Environmental Services

Whether evaluating a single asset or full portfolio, our experienced consulting and management professionals can quickly identify project areas with the greatest potential to make a significant financial impact. Clients also rely on us for qualified advice on managing liabilities and non-compliance challenges. Our goal is to reduce your environmental risk and enable you to meet the aggressive asset evaluation deadlines that are typical of many real estate transactions.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

VERTEX offers worldwide experience regarding ASTM and “in-country” environmental assessment. If you are considering one site or a portfolio of assets, VERTEX can manage the environmental due diligence.  Our experience comes from decades of work during global merger and acquisitions; foreclosures; and industrial, commercial, and residential portfolio transactions. Phase I Environmental Site Assessments can be customized to meet our clients’ needs or scope or can simply be completed in accordance with the ASTM standard.  VERTEX will always offer competitive fees and timely service.

Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

When additional due diligence is needed beyond the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, VERTEX can provide a scope of work to further assess environmental concerns identified during the Phase I ESA process. Services offered vary from intrusive field sampling of soil, water, and building materials to monitoring well installation and well development. We provide soil vapor and indoor air quality assessments as well. Unlike our competition, we understand that this due diligence is not a science project. That is why we provide financial analysis of environmental risk and environmental prioritization.

Merger & Acquisition and Divestiture Services

VERTEX has managed thousands of property transaction projects and worked on numerous 
multi-million and billion dollar real estate portfolio deals as an assessor of environmental risk for major national and international financial institutions.
VERTEX provides responsive, efficient, quality consultations under strict, time-critical
 deadlines. Areas we evaluate include: analysis for potential on-site and off-site sources of soil and groundwater contamination, historic concerns, and regulatory issues (wastewater and air discharges, oil and hazardous material storage, and general health and safety). On large portfolios, VERTEX is accustomed to providing a comprehensive yet manageable report summary and/or database of findings that boil down the environmental risks, estimates to remedy, and risk prioritization so our clients can utilize our due diligence efficiently in negotiations.

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Vice President, Due Diligence

Stephen McCarthy

Stephen McCarthy

Stephen McCarthy has over 25 years of experience in Environmental Consulting. He has routinely managed several hundred environmental assessment due diligence projects per year for financial, commercial and institutional clients. These projects included Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, asbestos surveys and abatement, mold assessments, removal of underground storage tanks and site investigations.

News

VERTEX DC Metro Office Celebrates 5 Years

August 2, 2018

VERTEX’s office in the DC Metro area has been steadily growing since 2013. Led by Michael Plainte, the team includes experts in Forensics, Engineering Design, Construction, and Environmental services. VERTEX welcomes their newest member, David Berry, Division Manager of Remediation. To learn more about VERTEX’s Services, call 888.298.5162 or submit an inquiry.

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VERTEX is at CDLA'18

July 25, 2018

VERTEX will be exhibiting at CDLA’18 in Telluride, Colorado on July 26th and 27th. If you are attending, be sure to stop by booth #18 and say hello to Ryan Phillips, Zach Bradshaw and Barrett Stephens. This year’s topic is Health + Wellness in The Law. Each summer attorneys, judges and other legal experts alike come together…

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VERTEX Attends Topping Out Ceremony

July 16, 2018

On Wednesday, July 11th, VERTEX Sr. Project Manager, Vince Harriman, and VERTEX Project Manager, Kevin DiMarco, attended a topping out ceremony in Chadds Ford, PA. General Contractor, Cutler Associates, Inc. of Malvern PA and their steel subcontractor, O’Rourke & Sons of West Chester PA, hoisted the final beam into place just before noon on behalf of…

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VERTEX Ranked #31 in ENR's Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms

June 28, 2018

VERTEX is proud to be ranked #31 in ENR’s Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms. Companies are ranked based on total 2017 revenue in $ millions for construction-management or project/program-management services performed as a professional service for a fee. As reported by ENR, the market for professional services remains strong, as can be seen in the results…

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VERTEX Awarded 2018 Best Firms to Work For & Hot Firm by Zweig Group

June 1, 2018

Zweig Group recently announced their 2018 Hot Firm List and 2018 Best Firms to Work For Award. VERTEX is proud to be ranked on both lists! The 2018 Hot Firm List honors the fastest growing firms in the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries. Firms are ranked on three-year growth in revenue, by both percentage and…

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Blog

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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A Case for Pre-Acquisition Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions

July 24, 2018

After a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment identifies a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC), the next step in the Environmental Due Diligence process may include conducting a Phase II Subsurface Investigation. An environmental subsurface investigation is when VERTEX evaluates the subsurface condition of a site, which can include evaluation of soil, groundwater, and soil gas. For…

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Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Standards in Mexico

June 25, 2018

In Mexico, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is covered by Laws (Ley Federal del Trabajo), Regulations (Reglamento Federal de Seguridad, Higiene y Medio Ambiente de Trabajo), and NOMs (Norma Oficial Mexicana).  While similar to OSHA Standards in the U.S., Mexican OH&S standards vary based on the regulatory agency that has promulgated the regulations. Agencies regulating…

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MTBE/TBA/Ethanol in Soil and Groundwater

May 7, 2018

This blog provides details about Lead, BTEX, MBTE, TBA and other gasoline additives and how gasoline plumes are identified in soil and groundwater. Also, get a glimpse of how this knowledge and expertise allows VERTEX to successfully investigate and remediate gasoline station insurance claims. Fuel Oxegenators Oxygenators have been added to gasoline in the United…

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Environmental Due Diligence Standards: CSA vs. ASTM

May 1, 2018

In recent years, environmental due diligence assessments have increasingly become an essential component of most property transactions. A wide range of stakeholders including purchasers, sellers, developers, contractors, owners, tenants, insurance firms and finance institutions routinely depend upon these assessments to identify environmental liability, evaluate risks and make informed decisions. In North America, and most other…

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