Environmental Services

Our clients benefit from VERTEX’s remediation services that are tailored to resolve environmental risks responsively, professionally, creatively, and cost effectively. Given the broad range of our expertise – from remediation, construction, demolition, and redevelopment – we bring a unique perspective that goes beyond engineering and environmental issues to incorporate all aspects of owning, developing, and operating real estate.

Underground Storage Tank Related Services

VERTEX has worked on thousands of residential, commercial, and industrial tank removals. We also provide emergency spill response, in-compliance tank testing, and/or remediation management.  Whether it’s routine compliance work for a permitted tank or if a leaking tank is unexpectedly encountered during construction, VERTEX has the experience and contractor network available to work quickly to address our clients’ needs.

Subsurface and Waste Assessment

The site characterization and investigation process often drives the entire evaluation and remedial progression at a site, and can affect site management for years into the future. For this reason, VERTEX has extensive experience in managing the investigation and construction processes in a manner that maximizes the control of the overall scientific and regulatory process. Our engineers and scientists are experts in the management of site investigations under various state and federal programs.  Depending on regulatory and site conditions, VERTEX scientists and engineers use a variety of strategies to help minimize unnecessary data collection and sampling.  We also incorporate phased approaches to ensure that investigations remain focused and cost effective.

Demolition Support

As a key team member at the start of a development project, VERTEX is able to assist our clients with the regulatory, logistical, and technical challenges of demolishing buildings containing regulated materials.  We augment our core asbestos, lead paint, and mold assessment and abatement oversight experience with a deep understanding of the complicated regulatory structure related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) containing building materials. VERTEX has successfully negotiated PCB Remedial Action Plans with USEPA that meet the stringent regulatory requirements of TSCA while still advocating for our client’s business interests in the project. VERTEX also works with clients to promote the cost-effective and beneficial reuse of demolition materials as fill material accordance with state and local laws.

Vapor Mitigation Design and Implementation

The installation of building vapor mitigation systems in areas of volatile contamination is becoming increasingly common as more states continue to adopt and refine their indoor air protection regulations. Even in the absence of regulation, the installation of a chemically-resistant vapor barrier with or without a sub-slab depressurization system can be a cost-effective risk management tool to protect site users. VERTEX’s engineers have extensive experience in evaluating, designing, and implementing the construction of these systems either as a retrofit installation or incorporated into new building design.  We work directly with project civil and structural engineers to provide stamped engineering drawings and specifications. This allows systems to be integrated into construction bid documents at the beginning of the project and installed concurrently with the building utilities with minimal impact to the project schedule.

Third Party Management Services

VERTEX assists clients during the development and construction process by providing third party management of environmental contractors from investigation through design and remediation. Additionally, VERTEX can provide invoice / change order reviews as well as design review as needed.

Remedial Design and Construction

As an industry leader, VERTEX routinely performs risk assessments, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, agency negotiations, design, construction, and implementation of remedial systems, and operation and maintenance of these systems.  Our engineers use many different technologies, including excavation and dewatering, pump and treat, oxidation, vacuum extraction, bioremediation, solidification/stabilization, low-temperature thermal extraction, soil washing, air stripping, capping, and vaulting.  VERTEX works closely with clients to achieve the most efficient and best possible result at their contaminated sites.

Risk Assessment

Nearly every remediation project culminates with a human health and/or ecological risk assessment to achieve regulatory closure. At VERTEX, we continually keep the risk assessment goals of a project in sight to streamline the remedial response actions required to achieve closure. This approach often results in significant cost reduction through efficient project management.  Our risk assessors possess the expertise necessary to address risk assessment issues under USEPA and state regulations.

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Vice President of Operations, Environmental

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox is an environmental engineer with extensive experience analyzing environmental impacts and liabilities. As Vice President of Operations at VERTEX, she provides senior management and technical oversight for remediation projects being conducted by offices across the country. Ms. Fox was recently recognized by Zweig Group as a 2018 Rising Star in Civil Engineering.

Ms. Fox has extensive experience completing complex due diligence investigations in connection with property transactions and redevelopment projects. She has evaluated projects ranging from single family residential homes to major international airports on behalf of a multitude of parties including developers, facility owners, and financial institutions. Ms. Fox manages and directs a variety of due diligence Phase I and II environmental site assessments, designs comprehensive subsurface investigation programs, interprets analytical and field data, formulates and communicates regulatory strategies to clients, prepares and manages regulatory compliance submittals, and plans remediation programs. Additional experience includes assessment and response actions under a variety of state and federal regulatory programs. 

News

VERTEX Offers 3-Day Basic Consultant Methamphetamine-affected Property Initial Training

November 5, 2018

VERTEX’s Thomas Koch, CIH, MEPM, Vice President of Industrial Hygiene/EHS Services will be leading a 3-Day Basic Consultant Methamphetamine-affected Property Initial Training on November 27th to 29th, 2018 in our Denver office. This 3-day training course will cover topics about meth-affected property as well as an overview of related statutes and regulations. We will also discuss…

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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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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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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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Ladder Safety Training Video

April 11, 2018

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over 500,000 people are treated each year for ladder related falls. Whether you use a ladder out in the field, in your workplace or at home, safety should always be your number one priority.  At VERTEX, safety is part of our culture. We recently hosted…

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Occupational Health & Safety Standards in Canada

March 27, 2018

In Canada, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is covered by Acts (legislation) or statutes and other related regulations promulgated under federal, provincial, and/or territorial regulations. Regardless of jurisdiction, the key components of OH&S regulations in Canada are similar across the country. However, the details of the legislation, the mechanism of implementation, and enforcement may vary…

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