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Engineering & Construction Management

Fulcrum offers a variety of Engineering & Construction Management services:

  • Residential Construction
  • Commercial Construction
  • Excavation
  • Erosion Control
  • Tenant Improvement
  • Seismic Retrofitting
  • UST Removal
  • Demolition

For more information about these services, or to request a quote, please contact info@frenviro.com.

Environmental Due-Diligence

Peer & Desktop Reviews

Peer and Desk Top Reviews – Fulcrum’s team of experts are at your disposal to review or ask of a second opinion on another consultant’s report or work scope. We at Fulcrum pride ourselves on honesty and integrity when providing a scope of work, or providing opinion of others work.

It is important to make sure the work the client is paying for is honest and accurate. Therefore, many banks utilize our services to review another consultant’s work if they are not an approved vendor, or if they simply desire a second opinion.

Fulcrum can provide a peer and/or desktop review for a minimal cost. Fulcrum can also provide a Desktop Report, which differs from a peer review in that we can provide a pre-screen to evaluate environmental risk on a prospect property for our clients. Fulcrum will evaluate what level of due-diligence the client prefers, and present options to review any of the following items presented below:

  • Historical records consisting of one or any combination of the following: Historical Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps; Aerial Photographs; City Directories; Building Permits; Tax Records; Title Reports; or Topographic Maps.
  • Environmental Database Review, which consists of ordering a government database report that meets ASTM Standards, or customized search radius of client’s choice.
  • Review and summary of another environmental consultant’s report(s).

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Records Search Risk Assessment (RSRA)

Records Search Risk Assessments (RSRA) – An RSRA Report is typically performed for a lender as a pre-screening tool. These reports are also accepted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for properties that fall into a “low risk” category. An RSRA must have a completed environmental questionnaire by the property owner, or person(s) most familiar with the property use and history in order to be acceptable. The benefit to a RSRA is that they are inexpensive, and can be completed without having to visit the site in most cases.

Fulcrum completes RSRAs throughout the U.S. in a very inexpensive and timely matter. An additional benefit is that in the event the property in the RSRA Report is deemed as “high risk”, Fulcrum can credit the cost of the RSRA Report towards a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report.

Fulcrum will evaluate a property as follows in an RSRA Report:

  • Determine if the property is at a low or acceptable risk
  • If determined as high risk, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is often triggered, which provides the additional due-diligence and research necessary to determine if additional assessment is warranted.

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Transaction Screen Assessment (TSA)

Transaction Screen Assessment (TSA) – A Transaction Screen Assessment, also often referred to as an Environmental Transaction Screen, is essentially a limited Phase I Environmental Assessment Report, which is used to assist in identifying Potential Environmental Concerns (PECs) associated with properties. The term Potential Environmental Concerns means the possible presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products on a property under conditions that indicate the possibility of an existing release, a past release, or a threat of a release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products into structures on the property or into the ground, groundwater, or surface water of the property.

The Transaction Screen Assessment is performed per the requirements of the ASTM 1528-06 Standard Practice for Limited Environmental Due-Diligence. The Transaction Screen Assessment is the most popular accepted limited product performed and accepted by lenders. However, it should be noted that a Transaction Screen Assessment does not carry the weight of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report in that it does not meet the requirements of the EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry, and will not offer the user protection from CERCLA Liability.

Below are a list of steps performed when completing a Transaction Screen Assessment:

  • Research and obtain major historical sources consisting of any three of the following (historical aerial photographs, topographic maps, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, City Directories, Title report, and/or Building records)
  • Perform a site inspection of the subject property
  • Conduct an interview along with completed environmental questionnaire with owner, property manager, or one with confirmed historical knowledge of the subject property
  • Complete Transaction Assessment Report to determine the presence of PECs, and if the subject property is at low or high risk
  • Fulcrum can apply the cost of a Transaction Screen Assessment to the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment report should the user chose to upgrade

Fulcrum performs Transaction Screen Assessments throughout the U.S. Many times a client will consult with Fulcrum to determine if a Transaction Screen Assessment will be the best fit for a particular property type. For example, for property types that are listed on the NAICS list, the SBA dictates that the user must begin with a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report. It is always a good idea to consult first with a trusted partner as Fulcrum can evaluate the property type and determine if going straight to a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report is the better option for a particular deal.

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Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Reports

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Reports – A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is common thread and staple involving a property transaction. The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is used to identify any potential environmental risks associated with the subject property, and to protect a potential buyer, lender, investors, or other active interested parties on the transaction from any environmental liability. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment report is the most common report typically required by a lender who is involved in the financing of a property.

Fulcrum performs all Phase I Environmental Site Assessment with seasoned Environmental Professionals who meet the requirements of the EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule. The AAI Rule was set forth to provide specific scope requirements for a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report to meet the requirements of CERCLA’s innocent landowner defense. Fulcrum’s reports are generally accepted by most lenders throughout the nation as Fulcrum’s team are more than qualified to meet the criteria set forth by lending institutions.

Fulcrum also performs all Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Reports to the latest revised standards set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) (ASTM E1527-13), which took into effect on November 6, 2013, and replaced the previous standard (ASTM E1527-05). The changes include the following within the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report:

  • Vapor Migration Potential-The risk of vapor intrusion from subsurface contamination originating from onsite or offsite has been a question challenged for some time, but was previously subject to opinion of the environmental professional to include in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report. The latest ASTM revision specifically requires the Environmental Professional to determine if the subject property would meet the criteria to be considered a vapor encroachment condition. Fulcrum’s team of environmental professionals are experts in this field, and will determine if a vapor encroachment condition is or is not likely to exist at the subject property.
  • Agency File Reviews-The Environmental Professional must discuss all available regulatory file reviews within the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report. A stricter standard is now set on the environmental professional to conduct regulatory file reviews.
  • Revised Definition(s)-The term “Controlled Recognized Environmental Condition” is now used within a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report. A controlled recognized environmental condition is a subset to the recognized environmental condition category.

The ASTM definition of CREC in the E1527-13 standard is as follows: “a recognized environmental condition resulting from a past release of hazardous substances or petroleum products that has been addressed to the satisfaction of the applicable regulatory authority (for example, as evidenced by the issuance of a no further action letter or equivalent, or meeting risk-based criteria established by regulatory authority), with hazardous substances or petroleum products allowed to remain in place subject to the implementation of required controls (for example, property use restrictions, activity and use limitations, institutional controls, or engineering controls).”

This discussion is generally found within the executive summary section of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report.

Fulcrum performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Reports frequently throughout the country. By having qualified Environmental Professionals in strategic areas throughout the U.S. gives Fulcrum an edge to our competition as our Environmental Professionals are more familiar with local geography and local regulatory authority.

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Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Reports

Phase II Site Assessments– When a Phase I Assessment identifies a potential contamination risk which should be investigated in greater depth, Fulcrum will perform a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Report. The Phase II Environmental Site Assessment is used to confirm the presence of hazardous materials on a subject property, helping protect a potential buyer, lender, investor, or other interested party on the transaction from environmental liability. Each property is unique and requires specific sampling and laboratory analysis, based upon the issue identified. Some of the tests that may be performed include:

  • surficial soil and water samples
  • subsurface soil borings
  • groundwater monitoring well installation, sampling, and analysis (may be appropriate on neighboring properties as well to determine the presence of contamination)
  • drum sampling (if any were left on the property)
  • sampling of dry wells, floor drains and catch basins
  • transformer/capacitor sampling for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • geophysical testing for buried tanks and drums
  • testing of underground storage tanks

Depending on the results of the samples, Fulcrum’s Phase II Environmental Site Assessment will outline additional site investigation needs, and potential remedial actions that may be required to clean up the property.

Fulcrum understands that hiring a firm with insufficient experience or training can only compound your risk if it fails to provide you with accurate data, so we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality work in the marketplace.

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Geophysical Evaluations

Geophysical Evaluations- Fulcrum performs Geophysical Evaluations to help organizations develop maps of parcels which identify areas favorable for the accumulation of hydrocarbons. In a Geophysical Evaluation, Fulcrum will analyze Geological and Geophysical surveys and technical information to develop a basic knowledge of the geologic history of an area and its effects on hydrocarbon or strategic/critical minerals generation, distribution, and accumulation within the planning area.     This analysis enables Fulcrum to provide a report mapping hydrocarbon probabilities for clients.

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CEQA & NEPA Assessments

CEQA and NEPA Assessments- In 1970, President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Governor Reagan signed the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). These laws require Federal, state, and local agencies to analyze and disclose the potential environmental impacts of their decisions, and, in the case of CEQA, to minimize significant adverse effects to the extent feasible. These agencies often need help analyzing the impacts and devising plans to minimize impact. Fulcrum assists municipalities and other government agencies with their CEQA and NEPA needs, by providing assessments which identify the potential environmental impacts of their decisions and when appropriate identify paths to minimizing these effects.

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Portfolio & Master Environmental Site Assessments

Portfolio and Master Environmental Site Assessments- Some clients have a portfolio of sites they need assessed. Fulcrum can provide Portfolio or Master Environmental Site Assessments where Fulcrum provides reports across a portfolio of sites.

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Vapor Encroachment Assessments and Modeling

Vapor Encroachment Assessments and Modeling– A Site Assessment sometimes reveals the likely presence of vapors in the sub-surface of a target property caused by the release of vapors from contaminated soil or groundwater wither on or near the targeted property. In these cases, ASTM E1527-13 requires assessing the potential for hazardous vapors to migrate onto or within the target property. To assist clients in assessing a Vapor Encroachment Condition, Fulcrum will perform a Vapor Encroachment Assessment according to Guide E2600 standards and if necessary model projected vapor encroachment to help a client ensure that all appropriate inquiry standards are met.

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Methane Testing

Methane Testing– Many municipalities require methane testing on sites. Fulcrum has experience providing methane testing and can provide and perform the testing necessary to meet the various municipal regulations. Not sure if your project will need it, contact us and let one of our skilled engineers help you understand whether testing is required on your site.

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Human Health Risk Assessment

Human Health Risk Assessment– When organizations want to understand the nature and probability of adverse health effects in humans who may be exposed to environmental stressors, such as chemicals and radiation, a Human Health Risk Assessment is performed. The common questions which are addressed in a Human Health Risk Assessment are:

  • What types of health problems may be caused by environmental stressors?
  • What is the chance that people will experience health problems when exposed to different levels of environmental stressors?
  • Is there a level below which some chemicals don’t pose a human health risk?
  • What environmental stressors are people exposed to, at what levels and for how long?
  • Are some people more likely to be susceptible to environmental stressors because of factors such as age, genetics, pre-existing health conditions, ethnic practices, gender, etc.?
  • Are some people more likely to be exposed to environmental stressors because of factors such as where they work, where they play, what they like to eat, etc.?

Human Health Risk Assessments includes 4 basic steps:

  • Hazard Identification- Examines whether a stressor has the potential to cause harm to humans and/or ecological systems, and if so, under what circumstances.
  • Dose-Response Assessment- Examines the numerical relationship between exposure and effects.
  • Exposure Assessment- Examines what is known about the frequency, timing, and levels of contact with a stressor.
  • Risk Characterization- Examines how well the data support conclusions about the nature and extent of the risk from exposure to environmental stressors.

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Environmental Expert Witness

Environmental Expert Witness– When cases need unbiased third party opinion, Fulcrum can provide its unbiased expertise. Contact us for more information.

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Compliance Audits

Compliance Audits- Fulcrum provides comprehensive reviews of an organization’s adherence to regulatory guidelines. Seeking a Compliance Audit- Contact us and Fulcrum will tailor a plan to meet your needs.

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Telecom Assessments

Telecom Assessments– Fulcrum can provide Telecom Assessments for clients who are seeking them.

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Site Cleanup & Remediation

Site Characterization

Site Characterization– Site Characterization Reports provide clients a set of site-specific activities designed to identify and understand contaminants and contaminant sources at a site. Fulcrum provides clients Site Characterization Reports to help ensure adequate and appropriate information is available to support selection and implementation of remedial actions. Site Characterization Reports are designed at the level of detail which is commensurate with the complexity of the site and/or release in question. The process involves:

  • Data and information gathering
  • Development of a Site Conceptual Model
  • Preparation of a Site Characterization Work Plan

Fulcrum works with clients, lenders, and property buyers to ensure our Site Characterization Reports the information necessary to understand the property in question.

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Aquifer Testing

Aquifer Testing– An Aquifer Test is a controlled field experiment used to estimate hydraulic properties of aquifer systems such as transmissivity, hydraulic conductivity, and storativity (storage coefficient). The three fundamental aquifer testing methods are pumping tests, slug tests and constant-head tests. Each method differs according to the type of hydraulic stress that a control well imposes on the aquifer system under investigation. Fulcrum is able to perform Aquifer Testing for clients and caters its testing Protocol to client needs.

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Groundwater Modeling

Groundwater Modeling- Property owners or municipal planners occasionally need to simulate or predict aquifer conditions for various reasons. Fulcrum is able to provide these services through computer modeling of groundwater flow systems. Have a project which requires groundwater modeling? Contact Fulcrum to see how our staff hydro-geologists can help you.

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Soil and Groundwater Remediation (Design and Implementation)

Soil and Groundwater Remediation (Design and Implementation)- Fulcrum works with clients to help find solutions to their specific soil and groundwater remediation issues. Fulcrum helps clients develop remediation alternatives ranging from active engineered systems to natural attenuation to addressing site contaminants. Fulcrum supports our clients by consistently and successfully providing technical resources to solve urgent, challenging environmental problems.

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Brownfield Redevelopment

Brownfield Redevelopment- When an Environmental Site Assessment shows that a real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant, Fulcrum can assist property owners or developers in the redevelopment of that site. Fulcrum’s expertise understanding contaminants, how to mitigate them, and what is necessary to minimize their threat are often needed to redevelop a Brownfield site. In need of help redeveloping a Brownfield site? Contact Fulcrum to see how we can assist you.

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Groundwater Monitoring and Sampling

Groundwater Monitoring and Sampling- Assessments of groundwater quality and quantity are often necessary to address public health concerns, help communities, industries, individuals, and ecosystems meet their water needs, and ensure the sustainability of this resource. Oftentimes Groundwater Monitoring is necessitated by the discovery of a contaminant which may be entering a water source. In need of some assistance monitoring your groundwater? Contact one of Fulcrum’s experts to see how we can assist your needs.

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Receptor Surveys

Receptor Surveys– A Receptor Survey is a set of remediation requirements that are aimed at ensuring that people and ecological receptors are protected from exposure to hazardous substances at or near contaminated sites. The remediating party must begin to conduct the Receptor Survey when a discharge is confirmed and will continue to evaluate potential receptors throughout the remediation process. At several points in the remediation, the remediating party must submit the results of these Surveys to the government authorities. When a Receptor Survey is necessary for a site, Fulcrum can assist clients in designing, implementing, and reporting the Receptor Survey. Have a project which needs to perform a Receptor Survey? Contact Fulcrum to see how we can help.

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Permitting

Permitting- Given our experience with federal, state, and municipal regulations, Fulcrum is well equipped to assist clients in understanding and navigating complicated permitting processes. Need a partner to help you with your permitting needs? Contact Fulcrum to see how we can help you.

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Third-Party Oversight

Third Party Oversight– Clients often need a trustworthy third party to oversee various components of their projects. Fulcrum’s wide breadth of experience makes Fulcrum well-positioned to provide clients skilled personnel to manage multiple aspects of their projects. Have a project which needs some oversight? Contact Fulcrum to see how we can assist your project.

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Site Closure

Site Closure– Unfortunately at times, buildings and sites need to be closed down and decommissioned. Oftentimes environmental concerns need to be addressed prior to a site closing or decommissioning. Fulcrum can help assist a site design and implement a safe closure plan which identifies key environmental concerns and provides actionable directives.

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Pilot and Feasibility Studies

Pilot and Feasibility Studies– Pilot and feasibility studies are small studies used to help design a further confirmatory study. They have various purposes such as testing study procedures, validity of tools, estimation of parameters such as the variance of the outcome variable to calculate sample size etc. They are used to gather some data to help decide if further study is warranted. Fulcrum can help design and perform pilot and feasibility studies for our clients.

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Agency Correspondence and Consulting

Agency Correspondence and Consulting- Some projects require a higher degree of communication with public agencies. Fulcrum provides our clients with liaison services to handle communications and notices to public agencies in order or effectively communicate essential information. We can also handle negotiations with regulatory agencies on behalf of our clients.

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Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous Waste Disposal- Fulcrum can assist clients in designing and implementing hazardous waste disposal plans.

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Engineering Due-Diligence

Physical Inspection Reports

Physical Inspection Reports– Agencies and lenders often require Physical Inspection Reports to have a third-party verify the condition and contents of a site. Fulcrum’s team of engineers can gather information and assess the condition of the assets a client is seeking to evaluate.

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Probable Maximum Loss

Probable Maximum Loss- Property lenders and insurers often need to understand the maximum loss that could be expected to incur on a policy related to a property. Fulcrum can assist clients by providing them a Probable Maximum Loss Report, detailing what expected loss would occur given a worst-case scenario incident.

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Property Condition Assessments

Property Condition Assessment– Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) are used by clients purchasing properties to understand the condition of a property. When performing PCAs, Fulcrum strictly follows the guidelines of ASTM E2018 and inspects as few or many systems as requested by the survey. In addition to the state of infrastructure and systems, Fulcrum provides standard with every PCA report concerns observed, recommendations for repairs or further inspections, opinions of the likely cost of future capital projects and ADA compliance surveys.

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Zoning Reports

Zoning Reports– Lenders or institutional buyers often request Zoning Reports to understand if a subject property is considered legally non-conforming because building codes have changed since it was built. Were a property to have a major renovation it may be required to bring the building up to current code. Fulcrum provides clients Zoning Reports to help them understand if any portions of a site are not up to current code and what costs might be associated with bringing a building up to code.

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ADA Compliance Surveys

ADA Compliance Surveys- The American Disabilities Act requires building owners to comply with codes which provide for the accessibility to a site of persons with disabilities. The ADA standards have changed multiple times over the years and Fulcrum can help clients understand whether their existing or acquisition site meets current ADA standards. Fulcrum’s ADA Compliance Surveys identify gaps in compliance, provide advice on meeting compliance, and estimate costs and changes necessary to meet current ADA Compliance on a site.

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Methane Mitigation

Methane Mitigation– Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. Over 20 years, each molecule of methane has 84 times the climate change potential of a molecule of carbon dioxide. If methane is contaminating a source, Methane Mitigation is often required. Fulcrum’s engineers can help clients identify methane issues, develop a plan to mitigate those issue and implement the plan to resolve the issue.

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Master Property Condition Assessments

Master Property Condition Assessments– Master Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) are requested by lenders or owners who are looking for PCAs on multiple properties or sites in one report. Fulcrum is able to deploy our team of engineers to perform Master PCAs in a time-efficient, cost-effective manner, while providing the highest quality report.

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Industrial Hygiene Services

Asbestos Testing

Asbestos Testing- Asbestos is a mineral fiber which, when people are exposed to it, can increase their risk of cancer. Due to the risks of asbestos, municipalities across the United States require asbestos testing during property transfers to inform owners on the possibilities of the existence of asbestos on the site. Fulcrum employs a team of engineers who are trained and licensed to assess sites, safely obtaining samples to test for the existence of asbestos on a site.

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Lead Paint Testing

Lead Paint Testing- Since paints applied prior to 1978 were manufactured with lead, state and federal laws require testing for lead paint. Fulcrum inspectors are able to use state-of-the-art XRF technology to perform non-invasive testing of all surfaces including plaster and drywall. Fulcrum inspectors are licensed and insured to meet our client’s needs

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Air Quality and Airborne Particle Testing

Air Quality and Airborne Particle Testing- Indoor air quality is affected by the presence of various types of contaminants present in the air- some toxic, some a nuisance while still others are benign. Fulcrum has the ability to test the air quality for:

  • Toxic elements
    • Oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide
    • Radon
    • Semi-Volatile and Volatile Organic Compounds (from paints, gases and solvents)
    • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Pollutants
    • Dust
    • Asbestos
    • Soot
    • Off-gassing from building materials and furnishings
  • Problematic Airborne Suspended Bioaerosols
    • Mold spores
    • Bacteria
    • Mushroom spores
    • Insect allergens and parts
    • Animal allergens and dander
    • Dust mites
    • Pollen

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Mold and Water Damage Assessment

Mold and Water Damage Assessment- When mold and water damage affects a property, Fulcrum engineers are able to perform a detailed inspection of a property to assess the damage. As part of this process Fulcrum will:

  • Seek out and squelch the source of the damage.
  • Identify the type of mold or water which is causing the damage
  • Examine the property, surveying the extent of the damage which has occurred
  • Move/Remove property contents which may cause further damage or which can be saved
  • Provide a damage assessment report with suggestions remediation strategies

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Radon Testing

Radon Testing- Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert radioactive gas that is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. It can be found in all 50 states and testing for it is the only way of telling how much is present. No level of radon exposure is safe, however, the EPA recommends occupant’s long-term exposure be less than 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). When property owners, buyers, or lenders wish to understand the radon level of a site, Fulcrum is able to help support their efforts through accurate measurement and monitoring of a building’s radon levels.

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Third-Party Oversight

Third Party Oversight- Clients often need a trustworthy third party to oversee various components of their projects. Fulcrum’s wide breadth of experience makes Fulcrum well-positioned to provide clients skilled personnel to manage multiple aspects of their projects. Have a project which needs some oversight? Contact Fulcrum to see how we can assist your project.

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Green Energy & Sustainability Consulting

Energy Audits

Energy Audits are a great way to examine how a facility is operating. Fulcrum can design an audit to meet a client’s needs or perform a standard ASHRAE Level One Energy Audit. Clients can expect a 10-25% reduction in energy bills.

A typical Energy Audit includes:

  • Analysis of current energy usage
  • examination of building operations schedules
  • Lighting load breakdown
  • Energy consumption profile
  • Inventory of systems and devices
  • Recommendations on ways to reduce energy bills

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Energy Benchmarking

Energy Benchmarking – Fulcrum eliminates the stress and hassle while ensuring your building receives the highest possible ENERGY STAR rating. With our experience, we will manage your ENERGY STAR portfolio by accurately entering building data and energy reports to maximize your score.

Whether under a time crunch or simply unfamiliar with energy benchmarking, our clients oftentimes hire us for our national benchmarking knowledge to ensure legal requirements are filled accurately, completely, and on schedule.

An Energy Benchmarking report from Fulcrum includes:

  • Analysis of the last 12 months of energy use
  • Trends in usage over that time
  • Prescribed solutions to reduce usage and increase savings

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LEED Certification

LEED Certification – Fulcrum provides a menu of options for organizations wishing to achieve LEED certification. Our team can tailor its involvement to your needs, by project managing every facet of the LEED project, providing support to staff performing the heavy lifting of LEED, or becoming involved in specific LEED credits. Below is a sample of LEED services Fulcrum can perform:

Pre-Application Project Analysis

If LEED certification is a goal for your organization but you’re unsure how achievable it is for your building, UHG can help with a Pre-Application Project Analysis. This analysis is a 1-2 month study of a property to determine where it stands in relation LEED. Fulcrum will meet with staff and collect data from the property to accurately estimate:

  • How many credits a property can achieve
  • How long the certification process will take
  • What LEED certification will cost
  • What steps need to occur before the performance period can begin

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LEED Project Manager

The LEED process relies heavily on the documentation of the project by a local source. The creation of this documentation can be very time consuming and precise, thus most organizations hire an experienced firm, like Fulcrum, to manage the process as LEED Project Manager. In this role, Fulcrum normally works alongside the property management, engineering staff, and third party contractors in the following roles:

  • Manages the entire LEED process
  • Coordinates team work loads
  • Fills in the gaps and works in the trenches with clients
  • Minimizes client staff time spent on LEED certification

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LEED Project Coordinator

Some organizations have the bandwidth to perform the numerous tasks required for LEED. These organizations wish to have someone coordinating their work efforts and providing LEED templates for staff to fill in. For these organizations, Fulcrum acts as Project Coordinator:

  • Manages the entire LEED process
  • Coordinates team work loads
  • Provides fill-in-the-blank LEED templates

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Other LEED services available include:

  • LEED Credit Expert
  • Execution of the LEED Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
  • Performance of a LEED Waste Audit
  • Creation of LEED-specific surveys
  • LEED Maintenance
  • Performing regularly scheduled LEED check-ups
  • Maintaining LEED policies
  • Performing yearly reporting on credits previously achieved

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Green Property Condition Assessment

Green Property Condition Assessment – Fulcrum will analyze a property and provide operational and capital assessments of the property’s infrastructure and condition. The assessment will include:

  • Water infrastructure
  • HVAC infrastructure
  • Lighting infrastructure
  • Renewables infrastructure
  • Building envelope
  • Landscaping
  • Any identified assets/FFE that a property owner wishes to have examined

The report will help property owners understand what sustainability related upgrade opportunity exist, what their capital implications are and what their operational implications are.

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Energy Modeling

Energy Modeling – Fulcrum will utilize LEED approved energy simulation software to model the energy usage of the proposed facilities and help maximize the efficiency of the building. Fulcrum can provide an energy model to meet the purposes, certifications, or standards required by a project.

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Design and Implementation

Design and Implementation – Fulcrum is knowledgeable on industry best practices and cutting edge projects allowing our team to provide ideas to support the  architect in creating a cutting edge building design. As part of these tasks, Fulcrum would be responsible for:

  • Being involved in conceptual design conversations
  • Providing best practice information
  • Presenting innovative project ideas
  • Creating weekly inspiration 1 pagers

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Waste Management

Waste Management – Fulcrum can assist projects in meeting their waste reduction goals. As part of these tasks, Fulcrum would be responsible for:

  • Setting a material waste goal (i.e. less than 1% of materials go to landfill)
  • Providing deconstruction support services
  • Ensuring site materials get re-used/recycled
  • Managing the site waste stream from project inception until the CO is received
  • Designing ongoing waste management infrastructure

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Building Energy Storage Analysis

Building Energy Storage Analysis – Energy storage solutions, such as peak shaving, time-of-use reductions, building back-up, and solar pairing, all require system analysis. Fulcrum can help an organization analyze its energy usage and provide the data necessary to understand how much savings exists in installing energy storage solutions.

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Building Commissioning

Building Commissioning – Fulcrum will perform the fundamental commissioning needed for a project either using Energy Star Protocols or using the Prescriptive Path. Each path has specific requirements which Fulcrum will help an organization navigate. Generally, Fulcrum would be responsible for:

  • Developing the Owner’s Project Requirements
  • Developing the Basis of Design
  • Reviewing the OPR, BOD, and project design
  • Developing and implementing a Cx plan for major systems including Central HVAC, in-unit HVAC
  • Confirming incorporation of Cx requirements in the construction documents
  • Developing construction checklists
  • Developing a system test procedure
  • Verifying system test execution
  • Maintaining an issues and benefits log throughout the Cx process
  • Preparing a final Cx process report
  • Documenting all findings and recommendations and reporting directly to the owner throughout the process

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SBA 504 Green Loan Analysis

SBA 504 Loan with Energy Public Policy Goals

In order to qualify for an SBA 504 Loan which seeks to meet Energy Public Policy Goals an organization must demonstrate that it meets one of the following requirements:

  1. Reduction of existing energy consumption by at least 10% (this cannot apply to a startup business, however, an existing business buying a building may be eligible if the new location uses at least 10% less energy than the prior location); OR
  2. Installation or upgrade of renewable energy sources at the property. This can include onsite solar or wind production, or utilization of renewable fuel such as ethanol or biodiesel. Once installed, at least 10% of the building’s total energy must be derived from these renewable sources

SBA504 Energy Services – Fulcrum Resources Environmental can provide the following services to help a property meet their SBA 504 Loan with Energy Public Policy Goals:

Level One Energy Consumption Analysis

  • Analysis of Existing Energy bills and scheduled energy reduction measures. Option best for organizations which plan to install measures which they are certain will do reduce energy by 10% and need a SBA compliant report.

Level Two Analysis Energy Audit

  • Analysis of Existing Energy bills, scheduled energy reduction measures, and recommendations to reduce energy. Option best for organizations which do not know the magnitude of their property improvements and need a SBA compliant report.

Renewable Energy Analysis 

  • Analysis of energy consumption and proposed Renewable Energy System. Option best for organizations which have a renewable system picked out and need a SBA compliant report.

Renewable Energy Design

  • Analysis of energy consumption and design of a Renewable Energy System to meet SBA requirements. Option best for organizations which desire to pursue have a renewable system, need help designing system and need a SBA compliant report.

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Mapping & Surveying

ALTA / ACSM Land Surveys

ALTA/ ACSM Land Surveys- Fulcrum engineers adhere to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) standards which were adopted by the American Land Title Association (ALTA). Each Fulcrum Land Survey includes:

  • Examining the title commitments
  • Searching municipal and county records for possible encumbrances
  • Providing information on easements benefitting or encumbering a property.
  • Detailing possible encroachments across the boundary or easement.
  • Identifying whether there is access to a public road.
  • Defining zoning setbacks.
  • Listing flood zones that may impact the property.
  • Providing evidence of any use by other parties.
  • Showing water boundaries within the property.
  • Noting any evidence of cemeteries.

Listing the names of the owners of the adjoining property.

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Topographic Mapping

Topographic Mapping- Topographic maps are used for geographic planning, large-scale architecture, earth sciences and many other geographic disciplines, mining and other earth-based endeavours,  civil engineering and recreational uses such as hiking and orienteering. Fulcrum can provide clients topographic maps of a property site that depict in detail ground relief (landforms and terrain), drainage (lakes and rivers), forest cover, administrative areas, populated areas, transportation routes and facilities (including roads and railways), and other man-made features.

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Wellhead Surveying

Wellhead Surveying– Fulcrum engineers can provide site surveying on parcels of land which may be candidates for the exploration and production of oil and gas. By working with Fulcrum, exploration companies come equipped with improved technology to find and extract oil and gas from properties.

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Land Survey and Mapping

Land Survey and Mapping–   To successfully manage land, owners need to understand what they have. Surveying and mapping are two interrelated ways to describe property in a way that helps owners make management decisions. Land surveying is the process of gathering and analyzing information about the physical earth and provides owners information regarding features of a property- boundaries, roads, structures, watercourses, and other physical characteristics of the land. Mapping, on the other hand, provides owners characteristics of a property- hydrology, vegetation, geologic features, elevations, and human-made structures information. Fulcrum works with clients to provide them the land surveys and maps they need to make decision on how to best utilize their properties.

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Residential Property Surveys

Residential Property Surveys- Residential property owners often seek property surveys when they are looking at installing pools, performing renovation, adding fences, improving vegetation, or getting flood insurance exemptions. Fulcrum engineers can support residential property owners with all their survey needs.

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High Definition Surveys

High Definition Surveys– When requested, Fulcrum is able to provide the latest technology to provide its clients with high definition surveys. High-definition surveying (HDS) is a non-intrusive means of rapidly collecting detailed and accurate as-built data. A 3D laser scanner emits a narrow, eye-safe laser beam that sweeps across a target object, such as a property or a building, gathering millions of closely spaced measurements (points with a unique X, Y, and Z, values) in a matter of minutes. These scanned measurements are collected and grouped into a comprehensive point cloud database that can be easily manipulated on a standard desktop or laptop computer. This data can be viewed, navigated, and analyzed much like a 3D model created in a traditional CAD system.

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Educational Training & Seminars

8 Hour HAZWOPPER Refresher Training

8 Hour HAZWOPPER Refresher Training- Workers who remove hazardous waste or are exposed or potentially exposed to any kind of hazardous substance or health hazard in the course of their work are required to annually take a refresher course to ensure they are current on standards. Fulcrum staff provide 8 hour HAZWOPPER refresher training for hazmat workers which is designed to keep them up to date on regulations. The training is designed to meet the training requirements of OSHA CFR 1910.120 for workers who have met the pre-requisite 24 or 40 Hour HAZWOPPER course.

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On-Site Training

On-site Training- Fulcrum can provide customized on-site training for organizations on various OSHA, hazmat, asbestos, and environmental training topics.

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Educational Seminars

Educational Seminars– Fulcrum can provide customized educational seminars for organizations on various OSHA, hazmat, asbestos, and environmental training topics.

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