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Revitalizing Greater Lansing One Trasformational Project at a Time

Wednesday, August 2, 2017  
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By Eric Dimoff, Director of Marketing and Communications

Throughout Greater Lansing, transformational projects are taking shape that are revitalizing the face of the region. Like every city in the U.S., Lansing has a scattered mix of abandoned buildings and vacant properties that have the potential to breathe new life into neighborhoods, key corridors and business districts.

Triterra, nestled in the heart of REO Town, is one mid-Michigan business that is making an impact in the region by partnering with local developers to repurpose environmentally challenged properties and buildings, known as brownfields. Along with local partners, Triterra is helping transform the surrounding community one project at a time.

“Anytime we are looking at underutilized properties, we look at ways they can be repurposed and put back to use within our community,” said Don McNabb, co-founder, CEO and Principal Scientist at Triterra. “From asbestos or lead paint in buildings to soil or groundwater contamination in the subsurface, we take existing sites that are considered unusable and make them safe for somebody to use for their business or operation.”

Confronting the challenges of restoring brownfield sites is no easy task. In May, the Michigan Legislature passed a package of bills, known as Michigan Thrive (MI Thrive), that will help investors, developers, local and state governments close financing gaps associated with redeveloping brownfields. The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) joined more than 70 business leaders and chambers of commerce from across the state to support the passage of the bills. The MI Thrive initiative is expected to unleash $5 billion in major brownfield redevelopment projects that will help transform cities across the state, including Lansing.

“We love to help developers acquire cool, abandoned properties such as old manufacturing or other historical buildings in urban areas,” said J.P. Buckingham, COO and Associate Geologist at Triterra. “Our services allow these types of transformational projects to take shape.”

Founded in 2008 by Alan Hooper and Don McNabb, Triterra is a professional consulting firm that specializes in Brownfield redevelopment, environmental consulting and natural resource management services. In its first three years of operation, and despite the tough economic conditions, Triterra experienced an approximate 20 percent annual growth rate, which exceeded their expectations. In 2013, McNabb became CEO as Hooper left the business to focus on his own real estate developments.

Under McNabb’s leadership, Triterra utilizes a creative, practical, responsive, and effective approach to address environmental challenges, while striving to exceed client expectations.

“We operate by putting our clients’ priorities first and think of ourselves in their shoes,” said McNabb. “We are there with our clients through the entire process to ensure their project and dreams become reality.”

Over the last few years, Triterra’s yearly revenue has significantly increased (~350 percent), which includes a 40 percent increase from 2014 to 2015 and a 55 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Additionally, in 2016, Triterra’s growth resulted in moving from their small office in Old Town to a much larger (and spacious) office in REO Town. Triterra remains in full growth mode, with plans to open one or more small office locations in Michigan in 2017.

“The best part of any project is figuring out how you can make a difference,” said McNabb. “When you see a redevelopment or site that has been repurposed or cleaned up you get that feeling inside that you’re doing something good for both the environment and the community. Seeing Lansing grow and helping these projects take shape is something we’re very proud of.”

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