PENC Central Carolina Chapter Presents:

Professional Engineering Services for Brownfields Projects

John Gallagher, PE – Aptus Management

Bruce Nicholson – NC Division of Waste Management


Thursday, March 9, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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18 Seaboard Restaurant

(18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh, NC 27604)

Program Cost:
Member: $30

Non-Member: $40

Student: $20

Program Overview:


Lunch Program (1 PDH): Brownfields Projects

North Carolina’s Brownfields Program is recognized as a national model and has help promote the redevelopment of 100’s of contaminated sites across the state since its inception 20 years ago. The program is implemented via a brownfields agreement entered between DEQ and the prospective developer. A significant component of the program’s implementation relies on professional engineering services to return brownfields sites to safe, productive use. This includes site investigations, assessing risk, stormwater and other wastewater design, soil and groundwater remediation, vapor intrusion (indoor air quality) mitigation, construction management, and a host of other services.

Bruce Nicholson, the NC Brownfields Program Manager, and John Gallagher PE, a consulting engineer who’s professional practice focuses on brownfields site redevelopment, will give an overview of the NC Brownfields Program and discuss the wide role of professional engineers in its implementation. 

Lunch Speakers:      
Bruce I. Nicholson – Brownfields Program Manager, North Carolina Division of Waste Management

Mr. Nicholson is a Program Manager for the North Carolina Division of Waste Management and a veteran of numerous waste cleanup programs related to CERCLA (Superfund) and state hazardous substance regulations. He has been with the Division for more than 25 years and has managed programs on NPL Site Remediation, the NC Manufactured Gas Plant Cleanup Initiative, and the NC Dry Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Program. Mr. Nicholson has also been involved in DEQ’s brownfields efforts from the early development of its authorizing legislation in 1997 and has managed the Brownfields Program since 1998. The Program is designed to aid developers of brownfields properties by breaking environmental liability barriers to financing through a mixture of liability protection vehicles and tax incentives. In doing so, the program has facilitated cleanup and reuse of more than 400 brownfields properties across the state resulting in $15 billion of dollars in private redevelopment investment and thousands of jobs. Bruce is a graduate of NC State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering.

John Gallagher, PE – Managing Director, Aptus Management PLLC

Mr. Gallagher has a unique 30-year career and experience in a comprehensive range of environmental management services, including assessments, remediation planning, specialty insurance placement, environmental risk/liability management and sustainability program development. He is a leading, nationally recognized expert in all aspects of site restoration, in-fill redevelopment and brownfields site reuse.  In 2009 he founded Aptus Management to provide high-level environmental management services to a variety of clients. Before starting the company, he was a managing director at Cherokee Investment Partners, a private investment fund which specialized in contaminated real estate redevelopment. Concurrently, he served as the president of Cherokee’s technical engineering, planning and public finance affiliate.  He also has consulted to a number of development authorities, public and private-sector clients, financial institutions and real estate developers. Earlier in his career, John served in the U.S. EPA Superfund program and with Eastman Kodak Company.

PDHs: 1 PDH (Note: While PENC offers Professional Development Credit for this program, it is up to each Professional Engineer to determine if the content is relevant to his/her individual practice and suitable for his/her continuing education.)

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PENC Adopt-A-Stream Round 2!

PENC's Central Carolina Chapter continues our commitment to the environmental health of our community by returning to Raleigh's Walnut Creek for a Stream Clean event on Saturday, March 25.  Our legions of stream cleaners will meet up at Kentwood park(map), just a few miles from N.C. State University's campus, on Saturday morningMarch 25 at 9:30 am

The Stream Clean will be an opportunity for you to directly impact local, regional, and even global water resources.  As you all know, the water in Crabtree Creek ultimately flows into the Atlantic Ocean, so that plastic cup that you pick up in Raleigh in March is one less plastic cup that washes up on your favorite beach or ends up in the stomach of a beautiful sea animal.

Coffee and biscuits will be provided by PENC and Southern Remediation, LLC.  After the stream clean, stay for fun and games at the park.  All family, friends, and acquaintances are welcome...and yes, PLEASE bring da kids!!!  They're naturally good at picking up debris.

RSVP by Friday, March 24to: Whit Rawls at

Volunteer Opportunity: Middle Creek High School – Engineering Academy

Middle Creek High School is seeking volunteers to speak to junior and senior students about careers in engineering. Presentations may be from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on whether the presentation is a lecture or a hands on activity. Students are in  Technology Engineering & Design Honors and Technology Advanced Studies classes that begin at 7:25 and 9:00. Dates are flexible. Please contact Sharon Smith, Career Development Coordinator at Middle Creek High School. Contact information is below.

Sharon Smith, NBCT
Career Development Coordinator
Middle Creek High School
123 Middle Creek Park Avenue
Apex, NC 27539
919-773-3838 ext. 21900
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Volunteer Opportunities

We have three upcoming events with the Central Carolina Chapter of PENC, and we need your help!  If you are interested in participating, or have questions, please contact Virginia Russell at



MATHCOUNTS prepares students for advanced mathematics courses and for careers in many technical fields, including engineering. The program offers our members a positive way to support and strengthen math education at the junior-high level. Our specific goals for MATHCOUNTS are:             

  • To increase students' motivation to be "math literate" by giving recognition to outstanding math students.
  • To educate the public about the importance of mathematics and the role math-oriented jobs play in our technological society.
  • To help strengthen math curricula in our schools.


    State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator

    Name: Marc Worth, PE
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Chapter Leadership

Sean Gleason, PE
ColeJenest & Stone


Patrick Covil, PE


Past President
Chad Beck, PE
Kimley-Horn and Associates
(919) 677-2196


Patrick Gunsch, PE
RTI International


Erin Thompson


Director - Community Leadership
Bernie Garrett, PE
Garrett & Moore


Director - Membership
Whit Rawls, PE
Southern Remediation, LLC

Director - Continuing
Scott Stamey, PE
Mid-South Engineering Company

Director - Public Image
Kristin Caracappa, EI
Amec Foster Wheeler
Director – Public Policy