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.

VERTEX is pleased to announce that with the acquisition of Compliance Environmental International, Inc. (CEI), we’ve expanded our Industrial Hygiene and environmental expertise, with niche expertise for the hospital and healthcare industry. CEI provides a full range of occupational exposure compliance, indoor air quality, risk assessments, environmental infection control and environment of care consulting services with a specialization in serving healthcare facilities. 

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.

VERTEX’s team of CIHs conduct exposure assessments that involve measurements of chemical and physical agents using direct-reading instruments as well as full-shift and task-specific personal exposure sampling.  Based on analytical results, observations and interviews, we develop specific recommendations for exposure control.

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.

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.

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

Thomas Koch

Thomas Koch, CIH, MEPM

Vice President, Industrial Hygiene & EHS Services

Thomas Koch has a dynamic background in the fields of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health & Safety, having been employed over 25 years in industry and private practice. Mr. Koch is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Management. Prior to joining VERTEX, Mr. Koch was President of Koch Environmental Health, Inc., specializing in the comprehensive fields of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Safety and Health. Mr. Koch provides expertise in comprehensive industrial hygiene, regulatory compliance including OSHA and EPA program compliance, HAZWOPER program implementation, asbestos, hazardous waste, EHS training programs, and construction safety. As an expert, Mr. Koch has provided deposition testimony and written defense response reports. 

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.

Michael Plainte

Michael Plainte

Vice President, General Manager

Michael Plainte has over 27 years of experience in the environmental industry and currently serves as a Vice President and General Manager for VERTEX in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Plainte is responsible for business development and technical oversight for VERTEX’s more complex environmental projects, specializing in industrial hygiene and building science related projects. His experience includes extensive environmental management of large-scale asbestos site assessment and remediation programs, as well as numerous environmental site assessments in support of due diligence, asset management, and insurance for a host of nationally based equity and development clients.

Mr. Plainte is currently spearheading VERTEX’s Water Management Program for CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) certified Clients to reduce the risk of Legionella growth and other waterborne pathogens (WBP) in buildings as mandated in current guidelines. 

Don Heim

Don Heim

Vice President, Air Quality

Don Heim is the Vice President for the Air Quality services division. Mr. Heim has extensive experience in the environmental industry including: coordination and performance of Environmental Audits, Hazardous Materials Building Inspections, Indoor Air Quality Studies and Asbestos Air Monitoring. He has a working knowledge of environmental regulations and a specialty in asbestos throughout all U.S. jurisdictions. Mr. Heim has successfully coordinated, managed and/or performed environmental consulting services associated with “turn-key” projects in the renovation of high-rise office buildings, financial institutions, healthcare facilities, universities, industrial sites and retail shopping centers.

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