Tag Archives: Environmental Assessment

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 wirelessestimator.com, 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.

http://wirelessestimator.com/articles/2016/civil-workers-unearth-a-skull-and-other-bones-at-s-c-cell-site/

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.

FacebooktwitterlinkedinFacebooktwitterlinkedin

Vote for G2 Photo Contest Winner!

G2 Consulting Group is out on thousands of construction sites each year performing geotechnical, environmental and construction engineering.  Much of our work is captured in photographs documenting progress and milestones.  Some of these photos are really cool!

The photos below were selected as winners for our first quarterly employee photo contest, and we are asking you to pick the “people’s choice” winner.  Please choose your favorite by January 22 – we’ll let you know who takes the prize!
Wrigley Field Construction by Ben Youra.
Providing Phase I Environmental Site Assessment adjacent to Wrigley Field during modifications to historic structure
Self Support Mat Foundation by Tim Dumala.
Providing geotechnical study, environmental services & onsite construction observation & testing for self supported communications tower
Roof Top Cell Site  by Drew Temerowski.
Providing hazardous materials survey for roof top cell site adjacent to Comerica Park
Ann Arbor Trench Footing by Mike Dagher.
Providing construction observation & testing for shallow trench footing (including bearing capacity evaluation)
Red Run Shaft by Nick Berkholz.
Providing geotechnical design of temporary earth retention system at Red Run Shaft
Ambassador Bridge Gateway Deck Placement by James Mazur.
Providing construction observation & testing for concrete placement using conveyor belt and pump trucks
FacebooktwitterlinkedinFacebooktwitterlinkedin

Environmental Investigations for Telecommunications Towers

Throughout United States


Environmental studies are required prior to construction of telecommunications tower facilities. Often, these studies are critical to the project schedule.  G2 has provided environmental due diligence and regulatory evaluations for telecommunications clients and architectural/engineering firms throughout the United States.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Tower companies, carriers and wireless service providers

G2 Services Provided

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review
Environmental Assessments
Environmental Permitting

Challenges/Solutions

      • While some properties being considered for telecommunications projects are located in remote areas, others include past uses that may present liability to the next owner if not documented. G2 conducts Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for proposed telecommunication tower facilities in accordance with requirements to identify recognized environmental conditions and recommend appropriate follow up to protect our clients.
      • As a licensing agency, the FCC complies with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by requiring the licensees to review their proposed actions for environmental consequences. Because telecommunications projects are regulated by the FCC, NEPA Reviews are required for proposed sites. G2 performs NEPA Reviews to determine whether the proposed construction is located within an environmentally and/or culturally sensitive area. If the proposed site falls within this category, G2 continues and prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA).

Smart. Results. Fast. Telecommunications projects are extremely time-sensitive. G2 conducts thorough environmental assessments and NEPA Reviews expediently to provide information required to make the site purchase decision and maintain an aggressive schedule.