Environmental Professional (EP)

June 13, 2013

An Environmental Professional is someone qualified to conduct and/or supervise a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, based on experience and education requirements. An Environmental Professional or “EP” must possess sufficient knowledge and experience to exercise professional judgment, appropriately evaluate risks and form conclusions regarding conditions indicative of releases or threatened releases at a property. The requirements for an Environmental Professional include:

A federal, state or tribal issued certification or license (Professional Geologist, Professional Engineer or other certification to perform environmental inquiries) and 3 years of relevant full-time experience;

or

A Baccalaureate degree or higher in science or engineering and 5 years of relevant full-time work experience;

or

10 years of relevant full-time work experience.

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Environmental Site Assessment- ESA

May 29, 2013

The Environmental Site Assessment is a process of evaluating the environmental liability of a real estate asset. Specifically, Environmental Site Assessment or “ESA” is the process of conducting “all appropriate inquiry” into the past or present uses of a property to determine whether the property is impacted by a “recognized environmental condition” (REC). The ESA process includes a site inspection, a review of historical records of the property and research of records available at government agencies. This information is detailed and evaluated in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report, and an opinion is made as to whether past or present activities may have caused a release of hazardous substances or petroleum products at the property. The ESA is the primary tool used to qualify a user for the Landowner Liability Protections under CERCLA. Learn more about ESAs here.


ASTM E1527-05 Standard – Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

May 22, 2013

The ASTM E1527-05 Standard is the industry standard used for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Fully named “ASTM E1527-05 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process,” the Standard outlines the purpose and use of the Phase I ESA as well as the scope of work to be conducted, including: records review (historical and governmental records); site reconnaissance (inspection of the property and adjacent sites); interviews (with owners and occupants and local government officials); evaluation and report preparation.

The ASTM E1527-05 Standard was formed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (now ASTM International), and is designed to meet the EPA’s condition for All Appropriate Inquiry for environmental due diligence. The E1527 Standard for Phase I ESAs has gone through many versions, the latest being finalized in 2005. The standard is reviewed and revised by the ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action.


Environmental Due Diligence in Utah

April 16, 2013

The Partner Utah office provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental testing, Property Condition Assessments, and Asbestos Surveys in support of commercial real estate transactions, taking into consideration Utah’s diverse geology, climate, and topography.

Partner often customizes Phase I Environmental Site Assessment reports to meet individual client or agency lender’s (Fannie MaeFreddie Mac) requirements.

In addition to providing Phase I ESAs, Partner provides Property Condition Assessments and Commercial Building Inspections for a wide variety of clients, including CMBS lenders, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac lenders, and equity clients. Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set within ASTM E2018-08 guidelines.

Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the Utah Environmental Protection Agency (UEPA). Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27(2002).

Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality requires that any consultant that provides advice or makes conclusions regarding underground storage tanks for a fee to have a Certified UST Consultant License. Soil and groundwater samples collected at underground storage tanks should be collected by a certified Soil and Groundwater Sampler otherwise, the DEQ will not accept the results. This can be important if the results are ever needed to try to gain site closure.

Partner has completed engineering assessments on all types of commercial real estate including office, retail, multi-family, industrial, and hospitality. Some recent Utah projects and experience include:

Partner completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental Testing for four national chain auto repair facilities in Vernal, UT.

Partner’s Construction Risk Management team completed Document & Cost Reviews and regular Construction Progress Monitoring for 6 sites in Utah including offices and a big box retailer.

 

For more information on Partner’s practice in Utah, visit http://www.partneresi.com/city/salt-lake-city.php


Environmental and Engineering Due Diligence in Denver

April 2, 2013

Since 2010 Partner has completed 749 projects across Colorado with 165 in Denver. The Partner Colorado 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.

In addition to providing Phase I ESAs, Partner provides Property Condition Assessments and Commercial Building Inspections for a wide variety of clients, including: CMBS lenders, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac lenders, and equity clients. Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set within ASTM E2018-08 guidelines.

Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the Colorado Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA). Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-27(2002).

Colorado has their own Hazardous Waste Act (CHWA) separate from federal laws with independent authority to regulate and enforce cleanup. Partner Denver staff is familiar with CHWA specifications and can navigate Colorado clients through the process if needed.

Partner performs radon testing and consulting services for a variety of commercial and multi-family residential properties. The Partner Denver staff recognizes that many Colorado counties fall within the EPA’s Radon Zone 1 and could potentially have high levels of radon, representing a concern to indoor air quality.

For recent projects and experience that provide insight into our Colorado consulting practice visit http://www.partneresi.com/city/denver.php


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.


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