The Grand River is a pillar of Grand Rapids' economic development vision. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids
An environmental firm has been granted a “fishing license” for projects with the city of Grand Rapids.
Brighton-based ASTI Environmental, which has a Grand Rapids office, said last month that it has been selected by the city to provide as-needed environmental services, which ASTI Director of Development Doug Brown equated to a fishing license, as the contract doesn’t mean anything until they secure some projects.
Brown said the process to be included in the stable of engineering firms Grand Rapids works with has taken about 10 years.
He said Grand Rapids likes to handle most jobs internally, but when it does need help, this provides ASTI an opportunity to provide a fallback option.
“It’s a great opportunity to go fishing for some projects,” Brown said. “Now we get to compete for projects.”
ASTI provides a range of environmental and engineering services: investigation; as well as sampling and risk management services for air quality, asbestos, lead and pollution; and more.
A number of services are covered in the agreement with the city: brownfield redevelopment consulting; environmental impact studies; site investigation; assessments; remediation; and compliance audits.
ASTI also works with other cities across Michigan, including Muskegon Heights, Grand Haven, Lansing, East Lansing and cities in the Detroit area.