GSS has performed hundreds of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) checklists for wireless communication tower projects. This involves the determination of whether or not communication towers/antennas have an effect on endangered species, wilderness areas, state park and nature preserves, historic sites, surface feature changes, Indian religious sites, floodplains and wetlands. Also determined is whether or not the proposed antennas will produce radio frequency radiation above ANSA/IEEE standards. GSS searches relevant databases, obtains wetlands and flood plain maps and submits written information requests to State agencies and the US Department of Fish and Wildlife to make such determinations. Where applicable, GSS will perform biological assessments in order to document whether or not the proposed tower will negatively affect critical habitats or threatened or endangered species. GSS utilizes the industry’s most precise standards on each and every site to ensure that your project is NEPA compliant.
PHASE I AND II ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS
All Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) are performed in compliance with the ASTM Standard E1527-13 (or the most current version). The Phase I is an informational research report documenting the history of the property. It is compiled via records searches, owner and occupant interviews, historical maps, construction diagrams (where applicable) and property title records. The purpose of the Phase I is to determine if there are recognized environmental conditions (RECs) connected with a property ASTM E1527-13 defines RECs as:
“The presence or likely presence of a hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at a property: (1) due to release to the environment; (2) under conditions indicative of a release to the environment; or (3) under conditions that pose a material threat of a future release to the environment. De minimis conditions are not recognized environmental conditions.”
GSS makes every responsible effort to avoid having to perform Phase II ESAs. However, in cases where site features, historic land use and site characteristics make it impossible to rule out the threat of contamination, Phase II ESAs are performed in the most expedient and cost effective manner possible.
SECTION 106 SUBMITTALS
GSS offers the most complete, accurate, professional and cost effective compliance services available to the wireless industry. All facets of the investigation from historic sites research to archaeological and architectural historical field surveys are conducted by state recognized and US Department of the Interior qualified personnel. Submittals are made via the FCC e106 system used in conjunction with the TCNS. GSS has built and maintains strong relationships with Native American tribes which aids in response procurement and thus shortens timelines.
SITE DEVELOPMENT / PROJECT & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
GSS has significant experience in Cell Site Development (Candidate Search, Leasing, Zoning and Permitting) as well as Cell Site Construction Management. GSS personnel have worked on hundreds of sites performing construction management, punch list completion, generator installation, compound expansion, third party inspection and management and utility coordination for both new sites and LTE fiber upgrades. GSS carefully tracks and documents all site activities to ensure that deadlines are met and construction standards/expectations are met and exceeded. Project tracking and reporting is tailored to each client and their need and expectations related to the project. Clients have the benefit of dealing with the same project manager throughout the life of the project; assignments aren’t handed down the chain of command as the projects near completion. Project managers are highly functional and have hands-on experience as GSS does not train new managers “on the job.”
RADIO FREQUENCY ENGINEERING / ANALYSIS
GSS along with its Partner Vendors have had involvement in numerous RF related projects – designing, planning and establishing wireless networks, including system dimensioning for coverage and capacity, traffic analysis, access point identification, frequency planning, interference investigation, and maintenance of telecommunications equipment. GSS provides technical assessment requirements and definition from conception to deployment, using measurement and diagnostic tools to test and adjust the equipment’s. By monitoring and analyzing statistical and test data to improve system performance, the GSS engineering leads and supervises various vendor teams to deliver unobstructed communication and to offer solutions to any challenge related to wireless/RF engineering. GSS also develops support documentation to justify recommendations for system enhancements and optimization as well as reports customized for GSS clients’ specific situations.
LTE COMPLIANCE & CONSTRUCTION COORDINATION
GSS has performed environmental compliance services and fiber installation coordination on hundreds of sites as part of LTE upgrade operations. We begin the process by reviewing environmental compliance documents in order to determine if the LTE upgrades are exempt from the Section 106 review process. Sites that cannot be exempted are submitted for compliance review to the appropriate state SHPO office. GSS also performs construction management and supervision of fiber optic installation at LTE sites. GSS coordinates the fiber provider, carrier representatives, landowners and A&E firms in order to expedite the installation process. We will track progress of easement procurement, fiber installation, utility installation and construction contractors on each site. We can also arrange and manage conduit installation from the right of way to the cabinet or shelter within the tower compound or building utility room where applicable. Project tracking is performed and reported based on the schedule of the client/carrier. We are accustomed to tight timeframes and have yet to miss a project deadline. GSS has performed such services on hundreds of sites where LTE and other upgrades are being performed, let our team manage and track your project to success!
RISK BASED CORRECTIVE ACTION (RBCA) EVALUATIONS
GSS provides RBCA evaluations based upon state specific formats and pathways. Whether your site requires a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3, GSS will provide the most accurate and cost effective evaluation in the industry. GSS provides professional services related to drilling and completion of test boreholes, monitoring, sniffer and recovery wells. Services also include well siting, site supervision, well site geology, soil and groundwater sampling, soil gas screening, surveying and well completion. The character of the site will determine the extent of the assessment program. GSS provides assessment-planning programs where both on and off-site drilling may be required. A completed assessment includes investigations related to off-site contaminant contribution and sites that impact major thoroughfares and waterways.
GSS provides services related to tank removal and/or closure. This includes soil gas surveys, collection of soil and /or ground water samples and over excavation. Assistance with closure documentation is also provided. As prime contractor, GSS has removed numerous UST systems. This includes excavation, purging and removal, groundwater monitoring, pump island removal and project scheduling and management.
The site’s contaminant levels and subsurface geology will determine the method of remediation implemented. During the design and installation of pump and treat, soil-vapor extraction or sparging systems, GSS will provide all necessary documentation to respective governing agencies.