Imperial Sugar Mill

Services Performed

ESE served as the environmental engineer and Brownfields manager for the reclamation of the former 107 year old Imperial Sugar Company refinery located in Sugar Land, Texas for the purpose of redeveloping the 165 acre site as a mixed-use town center style development, which will include residential, commercial retail and office space.


ESE’s objectives for the project included engineering and management of facility ACM abatement and demolition, closure of waste management units, soil and groundwater assessment/remediation and Site regulatory closure.

Scope of Work

ESE was contracted by Cherokee-Sugar Land, a joint venture between Cherokee Investment Partners and Johnson Development Company, to provide Environmental Engineering services for the redevelopment of the historic sugar mill, refinery and power plant. ESE‘s scope of work included the following:

  • Facility demolition and asbestos abatement support and management including preparation of technical specifications/scopes of work, on-site management, and engineering certification of project completion.
  • Regulatory closure of all facility permits and waste handling, storage, treatment and management units as well as removal and disposal of all residual bulk process materials and fluids.
  • Identification and assessment of areas of concern to define source, characteristics and extent of soil and groundwater impacts.
  • Regulatory closure of soil and groundwater impacts associated with sugar refinery, on-site power plant, rail, warehousing and fuel oil storage and handling.
  • Project demolition and environmental liaison between project team and city, county, and state agencies as well as the area redevelopment board.

Key Benefits to Client

  • Successfully engineered, managed and completed facility demolition and decommissioning.
  • Coordinated with development team and local/state regulatory agency personnel to develop beneficial and advantageous closure strategies.
  • Successfully implemented complex closure strategy to achieve regulatory closure to residential standards.