Environmental Services

Whether your mission is to renovate or demolish existing structures, ensure a healthy and safe work environment, comply with local, state and federal regulations, or address concerns of potential exposure to hazardous materials, VERTEX can help you identify, implement, and achieve your goals in a timely and cost effective manner.

 

Asbestos & Lead-Based Paint Consulting

VERTEX’s Senior Management have been involved in asbestos and lead-based paint consulting since the 1980s when it all began. Our licensed inspectors, designers, project monitors, and management planners maintain the highest level of expertise and are instrumental in completing the consulting activities in a cost effective and timely matter.  Our goal is to always assist client’s in interpreting specific local, state and federal regulations associated with Asbestos and Lead-based paint and our technical staff ensure that the asbestos and/or lead projects are completed in compliance with specific state requirements, NESHAPs, AHERA, HUD, USEPA RRP, whether it’s conducting a pre-renovation survey of a structure or monitoring abatement activities through completion. VERTEX can assist the client with all aspects of Asbestos and Lead-based paint consulting including: Asbestos/lead surveys, preparation of Operation and Management (O&M) plans, abatement design, specification preparation, abatement cost estimates, contractor bid solicitation, abatement project monitoring, abatement clearance inspections/sampling, and preparation of closeout documentation.

PCB Remediation and Consulting

VERTEX’s technical staff can assist clients with identifying potential Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) containing materials through sampling.  Depending on the extent of PCB containing materials as well as project scheduling, and ultimate project goals (renovation, demolition, change in use), VERTEX will consult with the client to determine the most cost-effective and timely approach to remediate the PCB waste. Our work is always performed in accordance with United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, no matter if it involves conducting Self Implementing Plan (SIP), Performance Based Remediation, or Risk Based Remediation.  VERTEX can also assist the client in navigating and interpreting specific regulations associated with testing, handling and disposing of PCB waste and act as a liaison between the client and the EPA regulators.

Indoor Air Quality Assessments

VERTEX’s expertise and highly skilled Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), Certified Indoor Environmentalists (CIEs), and other technical staff coupled with our extensive knowledge of building sciences lend us the capability to develop specific assessment protocols to assist clients in determining the non-specific pollutant sources typically associated with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) concerns. VERTEX designs each IAQ assessment on a case-by-case basis as no two IAQ issues are alike. Depending on the complexity of the IAQ concerns, VERTEX has the ability to utilize our in-house professional engineers, mechanical engineers, and HVAC experts to assess all aspects of a buildings functionality such as construction design, ventilation, intake and exhaust air ratios. Once suspected sources of the IAQ concerns are identified, VERTEX can assist the client with the implementation of measures to mitigate adverse sources and improve IAQ.

Certified Industrial Hygiene Consulting

Expertise and experience of VERTEX’s Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) and other technical staff allow us to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace conditions that may cause workers’ injury or illness. VERTEX’s expert staff uses environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls, and other methods to control potential health hazards.

Water Intrusion/Mold Growth

VERTEX’s Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), Certified Microbial Consultants (CMC), Certified Indoor Environmentalists (CIEs), and other technical staff have extensive experience with conducting cause and origin investigations associated with water intrusion and microbial issues in the indoor environment.  VERTEX’s Water Intrusion/Mold investigation consulting services can assist clients with conducting: Cause and Origin assessments; Mold investigation; Moisture mapping; Bioaerosol sampling; Remedial protocol preparation; Contractor bid solicitations; Remedial monitoring; and Post remediation verification sampling.

Water Intrusion/Mold O&M Planning and Training

VERTEX has extensive experience preparing Water Intrusion/Mold Management Plans and providing Mold Awareness training on a national basis. VERTEX can prepare these plans for single structures, multi-building complexes, as well corporate plans that are prepared specific to geographical areas. VERTEX’s Water Intrusion/Mold Plans and training can be prepared to specific property types whether it’s owned or leased including: commercial, retail, office, hospitality, healthcare, hospitals, schools/universities, industrial, multi-family residential and more.

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Vice President, Industrial Hygiene & EHS Services

Tom Koch, CIH, MEPM

Tom Koch, CIH, MEPM

Mr. Koch is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Management from Denver University.  Tom has a dynamic background in the fields of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health & Safety.  Mr. Koch has over 22 years of experience in the industrial hygiene and environmental health field both in industry and private practice.  Mr. Koch’s areas of expertise and professional experience include comprehensive industrial hygiene practice; chemical hazard assessment and control; asbestos identification and control; lead identification and control; mold-related evaluation and remediation, asbestos/lead abatement management, indoor air quality studies; hazardous materials management; radiation safety; ventilation design and review; noise assessment/abatement; health and safety plans/programs; and ASTM Standard Phase I/Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.

Senior Vice President

Erik Borgesen, CMC

Erik Borgesen, CMC

As Senior Vice President of the Industrial Hygiene & Building Sciences sector of VERTEX, Mr. 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.

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Koch Environmental team joins VERTEX to expand its Industrial Hygiene & Building Sciences division to meet client demands

July 27, 2017

The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce that Thomas D. Koch, CIH MSEPM, a leader in industrial hygiene and environmental safety in the Denver marketplace, has joined the VERTEX team. Mr. Koch, founded Koch Environmental, Inc. in 1995 to provide comprehensive industrial hygiene, asbestos-management, and EHS services to clients in business, industry, and…

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VERTEX Celebrates Boston Children's Hospital at the Corporate Cup 2017

July 26, 2017

For the second year in a row, VERTEX participated in The Corporate Cup, a fundraising and team building event put on by Boston Children’s Hospital in Harvard Yard. The pressure was on; as champions of the inaugural event in 2016, this mix of veterans and newbies had high expectations for the day. VERTEX’s team of 20…

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Join VERTEX at the CDLA Conference in Santa Fe

July 26, 2017

Want to win a flight tour over Denver & the foothills of the Rockies? Stop by VERTEX’s booth at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Conference on July 28th, 29th and 30th to speak with Ryan Phillips, Sam McGlamery, Lance VanDemark, Elizabeth Brogan, Zach Bradshaw and Brenna Stuhlman to join the raffle for a chance to win a…

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VERTEX Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony at Union Point, Weymouth Naval Air Station

July 11, 2017

On Monday, July 10th, VERTEX, along with several city officials and stakeholders such as  LStar, Boston Rugby, GP Soccer and LAXachusetts Lacrosse, met at Union Point to officially break ground for the latest development, the Recreation Complex at Union Point. This project will give the residents of Weymouth and the South Shore access to a number of…

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VERTEX Wishes You a Safe and Happy Independence Day Holiday

July 3, 2017

VERTEX would like to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. To keep safety at the top of your mind this holiday, please review the recommended safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.   Recommended Safety Tips Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels…

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Potentially Dangerous Levels of Formaldehyde Discovered in Composite Wood Products

July 31, 2017

Just as some homeowners are moving into their brand-new homes, they have been advised by homebuilders and legal counsel to evacuate due to potentially dangerous levels of formaldehyde found in construction materials. For a recent report, see CBS News. Tom Koch, CIH MSEPM, VERTEX VP of Industrial Hygiene & EHS Services, has been busy scheduling…

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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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The State of the Economy - Where Are We Headed?

June 2, 2017

Over the first two quarters of 2017, we have witnessed some interesting trends. Year to date, the NASDAQ is up by 15.36% and the S&P500 is up by 8.81%. The NASDAQ growth has largely been fueled by high tech companies such as Apple and Amazon. Despite the robust equities market, the US gross domestic product…

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Structural Inspections Get Help from Rope Access

May 10, 2017

Structural inspections benefit from rope access as an alternative to traditional inspection methods in terms of cost effectiveness and convenience. The advantages of rope access are especially apparent to those in charge of commercial buildings and infrastructure system components. Cost Efficient Rope access requires less equipment, personnel, time, scheduling, and logistics than traditional structural inspections….

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How to Manage Environmental Risk When Purchasing, Leasing, or Developing Real Estate

March 15, 2017

As the economy continues to strengthen due to lower unemployment rates and low inflation, development near and within major metropolitan areas is on the rise. In the past, young adults moved away from large cities to raise their families in the surrounding suburbs. However, there has recently been a shift in the residential preference back…

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