Pioneer Promotion

We are excited to announce the recent promotion of Nicole Andrade, P.E. from Project Manager to Senior Engineer.  Nicole is coming up on 10 years here at Pioneer and has been a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E) since June 2015.  She has become our resident expert regarding Clean Construction or Demolition Debris (CCDD) testing and has…

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Phase I ESA Site Inspection

A New Phase in Phase I ESAs

After almost eight years with the current guidelines, ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing & Materials [ASTM]) stands poised to revise its standards for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) in 2021. Changes to the Phase I ESA guidance document are not expected to be sweeping, with many of them involving clarification…

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Welcome to Indiana.

Crossing The (State) Line

Not only is Pioneer first in the State of Illinois in obtaining No Further Remediation letters, we are also well-versed in obtaining regulatory closure for contaminated sites in Indiana. If your site is ranked as low priority (only soil contamination) or medium priority (soil and/or groundwater with only petroleum contamination), you may qualify for the…

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Keeping It Clean While We Clean It Up

We hope this finds you physically and mentally healthy! Pioneer is committed to preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and we wanted to virtually touch base and provide an update on our current operations. Pioneer, as a real estate service provider and part of the construction industry, is considered an essential business under the…

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2019 Year in Review

Pioneer has closed the books on 2019 and what a year it was! We might go so far as to say it was our best yet, and we would be remiss to say that we couldn’t have done any of it without all of you. Check out some of the highlights from 2019 that helped…

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Geotechnical Drilling

Due Diligence Dilemma: Solid Ground or Soils Unsound?

When purchasing a site, what level of due diligence is warranted? Most sophisticated buyers know a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and evaluation of potential soil contamination is a must.  But what about the physical properties of the soils? Are they suitable for support of your development, or will unfavorable soil conditions increase foundation construction…

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Bring in the Cavalry

                  Steel originally started rolling these grounds over 150 years ago, when horseshoes were fabricated for the Union Army during the Civil War. The factory, located near the banks of the Des Plaines River and at the north end of Joliet, reportedly continued to supply the US…

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Demolition Disaster to Daisies and Dandelions

We at Pioneer Engineering & Environmental Services (Pioneer) would like to share another success story, this one playing out over the course of almost a decade. On a hot summer day in 2010, Pioneer visited a 12-acre former asphalt manufacturing plant in Southern Illinois. The property had recently been placed under a Seal Order by…

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Property at a Crossroads – A Case Study

      At Pioneer, we relish the opportunity to be stewards of our environment, particularly by assisting in the adaptive re-use of once blighted and neglected sites. And with thoughtful and creative clients, such as Crossroads Development Partners (Crossroads), we were again able to put our philosophy to practice. In 2015 Pioneer was contracted…

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