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Food for Thought Sponsored by ECS | Environmental 101

Food for Thought Sponsored by ECS | Environmental 101

When: October 23, 2018
9:15 am to 10:15 am
Where: ECS Southeast, LLP
9001 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina  27617
United States
Contact: 919-463-0333

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Environmental 101


October 23, 2018 | 9:15 am - 10:15 am | 1 LU

ECS Southeast, LLP | 9001 Glenwood Avenue | Raleigh, NC 27617

AIA Members: $0 | Non-Members: $25

Presented by:

Cory Darnell, Matthew Gillis and Anthony Scialdone


The program will:


  • Provide an overview of environmental consulting services
  • Discuss common pitfalls and issues associated with property acquisition
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of due diligence studies
  • Explain benefits and cost savings potential
  • Discuss applicability to current PHR+A projects


Wetland Delineations/Determinations:

Wetland regulations can significantly impact the overall feasibility, economics, timely development of new projects, expansion of existing projects, and the completion of future phases of existing projects. Wetlands can change over time which can both benefit and hinder development processes.


Impacting wetlands and other surface waters can significantly affect cost and timeliness of projects.  We can have a discussion about Nationwide permits (NWP) versus Individual Permits (IP), going through several examples of typical NWPs in the Southeast.  Several options are available to mitigate or avoid impacts to wetlands and surface waters. These should be considered early in the development process.


Cultural Resources and Threatened or Endangered Species:

Does your site contain endangered species or habitat to support the presence of endangered species? Are cemeteries or other historic landmarks located on site? Both resources should be identified early in the development process to avoid negatively impacting species of concern and cultural resources. How many threatened and endangered species are present on or within close proximity of your site?


Phase I:

An Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) is often required by lenders during a property transfer.  These assessments are typically performed following the industry standard (ASTM Standard E 1527-05).  Some lenders have requirements more stringent than ASTM.  An ESA is an assessment of a subject property that covers its current use and past history, plus its adjacent and nearby properties.  An ESA will identify if present or past conditions at these sites potentially released, or could potentially release, petroleum or other hazardous materials or chemicals contaminating the soil or groundwater at the subject property.  These conditions are known as recognized environmental conditions (RECs). 


A Phase I will include

  • A thorough review of historical records of the subject property and surrounding properties, including historical aerial photographs, fire insurance maps, historical topographic maps, city directories, and more.
  • A thorough review of environmental records of the subject property and surrounding properties.  These records include information regarding underground and aboveground storage tank releases, drycleaner solvent releases, fuel tank registrations, hazardous material manifests, historical automobile repair facilities, etc.
  • Interviews with current owners and occupants, as well as others entities who may be familiar with past or present usage of the subject property.
  • A thorough site reconnaissance of the exterior portions of the subject property, the interior of the structures located on the subject property, and the adjacent properties.  The reconnaissance includes visual inspections of current site activities, fuel and chemical storage tanks, stained soils, evidence of petroleum, hydraulic fluid, or other chemical leaks, etc.


Phase II:

Does your site contain dirty soils? What type of contamination is on site and how to remediate? Are the contaminants petroleum products or volatile organic compounds? What are Brownfields? Has the threat of environmental contamination hindered a site’s redevelopment?



Are you demolishing an existing building or renovating?  Federal and State regulations will require an asbestos assessment to identify asbestos-containing materials (ACM) used at the property, regardless of the year of construction.  ACM must be removed prior to demolition and depending on its quantity, condition, and use of the property, an abatement design and air monitoring may be required.


Was your property constructed before 1978?  There could be lead-based paint present and an assessment is recommended if materials coated in lead based paint are to be disturbed. 


Is the indoor air you’re breathing clean? Was there moisture intrusion and you are worried about mold?  Mold may not be observed but it could potentially be airborne and cause people who are susceptible health problems.  ECS can help identify mold species, locations and assist with remediation.

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