Keith Pokorny, LEED AP
, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management
services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.
Mr. Pokorny's responsibilities include the overall management of the Environmental practice for EFI and oversight of the Canadian Operations. His duties include strategic planning, forecasting, recruiting, business development, and employee development. This includes establishing and executing growth opportunities based upon geographic and service-based initiatives within the firm.
Selected Projects Include
- National Account Manager, Retail and Commercial Banking Properties - Serves as account manager coordinating efforts nationally for EFI’s response to Johnson Controls, Inc. for its retail bank facility partners
- Hurricane Response (CAT) – Insurance Claims and Facility Managers - Serves as the Northeast CAT Response Coordinator for EFI’s CAT response during climatic weather events
- Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), Statewide - Serves as the Contract Manager for Environmental Consulting services offered to DCAM from 2006-current in its term agreement for asbestos, hazardous materials investigations, mold and air quality services
- Hazardous Materials Management, Large Construction Sites, New England - Serves as Project Coordinator and Principal in Charge for EFI’s services provided to Construction Management (CM) firms throughout the Northeast
Mr. Pokorny has authored numerous articles on topics within his expertise. He has also delivered environmental presentations to such entities as the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Emerging Environmental Claims Managers Association (EECMA).
Mr. Pokorny holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He is also an EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor and NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager.
View Keith Pokorny's Expert Witness Profile
"I'm trying to anticipate and manage environmental issues related to a construction project, but I am having a hard time finding resources. What are some construction-related environmental issues I should keep an eye out for since this appears to be an overlooked area?"
The benefits of reducing health-care associated infections (HAIs) are well documented, impacting both the general health of a facility and its bottom line. According to the CDC, HAIs cost the healthcare system $37 to $45 billion annually and account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths.
Following a fire event, a variety of people spend considerable time in the post-fire environment. In addition to first responders, fire and law enforcement, the individuals performing investigations in the property can include insurance claims adjusters, origin and cause fire investigators, inventory assessors, and damage assessors. The fire service, EMS and law enforcement may typically be assumed to be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but exposure to post fire hazards should be considered for those entering the property and performing work well after the fire event.
Mr. Pokorny and Mr. Penaloza discuss the "green insurance" programs and policies, LEED concerns for commercial claims and the expertise required to investigate "green claims" on these types of properties. Green building practices have grown annually, adding complexity to the analysis of construction projects, building systems, and building performance expectations. These efforts add a significant level of due diligence and the necessary expertise in responding to 'green claims' on the insurance products serving those properties.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present is a variety of building materials and may present a significant impact to construction projects. The presence of PCBs in caulking, sealants, paints, adhesives and other building materials dates from the 1930s to the banning of PCBs in domestically manufactured products in 1979. In that time period, however, PCBs were added to hundreds of building products due to their chemical stability, nonflammability, insulating properties and high flash point.