February 12, 2007, Epping, NH
After nearly two decades of being synonymous with lead paint removal, EnviroVantage, Inc. has made significant strides in recent months to become one of the Northeast’s top environmental contractors for construction, building restoration, and demolition.
After a watershed year in 2006, in which the firm changed its name, opened new corporate headquarters, added over 300 clients, won recognition from the industry’s foremost building association, and added a mold specialist to its growing staff of experts, EnviroVantage enters 2007 as a “one-stop shop” for the safe handling of every major building contaminant, including asbestos, lead paint, mercury, mold, and PCBs.
“Over the past 20 years, we’ve removed every kind of hazardous material from every sort of building,” says EnviroVantage president Scott Knightly. “If there were no standards to guide us, we created them.”
Getting the Lead Out
Knightly founded EnviroVantage – originally known as Seacoast Diversified, Inc. – in 1985 to aid historic and restoration builders in New Hampshire. The firm’s first major accomplishment was developing procedures for the safe removal of lead paint in the absence of any state or federal regulations. In 1989, Knightly formed Lead Source, the first licensed lead abatement contractor in New Hampshire (Lic C001). The firm has removed lead paint from nearly 2,000 homes.
As Lead Source grew, it became clear that many projects required managing a range of environmental contaminants, so the firm evolved, training and equipping its staff to address virtually any hazardous material found in building sites, whether the job called for reconstruction or demolition.
A growing problem
A significant problem in recent years has been the increase in mold. “Fifty years ago, the only mold in the house was in your mother’s fridge,” says Knightly. “But succeeding decades have seen the creation of new building codes and a push towards energy efficiency that prevents homes from breathing. The result: mold.” To expand services in this area, EnviroVantage has appointed Barry Williams as Director of Mold Remediation. Williams will oversee the development of new products, procedures, and staff training for mold remediation.
Helping to facilitate training is the firm’s new 14,000-square foot headquarters, opened last February, which houses its national distribution and shop facilities as well as a state-of-the-art training room that clients can use for free to provide environmental training to their customers.
Award-winning work continues
EnviroVantage recently won an “Excellence in Construction” award from the Massachusetts chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for renovation work on Cary Cottage, a 19th century building converted to a drug rehabilitation center at Dimock Community Health Care in Roxbury.
EnviroVantage has done award-winning work for its industrial, commercial, and military clients in the United States and on US military bases around the world. “We are expanding into new markets in 2007 and are positioned to provide leadership in environmental construction well into the future,” says Knightly.
EnviroVantage, Inc. is a regional leader in the safe handling and removal of hazardous materials (including lead paint, asbestos, and mold) found at building sites on projects requiring renovation, demolition, or historic reconstruction. EnviroVantage created the standard procedures for lead paint removal and staffs experts on every major contaminant found in buildings. Information about EnviroVantage, including its new training center, can be found at www.envirovantage.com.