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File reviews: digging to uncover business environmental risks

Under ASTM E1527-13, file reviews are a much more pertinent part of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) to accurately identify the potential for Recognized Environmental Conditions (REC) and assess business environmental risk associated with a property. Read More »

A quick comparison of the old and new ASTM E1527 standards

The primary goal for a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is to identify recognized environmental conditions (REC) on a parcel of real estate within the scope of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). This is only one requirement to satisfy the Landowner Liability Protections (LLPs); however, it will also present information in order to evaluate the... Read More »

Going beyond ASTM – Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)

When and how certain investors go beyond ASTM because they require more intense investigation based on their risk profile. Read More »

A Marriage That Will Last

The excitement over the corporate marriage between Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. and the former Birdsall Services Group (BSG) seems justified as the idea of the two working in tandem has quickly become a reality. Key Birdsall competencies are intact: Mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) engineering design, construction services, energy and sustainability services, civil engineering and sit... Read More »

Going beyond ASTM – Property Condition Assessments

The satisfactory completion of real estate transactions relies on the satisfactory completion of due diligence. The broad definition of due diligence includes a number of non-physical issues, such as leases and contracts, property title issues, taxes and assessments, approvals and entitlements, historic and open space provisions and personal property. The physical issues related to a property are ... Read More »

CHECK UP – PCAs CAN PROTECT AGAINST DEAL-KILLERS

Property Condition Assessment Reports (PCAs) provide a return on investment (ROI) that many equity investors might overlook.  PCAs yield ROI in three ways: protect buyers from bad purchases; provide buyers with information for price negotiations with sellers; and find opportunities to improve building value post-purchase. As noted in the article; “Not all PCAs are the same. The property condition ... Read More »

Partner Spring Webinars

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. is pleased to launch our spring webinar series. This series offers new and updated webinars that discuss commercial real estate trends, standards updates and changes as they affect the commercial real estate industry. Registration for all webinars is at no cost to industry professionals. Webinar Topics Include: The Essentials of Seismic Risk Assessments Why sh... Read More »

Cliff Notes from CMBA State of the State

It’s been a full month since this year’s MBA CREF conference and time to look back at the conference happenings. During the 2013 MBA CREF conference that took place from February 2 through February 6, the California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA) presented their State of the State breakfast.  This year, Mary K. Ludgin, Ph.D., Managing Director, and Director of Global Investment Re... Read More »

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments – A Comprehensive Overview

A comprehensive overview of Phase I ESAs, their use and purpose, and the various types of Phase 1s required by different entities. Read More »

Quality Control / Quality Assurance – Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Phase I ESA QA/QC - how/when do things slip through the cracks? Read More »

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