site assessment

Site Assessments

Phase I ESAs

Site AssessmentsESE provides lender approved ASTM-E1527-13 and similar Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and related transaction screens which are often required when a property is externally financed. The purpose of a Phase I ESA is to identify Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) associated with a parcel of commercial real estate with respect to the range of contamination within the scope of CERCLA and petroleum products. Basic elements of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment include:
  1. Site History, based on personal interviews, review of aerial photographs, and historical research
  2. Site reconnaissance, to identify visible signs of hazardous substance mismanagement or contamination
  3. Regulatory compliance and database review
  4. EPA All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) compliance
  5. SBA compliance, when applicable
  6. Optional services, such as asbestos surveys, wetlands determination surveys, lead-based paint assessments, and radon assessments


Phase II ESAs

In the event a Phase I assessment concludes that an environmental liability may exist, we often are retained to implement a Phase II investigation to confirm or deny the presence of a potential contaminant. A Phase II investigation typically includes sampling of soil and groundwater, chemical analysis of the samples, data evaluation, and sometimes, conceptual site modeling.

ESE's staff applies practical steps that can and should be taken to address ongoing releases and to protect human health and environment. We help clients who seek protection as a Prospective Purchaser or a Contiguous Property Owner in identifying what constitutes appropriate care and reasonable steps to respond to suspected releases. Services Associated with Phase II Assessments include:

  1. Affected Property Assessment Reports (APARS)
  2. Site Investigation Reports
  3. Voluntary Clean-up Program Management (VCP)
    • Enrollment and Project Management
    • Innocent Owner/Operator Program Enrollment (IOP)
    • UST Investigations 

 Property Condition Assessments

Our PCAs are conducted in accordance with the ASTM E2018 Standard Guide. They are designed to determine the present physical condition of critical building systems and appurtenances. Our PCAs include review of major structural, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC components, as well as other site improvements. Our work product includes estimated short-term costs for correcting deficiencies.