A $400M+ real estate portfolio purchase is sizable investment that requires due diligence. But when the purchase also involves sites once riddled with contaminants and a 30-day turnaround to determine if the investment is a viable one, it’s even more critical. Which is why the largest residential landlord in Philadelphia turned to Apex to carefully evaluate and minimize their transaction risk. Their acquisition encompassed six properties with over 1,000 existing apartments, 110 apartments under construction, and 185,000 SF of office/retail space. Five of the sites are in downtown Philadelphia, three are within historic waterfront districts, and all had impacts from industrial uses dating back to the early 1900s.

The Apex team conducted a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for all six sites and oversaw lead and asbestos screenings for three of the sites. The project scope was comprehensive, the timeline was aggressive, and the rigor was exhausting. But our team tackled it collaboratively and the results were impressive!

Apex reviewed and reconciled a century of historical site data against several thousand pages of previous investigations, findings, and conclusions to verify site conditions; evaluate past and present uses; and capture insight into constituents of concern. Adding to the challenges, half of the properties had undergone risk-based site closure; one of the sites was (and is still) undergoing active groundwater remediation; and the seller required absolute confidentiality regarding all site data inquiries.

To ensure we met the demands, we used our team’s unique expertise to address regulatory questions relative to data gaps or inconsistent, contradictory, or questionable data. They summarized the data relative to a particular issue, posed a regulatory-specific question the data prompted, drew a conclusion, and detailed the findings in a report the client’s legal counsel used to address any potential impacts and associated recognized environmental conditions, de minimis exclusions, or business risks.

Our work continues with asbestos and lead assessments and the completion of a regulatory record for each site’s15-year history.

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Former AECOM Director Chris Mitchell Leads Operations

ROCKVILLE, MD — Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—announced that Chris Mitchell, PG has joined the company as their Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will lead the development and implementation of a focused-growth strategy that will transform and grow the business. Overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations, Chris will also strengthen the integration of Apex offices and capabilities nationwide, identify performance improvement opportunities, implement change management initiatives, and optimize efficiencies.

“Chris’ exceptional talent is a complementary addition to our executive team,” stated Apex Chief Executive Officer Dave Fabianski. “With a consistent and proven ability to drive growth strategies across the eastern United States and the United Kingdom, Chris will fuel our continued expansion in our existing and emerging markets, ensuring our operational excellence and solidifying our competitive advantage.”

Prior to joining Apex, Chris served AECOM for nearly 30 years, most recently as the Director of Operations for their Northeast region where he led a $140M sector and a team of 650 people.  A registered Professional Geologist (PG), his 35 years of environmental consulting expertise span investigation, remediation, environmental compliance, water quality, natural resource management and capital permitting, serving clients such as BP, Shell, Dow, United Airlines, National Grid, Eversource, Kinder Morgan,  the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Navy and the US EPA. He received his master’s degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts and his Master of Business Administration from City University of London through Ashridge Management School. He currently serves on Board of Directors for both the Society of American Military Engineers Boston Post and Environmental Business Council and as a member of the University of Massachusetts Scientific Advisory Board.

The Zweig Group recently interviewed our CEO Dave Fabianski regarding his insights into how we deliver sustainable organic growth and position Apex for continued success. A leader who understands that success depends heavily on the talent and technical expertise of his team, Dave highlights our company culture in the Zweig Letter article featured here.

Apex team performing sediment work at the Columbia Slough in Oregon.

ROCKVILLE, MD—October 16, 2017— Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—welcomes Scott Shannon as their new Vice President of National Sales. 

Prior to joining Apex, Scott served as the Vice President and Area Leader for ARCADIS where he led multi-year, multi-million dollar sales growth; developed the water and infrastructure design, delivery, and consulting services for the municipal and industrial markets; and managed a $36M capital program that included the design, construction, and acquisition of state and federal funding for drinking water, reclaimed water, and stormwater drainage and treatment systems. His expertise spans utilities program management and engineering design, coastal resiliency planning, water/wastewater treatment and conveyance, and stormwater management. In addition to his technical experience, Scott has expertly led and coached teams to meet the ever-evolving needs of government, oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, mining, and power generation clients nationwide.

Scott has also served as a National Accounts Manager for Environmental Systems Corporation where he directed the marketing and sales for the power generation market, as an Owner’s Agent for Malcolm Pirnie (now ARCADIS) where he led public-private partnerships for municipal waste-to-energy plants, and as a Power Engineer for Florida Power & Light where he improved the reliability and efficiency of fossil-fueled power plants. A registered Professional Engineer (PE), he holds a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

“Scott’s a proven leader with excellent people skills and an impressive track record in the environmental services industry,” said David Fabianski, Apex CEO. “Delivering sustainable organic growth depends heavily on the talent and depth of the team and we are thrilled to add Scott to ours.”

ROCKVILLE, MD—September 19, 2017—Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—welcomes Bill Fontenot as their new Texas Division Manager.

With over 20 years of experience supervising teams of engineers, geologists, and field technicians and managing complex programs and projects for multiple oil and gas clients in numerous regulatory jurisdictions, Bill’s leadership is a natural fit for Apex. As Division Manager, he will strategically align Apex’s teams within their Aztec, New Mexico; Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, and San Antonio, Texas offices; increase market traction; and drive future growth across the region.

Prior to joining Apex, Bill served as the East Texas and Oklahoma Regional Manager for ATC Group Services LLC, Senior Manager for AECOM, and Regional Manager for Cardno ERI. His extensive experience spans remediation/bioremediation, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), wetland restoration, oil spill investigations, construction management, legal claim analyses/litigation support, landfill gas services, construction oversight, permitting, and due diligence. Bill has extensively served the retail, upstream, and midstream sectors during his career with projects that include managing a large portfolio of sites requiring groundwater and soil assessments; providing petroleum hydrocarbon remedial strategies and clean-up; overseeing UST removal and demolition; managing the operations and maintenance of soil vapor extraction, air sparge, and pump and treat remediation systems; and assessing a chlorinated solvent plume for a divested asset with retained liability. He holds a BS degree in environmental and sustainable resources from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

John Glabach, PE, Apex’s Central Regional Manager added, “Bill joined us in the middle of our Hurricane Harvey Response where he was able to see Team Apex at its best. He jumped right in with overall response coordination and added immediate value. As we strengthen our team and embrace both Bill’s leadership and the impressive talent we have overall, we are as much of a force to be reckoned with in the environmental industry as Harvey was in the region.”

Working together, our Thousand Oaks and San Diego offices achieved site closure from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and kudos from our client. Well-deserved considering this was a highly-complex and challenging site investigation and corrective action project.

For many years, our team operated a high-vacuum dual-phase extraction system (HVDPE) to remove contaminants at the World Oil Chula Vista, California site. During the project, we discovered and determined that the site's petroleum contaminant plume was commingled with a neighboring former gas station's UST release.

After World Oil and the identified contributing responsible party reached an agreement, the site was entered into California's UST Cleanup Fund's Commingled Plume Account (CPA). With that funding and commingled arrangements in place between the parties and involved agencies, we began work on a broader plume-wide investigation and cleanup approach. We replaced wells; assessed the commingled groundwater plume including wells on several neighboring properties and the City right-of-way; ensured public safety with detailed evaluations; and prepared investigation reports, a Conceptual Site Model, and an updated Corrective Action Plan (CAP). With the agency oversight of the commingled plume CAP, we were able to remediate the sites to meet the State's low-threat criteria, facilitate agency negotiations, remove dozens of wells and treatment equipment, restore the sites to acceptable conditions, and achieve no further action letters for the commingled cases within seven years of entering the CPA.

Leading QHSE expert to help clients increase operational performance and decrease risk

ROCKVILLE, MD — July 31, 2017— Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—welcomes Jay Strauss as their new National Compliance Program Manager.

Jay brings over 25 years of oil and gas industry experience where he has led complex quality, health, safety, and environment (QHSE) initiatives for companies such as Maersk Oil, BP, and ExxonMobil within production and development facilities including refineries, offshore drill rigs, chemical plants, pipelines, terminals, wind farms, and biofuel plants. His expertise spans all facets of air, water/wastewater, waste, release reporting, permitting, marine sound, environmental impact assessments, due diligence, ISO 14001, and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Safety and Environmental Management (BSEE SEM) regulations. As Maersk Oil’s Head of QHSE Audit in Denmark, Jay built their audit program and used it to streamline compliance and spearhead policy and procedural improvements. Prior to Maersk, he served as the Corporate Audit, Assurance, and Environmental Director for Ocean Rig in Greece. He also served as BP's Upstream Environmental Manager and Senior Compliance and Risk Auditor where he helped develop an internal global management system audit program that identified Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) risks to their top 100 assets and projects valued up to $10B. At ExxonMobil, Jay held multiple EHS roles in both downstream headquarters and refineries covering air, water, and waste regulations, and implementation of the Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) program.

Jay holds a masters degree in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University and is IRCA, ISO Lead Auditor, 14001 and OSHA 18001 Lead Auditor certified.

Apex Senior Vice President Roger Nordlinger stated, “By developing a world-class compliance program leveraging Jay’s proven expertise, we’ll help our clients reduce risk while increasing their operational performance.”

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