The March 2, 2018, Nor’easter ‘Riley’ caused severe erosion up and down the MA coastline and in particular to the coastal dune in very close proximity to a home on Coffins Beach in Gloucester, MA. MassDEP issued Emergency Declarations for a limited timeframe for repair and restoration of storm-damaged coastal resource areas without obtaining wetland permits. This dune repair and restoration work was complicated by the mapped habitat of the shorebird Piping Plover by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program’s (NHESP) Priority Habitat of Rare Species. Hancock Associates coordinated the approval of the construction methodology with MassDEP, the Gloucester Conservation Commission and NHESP. We worked closely with the contractor to oversee the repair and restoration and provided shorebird monitoring services to avoid any disturbance of potential nesting habitat of Piping Plovers. Following the emergency dune repair and restoration, we obtained a wetland permit to build a boardwalk over the restored coastal dune to minimize disturbance of the re-vegetated coastal dune while still maintaining access to the beach.
As-Built Surveys, Boundary Survey, Certificate of Compliance (COC), Coastal/Inland Environmental Permitting, Construction Observation, Construction Staking, Environmental Compliance Monitoring, Erosion Control Design, Existing Conditions Surveys, FEMA Evaluation Certificates, Lot Staking, Notice of Intent (NOI), Permitting Support, Plot Plan, Rare and Endangered Species Assessment, Shorebird Monitoring, Subsurface Sewage Disposal, Topographic Survey and Mapping, Wetland Resource Delineation and Mapping, Wetland Restoration, Replication and Enhancement, Wetland Survey
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I first worked with Hancock Associates in 2002 on a septic plan for my home renovation. When I went back to them in 2018, my project was much more urgent. I needed a team who I could trust to help save my home and the dunes surrounding it. Hancock Associates immediately took a leadership role, came up with a great plan, worked seamlessly with the state and local environmental organizations, my GC and the rest of the team. During the entire process, they were knowledgeable, thoughtful, efficient and dedicated. I could tell that they truly enjoy the work that they do.
Hancock Associates provided land surveying and wetland science services at the three-acre Sargent Pond to support dewatering and dredging operations to contain and mitigate excessive algae. The team conducted existing conditions surveys including soundings and the identification of wetlands prior to dewatering, staked proposed grades for dredging, conducted as-built survey of the dredged pond during reconstruction and prepared Final As-built Plans to accompany the Certificate of Compliance request with the Brookline Conservation Commission once construction was complete.
As-Built Surveys; Construction Staking; Existing Conditions Surveys, Permit Assistance, Site Inspections, Soundings, Wetland Delineation
Hancock assisted with the development of a new three-story brewery, beer garden and fine restaurant to replace a dated Chinese restaurant near the Great Marsh on the Causeway in Essex. We presented a Permit Site Plan to the Planning Board and Conservation Commission during the initial filing and modification. We performed extensive research prove that the site was not built on historically filled tidelands and provided Construction Survey Services to support the construction of the new facility.
ADA Site Analysis, Design and Compliance; Coastal Environmental Permitting; Construction Document Preparation; Due Diligence Site Investigations; Erosion Control Design; Existing Conditions Surveys; Flood Studies and FEMA Map Revisions; Land Planning; Notice of Intent (NOI); Permitting Support; Plot Plans; Regulatory Permitting Coordination; Roadway Design; Sanitary Sewer Design; Sewer Lift Station Design; Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans; Topographic Survey and Mapping
Our teams played a key role in the challenging design and permitting of this 7,900 sq. ft. Passive House Design of a new academic building. Since the new building was replacing an existing one near an intermittent stream, a Notice of Intent and variance to perform work in the 25-foot “No Disturb” zone were filed. A Flood Study Analysis was necessary and in order to meet local and MA Stormwater Management Requirements, we proposed a “Blue Roof” which temporarily stores water and gradually releases it over a few days to minimize the impact on the stream. Our Wetland Scientist proposed a landscaping plan that placed local native species along the stream. After a presentation to the Conservation Commission and on-site review, the project was approved in a second public hearing.
ADA Site Analysis, Design and Compliance; Due Diligence Site Investigations; Existing Conditions Surveys; Flood Studies and FEMA Map Revisions; Hydrant Flow Testing; Hydrographic Surveys; Land Development Site Design; Notice of Intent (NOI); Permitting Support; Soil Erosion/Sediment Control Design; Soil Evaluations; Stormwater Management System Analysis and Design; Topographic Survey and Mapping; Wetland Resource Delineation and Mapping
Hancock Associates provided civil engineering, land surveying, and wetland science services in the development of this large-scale mixed use commercial, retail and residential development project spanning 53-acres of undeveloped land. The complex consists of two hotels, four 40B residential apartment buildings, three restaurants, an assisted care living facility, a wastewater treatment facility and over 42,000 sq. ft. of commercial office and retail space. Hancock served as lead MEPA coordinator in preparation of full-scope Environmental Impact Reports in successful issuance of a MEPA certificate. We provided wetland delineations, wetland permitting under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and local town bylaws, vernal pool characterizations and impact analysis, floodplain calculations and drainage studies, wildlife habitat characterization and inventories, and preparation of wetland and wildlife habitat restoration plans as compensatory mitigation for environmental impacts.
Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD), Civil/Site Engineering, Inland Environmental Permitting, MEPA Full Scope Environmental Impact Report, Notice of Intent (NOI), NPDES Permits, Permitting Support, Soil Erosion/Sediment Control Design, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, Utility Engineering, Vegetation and Wildlife Surveys, Vernal Pool Identification/Certification, Wetland Resource Delineation and Mapping, Wetland Restoration, Replication and Enhancement
Hancock Associates provides ongoing environmental, civil engineering and survey services for the modification and permitting of a private wastewater treatment facility at Kimball Farm, a 125-acre, family-oriented entertainment and recreational facility. The facility is housed in a new building with underground tanks at the rear of the property. The wastewater is treated and then travels over a half mile to an acre of fields. It is designed to handle approximately 30,000 gallons of wastewater per day.
Coastal/Inland Environmental Permitting, MEPA Environmental Compliance Monitoring, Existing Conditions Survey, Notice of Intent (NOI), Permitting Support, Rare and Endangered Species Assessments, Soil Erosion/Sediment Control Design, Wetland Resource Delineation and Mapping, Wetland Restoration, Replication and Enhancement, Wetland Survey
Hancock Associates’ partnership with the Danversport Yacht Club started in 2001 with assistance in the planning and implementation of a new marina travel lift which included a boat ramp and drainage. Over the years, our partnership has grown to include other facility enhancements such as a sales, maintenance and storage building, a swimming pool, solar panels and more.
As-Built Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Commercial Site Design, Certificate of Compliance (COC), Chapter 91 Waterways License, Coastal/Inland Environmental Permitting, Construction Documentation Preparation, Construction Staking, Construction Observation, Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permits, Environmental Compliance Monitoring, Erosion Control Design, Existing Conditions Surveys, Float and Pier Permitting Assistance, GPS Services, Hydrographic Surveys, Notice of Intent (NOI), NPDES Permits, Permitting Support, Soil Erosion/Sediment Control Design, Stormwater Management System Analysis and Design, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), Water and Wastewater Design
My father, Joseph DeLorenzo, opened the Danversport Yacht Club and Marina in 1970. Our relationship with Hancock Associates goes back almost that far. Projects move along really well with Hancock. They’re familiar with our property and have experts on staff to handle the wide variety of work needed to be done over the years. DYC continues to rely on Hancock because of their professionalism, work ethic and responsiveness.