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

Erik Borgesen

Erik Borgesen, CMC

Executive Vice President, Industrial Hygiene & Building Sciences

As Executive 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.

News

VERTEX Awarded ENR Mountain States Best Small Project of 2019 for SugarSquare

October 17, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be part of the ENR Mountain States 2019 Best Small Project winning team as the structural engineering consultant on the SugarSquare project in Downtown Denver, CO. Congratulations to Urban Villages, Semple Brown Design, P.C., Jordy Construction and IMEG Corp. (formerly MKK Engineers). SugarSquare is a four-story, 11,400-sq-ft building in Denver’s LoDo…

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VERTEX Acquires Compliance Environmental International, Inc. (CEI)

October 1, 2019

Michael Plainte, VERTEX, and Archie Barrett, CEI (October 2019) The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compliance Environmental International, Inc. (CEI). The agreement was signed in the presence of senior leadership of both organizations including Archie Barrett, President and Owner of CEI; Jaron Frieden, Managing Director of VERTEX; Michael Plainte,…

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VERTEX's CEO Bill McConnell Featured in Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine

September 12, 2019

As VERTEX’s CEO, Bill McConnell, states, “Education has no finish line.” Bill has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, a J.D. degree from the University of Denver, a M.S. degree from Columbia University, and he is working towards his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He also completed…

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VERTEX Wins 2019 WebAward

September 10, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be named the 2019 Best Environmental Website by Web Marketing Association. Now in its 17th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. The WebAwards are recognized as the…

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VERTEX's Bill McConnell and Mark Degenaars to Present at Pearlman 2019

September 3, 2019

VERTEX’s Bill McConnell, CEO, and Mark Degenaars, Managing Director of Construction Services, are presenting at the 26th Annual Pearlman Conference in Woodinville, WA on September 5th, 2019. Bill will be presenting on “Privilege Issues in the Surety’s Initial Claim Investigation” and Mark will be presenting on “Thinking Outside the Box: Utilizing a Surety’s Own Account…

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Blog

Integrated Risk Management of Legionnaires’ Disease and Infections by Other Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens

April 2, 2019

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?  Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, sometimes deadly pneumonia caused by bacteria called Legionella. Reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease have increased significantly since 2000. Infections by other clinically significant waterborne pathogens, including but not limited to Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, Burkholderia, Stenotrophomonas, nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) and Fusarium also have increased dramatically. Collectively, Legionella and…

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PFAS (PFC) Contamination in the Environment

August 3, 2018

What are Polyfluorinated and Perfluorinated Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)? Polyfluorinated and Perfluorinated Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals that were discovered in 1938 and were utilized in the manufacture of a multitude of consumer products including non-stick cookware, protective coatings (consumer stain treatments, waterproof fabrics, etc), food wrappers (pizza boxes, sandwich wrappers, popcorn…

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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 an 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…

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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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