Design Engineering

Our real-world design engineering experience enhances our forensic credibility while our forensic expertise bolsters the quality of the design assignments that we manage.

VERTEX provides civil and structural design services on projects throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. Our design engineers have licenses in all 50 states. Services provided include: Structural Design Engineering, Civil Design Engineering, Property Condition Assessments, and Seismic Assessments & Retrofits.


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Executive Vice President, Engineering Design Services

Sam McGlamery, PE, SE, MBA

Sam McGlamery, PE, SE, MBA

Mr. Sam McGlamery has 35 years’ experience as a structural engineer and has been responsible for the structural design for over $2.0 billion of construction including educational facilities, places of worship, university buildings, hospitals, hotels, industrial projects, multi-family, parking garages, historic renovations, adaptive reuse of buildings, and structural investigations. In addition to complete project design and coordination, his experience also includes extensive field administration, specifications writing, project management and cost estimating.


VERTEX Awarded ENR Best K-12 Education Project

February 23, 2018

VERTEX has been awarded the ENR Best K-12 Education Project for structural design services provided to the Denver Public Schools East Quad Campus—recently renamed the Regis F. Groff Campus after the school teacher, politician, civil servant and second African-American elected to the Colorado State Senate. Learn more about the project and award winners at For…

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VERTEX Attending Bisnow's Future of Downtown Dallas

February 22, 2018

VERTEX will be attending Bisnow’s Future of Downtown Dallas: Walkability, Mixed-use and Adaptive Reuse. The topics will include: The impact of major mixed-use projects on Downtown Dallas The pros and cons of repositioning old buildings to bring them new life Office supply and demand in the Downtown market Retail opportunities and issues Hot multifamily, office, and hotel trends and the impact of…

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VERTEX Awarded Services Contract with the City of Boston

February 21, 2018

VERTEX has been awarded the contract with the City of Boston to serve as their owner’s project manager (OPM) for Designer Services for Accelerated Repairs Program at 7 Boston Public Schools. For more information about our Construction work and our owner’s representation with both the public and private sector, please contact us.

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VERTEX Selected as OPM for Scituate Senior Center

February 20, 2018

VERTEX has been selected to serve as the Owner’s Project Manager for Scituate’s new Senior Center to be located at the former Gates Intermediate School site. Late in 2017, the Public Building Commission received eight applications for the Owner’s Project Manager position. After a review by the commission, four applicants were chosen as finalists, with…

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VERTEX's CEO, Bill McConnell, to Present at the Philadelphia Surety Claims Association Luncheon on February 28th

February 16, 2018

VERTEX’s CEO, Bill McConnell, will be presenting at the Philadelphia Surety Claims Association Luncheon on February 28, 2018. The topic of Bill’s presentation is the 2018 State of the Construction and Surety Industries. VERTEX’s Jeffrey Katz and Ron Boyle will also be in attendance. If you would like to attend or learn more information, download…

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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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Hydraulics & Stormwater - What We've Seen from the Trenches

December 23, 2017

Every day, VERTEX’s Forensics team assists insurance carriers and their counsel with numerous claims on various building and property issues. Two recent homeowners’ insurance claim investigations have concerned drainage from adjacent neighboring houses and developments. These claims serve as excellent reminders to be mindful of the effects of hydraulics, water flow, and stormwater management at…

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Puerto Rico Building Project

October 25, 2017

What started as a desire for a board-formed concrete aesthetic cleared the path to utilize a cast-in-place concrete structural system for a new hotel resort in Puerto Rico. VERTEX is performing structural design services for the new resort, which includes approximately 50 villa-style guest-room buildings, a banquet hall, 2 restaurants, and other hotel amenity buildings. …

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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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