Environmental Consulting

Construction and Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CECI) provides building surveys, environmental site assessments, and remediation designs/management (project oversight) services. We have successfully completed thousands of investigation for a variety of environmental services including:

  • Asbestos Consulting
  • Lead-based Paint Consulting
  • Indoor Air Quality Investigations
  • Chemical Inventories
  • Soil and Groundwater Contamination
  • Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

CECI has a staff that includes highly qualified Licensed Asbestos Consultants, Environmental Site Assessors, Indoor Air Quality Specialists, Certified Asbestos Professionals, Certified Lead-based Paint Professionals, and Field Technicians.



Environmental Site Assessments


Because of prevailing legal interpretations of the minimum due diligence necessary for the “innocent landowner” defense under CERCLA, site assessments have become an imperative for buyers and lenders, who must undertake “all appropriate inquiry into the previous ownership and uses of the property, consistent with good commercial or customary practice.” Without this level of due diligence, a purchaser may become liable for clean-up costs. The best tool for evaluating environmental issues on a property or neighboring sites is the Environmental Site Assessment (ESA).

As a minimum scope of work, CECI follows industry-recognized guidelines for performing a Phase I ESA as established by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). The assessment can be tailored to address either client or site parameters. Adjustments are made to comply with the requirements of; a particular lender, the age, location or use of the site; or the intended future site usage.
CECI conducts Phase I ESA studies for commercial and industrial properties. Assessments include:

  • review of available historical records, aerial photographs, and reports on the site geology and hydrogeology
  • review of government agency files on past and present site activities, as well as neighboring site activities
  • a site reconnaissance survey, with specific emphasis on the identification of “recognized environmental concerns”
  • review of any previously performed environmental reports and studies
  • interviews with neighbors, past owners and tenants
  • a comprehensive report of CECI’s findings and recommendations


If potential environmental issues have been identified in a Phase I ESA, CECI begins to evaluate the type and extent of the contamination by performing a Phase II Site Investigation. During the Phase II, CECI investigates the specific contaminants, the extent of surface or subsurface migration, and any resulting environmental or health risks by performing one or more of the following:

- SAMPLING of soil, groundwater, air, and building materials located on the property determines the presence and extent of toxic substances and possible off-property migration.

- FIELD SCREENING determines which samples should be sent for analysis, and ensures the safety of personnel obtaining the data. Field screening enables CECI to submit the correct number of samples for analysis, increasing the cost-effectiveness of the process.

- GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS define subsurface contaminant plumes, locate subsurface utilities, and identify suitable locations for soil borings and groundwater monitoring wells.

- HYDROGEOLOGICAL STUDIES determine the extent and nature of the contamination and identify the most appropriate and
cost-effective remedial action.

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