SAK Environmental Helps Habitat for Humanity in Brownfield Development

The Merrimack Chapter of Habitat for Humanity repurposed a former convent into 10 safe, affordable condominium-style homes.  A large project for this Chapter on its own, it also included the challenge of environmental restoration resulting from former underground petroleum storage tanks. SAK began working with Habitat for Humanity in 2014 when reinforcement of the building’s foundation revealed unexpected environmental conditions beneath the building.   SAK worked closely with Habitat for Humanity to promptly address conditions cost effectively while maintaining the project’s building schedule.  “Our No. 1 objective was to ensure a safe living environment to future residence” says Stephen Sakakeeny, Principal.  We did this through extensive testing.  SAK worked with Habitat to both expedite work and reduce costs like overseeing remedies constructed by Habitat for Humanity personnel, and to secure a Brownfields loan from MassDevelopment.

About SAK Environmental LLC ( – SAK Environmental is a privately owned environmental consulting business founded in 2003 and based in North Andover, Massachusetts.  We specialize in pollution assessment and remediation, sustainable development, environmental support during construction, and environmental permitting and compliance.  Our approach is to deliver technically sound advice and practical solutions enabling our clients to proceed with their initiatives with confidence and peace of mind.  We strive to promote sustainable development and environmentally compatible business practices to allow business, industry and communities to thrive.

About Habitat for Humanity (  – Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit builder of affordable homes founded in 1985 by concerned local citizens who came together as volunteers. We are the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the largest non-profit homebuilder in the world with a network of over 2,100 affiliates. We build simple, affordable, comfortable homes in partnership with the families who need them.