Construction Services

VERTEX utilizes the latest iteration of ASTM’s Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process (E2018) as a basis for our evaluations. Our estimated renovation costs are based on current market rates, enabling stakeholders to project reasonable budget figures when considering property values. VERTEX’s PCA reports exceed the requirements outlined by ASTM, and take the cost estimating and long-range budget forecasting a step further by including an additional Capital Needs estimate for longer term evaluations.

Level I PCA

An individual engineer or other qualified professional with general experience in the evaluation of all building components typically conducts the field effort in a visual assessment that exceeds the requirements of ASTM E2018.

Level II PCA

This assessment includes the Level I PCA, with specific items of concern investigated in more detail by one or more specialist in the respective fields (mechanical engineer, roofing consultant, etc.).

Level III PCA

This assessment includes the Level I PCA, with specific items of concern investigated in more detail by a team of specialists, including specialty subcontractors where warranted, and including operation and testing of individual systems or components where warranted and approved. These more detailed assessments may include evaluation and test data, sampling or operation of equipment.

Existing Condition Surveys

VERTEX can provide general or detailed descriptions of existing condition including photographic and video documentation of observed deficiencies. These baseline surveys are often utilized by owners or tenants to determine existing conditions at the time of tenant first occupancy. Condition surveys are also utilized in the construction industry to provide baseline conditions prior to construction activities, including drilling and blasting, pile driving or other vibration inducing procedures.

Building Measurement Services

VERTEX’s building measurement services include verification of building dimensions and calculated square footage to confirm or deny reported floor areas utilizing recognized Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) standards.

Energy Savings Investigations

As a supplement to our PCA visit, or as a stand-alone service, VERTEX professionals can evaluate a building’s potential for Energy Savings. A review of utility usage, coupled with a detailed site walk, results in recommended actions for building improvement for both low/no-cost opportunities and longer term capital intensive projects.

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Vice President, Property Condition Assessments

Eric Nelson, PE, LEED, AP, CEA

Eric Nelson, PE, LEED, AP, CEA

Eric Nelson is a Vice President directing the Property Condition Assessment and Energy Savings Investigation practices at VERTEX. He has over 27 years of experience with construction-related services such as construction materials testing and inspection, Geotechnical engineering, foundation design and analysis and design of pavement systems. Since 1997, he has been extensively involved in the performance, review and management of Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) for projects of variable size and complexity throughout North America. In addition, he has provided Construction-Monitoring services to evaluate construction progress, and approve or deny contractor payment requests on multiple projects in the northeast. He has also managed a number of large scale projects involving pre- and post-construction condition assessments of structures to monitor and assess damage from construction-related vibration. Mr. Nelson has also directed VERTEX’s building analysis program with respect to energy usage and savings strategies for projects at various locations in North America.

Mr. Nelson has been involved in over 3,000 construction and assessment projects during his career, with extensive involvement in new construction, remodeling and re-development, property acquisition, lender due diligence and financial needs assessments and development of replacement reserves for numerous property types. 

News

VERTEX Awarded 2018 Best Firms to Work For & Hot Firm by Zweig Group

June 1, 2018

Zweig Group recently announced their 2018 Hot Firm List and 2018 Best Firms to Work For Award. VERTEX is proud to be ranked on both lists! The 2018 Hot Firm List honors the fastest growing firms in the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries. Firms are ranked on three-year growth in revenue, by both percentage and…

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VERTEX is at West Coast Casualty's 25th Annual Construction Defect Seminar

May 17, 2018

VERTEX’s will be exhibiting at West Coast Casualty’s 25th Annual Construction Defect Seminar in Anaheim, CA on May 17th and 18th. If you see Chris Morley, Mark Degenaars, Kevin Maxwell, Matt Click, Pasha Ameli or Ashley Combs, be sure to stop and say hello! The West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar series is the largest event of…

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VERTEX is at MassBuys

May 9, 2018

VERTEX at Massbuys Expo 2018. Greg Sampson, Chris Carleo, and Andrew Chagnan. VERTEX is excited to participate at MassBuys Expo May 10th. Stop by our booth (#134). We will have experts in design engineering, environmental, and construction to talk with, and you could win a football!  VERTEX’s State-Wide Contracts PRF67 – DCAMM Environmental…

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VERTEX is Proud to Support South Shore Health System

May 7, 2018

VERTEX is proud to support the South Shore Health System Foundation. Benjamin Strong, COO and Jeffrey Picard, President, are active members of the South Shore Health System’s Presidents’ Circle. South Shore Health System (formerly, South Shore Health and Educational Corporation) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable Health System that provides a broad range of health services to…

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VERTEX Celebrates Project 50,000

April 30, 2018

VERTEX’s Project 50,000 was initiated earlier this month by our Phili-metro office. Congratulations to our PA team on opening the monumental Project Number! This project milestone represents a level of experience and achievement that few in the AEC industry can claim.  This photo shows some of our PA team and was taken at lunch hour during…

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Ladder Safety Training Video

April 11, 2018

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over 500,000 people are treated each year for ladder related falls. Whether you use a ladder out in the field, in your workplace or at home, safety should always be your number one priority.  At VERTEX, safety is part of our culture. We recently hosted…

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Concrete Mix Issues - Where to Start Troubleshooting

January 18, 2018

When concrete mix issues arise onsite, it has the potential to delay or halt construction and can quickly turn an otherwise amicable project team into a finger-pointing, litigious environment. Figuring out how the issues arose or who might be liable is a complex process given all the parties involved in concrete construction from designer to supplier…

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Checking Sprinkler Heads, A Simple Yet Difficult Task

December 8, 2017

Is your Property Condition Assessment (PCA) expert checking fire sprinkler heads in a focused manner during assessment of the property you are purchasing? This has become a “hot button” and point of contention on many recent projects. Over the course of the past year we set out to find answers about the condition of sprinkler…

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Clay & Concrete Roof Tiles: Is It Hail Damage?

October 10, 2017

Background Concrete tiles have only been in use since the 1800s, and clay tiles have been utilized as roof covering much longer. In general, these tiles are more costly to install but are more energy efficient and last longer as compared to composition asphalt shingles, and clay tiles are typically more expensive than concrete. In…

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How to Choose the Right Consultant for Environmental Due Diligence

September 24, 2017

When you choose an environmental professional to perform a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), it’s important to choose the right one. Choosing an environmental consultant on the basis of cost or convenience alone could end up being the most expensive part of your real estate acquisition. Does your environmental consultant have the experience and…

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