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Environmental Services

Protecting Our Natural Resources

RS&H is committed to preserving and protecting our natural resources. We believe that creating a more sustainable and connected future starts by investing in doing what’s right today. Through comprehensive environmental services, we assist clients in achieving their project goals while maintaining the highest environmental standards and addressing any challenges that may arise.

Our integrated teams include specialists with expertise in:

  • Indoor air quality solutions and proactive programs
  • Regulatory compliance, monitoring, and permit renewal
  • NEPA and state environmental review documentation
  • Mitigation bank permitting, design, and management
  • Ecological services, assessments, and permitting assistance
  • Soil and groundwater assessment and remediation strategies
  • Outdoor air quality assessments and modeling
  • Noise studies and modeling

RS&H is ready to partner with you to help achieve your goals.


Environmental Projects

The project strategically tackled challenges such as increased flights and larger aircraft, including Group IV widebody aircraft. The plan encompassed issues like aircraft parking, gate allocation, and capacity of the airfield and terminal.


The RS&H-designed Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s Runway and Associated Taxiways Reconstruction project earned Envision ‘Silver’ certification after being completed ahead of time, under budget, and diverting 99 percent of recyclable material from landfills.


As the airport's prime design consultant, RS&H identified innovative solutions that minimized impacts so that the airport could continue to provide a world-class travel experience for its passengers.


This innovative and cost-effective design-build project comprised the design and construction of 6.1 miles of roadway, including a limited access toll road and a non-tolled local road in Lake and Seminole Counties, Florida.


RS&H has been an integral part of the airport’s development since 2009, leading significant projects ranging from terminal and apron expansions to new taxiways and landside enhancements, contributing to its position as one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States.


Focus Areas

Indoor Air Quality

Through focused surveys and tailored solutions, RS&H’s indoor air quality specialists help clients improve their work and learning environments. Our solutions improve occupant performance, reduce absences, and improve staff retention. Our proactive programs maintain peak office or classroom conditions and efficient building systems. Proactive programs provide the information necessary to prioritize and plan while focusing resources for optimal returns.

Regulatory Compliance Support

Our environmental professionals are committed to protecting organizations from the liability of non-compliance. We help public and private clients successfully navigate environmental compliance issues associated with federal, state, and international water, land, air, and waste regulations. As a trusted advisor to our clients, we maintain regulatory registries and develop compliance strategies for operational concerns that arise for the private sector, as well as federal, state, and local agencies. We work with clients to ensure organizations maintain compliance while enhancing overall environmental performance.

NEPA & State Environmental Review Documentation

From concept design and impact analyses to public involvement and interagency coordination, our inter-disciplinary teams offer the full range of expertise necessary to guide clients through a project’s environmental review process. Our comprehensive review documents thoroughly analyze alternatives, characterize the affected environment, and evaluate the impacts associated with a proposed action, providing agency and government officials with the information they need to make informed decisions.

Mitigation Banking

Dedicated to protecting and conserving the world’s natural resources, RS&H helps clients offset adverse impacts of projects through our highly specialized mitigation banking services. Our innovative solutions have resulted in new revenue streams for our clients while meeting and exceeding regulatory requirements and enhancing the surrounding environment. Our full range of mitigation banking services includes evaluation of potential sites, competition analysis, field studies, permitting, planning and design, agency coordination, and long-term management.

Assessment & Remediation

Drawing on our in-depth understanding of fractured bedrock, karst, and alluvial/coastal plain sediments, we characterize the subsurface environment to develop a cost-effective remedial strategy for pollutants, such as hydrocarbons, solvents, heavy metals, and others. Our assessment and remediation projects include work with the U.S. military, the federal government, U.S. oil and gas interests, private industry, and state and local governments. Our regulatory experience includes Superfund (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and state administration remediation programs.

Ecological Services & Permitting

Working together with design professionals, our teams of biologists, ecologists, and wetland and wildlife management experts streamline the execution of projects while preserving and enhancing our natural ecosystems. We offer an in-depth experience with various ecosystems across the U.S. from alpine meadows to coral reefs and everything in between. Through a full range of services, including habitat assessments, threatened and endangered species surveys, and extensive field programs, we help our clients establish the environmental baselines of their projects, develop solutions for mitigating potential impacts, and coordinate the permitting needed to maintain their project schedules.

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