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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Practicing What We Preach

  “Practice what you preach”: It’s an old saying, earliest attributed to the Roman playwright Plautus circa 200 BC. But the words continue to ring true when exemplifying integrity and a commitment to one’s espoused beliefs. Pioneer Engineering & Environmental Services (Pioneer) put these words into action when it recently moved its offices to the…

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Invitation to Bid – Water Main Installation in Shorewood, Illinois

Pioneer is currently soliciting subcontractor bids for water main installation at a site in Shorewood, Illinois. To view the bidding documents, please visit http://fileshare.pioneerEES.com and log-in using the credentials below. Interested applicants can also email HR3@pioneerEES.com for more information. Username: Shorewood Password: BidDocs2017

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We’re Moving!

WE’RE MOVING! Effective December 1, 2017, Pioneer is relocating its office to 2753 W. 31st Street, Chicago Illinois 60608.  Please update your records accordingly and direct future correspondence to that address. Please also note that our phone and email will be unavailable on November 28th between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM while we move our…

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Tips For Evaluating NFR letters and the Vapor Intrusion Effect

*This article originally appeared in the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Newsletter, Real Estate Law Section, August 2017.* For 20 years now, the Illinois EPA (or Agency) has utilized a risk-based program (35 IAC Part 742 [415 ILCS 5/58.5]-known as TACO) to evaluate contaminated properties and has issued regulatory closure letters or No Further Remediation…

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Recoup Remediation Costs with the Class C Tax Incentive

Many developers and investors of commercial/industrial real estate in Cook County are unaware of a potential financial benefit available to those who have successfully rehabilitated environmentally-impacted sites and obtained regulatory closure, with the procurement of a “No Further Remediation” (NFR) letter. This benefit is known as the “Class C” real estate tax incentive. The Class…

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Chicago & Cook County Launch Industrial Growth Zones Program

  A new program being launched jointly by the City of Chicago and Cook County can financially assist developers and investors of commercial real estate in the environmental assessment, testing and remediation of industrial sites in select areas. According to a recent press release, the Industrial Growth Zone program is designed to address two primary…

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Let Pioneer Be Your One-Stop Due Diligence Shop

Since 1989, Pioneer Engineering & Environmental Services, LLC (Pioneer) has investigated over 20,000 sites, including multi-family/residential, industrial, and commercial/retail facilities, across the United States. In addition to environmental considerations identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), it is important that prospective purchasers and lenders are educated on the physical deficiencies and capital needs…

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