Environmental Due Diligence, Investigation, & Remediation

Due diligence with a focus on business.

Property transactions can become complicated and drawn-out when environmental concerns are identified. Subsequent delays can be costly, derail development, and upset stakeholders. LaBella’s Due Diligence team understands there’s a lot on the line.

Our due diligence offerings evaluate potential liabilities associated with past and present land usage while focusing on effective and actionable solutions that move a transaction forward. Our programs follow all appropriate state and federal standards and regulations. And, when necessary, we also work with the client to minimize the loss of both time and money with innovative options.

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Arlette St. Romain
Eastern New York Due Diligence Manager
Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 885-5383 x227

Dave Crandall, PG
Due Diligence Program Manager
Syracuse, NY

(585) 402-7024

Dan Noll, PE
Senior Environmental Engineer
Rochester, NY

(585) 295-6611

Mike Carr, PG
Eastern New York Environmental Manager
Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 885-5383 x215

Phase I ESA

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Our Capabilities

LaBella offers a full range of environmental due diligence services from initial assessment to remediation:

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)

An ASTM E1527-21-compliant Phase I ESA includes a thorough review of a property’s past and present usage. Issues of concern evaluated during these projects include the following:

  • Site Condition & Usage
  • Bulk Storage Tanks
  • Site History
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous Waste & Petroleum Products Management
  • Solid Waste Disposal
  • Wastewater Generation Treatment & Discharge
  • Chemical Storage
  • Potential Concerns Regarding Neighboring Properties
  • Concerns Associated With Potential Soil Vapor Intrusion
  • Petroleum & Chemical Spills
  • Environmental Regulatory Records

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Transaction Screens (T-Screens)

A T-Screen includes a review of a property’s present usage. Potential issues of concern that are evaluated during a T-Screen are equivalent to those evaluated during a Phase I ESA. T-Screens are less comprehensive than a Phase I ESA with regard to regulatory and historical research as defined by ASTM Standard E1528-14.


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Records Search With Risk Assessment (RSRA)

RSRAs include a limited review of a property’s present and historical use. RSRAs include a similar level of effort as a T-Screen; however, exclude a site visit. RSRAs may be appropriate for properties of perceived low environmental risk, or a low loan amount.

RSRAs are conducted in general accordance with the United States Small Business Administration (USSBA) SOP 50-10 5(F) and are often completed in conjunction with US SBA loans.

Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)

The scope for a Phase II ESA is often based on information gathered during a Phase I ESA, a T-Screen, or a RSRA. Typical investigation activities include:

  • Advancement of Overburden Soil Borings
  • Installation of Groundwater Monitoring Wells
  • Soil & Groundwater Sampling
  • Geophysical Surveys
  • Shallow Soil Sampling
  • Indoor Air Quality & Soil Vapor Intrusion Sampling
  • Radiological Surveys

Depending on the results of a Phase II ESA, the next step may be on-site management of impacted material or remediation.

Additional information about our Brownfield services can be found here.

Property and Construction Risk Services

Engineer Next To Building Cranes. Concept Large Construction Project. Architect Directs The Construction Process. Drawings And Tablet In The Hands.LaBella’s Property and Construction Risk Services Program recognizes that the need for due diligence services for commercial real estate transactions often includes the potential risks associated with the physical condition of buildings/improvements on a property and the potential risks and liability associated with construction lending. Led by an architect with over 30 years of experience, LaBella’s Property and Construction Risk Services Program is designed to provide our clients with thorough and efficient assessments to identify potential significant costs associated with property upkeep and to ensure construction lenders that planned projects are completed on schedule and budget. Our Property and Construction Risk Services Group provides the following services:

  • Property Condition Assessment (PCA) – A PCA includes the completion of a physical site inspection to document the condition of roofing systems, building envelope components including exterior walls, doors, and windows, structural components, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and general interior conditions. The report is intended to identify overall site conditions and to identify potential costs associated with upkeep and/or replacement of these systems over a specific period. The completion of a PCA is guided by ASTM International Standard E2018. These reports are often utilized by commercial lenders/funding agencies, or attorneys/developers as part of overall due diligence. PCA reporting requirements can be tailored to the client’s needs. The depth of LaBella’s architecture and engineering experience allows for the enhancement of this service by providing further assessment and guidance regarding key building system components (e.g., roof coring, extensive assessment of HVAC, electrical, and/or structure systems) when desired.
  • Plan, Specification, and Cost Reviews – Independent review of plans, specifications, estimated schedules, and contracts for proposed construction. The purpose of this report is to provide guidance and direction on how the project costs will be managed throughout the project and to identify any obvious discrepancies regarding the constructability, costing, and schedule of a project.
  • Construction Monitoring/Draw Inspections – Verification via site inspection and review of submitted pay applications to ensure that work is completed before the release of funds by a lender. Construction Monitoring/Draw Inspections are typically completed multiple times throughout the duration of a construction project (over the course of months or years depending on the scale, complexity, and cost of the project).

Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, & Mold Identification, Sampling, & Testing

Should asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, mercury, PCBs, or other hazardous materials be identified, LaBella’s certified staff can provide inspection, testing, and abatement design and monitoring services. Our in-house asbestos laboratory allows us to provide rapid and cost-effective analysis of air and bulk samples. Specific services include:

  • Regulated Building Materials (Asbestos, Lead, Mercury, Radon, PCBs) Inspection
  • Testing Services
  • Abatement Design
  • Variance Development & Applications
  • Project & Air Monitoring
  • Indoor Air Quality Studies
  • Lead Remediation Clearance Testing
  • Mold Contamination Assessment & Remediation Design

Additional information about our regulated building materials services can be found here.

Environmental Construction Services

LaBella’s in-house contracting department provides full-service environmental contracting, drilling, and remediation services to our clients. Our approach allows us greater schedule and cost control for our clients’ projects, including the elimination of the markup associated with the use of subcontractors.

You can trust our trained and experienced professionals to act as your environmental advocate. We provide a smooth process founded on positive interaction with all stakeholders and aim to build lasting relationships with our clients. You can rely on LaBella to obtain regulatory buy-in and act as a knowledgeable resource throughout your project.

Additional information about our construction services and support can be found here.

Environmental Compliance Audits

LaBella’s Permitting and Compliance staff are experts in federal, state, and local permitting in their respective regions, and can help you navigate through applicable regulations and project impacts to natural resources.

We also have a full-service compliance group to provide oversight and guidance during the various construction phases of a project, ranging from environmental, agricultural, and stormwater inspections to spoils management and air monitoring. Our compliance and permitting staff have excellent relationships with key agencies to help ensure project objectives are met.

Additional information about our environmental permitting and compliance services can be found here.

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