Base Realignment and Closure

Marstel-Day’s BRAC Successes

Marstel-Day entered the BRAC process with challenging charters from its military clients: create a new “conservation conveyance” authority, integrate base reuse and cleanup plans, expedite NEPA processes, and increase community involvement in base reuse plans. Our creative thinking enabled Army and Navy to dispose of 80,000 acres of 1991-95 BRAC land when we conceptualized DoD’s new conservation conveyance statute (Title 10 USC 2694a).

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We created a Net Environmental Benefits Assessment process to design minimally-invasive cleanup plans for sensitive habitat, and we recommended risk-based cleanups and environmental land use controls to accelerate contaminated BRAC property transfers. Our work expanded to include NEPA analyses for a dozen BRAC sites. We then used our BRAC experience to help our clients to identify mission risks and vulnerabilities at their active bases and ranges through comprehensive encroachment management plans and water sustainment studies.


DoD Base Realignment and Closure

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The DOD Base Realignment and Closure Process (BRAC) can be challenging for both military departments and military communities as they address property disposal, environmental, and land-use issues created by the closure, realignment, or expansion of military bases.  Marstel-Day offers comprehensive BRAC services and a strong record of creative problem solving to help its military and community clients navigate the entire BRAC process, from installation closure to environmental studies and property reuse.

Marstel-Day was established in 2002 specifically to develop creative solutions to intractable base closure challenges involving complex legal, environmental, and land use issues.  Our leadership and senior staff have an unparalleled combination of DOD and Congressional experience in managing BRAC policies, programs, and projects and related real estate disposal, land-use planning, and environmental expertise.

We have used our experience and problem-solving skills to create innovative BRAC solutions including conservation conveyances of surplus DOD land, integrated cleanup and redevelopment strategies for contaminated BRAC sites, and multi-county land use studies to help local jurisdictions accommodate increased military missions and related increases in personnel.

The heart of Marstel-Day’s work is a core ethic of providing rigorously researched, objective analyses to our clients, backed by comprehensive stakeholder identification and outreach strategies.  We tell our clients what they need to do, who they need to engage, and how they need to proceed to solve their BRAC-related challenges.  We provide them with clearly defined, legally feasible, executable solutions.

BRAC 1988—1995 Project Sites
  • Camp Bonneville, WA
  • Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, TX
  • Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA
  • Naval Air Station Barbers Point, HI
  • Pueblo Chemical Deport, CO
  • Savanna Army Ammunition Plant, IL
  • Sierra Army Depot, CA
BRAC 2005 Project Sites
  • Camp Lejeune, NC
  • Fort Eustis, VA
  • Fort Gillem, GA
  • Fort McPherson, GA
  • Fort Monroe, VA
  • Kansas Army Ammunition Plant
  • Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, TX
  • Red River Army Depot, TX
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center, DC
  • Umatilla Army Chemical Depot, OR

Marstel-Day’s BRAC-Related Services

Marstel-Day provides a broad range of consulting and environmental support services across the entire BRAC process, covering both closures and expansions of military activities:

Disposal Process Consulting

Site-specific advice on provisions of the DOD BRAC statute, the individual military departments’ property disposal organizations and procedures, and property conveyance options available under the General Services Administration (GSA) federal property disposal regulations

NEPA Analyses

Preparation of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for BRAC property disposal and reuse plans, and related public meetings and scoping sessions

Reuse Planning Charrettes

Community outreach and engagement strategies, moderating public meetings, performing reuse proposal analyses and briefings

Natural/Cultural Resources Management

Assessments of natural resources and ecosystem services values of BRAC sites, determinations of legal and regulatory responsibilities for managing critical habitat and wetlands on site, evaluations of historic preservation and cultural resources responsibilities

Environmental Compliance Consulting

Policy and technical advice on environmental cleanup and long-term stewardship responsibilities related to federal contamination on BRAC sites; discussions with regulators on how to integrate cleanup and redevelop plans to expedite site reuse

Disposal Strategy Analyses

Parcel-specific analyses of the benefits and limitations related to disposing of surplus DOD property through different BRAC and GSA authorities including economic development conveyances, public benefit conveyances, conservation conveyances, negotiated sales, and public sales

Conservation Conveyance Planning

Analyses of BRAC sites’ conservation values, identifying interested property recipients, and assisting in structuring conservation conveyance terms and documents

Real Estate Issues

Reviews of proposed BRAC site leases, restrictive easements, environmental land use controls, and other property transfer conditions