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.
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