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Environmental Site Assessment

Due Diligence in Motor City – why Phase I ESAs are different in Detroit

The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (or ESA), considered by many in the real estate and finance industries as the most essential form of environmental due diligence, can vary in complexity and challenge when conducted in a city with a storied industrial history known as the automotive capital of the world.  The development of Detroit in the early 20th century was shaped in part by the design... 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 »

Webinar: a user’s guide to Phase II ESAs

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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 »

Radon Affects Real Estate Deals

Being that Colorado is an area with a high radon propensity, it is important to know how radon can impact a real estate transaction.  Sellers, lenders, and developers need to be aware of the risks of radon and how it can impact their commercial real estate deal.   Radon testing can be completed to assess whether a particular building has elevated levels and radon mitigation, if necessary, can ofte... 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 »

Heeding Green Advice

The benefits of green building and energy efficiency are real and increasingly want to be realized by commercial real estate investors and tenants alike.  Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.’s green retrofit of their new company headquarters in Los Angeles provided Partner with firsthand experience in realizing those benefits.  By undertaking this project, Partner is now able to provide invaluab... Read More »

SBA SOP 5010 5 (E)- NAICS Codes for Environmentally Sensitive Industries

An Old Persian Proverb teaches that “One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.”  By applying this lesson when reading through Appendix 4 of the current SBA SOP 5010 5 (E) the NAICS Codes of Environmentally Sensitive Industries, lenders can save their borrowers time and money. I’ve had many lenders contact me with an order for a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment sol... Read More »

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