Partner’s industrial hygiene practice expanding nationally to meet current market demands
AMHERST, N.H./TORRANCE, CALIF. – August 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Partner Engineering and Science Inc. (Partner), a national environmental and engineering consulting and design firm headquartered in Torrance, California, has announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D, CIH, as technical director of Partner’s growing industrial hygiene team. Partner’s industrial hygiene division provides services to help identify and address potential health and safety risks in buildings during commercial due diligence or redevelopment. Based out of Partner’s New Hampshire practice, Lawson will lead Partner’s programs as they relate to health and safety compliance, hazardous materials management, industrial hygiene consulting, training and worker exposure evaluation.
As the commercial real estate industry rebounds post-recession, there is an increase of activity in building renovations, upgrades and demolitions around the country. Industrial hygiene plays an important role in supporting these transactions and investments, particularly during rehabilitation projects where the potential to disturb hazardous building materials such as asbestos or lead-based paint is high. A comprehensive industrial hygiene program will ensure the real estate asset is safe and occupants’ or workers’ health is protected.
During the recession, many property owners and operators delayed investment in repairs or upgrades, leaving many of the public and private facilities that are being transacted today in need of maintenance work. Partner is expanding its industrial hygiene practice to support the increasing demand for these services around the country.
“Commercial real estate professionals expect that their due diligence firm can solve the problems they discover,” said Joseph Derhake, PE, president of Partner. “Doug helps us deliver on that expectation with unparalleled expertise with respect to crucial industrial hygiene issues.”
With more than 40 years of experience in the health, safety and industrial hygiene field, Lawson’s background includes regulatory, industrial and consulting experience with a number of multinational firms. Coupled with his past experience developing industrial hygiene programs directly for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Lawson has unique insight and the framework to provide Partner’s clients with optimal solutions to ensure safety and compliance.
“With recent improvements in the real estate market, the industrial hygiene industry is rapidly expanding,” said Lawson. “I am excited to be a part of Partner’s continued growth as an industry leader in providing services so vital to the well-being of occupants and workers.”
Notable projects Lawson has worked on include asbestos, lead paint, mold and indoor air quality projects for more than 2,000 U.S. postal facilities including New England and New York, as well as lead-based paint risk assessments of 1,700 military base housing units in Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Partner, Lawson was with URS Corporation, a multinational engineering, construction and technical services firm, for close to 25 years.
About Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.:
One of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Partner Engineering and Science Inc. (Partner) is a national engineering, environmental and energy consulting firm serving the commercial real estate industry. Partner’s services include: Environmental Due Diligence; Subsurface Investigations and Remediation; Industrial Hygiene; Property Condition Assessments; Seismic Risk Assessments / Probable Maximum Loss; Engineering Design; Energy Audits; Building Commissioning; Sustainability Consulting; Land Development; Land Surveying; and Construction Risk Management. Based in Torrance, Calif., Partner has over 400 employees in 25 offices nationwide.