United States
Environmental Protection
Lb I	Agency
2019 National Federal Facility
Excellence in Site Reuse Awards
Former Defense Facilities Now Home to Large-Scale Redevelopment Projects
Naval Air Station Cecil Field
Jacksonville, Florida
For more than five decades, facilities at Naval Air Station
Cecil Field provided services for the operation and
maintenance of naval weapons, aircrafts and other units of
the operating forces. Extensive community engagement
and coordination among government agencies resulted in
fast-tracked cleanup and large-scale redevelopment.
The area now hosts Cecil Airport, which serves corporate
aircraft, general aviation, air cargo, and National Guard
and Reserve aviation operations, as well as the city of
Jacksonville's Cecil Commerce Center, which is home
to more than 31 million square feet of commercial and
industrial space, a Florida State College at Jacksonville
campus, and other land uses.
Dollars and Cents: Economic Impacts of Reuse at
Naval Air Station Cecil Field (2019)
Number of Businesses: 43
Annual Sales: $880,538,455
Jobs: 4,244
Annual Employment Income: $246,288,952
Data Source: FFRRO Economic Analysis
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The closure of this base in 1993 resulted in the loss of
nearly 5,100 jobs and an economic loss of $91 million from
payrolls, taxes and other revenues. Today, the cleanup and
transformation of the former 3,936-acre Myrtle Beach Air
Force Base into a thriving community sets a new standard
for successful remediation and redevelopment.
The former Air Force base is now home to Myrtle Beach
International Airport, over 1,200 new homes, a dozen
parks, walking paths and sporting facilities, a golf course,
a college, a new technology and aerospace business park,
and a centerpiece commercial district called The Market
Common that features shops and restaurants.
The redevelopment project has a large economic impact,
employing 25,781 people and providing $2.97 billion in
annual economic activity and almost $120 million in annual tax
revenue. Today, The Market Common has become the fastest-
growing area in the community - new projects underway
include the $44 million Tidelands Health Medical Park.
"This project is a successful demonstration of how
public-private partnerships can convert contaminated
sites into community assets that will attract jobs,
encourage partnerships and achieve broader
economic development outcomes."
- EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)
December 2019
EPA 505/F-19/002

Community Leadership Enables
Sitewide Ecological Restoration
and Environmental Education
Former Ammunition Facility Now
Home to Federal Agency Hub
and Diverse Mixed Uses
Fernald Preserve | Fernald, Ohio
Facilities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Feed
Materials Production Center site strengthened the
U.S. nuclear defense program during the Cold War.
Collaborative planning and community engagement by
federal, state and local partners have resulted in the award-
winning restoration of this former uranium processing
facility as the Fernald Preserve, a park that includes one
of the largest manmade wetlands in Ohio, large tracts of
open water, upland forests, a lengthy riparian corridor and
tallgrass prairies. The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center,
a 10,000-square-foot LEED-certified green building,
welcomes visitors. About 15,000 people visited the center
last year.
Site cleanup engaged community members and
federal and state agencies in a process that integrated
remedial planning and future land use considerations.
These collaborative efforts led to the selection and
implementation of remedies for five areas and integration
of cleanup actions with natural resource restoration projects
across the site.
Today, the site is home to an ecological preserve that
features five ecosystems and a state-of-the-art visitors
center. The site's varied and unique habitats are accessible
on a 7-mile network of trails. The Fernald Preserve Visitors
Center celebrates the site's rich and varied history. Exhibits
cover the site's Native American history as well as farming
and uranium production activities. They also provide an
overview of the site's environmental cleanup and ecological
restoration. Meeting spaces at the facility are also available
for use by local organizations.
Denver Federal Center ( Lakewood, Colorado
This former 640-acre munitions site is now home to the
Denver Federal Center, which hosts 27 federal agencies
with over 6,250 employees, making it the largest
concentration of federal workers outside of Washington
Reuses on other parts of the site include a light rail station,
a bus terminal, sports fields, a large hospital and medical
offices. A weekly farmer's market is located during the
growing season and the property also hosts six bee
colonies. The site's cleanup included the removal of more
than 775,000 tons of contaminated soil and wastes.
Sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives are at the heart
of the redevelopment project. The use of zero-emission
or electric vehicles, solar fields and rooftop arrays, LEED-
certified buildings, walking trails, green stormwater
management practices, and several on-site bike sharing
stations are all part of the commitment to make the Denver
Federal Center one of the most sustainable campuses in
the nation. The Center is located adjacent to the foothills of
the Colorado Rockies and is only minutes from downtown
The Center's 34,464 photovoltaic
panels produce 22% of its electricity
annually. The combined capacity of all
the solar arrays is enough to power
about 1,064 homes.
EPA's National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Awards
These awards recognize the dynamic approaches and cooperation among federal agencies, states, tribes, local partners and
developers that have led to noteworthy restoration and reuse of federal facility sites.
To learn more about the awards and to explore nominating a site for a future award, please visit: https://www.epa.aov/fedfac.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)
December 2019
EPA 505/F-19/002