Commercial Real Estate (CRE) professionals call us looking for environmental advice all the time. We’re happy to be your trusted environmental resource and are on-call to answer questions and help with strategy. We can’t do our jobs without environmental data resources of our own. Some of these are environmental databases of known contamination which we purchase from third parties. Other environmental resources come in the form of the years of experience our fine staff has in the industry.
Environmental Data Resources: Data Reports
We have three flavors of environmental database reports we prepare for CRE professionals. They have different price-points and are used in different circumstances.
Environmental Screen (ES) without Interpretation – $59
This screen is a basic, high level review of known contamination by Federal, State, County and Municipal regulators. It’s like reading the headlines of a newspaper. They come with a map of contamination in a radius around the subject property that shows contamination distances in feet. The radius is 1/8th mile and plots the contamination source-points on a map. Environmental Screens go by many names because they are not an industry standard. In the environmental consulting business we are regulated by the American Society of Testing and Materials (American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) ASTM is the governing body which determines what standards the environmental consulting business operates under. The reason this is important is because the reports we create need to be read and understood by many third parties such as CRE agents and brokers, banks, lenders and financial institutions, governments and regulators. Without a standard organization... More). They are also called, Environmental Radius Reports, Environmental Database Reports (EDR), Desktop Environmental Reports, and probably a few others I have not mentioned.
These Environmental Database Reports answer a lot of questions but not all of them. They often need interpretation by environmental professionals for the information to be actionable.
Environmental Screen with Professional Interpretation – $127
This environmental database report is the exact same as the one above. The difference is we have one of our scientists interpret the data to explain the significance to your property. As I mentioned earlier, these reports are like reading headlines. It’s difficult to know if a contamination issue is “open”, which is to say still active with a regulatory agency. We read the information and tell you if the contamination impacts your property and if you should be concerned.
ASTM Standard Environmental Database Report with Professional Interpretation – $275
This environmental database report matches the ASTM standard for Phase I ESAs. Unlike the options above, this report is both the headlines and the stories behind each environmental issue affecting the subject property and surrounding properties. Whereas the environmental radius of a screen addresses 1/8 mile, the radius of this database is 1/4 mile.
There are some additional benefits of using the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) ASTM is the governing body which determines what standards the environmental consulting business operates under. The reason this is important is because the reports we create need to be read and understood by many third parties such as CRE agents and brokers, banks, lenders and financial institutions, governments and regulators. Without a standard organization... More Standard Environmental Database Report. If your property needs additional reports to be supplied to a commercial financer, this version of the environmental report is the same one we would need for that purpose. You won’t have to buy two different products with us.
Environmental Data Resources: Professional Advice
Databases of environmental contamination are a good start but often what you want is good solid advice on what the data means. A3 Environmental Consultants senior staff is available to talk through your environmental challenges and provide strategies to best suit your goals.
Certified Professional Geologist
We have three certified professional geologists on staff, each with 20 years experience in finding and remediating environmental contamination. We have one that is a due diligence professional, one who deals primarily with industrial remediation projects and one that does mold, asbestos and lead projects. Each of them has 20 years experience in the field.
We understand that CRE professionals often have questions regarding strategy when a property is contaminated. These questions arise both from the buy side and the sell side. Our team is here to answer those questions and provide good strategy to both the CRE professional and their clients.
Alisa Allen, PG – $150 / hr. Alisa Allen’s specialty is due diligence for commercial real estate transactions. Alisa works for buyers and sellers of commercial property. Often our seller consulting takes the form of defending a seller against a hyper critical 3rd party environmental consultant.
David McCoy, PG – $135 / hr. David McCoy’s specialty is remediation of heavily impacted industrial sites. With 20 years performing remediation for electric and gas utilities David has fixed a lot of difficult problems for industry.
Patrick Hook, PG – $135 / hr. Patrick Hook specializes in asbestos, lead and mold. With 16 years of up-close and personal experience and work in all 50 states he can advise you on the best way forward for your project
Environmental Resources: Boots on the Ground
One of our many fine qualities are the people we work with. If you click through the map above, you’ll find the locations of the fine environmental professionals we work with. If you’d like to join us as a resource for projects, you can sign up here.
If you need Environmental Data Resources, research or testing done on your property or one you are interested in purchasing, give A3 Environmental Consultants a call. Our Assessments meet the requirements of all commercial lenders and government agencies such as the SBA, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). A3 Environmental Consultants can be reached at (888) 405-1742 or by email at Info@A3E.com.