Matrix was hired to work closely with the Department of the Army and the Local Redevelopment Authority on the evaluation and transfer of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant (KSAAP)—a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) site located in Labette County, Kansas. The Army used the plant for the loading, assembling, and packing of munitions for the Department of Defense. Under the 2005 BRAC Act, KSAAP was closed and operations were redistributed to McAlester, Iowa, and Crane Army Ammunition Plants. The contractor, Day & Zimmerman, plans to maintain plant operations with the remainder being transferred to the LRA and the State of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; a small portion will go to public sale.

The redevelopment of military installations such as KSAAP presents unique opportunities and challenges relative to environmental issues, infrastructure construction and funding, and economic development conveyances. Successful conversion requires that the value of assets be optimized by strategic investments rooted in life-cycle engineering methods that stretch the use of existing facilities while simultaneously rebuilding infrastructure in a just-in-time manner to minimize working capital requirements and preserve economic development flexibility.

Matrix was responsible for developing and supporting an overall business plan and implementation strategy for the redevelopment of KSAAP, including an explosives siting plan, infrastructure cost model, operations and maintenance model, and phasing plan.

The explosives siting plan involved a sitewide survey of all production areas, load and pack facilities, storage igloos, and other support buildings. Matrix conducted an analysis of HTRW, explosives, and OB/OD area for environmental liabilities prior to property transfer. This task included extensive library and literature research, engineering and cost estimating, report preparation, and plan preparation. Matrix also conducted facility wide survey and legal descriptions and is currently working closely with the KDHE and EPA on appropriate consent agreements and assessments prior to property transfer.

The Matrix team is also responsible for site utility assessment and disposition reports, including existing water and sewer utilities; water supply, treatment, storage, and distribution analysis; a waste water feasibility study, and a master drainage plan. These portions of the project are complete.

Matrix recently executed an Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement (ESCA) between the GPDA and the Army for the decontamination and demolition of the 900 area production area. Matrix has been retained to implement and manage the remediation effort.

Matrix will conduct a characterization program that will include:

  • LBP, ACM, explosives, and other contaminants analysis
  • Preparation of an ESS
  • Decontamination of buildings
  • Demolition of buildings
  • Remediation of contaminated soils beneath and around the buildings
  • Confirmation sampling for MC
  • Reporting (including GIS)
  • Regulatory agency interaction
  • Community relations

Matrix is also in the process of negotiating additional privatized environmental cleanup at KSAAP. This portion of the project is not complete and is provided for informational purposes only.