Bill Parks

Bill Parks, a professional industrial hygienist and safety expert who helped assess the environmental damage in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, has joined Stamford-based RTK Environmental Group as senior project manager. Parks will manage environmental inspections and project oversight for both residential and commercial customers in the tri-state region.

“Bill has spent seven years in the military and 16 years in commercial enterprises dealing with environmental hazards,” said Robert Weitz, chief operating officer of RTK. “We are fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and experience join our firm.”

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Parks led a team to measure the environmental hazards found in Memorial Medical Center and other health care facilities in New Orleans. Previously, Parks served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, where he trained others in hazardous waste management and emergency response. Later, he was the health and safety superintendent for Chemphyxx, a consulting firm, helping clients comply with U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, as well as environmental permitting.

Parks received a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health from Almeda University in Boise, Idaho. He is a member of the Association of Professional Industrial Hygienists, the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He currently lives in Fairfield.

RTK Environmental Group, with offices in Stamford, Newington and New York City, has been called one of the most trusted environmental testing service firms in the New York metropolitan area and Connecticut. Its services are limited to environmental testing and consulting – not remediation – to avoid a conflict of interest. It has served more than 12,000 commercial and residential customers, ranging from homeowners and real estate investors to medical centers, housing authorities and others. The company was founded in 1995 as Leadsafe Environmental. As its scope of business grew to include a full spectrum of environmental hazards, the company’s name was changed to RTK Environmental Group.

Wallingford Property Sold

Chris Nolan and Dave Melillo of H. Pearce Commercial Real Estate in North Haven recently brokered the sale of the industrial property at 22 Barnes Road South in Wallingford to Barnes Road Realty.

The approximately 65,000-square-foot space will be used by Barnes Road Realty as its warehouse, distribution and office facility. The building is located on 11.63 acres in the Barnes Industrial Park. The sale of the property commanded a price in excess of $2.2 million.

Nolan and Melillo exclusively represented the seller, Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp., while Chris McLaughlin of McLaughlin Real Estate in Wallingford represented Barnes Road Realty.

H. Pearce Commercial Real Estate specializes in Connecticut’s central, south-central and Shoreline markets. It operates offices in North Haven and Rocky Hill.

Floyd Names President

Charles Tobin Jr. has been named president of C.E. Floyd Co.’s Middletown office, which opened in August. The general contractor and construction manager is based in Bedford, Mass., and has been working in Connecticut since 2004 on projects such as Ashlar Village in Wallingford and Maple Woods at Hamden.

Tobin graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a degree in construction management and has been with C.E. Floyd for 14 years. His portfolio includes educational, health care, commercial, religious and biotechnology projects.

In 2005, the Associated General Contractors, or AGC, recognized Tobin’s work on the historic Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel at Concord Academy in Concord, Mass., with a Build New England Performance Award and a Build America Award.