Joseph P. Derhake, 15-year Veteran of Environmental and Engineering Consulting Industry, Established Partner Engineering and Science

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Partner Engineering and Science was formed to provide environmental consulting and engineering services to the commercial real estate industry. The primary services provided by Partner are Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Property Condition Assessments, Phase II Subsurface Investigations, and Methane Surveys. Partner's clientele include several fortune 500 companies including, Citibank, Washington Mutual, and Well Fargo, as well as many real estate investors and cities. Partner's staff includes several very established professionals including: Jenny Redlin, Arcie Propster, Gavin Jones, Monique Burrola, Nicole Moore, Mike Eng, and Hector Talavera.

Joseph P. Derhake, a 15-year veteran of the environmental and engineering consulting industry, has established Partner Engineering and Science Inc., an El Segundo-based firm that will provide due diligence services for real estate transactions.

Derhake says that the impact that projects have on the environment has become a signficant issue in the past decade or so. "The country's sensitivity to environmental issues has never been higher.: says the company president. "Cleaning up environmentally impacted properties allows real estate professionals to find the highest and best use of the asset and creates a safer place for everyone to live and work."

In order to provide his clients with the most accurate information when it comes to a site's physical condition, Derhake has developed Property Condition Evaluations. This type of assessment allow real estate inventors, lenders and equity funds to get an up-close look at the condition o fthe asset they are acquiring. Remedial Cost Estimates is another one of Derhake's product specialities that permits real estate professionals to prudently complete transactions on contaminated properties.

"I feel owning real estate where all environment and engineering risks are known and quantified allows the investor to realize the value of their asset," he says. - Jo-Ann Cubello

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