Murata Business Center – Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA

Today the Murata Business Center is helping to foster the economic growth of Central Pennsylvania.  This business incubator facility had its start in 1997 when Murata Electronics donated to CREDC a vacant 34,000 square foot building on 4 acres. From 1941 to the late 1980’s, Murata and its predecessors utilized the property to manufacture radio crystals and other equipment for the communications industry.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) was retained to assess the property and develop an appropriate remedial approach consistent with the site’s future use. The Phase I ESA inventoried processes at the former facility using historic records, PADEP files, and interviews with a former, long-standing employee of the facility.

During the Remedial Investigation, HRG conducted Geoprobe soil sampling and oversight of groundwater monitoring well installation by air rotary drilling. HRG determined that chlorinated solvents were the primary constituents of concern and recommended the removal of approximately 60 tons of soil.

Impacted soils were excavated and properly disposed, and residual concentrations were addressed via the Statewide Health and Site Specific Standards (including risk assessment and cleanup plan elements). Ground water impact by chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was determined to be a background condition, and attainment of PA Act 2’s Background Standard was demonstrated.

HRG’s professionals were also retained to prepare a grant application and work plan documents under Pennsylvania’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) for identification and abatement of asbestos containing materials (ACMs).

CREDC’s redevelopment of the property as a business incubator facility for technology-oriented startup businesses involved both renovation and demolition activities. HRG performed an Asbestos Assessment to identify all ACMs used in the various stages of building construction, designed abatement specifications, managed the abatement bidding process, conducted oversight and third-party air monitoring of the abatement project, and developed means to maintain certain ACMs in place in active tenant areas via a facility specific Operations and Maintenance Plan, and conducted asbestos awareness training for relevant site personnel.

Client / Owner

Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC)
3211 North Front Street, Suite 201
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Project Highlights

  • 34,000 square foot building on 4 acres
  • Phase 1 ESA
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) grant application
  • Productive reuse of a brownfield building
  • Costly groundwater treatment avoided by demonstrating groundwater contamination was not site related

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