ESA, and Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA).  Once the property (or multiple properties) is eligible, a Brownfield Plan is prepared and submitted to the local Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. All of the environmental costs associated with due diligence can be included as eligible costs in the Brownfield Plan including preparation of the plan itself.

Properties can qualify as eligible for the Brownfield program in a number of ways. They can be contaminated, blighted, or functionally obsolete.  Any property held in a City, County, or State Land Bank is eligible, even if it would not qualify otherwise.

Eligible activities can be environmental or non-environmental. Environmental activities include all of the due diligence investigation, preparation of BEAs and Due Care Plans, remediation costs, installation of vapor barriers, and other due care measures that are required in order to redevelop the property. Non-environmental activities include asbestos abatement, building and site demolition, and in some communities, infrastructure improvements including parking decks and storm water systems, bridges, bike paths, marinas and other infrastructure that provides a public benefit.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s environmental professionals dig deep to unearth surprises before they become your financial responsibility. We apply our engineering, geology, hazardous materials management and health and safety experience to design thorough assessments, and create flexible, efficient remediation and compliance strategies to define site risks, and to manage those risks.


G2 Chicagoland Recommends CCDD Services

Ben Youra Project Manager G2 Chicagoland

Ben Youra
Project Manager
G2 Chicagoland

Efficient Process Saves Time and Reduces Costs

Addressing soil characterization during the Geotechnical Investigation phase saves our clients time and money by certifying the soils during the early stages of the planning process. G2 recommends Clean Construction and Demolition Debris (CCDD) services to minimize additional expenses. CCDD is defined by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as ”uncontaminated broken concrete without protruding metal bars, bricks, rock, stone, reclaimed asphalt, and soil generated from construction and demolition activities.”

Disposal of soils that cannot be utilized on site during grading is significantly less expensive at a clean fill facility. Analyzing soil and having certification forms in place early in the project stage helps remove potential delays and unplanned costs. Once site development begins, potential costs arise from stockpiling soils on site while waiting for lab results. These soils may then need to be disposed of at a regulated landfill.  Further, owners can utilize this information to obtain favorable pricing from contractors when their projects bid.

G2 Consulting Group reviews available environmental reports, as well as readily available information within the Illinois EPA’s databases to determine if there are significant environmental issues associated with the subject property or immediate adjoining properties.  Based on our review, we determine an appropriate number of soil samples and locations, as well as a scope for analytical testing parameters.

Soil samples are obtained during drilling operations performed in conjunction with our Geotechnical Investigation using proper environmental sampling protocol. Soil at the project site is visually assessed and screened in the field using a photo ionization detector (PID). Soil samples are selected for analytical testing based on visual observations, PID screenings, or using other pertinent data from our review.  Representative samples are selected and submitted to an accredited laboratory for analysis and comparison with the Illinois EPA’s “Maximum Allowable Concentrations of Chemical Constituents in Uncontaminated Soil Used as Fill Material”.  This analysis is used to determine if soils at the site meet the Illinois EPA’s criteria for disposal at a CCDD facility. Provided the material is determined to be non-impacted, a licensed Professional Engineer completes the Illinois EPA Form LPC-663 certifying that the soils are non-impacted.  It should be noted that final acceptance of the material is up to the individual landfill facility.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 Consulting Group’s Chicagoland office performs soil testing in conjunction with Geotechnical Investigations saving time and reducing costs.







Smart. Results. Fast.

Times are tight.  There’s no slack in the schedule, and no money to burn.  This is our world.

Our geotechnical, geoenvironmental and construction engineers have delivered hundreds of telecommunications, land development and civil infrastructure projects for two decades.

Facing a demanding project?  Need to find a way to reduce project costs?  Looking for a competitive advantage?

Look to G2 Consulting Group.