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Chicago, Illinois

Partner has a strong presence in Chicago, Illinois. The Partner Illinois office provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental Testing, Property Condition Reports, ADA Surveys, and Asbestos Surveys in support of commercial real estate transactions. The Chicago staff understands how the city’s industrial past and many building booms represent an uncommon risk in real estate investments. The office is led by Bob Geiger, who has more than 20 years of experience providing environmental and engineering consulting services.


Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
Partner is the national leader in Phase I Environmental Site Assessments by volume. Most reports are performed to meet the standards of ASTM E1527-21. Partner often customizes reports to meet individual client or agency lenders' (Fannie MaeFreddie Mac) requirements.
Phase II Environmental Testing
Partner performs Phase II Environmental Testing either in support of a financing decision or to meet the requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set by ASTM E1903-11 and consider the unusual and sometimes difficult geology of Chicago.
Property Condition Assessment Reports
In addition to providing Phase I ESAs, Partner provides Property Condition Assessments and Commercial Building Inspections for a wide variety of clients including, CMBS lenders, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac lenders, and equity clients. Most of our reports are performed to meet the standards set within ASTM E2018-08 guidelines.
Asbestos Survey
While conducting a Phase I ESA, Partner does a visual evaluation of accessible areas for the presence of Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs). Should it become evident that Asbestos-Containing Materials may be present, Partner can perform sampling and testing to evaluate if Asbestos-Containing Material is in fact present. Our local staff recognizes how asbestos is of concern in Chicago due to the age of the city.
Zoning and ALTA Land Surveys
Partner is a coordinator and preparer of ALTA/NSPS Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Topographic Surveys, and Zoning Reports across the United States for use in commercial transactions. We effectively handle and facilitate the coordination of land surveyors, title, ordering, process, product, and delivery. We manage the entire process of acquiring your survey and can effectively manage single-site or multi-site transactions. Our extensive network allows us the flexibility to provide a registered professional land surveyor for any site location—nationwide—with competitive pricing. We will coordinate all questions and comments from all transaction parties with the site surveyor and furnish reliable timely surveys all from one point of contact. A zoning report is a necessary part of many real property transactions because the current owner is responsible for existing zoning violations. Partner’s Zoning Reports take usage regulations, Chicago, and municipality provisions into consideration as well as other regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Digging Deeper

Chicago Experience

Partner has completed almost 5,000 projects throughout Illinois since 2010, including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and projects specifically in Chicago. Some recent projects and experience that provide insight into our Chicago Environmental Consulting Practice include:

  • Partner performed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Environmental Testing for a 45-site portfolio of automotive repair locations (Car Collisions) spanning across Illinois (Aurora, Chicago, Gauges Lake, Glenview, La Grange, Matteson, Merrillville, Naperville, Oak Lawn, Orlando Park, Palatine, Rockdale, and Schaumberg), Colorado, and Indiana.
  • Partner performed a $25k Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Property Condition Report, including sub-specialist inspections for Roofing, Curtain Wall, and MEP (Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing), on the 52-story Wabash building in Chicago. The Wabash building (formerly known as the IBM building) was designed by renowned modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
  • Partner completed a 30-site portfolio throughout the country, including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Property Condition Assessments (PCAs), and Seismic Probable Maximum Loss (PML) Reports on properties. The Phase I ESAs, PCAs, and PMLs were conducted for an equity client.
  • Our sister company, Partner Energy, secured $13 million of ARRA grants and loans for the implementation of energy efficiency projects at low-income multifamily projects across the country.

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