Environmental Due Diligence in Seattle

March 28, 2013

When engaging an environmental professional on a property in Washington, be sure they have experience in the state and are familiar with the local geology as well as regulatory agencies. Partner has the experience of over 1,100 projects in Washington since 2010.The Partner Washington office provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental testing, Property Condition Assessments, and Asbestos Surveys in support of commercial real estate transactions.

Partner is the national leader in Phase I Environmental Site Assessments by volume. Most reports are performed to meet the standards of ASTM E1527-05. Partner often customizes reports to meet individual client or agency lender’s (Fannie MaeFreddie Mac) requirements and is familiar with the specifications of the Washington Department of Ecology.

Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the Washington Environmental Protection Agency (WEPA). Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27(2002) while taking into account the unique geology of Washington, from shallow groundwater to glacial till.

A zoning report is a necessary part of many real property transactions because the current owner is responsible for existing zoning violations. Partner’s Zoning Reports take usage regulations, Seattle and municipality provisions into consideration as well as other regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Some recent projects and experience that provide insight into our Washington consulting practice include:

Partner conducted ongoing Construction Progress Monitoring (CPM) during radon mitigation system installation at a multifamily property in Vancouver, Washington. The property included 39 two-story buildings. The construction progress inspections took place over several months.

Partner conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Document and Cost Reviews, and Operation and Maintenance Plans for the FDIC across a 42 site portfolio located throughout Washington (Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Olympia, Snohomish and Tumwater).


Phase I ESA in Charlotte

March 26, 2013

When seeking environmental due diligence in support of commercial real estate transactions in the Carolinas, finding local professionals who understand the mixture of agricultural and forestland areas, as well as metropolitan and historical communities with complex site histories, is important. Partner has a strong presence in Charlotte, North Carolina through the entity Partner Engineering North Carolina, PLLC. The Partner North Carolina office provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental testing, Property Condition Assessments, and Asbestos Surveys.

Partner is the national leader in Phase I Environmental Site Assessments by volume. Most reports are performed to meet the standards of ASTM E1527-05. Partner often customizes reports to meet individual client or agency lender’s (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) requirements.

Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27 (2002). Partner understands the varying geology of the Carolinas, including the Coastal Plains, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge Mountain physiological provinces.

A zoning report is a necessary part of many real property transactions because the current owner is responsible for existing zoning violations. Partner’s Zoning Reports take usage regulations, Charlotte and municipality provisions into consideration as well as other regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Since 2010 Partner has completed over 1,000 jobs in North Carolina, nearly 700 of which were Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Some recent projects and experience that provide insight into our North Carolina consulting practice include:

• Partner completed a Property Condition Report for the NASCAR Hall of Fame located in Charlotte, NC.

• Partner conducted Property Condition Reports for a 44 site portfolio of health care facilities for Ventas Healthcare Properties, Inc. across the country, including several locations in North Carolina (Durham, Elizabeth, Henderson, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wilmington and Zebulon).

 

For more information about Partner’s Charlotte practice, visit  http://www.partneresi.com/city/charlotte.php.


Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in Atlanta

March 21, 2013

During commercial real estate transactions in Georgia, it is important to engage environmental professionals who are familiar with the unique mixture of agricultural and forestland areas combined with metropolitan areas and suburban communities found throughout the state. The Partner Atlanta office provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental testing, Property Condition Assessments, and Asbestos Surveys with the necessary understanding of local law and geology.

While conducting a Phase I ESA, Partner does a visual evaluation of accessible areas for the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). If it becomes evident that Asbestos Containing Materials may be present, Partner can perform sampling and testing to evaluate if Asbestos Containing Material is in fact present.

Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27(2002). Partner Atlanta staff understand the geological variations in Georgia, from the Appalachian Plateau to Coastal Plains, as well as state regulatory programs such as the Georgia UST Trust Fund.

A zoning report is a necessary part of many real property transactions because the current owner is responsible for existing zoning violations. Partner’s Zoning Reports take usage regulations, Atlanta and municipality provisions into consideration as well as other regulations; such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Since 2010 Partner has completed nearly 1,500 jobs in Georgia, 905 of which were Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Some recent projects and experience that provide insight into our Georgia consulting practice include:

Partner performed storm water erosion inspections for a 69 site portfolio of vacant land across Georgia (Adairsville, Alpharetta, Aragon, Atlanta, Braselton, Clayton, Covington, Cumming, Dawsonville, Decatur, Douglasville, Fairburn, Forsyth, Flowery, Gainesville, Griffin, Hogansville, Jasper, Palmetto, Rome, Savannah, St. Simons).

Partner conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Property Condition Reports, Moisture and Mold Inspections meeting Housing and Urban Development (HUD) specifications for 680 apartments throughout a two building complex in Marietta, GA.

 

For more information on Partner’s Atlanta, Georgia practice, visit http://www.partneresi.com/city/atlanta.php


Due Diligence in New Jersey

March 19, 2013

The Partner New Jersey offices are located in Red Bank and Ramsey. Both provide Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental testing, Property Condition Assessments, and Asbestos Surveys in support of commercial real estate transactions. Our New Jersey staff recognizes the unique challenges of environmental due diligence in New Jersey, including each town’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process called Open Public Records Act (OPRA) in New Jersey, and how this can impact record requests.

Partner is the national leader in Phase I Environmental Site Assessments by volume. Most reports are performed to meet the standards of ASTM E1527-05. Partner often customizes reports to meet individual client or agency lender’s (Fannie MaeFreddie Mac) requirements.

Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27(2002). Partner staff in Red Bank and Ramsey understand the long history of heavy industrial development that has led to numerous Superfund/ NPL sites in New Jersey.

Partner is also experienced regarding the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) requiring the NJDEP to phase in implementation of the use of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs)who have the responsibility for oversight of environmental investigation and cleanup.

 

Since 2010 Partner has completed 789 jobs in New Jersey, 504 of which were Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Some recent projects and experience that provide insight into our New Jersey consulting practice include:

Partner completed a Property Condition Assessment (PCA) on Newport Tower, a high-rise office tower in New Jersey. The PCA included a lengthy building inspection of the 36-story, 1.1 million square foot high-rise.

Partner completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Phase II Environmental Testing, as well as subspecialist inspections, of four former waste service sites in New Jersey. Partner also completed the subsequent remedial action preparation, remediation and RAO report preparation. Some of the remedial processes Partner implemented were in situ chemical oxidation injections, monitoring and vacuuming of wells, and free product recovery.

 

For more information about Partner’s New Jersey practice, visit http://www.partneresi.com/city/ramsey.php


Environmental and Engineering Due Diligence in Chicago

March 14, 2013

Partner staff understand how Chicago’s industrial past and many building booms represent an uncommon risk in real estate investments. The Partner Illinois office provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental testing, Property Condition Reports, and Asbestos Surveys in support of commercial real estate transactions.

Most of our Phase II Environmental reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27(2002) and consider the unusual and sometimes difficult geology of Chicago.

Partner performs Clean Construction Demolition Debris (CCDD) Testing per State of Illinois requirements to certify that soils from construction or demolition projects are not contaminated and can be accepted by a clean fill site, or landfill. Our CCDD testing services include: historical site review, site visit and sampling; laboratory analysis; and forms submittal with certification by a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

Partner has completed 929 projects throughout Illinois since 2010, including 571 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and 302 projects specifically in Chicago. Some recent projects and experience that provide insight into our Chicago consulting practice include:

Partner performed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Environmental Testing for a 45 site portfolio of automotive repair locations spanning across Illinois (Aurora, Chicago, Gauges Lake, Glenview, La Grange, Matteson, Merrillville, Naperville, Oak Lawn, Orlando Park, Palatine, Rockdale and Schaumberg), Colorado and Indiana.

Partner performed a $25k Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Property Condition Report, including sub-specialist inspections for Roofing, Curtain Wall, and MEP (Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing), on the 52 story Wabash building in Chicago. The Wabash building (formerly known as the IBM building) was designed by renowned modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.


Phase I ESAs in Riverside County

March 5, 2013

The Partner Corona office provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental testing, Property Condition Assessments, and Asbestos Surveys in support of commercial real estate transactions. Partner Corona staff are familiar with the blend of suburbs and past agricultural use that make Riverside County unique.

Partner is the national leader in Phase I Environmental Site Assessments by volume. Most reports are performed to meet the standards of ASTM E1527-05. Partner often customizes reports to meet individual client or agency lender’s (Fannie MaeFreddie Mac) requirements.

Those that do commercial or multifamily transactions in Riverside County truly understand the importance of accurate Probable Maximum Loss Reports (PMLs). Understanding the local geology and correctly reflecting the math in a PML report is most important to those that purchase or lend on commercial or multifamily property in Riverside County.

Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health. Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27(2002). Partner Corona staff understands the local geology of the Peninsular Ranges, as well as regulatory agencies such as the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Some recent projects and experience that provide insight into our robust Southern California consulting practice include:

Property Condition Assessments, 45 site portfolio in Southern California

Partner performed Property Condition Assessments on 45 office buildings mostly in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Our PCAs were done in support of acquisitions and were all completed within two weeks.

Environmental Due Diligence on 330 Gas Stations in Southern California

Partner performed environmental due diligence on 330 gas stations located in the six large Southern California Counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside. The gas stations had a lot of subsurface data and over 100 open cases. Partner reduced a large amount of data and quantified the portfolio’s environmental liability for our client.

 

For more information on Partner’s Riverside County Practice, visit

http://www.partneresi.com/city/corona.php


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