Full Delivery Stream Restoration Program Honored with Environmental Excellence Award

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently recognized State Highway Administration’s (SHA) Full Delivery Stream Restoration Program with their annual Environmental Excellence Award in the Sustainability category. KCI’s Resource Management Discipline played an instrumental role in developing this innovative program for MDOT SHA and is currently managing the program to ensure success.

The state’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit included a new environmental restoration requirement that was unprecedented in its immense scale and timeline for delivery. Complying with these permit needs required the organization to look beyond the traditional project delivery approach. KCI recognized that MDOT SHA could greatly benefit by using full delivery, a turnkey approach that integrates property acquisitions, design, permitting, construction and success monitoring into a single contract to deliver stream restoration credits at highly competitive costs and accelerated timelines. Over the last two decades, our team has been using full delivery across the eastern US to restore more than 340 acres of wetlands and 140,000 linear feet (26.5 miles) of stream credit.

With support from senior leadership, MDOT SHA Office of Environmental Design received approval to proceed with this unprecedented contract. KCI supported the state in the development of this novel, first of its kind Request for Proposal (RFP) that required extensive coordination across SHA offices including real estate, legal, environmental and construction. The RFP was advertised in June 2017, and as a result of this advertisement, MDOT SHA executed nearly 20 contracts totaling more than 150,000 linear feet of stream restoration. As work began in early 2018, KCI assisted with managing the full delivery program, developing electronic tools to track contract requirements, deliverables, invoicing/payments and construction progress. Our team also provided extensive coordination among multiple SHA offices to obtain NEPA clearance and right-of-way certification, develop conservation easement and plat templates, and review property acquisition documentation federal funding compliance.

KCI is now performing field inspections of projects during construction to document progress and post-construction to validate final credits and collect the restored stream baseline data. Construction is substantially complete for 16 projects with the three remaining to be finalized by fall 2020.