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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Key Personnel

Stephen McCarthy

Stephen McCarthy

Vice President, Due Diligence

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 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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VERTEX’s CEO, Bill McConnell, Recognized in Columbia University’s Global Leaders in Construction Management Industry Network

August 22, 2019

VERTEX is a strong believer in continuous learning. In fact, it’s part of our core values and is practiced by many of VERTEX’s team. Take, for example, Bill McConnell, CEO, who has been working towards his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering. One of Bill’s professors, Dr. Ibrahim Odeh, is also the founder of…

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VERTEX's Henry Stormer Receives Motor Vehicle Fire Credential

August 15, 2019

Henry Stormer, National Fire Investigation Division Manager for VERTEX, was recently awarded the Certified Motor Vehicle Fire Investigator credential, IAAI-CFI (V). The International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) is an international professional association of more than 9,000 fire investigation professionals. The IAAI Specialized Program Credential Endorsement programs serve to provide a pathway for recognition as…

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VERTEX Gets Demo of Robotics from 'Sister Bots'

August 9, 2019

Sister Bots at VERTEX, August 9, 2019 VERTEX’s Denver office recently had an inspiring demonstration on how robotics is creating innovative thinkers when our favorite First Lego League (FLL) robotics team, Sister Bots, came to the office to show us some solutions from Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Sister Bots are comprised of our own Claire…

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Blog

Voluntary Cleanup Programs - Should you enroll?

September 10, 2019

Environmental Concerns in Real Estate Redevelopment Environmental consultants execute an often unseen yet critical role on the real estate redevelopment projects that reshape the communities where we live, work, and play. Typically, a potential redevelopment project starts with a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). This familiar document in the commercial real estate world is…

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Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) in Ontario: The importance of developing a comprehensive Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP)

April 4, 2019

In Ontario, Phase II Investigations often follow the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Record of Site Condition (Ontario Reg. 153/04 – Phase Two ESAs) regulations. As part of best management practice or in some cases triggered by a regulatory requirement (e.g. Ontario Reg. 153/04), a Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) is considered…

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Environmental Due Diligence Assessments in Canada - The Importance of Detailed Database Reviews

November 29, 2018

Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) assessments associated with property transactions have gained increased prominence in Canada over the past decade. Stakeholders such as property owners, buyers, financial institutions, realtors and developers depend on the results of EDD assessments to arrive at decisions relating to liabilities, valuations, and potential for future development. Phase I Environmental Site Assessments…

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Ontario’s Provincial Standard for Records of Site Condition (RSC)

October 17, 2018

What is a Record of Site Condition (RSC)? A Record of Site Condition (RSC) is an investigation filed with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Park (MECP) that establishes the environmental condition of a contaminated property at a particular point in time. RSC’s apply to vacant or underutilized properties where past industrial or commercial…

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Due Diligence for Federal Agency Lending - Property Condition and Environmental Assessments

October 2, 2018

VERTEX has been providing Due Diligence services for real estate transactions since 1995. As we continue to grow nationally, VERTEX has developed a core team of engineers, architects, construction professionals and scientists to provide property condition assessments and environmental assessments for the federal multifamily housing agencies – Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD Lean. The…

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