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September 24, 2015

Survey: Ridolfi

Specialty: Cleanup and restoration

Management: Callie Ridolfi, president

Founded: 1990

Headquarters: Seattle

2014 revenues: $3 million

Projected 2015 revenues: $3 million

Projects: Port Gamble Bay, Mid Columbia River, Commencement Bay

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Ridolfi is providing environmental compliance, inspection and water quality monitoring during construction of the Elliott Bay Seawall.

Seattle-based Ridolfi is working on environmental projects in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. It is restoring and monitoring habitats in Commencement Bay, the Puyallup River and on Bainbridge Island. Ridolfi is working on sustainable development projects for tribes in Alaska and Washington, as well as a waste transfer station in Neah Bay.

Callie Ridolfi discussed some of the pressing issues in environmental work.

Q: What types of projects has the firm done lately?

A: This past year we have been engaged in cleanup of contaminated sediment, fish consumption surveys and the evaluation of mining impacts.

Q: What are a few changes you have noticed in the industry?

A: Transboundary and watershed concerns related to proposed mineral development, and regional cleanup decisions being made around contaminated sediment sites.

Q: What is the next big innovation in sustainable building?

A: Application of living building techniques to new housing development.

Q: What are the risks and benefits of building on a potentially contaminated site?

A: Legacy soil and groundwater contamination; an opportunity to convert an underutilized brownfield into green building.

Q: What is the biggest environmental issue in real estate?

A: Allowing for denser development and friendly, walkable neighborhoods while accommodating transit for commuting. Public-private partnerships are needed, with community outreach and input to achieve solutions that are sustainable for growth in the long term.

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