LOS ANGELES—Douglas Lawson has joinedPartner Engineering and Science as the technicaldirector of industrial hygiene. In his new role, Lawson will leadthe program's departments, such as health and safety compliance,hazardous materials management and industrial hygiene consulting,and he will expand and grow the firm's industrial hygienepractice.

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The 40-year industry veteran brings regulatory, industrial andconsulting experience to Partner's industrial hygiene practice.Prior to joining the firm, Lawson worked at the multinationalengineering, construction and technical services firm URSCorp. In his lofty career he has helped to developindustrial hygiene programs for the Occupational Safety andHealth Administration and has worked with more than 2,000US Postal Service offices and 1,700 military basehousing facilities to reduce the risk of asbestos, lead paint andmold and to improve air quality.

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Lawson will be able to leverage this extensive experience ingrowing Partner's health and safety practice. The uptick inrenovation projects in particular has led to an increase in healthand safety issues, like risks of asbestos, lead paint and mold, asmentioned above. Hygiene reports will help owners discover theseissues early on and ensure the health of tenants and workers.According to Joseph Derhake, president of Partner,real estate owners expect due diligence firms to solve the problemsunearthed during inspections. The addition of Lawson as well as theexpansion of the hygiene practice will help Partner provide thoseservices to its clients. Doug Lawson did not respond to our requestfor comment prior to the publication of this story.

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Partner is also expanding its risk managementteam. Recently, the firm hired Bill Tyron as director of strategic development,where he will help the firm to expand its environmental,engineering and construction risk management initiatives.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.