Environmental Site Assessments Services (ESA)

Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) 

Versar has completed hundreds of Phase I and II ESAs for commercial clients. Oftentimes, we provide these services for a real estate portfolio that includes multiple ESAs performed simultaneously, or for a client with a substantial geographic presence that includes properties in different regions or states. Versar is staffed to complete ESAs under expedited turnaround times.

Versar has assessed warehouses, apartment complexes, office spaces, abandoned industrial waste disposal sites, manufacturing facilities, undeveloped parcels of land, wooded areas, future sites for single-family homes, restaurants, golf courses, and fitness centers. Many of the Phase I ESAs identified the need for Phase II assessments, including asbestos inspections; lead-based paint inspections; radon testing; UST removal services; geotechnical site investigations; and multi-phase environmental investigations.

Versar has also included property conditions assessments (PCAs) as part of the work when our client is interested in the condition of site assets, including the building structure; parking areas; pavement; HVAC and mechanical systems; roofing; signage; and other areas. Through partnership with our Engineering & Construction Management Division or team partners, we can complete all of the necessary services.

Versar's Phase I/II ESA clients benefit from years of experience, extensive geographic reach, and our ability to provide turnkey solutions under difficult schedules.

Versar has extensive experience in performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) as well as transaction screens throughout the Unites States and the US Virgin Islands. We conduct the Phase I ESAs in accordance with ASTM E1527-05 and the EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) standard. They include, at a minimum:

  • Physical inspection of the property and surrounding area
  • Review of applicable local, state, and federal regulations
  • Review of historical records and aerial photographs
  • A literature survey of the environmental setting of the property
  • Interviews with site users, regulatory officials, property management and other relevant parties concerning the property and surrounding area.

Many Phase I ESAs become Phase II ESAs, which we conduct in accordance with “ASTM E1903-11, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process.”

When PCAs are included, we tailor the work to the client’s need or satisfy the requirements of the “ASTM E2018-08, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process.” We provide an immediate repairs table and a replacement reserve table, which helps the client understand how the impact of the condition of the building on the financial performance of the asset.