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's Mark Degenaars to Speak at Women in Construction Conference

October 19, 2018

VERTEX is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Women in Construction Conference in Washington, D.C. on October 19th. To help women in architecture, engineering, construction, the trades, real estate, lawyers, and consultants build skills and develop relationships that will help both their firms and themselves in their continued success, an annual conference is organized with…

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VERTEX Sponsors Bisnow Denver’s New Construction and Development Forum

October 17, 2018

  Join VERTEX Engineers, Construction Experts, and Environmental Scientists at Bisnow Denver’s New Construction and Development Forum on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:30am.  Get 20% off your registration with our discount code: VCSD20ZERS. What you’ll learn: 1) Construction costs are rising, materials are expensive and the labor shortage is real. What are the viable solutions (in the foreseeable future) to a…

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VERTEX to Co-Host CDLA CLE Event with Exponent

October 3, 2018

In conjunction with the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA), VERTEX is co-hosting a CLE event with Exponent on Thursday, November 1st at Union Station Denver. VERTEX’s Ryan Phillips will be presenting on “Cost Estimating Basics in Construction Defect Matters – Best Practices and Key Considerations” at 3pm. Join our engineers and experts for an afternoon of CLE…

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VERTEX se ha asociado con la Universidad de Colorado en Denver

September 28, 2018

VERTEX se ha asociado con la Universidad de Colorado en Denver para promover estudios de postgrado y doctorados con el fin de mejorar el desarrollo profesional de nuestros empleados. VERTEX continúa diferenciándose de otras compañías de AEC al expandir VERTEX U, una plataforma interna de desarrollo profesional, a través de una asociación con la Universidad…

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VERTEX Partners with University of Colorado Denver

September 28, 2018

VERTEX has partnered with the University of Colorado Denver to promote graduate and doctoral degrees in order to enhance the professional development of our employee-owners. VERTEX is continuing to differentiate from other AEC companies by expanding VERTEX U, an internal professional development platform, through a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver (“CU”). VERTEX’s goal…

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Blog

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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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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