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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Key Personnel

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.

News

VERTEX Will See You at Brownfields 2017 - Pittsburgh

December 4, 2017

Visit VERTEX at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference. We will be at Booth #537 from December 5-7, 2017   BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT SERVICES Brownfield properties come with a unique set of complex environmental and fiscal redevelopment challenges. A keen focus on environmental liability, finance and contract negotiation, cleanup considerations and reuse planning is crucial to…

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VERTEX Exhibiting at Construction Super Conference

December 4, 2017

VERTEX is excited to attend and exhibit at the Construction Super Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The conference starts December 4th and runs through December 6th. Stop by booth 104 to meet some of VERTEX’s Construction and Litigation experts! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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VERTEX Will be at the RealShare Healthcare Conference

December 3, 2017

VERTEX is pleased to participate on a panel of educators in the upcoming RealShare Healthcare Conference in December. The healthcare industry progresses to transform, as it responds to the two-prong directive of serving a growing patient population while controlling the inflation in the price of the services it delivers. In addition to market pressures, the…

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VERTEX's Dr. Amin Terouhid, PhD, PMP, PSP, DRMP Co-Authors AACE Recommended Practices

December 3, 2017

VERTEX’s Dr. Amin Terouhid, PhD, PMP, PSP, DRMP recently co-authored the the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) Recommended Practices (RPs). The AACE published the following two RPs in October 2017. 89R-16  Management Summary Schedule  http://web.aacei.org/docs/default-source/toc/toc_92r-17.pdf?sfvrsn=6 92R-17  Analyzing Near-Critical Paths  http://web.aacei.org/docs/default-source/toc/toc_89r-16.pdf?sfvrsn=8 Use this link for downloading The AACE International RPs are intended to be the main…

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VERTEX Gives Back - Donations Exceed Expectations

December 2, 2017

As we’ve experienced unprecedented natural disasters in 2017, VERTEX felt a strong need and calling to respond, which was reinforced by the multiple emails received from employee-owners encouraging us to give back and suggesting additional giving options and ideas. It’s heartwarming to feel the culture of giving ingrained in who we are at VERTEX in…

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Air Quality Testing with Tracer Gas – What you Need to Know

November 29, 2017

What is an air tracer? An air tracer is any gas introduced in small quantities into the main body of air to determine either the air current or the leakage paths in a ventilation system. An air tracer is a chemical that when emitted into an air parcel can be measured as it moves through time…

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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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How Construction Companies Should Approach the Upcoming OSHA Silica Standard Revision

August 30, 2017

As of September 23, 2017, many construction and manufacturing firms must comply with the revised construction and general industry Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for respirable crystalline silica to reduce cases of lung cancer, silicosis, and other diseases in construction workers. Options for exposure control methods can be found on OSHA provided Table 1,…

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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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