Construction Services

An effective construction loss control program helps policyholders reduce construction claims and assists insurance companies to mitigate losses through safety and risk management information and services. VERTEX is instrumental in identifying conditions or situations associated with our clients’ projects, structures, and business operations that present a possibility of loss, whether or not an actual loss occurs. VERTEX’s construction-related services are wide ranging and extend from owner’s representation, to construction claims and construction defect consulting. Unlike most other firms, this experience provides a unique perspective for loss control services through our hands-on comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with construction. In particular, our litigation experience allows us to identify the most common components associated with building failures. By being able to identify potentially problematic conditions early on, we can ensure that conditions are properly managed, designed, and installed during original construction avoiding costly lawsuits.

Pre-Construction Phase Assessment

At pre-construction, VERTEX provides a comprehensive analysis outlining the key facets and contractor attributes of a proposed project. VERTEX researches entities to qualify their capabilities for the proposed project, and verifies that a successful track record exists on similar projects. This would typically include research of the developer, general contractor, and involved design professionals. VERTEX analyzes relevant past claim summary information to help determine the nature of past exposures, such as claim development and magnitude, and allows an accurate assessment of risk going forward. VERTEX provides analysis related to construction considerations specific to the proposed project, such as: Construction costs/time frames and consistency with similar projects. VERTEX provides assessment of the building envelope to determine most susceptible areas of failure that may require special consideration. VERTEX reviews hazards (wind, seismic, flood) that can be expected with the subject parcel/project. Last, VERTEX will assess typical types of challenges (and construction claims) associated with constructing a building of this type.

Construction Phase Assessment

During construction, VERTEX assesses building plans and specifications for problematic conditions. As part of this work, VERTEX identifies areas where plans may be deficient or insufficient and recommend changes where necessary. VERTEX performs routine site visits to monitor progress and quality of the work and provide reports outlining concerns that should be addressed. Inspections can focus on ensuring proper and skilled installation of key building components. VERTEX can also conduct testing of building components. This typically includes water testing of select windows, doors, and vulnerable penetrations in the exterior walls. VERTEX can also assess health & safety practices during construction.

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Key Personnel

VP of Loss Control

Dave Strzempko, ARM, CPCU

Dave Strzempko, ARM, CPCU

Mr. Strzempko is a Vice President and Head of Loss Control. Responsibilities include: internal corporate risk management; management of teams providing private sector Loss Control assistance (underwriting) and Loss Control / Risk Management services on active construction OCIP and CCIP risks; and management of environmental insurance accounts (claims). Mr. Strzempko has 30+ years of experience in the environmental industry with the last 15 years focused on the insurance industry and attendant Loss Control services.  Mr. Strzempko has served as an expert witness providing litigation support and/or actively participating in several environmental insurance legal matters based on his education, training, and extensive experience in the remediation of releases of oil and hazardous materials, understanding of costs for remedial activities, and knowledge of compliance and reporting requirements. Mr. Strzempko’s legal support proceedings have included depositions, interrogatories, mediation, arbitration, and trial testimony.

News

VERTEX Supports 12th Annual Women in Construction Conference

October 17, 2017

VERTEX is proudly sponsoring and attending the 12th Annual Women in Construction Conference, held in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, October 24th. Since 2006, the conference has provided an avenue for younger women to learn from senior executives and industry professionals and offers networking and mentoring opportunities to all attendees. More than 300 men and women…

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VERTEX Will be at the RealShare Healthcare Conference

October 10, 2017

VERTEX is pleased to participate on a panel of educators in the upcoming RealShare Healthcare Conference in December. The healthcare industry progresses to transform, as it responds to the two-prong directive of serving a growing patient population while controlling the inflation in the price of the services it delivers. In addition to market pressures, the…

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State of the Industry

September 30, 2017

William J. McConnell PE, JD, MSCE, CDT, Chief Executive Officer of VERTEX, Presents his Annual Assessment of the US Economy, Construction and Surety Industries  As our valued customers, we want to share it with you.  S P O I L E R  A L E R T The US market is in its 99th month…

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VERTEX Co-Presenting at CFMA Midwest Regional Conference

September 26, 2017

VERTEX’s Ryan Phillips, EVP, is co-presenting with John E. Sebastian and Lauren E. Rankins of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP at the CFMA Midwest Regional Conference on September 27th in Oak Brook, IL. They are presenting on the topic of construction documentation and how to successfully manage risk and preserving claims.

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VERTEX Speaking at the Surety Association of Canada AGM Young Professionals Event

September 22, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Zagorski, Division Manager of VERTEX’s Canadian subsidiary, VTX Consulting Services Inc., will be speaking at the Surety Association of Canada Young Professionals Event on Thursday, September 28th. The event, generously sponsored by Travelers, will cover the ‘2 of the Cs of Surety: Character & Claims’.  Surety professionals know the…

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Best Practices - Documenting Costs in Construction Post-Termination

September 19, 2017

Construction is fraught with challenges; following a few best practices will go a long way if terminations occur. If it is worth doing, it is worth documenting: Project records are key to identifying and substantiating completion costs. Records will be requested and must be furnished to the defaulted party upon request. Good project records often…

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Roof Claims and Reconstruction in Florida - What You Need to Know

September 14, 2017

Insurance claims will be common in the state of Florida in the coming weeks and the job of repair and reconstruction will begin. The Florida Existing Building Code (FEBC) and the Florida Building Code, Residential (FRC) have some nuances when it comes to reroofing.  If you are involved in the forensics of roofing claims, or…

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The 2017 Hurricane Season - How it Compares

September 6, 2017

It is obvious that we are in the midst of a very active and dangerous hurricane season. The development of consecutive storms: Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, has a lot of people asking questions. Many are also struck by the intensity of the 2017 hurricane season. Harvey had record breaking rainfall with 51.88″ recorded. That’s now…

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How Construction Companies Should Approach the Upcoming OSHA Silica Standard Revision

August 30, 2017

As of September 23, 2017, many construction and manufacturing firms must comply with the revised construction and general industry Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for respirable crystalline silica to reduce cases of lung cancer, silicosis, and other diseases in construction workers. Options for exposure control methods can be found on OSHA provided Table 1,…

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Potentially Dangerous Levels of Formaldehyde Discovered in Composite Wood Products

July 31, 2017

Just as some homeowners are moving into their brand-new homes, they have been advised by homebuilders and legal counsel to evacuate due to potentially dangerous levels of formaldehyde found in construction materials. For a recent report, see CBS News. Tom Koch, CIH MSEPM, VERTEX VP of Industrial Hygiene & EHS Services, has been busy scheduling…

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