Environmental Services

The publication of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, established a new Standard of Care for cooling towers and domestic (potable) water systems. New rules, regulations and accreditation requirements have followed. To help our Clients meet the new Standard of Care, VERTEX formed a specialized practice dedicated to providing best-in-class advisory, management and compliance services for Building Water Systems. Our work in Building Water Systems is performed by a dedicated Team, trained by Gordon & Rosenblatt (G&R) and supported by the full organizational resources of VERTEX, giving us the ability to meet our Client’s needs quickly and efficiently.

 

Building Water Management Programs

VERTEX develops audit-ready Water Management Programs to prevent harm from multiple hazards, including Legionella and Lead. Our Programs comply with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, NSF Protocol 453 and applicable rules, regulations and codes.

Education & Training About Building Water Systems

VERTEX provides education and training of our Clients’ staff, so everyone understands how and why we manage building water systems. By engaging all parties, with respect and full transparency, we enhance the sustainability and the quality of our Clients’ outcomes.

Analysis of Building Water Systems

VERTEX conducts on-site evaluations and describes, in words and schematics, cooling tower and domestic (potable) water systems. This includes measurements and tests of the physical and chemical conditions. We then perform a systematic analysis of the system for potentially hazardous conditions that, in the absence of control, can support the amplification and transmission of Legionella and other disease-causing bacteria. When we find problems, we do the work needed to diagnose the root causes and recommend practicable, sustainable solutions.

Implementation Support Services

VERTEX provides a range of services to support implementation of our Clients’ Water Management Programs, from periodic review of Verification and Validation records to full-time, on-site management of compliance documentation, to oversight of third-party water treatment firms.

Building Water Sampling Plans

VERTEX designs comprehensive building water sampling plans, consistent with rules, regulations and best practices, to make sure that sampling protocols are appropriate for the facility, and that test data are representative of the building water system and provide as much useful information as possible.

Independent Sampling of Building Water

VERTEX collects environmental water samples and transports them to third-party testing laboratories, to be analyzed for Legionella, lead, disinfection by-products and other contaminants.

Building Water Systems Data Management & Analytics

VERTEX helps manage Verification and Validation data from environmental water sampling, so that it is easy to find when needed. We also help analyze and interpret the data, including trending over time, to help predict and head off problems before there is harm.

Audit & Survey Preparedness

VERTEX reviews Verification and Validation records and works with Clients’ staff to prepare for independent audits and healthcare-accreditation surveys relating to building water systems.

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Key Personnel

Senior Vice President, Industrial Hygiene & Building Sciences

Erik Borgesen, CMC

Erik Borgesen, CMC

As Senior Vice President of the Industrial Hygiene & Building Sciences sector of VERTEX, Erik Borgesen oversees all projects pertaining to asbestos, indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, lead-based paint, mold/water intrusion, and cooling tower and domestic (potable) water management programs and plans.

Specific expertise includes: asbestos, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, construction defect investigations, water intrusion/mold investigations, bio-aerosol sampling, HVAC assessment, emergency response actions, risk assessment, epidemiology, remedial work plan preparation and remedial oversight.

Mr. Borgesen has extensive experience in the environmental industry including: coordination and performance of Environmental Audits, Hazardous Materials Building Inspections, Industrial Hygiene Investigations, and Indoor Air Quality Studies.

As Senior Consultant on hundreds of environmental claims both in the northeast and across the United States, Mr. Borgesen has managed claims that have included cause & origin investigations, subrogation analysis, remediation of 1st party & 3rd party losses, pollution policies, cost cap policies, and indoor air quality/industrial hygiene claims. Additionally, he has completed claims management on hundreds of personal asbestos/lead/mold/Indoor air quality losses in both the northeast and across the United States. Responsibilities included cause/origin, 3rd party impact evaluations, subrogation analysis, remedial monitoring, contractor negotiations, and remedial cost feasibility reviews.

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News

VERTEX is at West Coast Casualty's 25th Annual Construction Defect Seminar

May 17, 2018

VERTEX’s will be exhibiting at West Coast Casualty’s 25th Annual Construction Defect Seminar in Anaheim, CA on May 17th and 18th. If you see Chris Morley, Mark Degenaars, Kevin Maxwell, Matt Click, Pasha Ameli or Ashley Combs, be sure to stop and say hello! The West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar series is the largest event of…

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VERTEX is at MassBuys

May 9, 2018

VERTEX at Massbuys Expo 2018. Greg Sampson, Chris Carleo, and Andrew Chagnan. VERTEX is excited to participate at MassBuys Expo May 10th. Stop by our booth (#134). We will have experts in design engineering, environmental, and construction to talk with, and you could win a football!  VERTEX’s State-Wide Contracts PRF67 – DCAMM Environmental…

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VERTEX is Proud to Support South Shore Health System

May 7, 2018

VERTEX is proud to support the South Shore Health System Foundation. Benjamin Strong, COO and Jeffrey Picard, President, are active members of the South Shore Health System’s Presidents’ Circle. South Shore Health System (formerly, South Shore Health and Educational Corporation) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable Health System that provides a broad range of health services to…

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VERTEX Celebrates Project 50,000

April 30, 2018

VERTEX’s Project 50,000 was initiated earlier this month by our Phili-metro office. Congratulations to our PA team on opening the monumental Project Number! This project milestone represents a level of experience and achievement that few in the AEC industry can claim.  This photo shows some of our PA team and was taken at lunch hour during…

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VERTEX's Thomas Koch to be a Panelist at CREJ Sustainability Event

April 24, 2018

On April 26th, Thomas Koch, VERTEX’s Vice President of Industrial Hygiene & EHS Services, will be a panelist on “Well Building Update: What Landlords Need to Know” at CREJ’s Sustainability: Achieving the Next Level. This is CREJ’s principal Green Building event of the year with more than 200 attendees anticipated representing owners, brokers, property managers,…

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Dewatering and Groundwater Treatment Systems

March 22, 2018

One of the most overlooked and undervalued planning activities during a development or redevelopment project involves the evaluation of groundwater and dewatering on a project site and how the results may adversely affect the project environmentally, logistically and financially. If overlooked, improper planning could result in the risk of a project shutdown, non-compliance with local,…

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Checking Sprinkler Heads, A Simple Yet Difficult Task

December 8, 2017

Is your Property Condition Assessment (PCA) expert checking fire sprinkler heads in a focused manner during assessment of the property you are purchasing? This has become a “hot button” and point of contention on many recent projects. Over the course of the past year we set out to find answers about the condition of sprinkler…

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Surprising Construction Defect on New Builds - Blocked Plumbing

September 25, 2017

The above images show PVC pipe partially filled with concrete and construction debris. This was photographed on-site at a new construction development. VERTEX served as an expert for this construction defect claim, filed by the property owner claiming faulty plumbing/drainage. Investigation of the plumbing revealed major blockage by construction debris, plaster and dried paint. Plumbing…

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The 2017 Hurricane Season - How it Compares

September 6, 2017

It is obvious that we are in the midst of a very active and dangerous hurricane season. The development of consecutive storms: Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, has a lot of people asking questions. Many are also struck by the intensity of the 2017 hurricane season. Harvey had record breaking rainfall with 51.88″ recorded. That’s now…

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6 Facts to Know About Legionella

July 18, 2017

1. Legionella bacterium, the causal agent of Legionnaires’ disease, is a clinically significant environmental pathogen. Recent developments have resulted in a new, higher standard of care for building owners and managers. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, was published on June 26th, 2015. It was the first industry consensus standard addressing Legionnaires’…

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