Engineering Services

Understanding seismic risks and the potential for future losses due to earthquake occurrences are important to lenders, insurers and equity owners involved in real estate building deals.  Probable Maximum Loss (PML) assessments identify building elements, soil types, expected lateral loads, and proximity to earthquake centers that contribute to a building’s potential risk. When building performance issues are identified, VERTEX can determine potential next steps for the mitigation or repair of a physical deficiency that will improve the seismic performance of the building so it will be acceptable to the User. 

Seismic Risk Assessment

VERTEX offers various levels of Probable Maximum Loss (PML) assessment services to estimate earthquake related losses as a percent of building replacement costs, as based on the ASTM E2026 and E2557 standards.  By determining Scenario Expected Loss (SEL) and Scenario Upper Loss (SEL), and identifying building conditions that contribute to loss ratios and risk, we are better able to help our clients make informed business decisions.  Additionally, VERTEX identifies how modifying, mitigating or removing such conditions can reduce that risk.  We perform PML assessments with experienced, in-house structural engineers.

Seismic Retrofitting

VERTEX designs and modifies existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure due to earthquakes. Similarly, VERTEX retrofits for other natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, tornadoes and downbursts. Seismic retrofitting is primarily concerned with structural improvements, through VERTEX also provides retrofitting services for non-structural elements such as drainage and infrastructure.

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Executive Vice President, Engineering

Sam McGlamery, PE, SE
Denver, CO

Sam McGlamery, PE, SE

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.

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The Scituate Public Safety Building is Complete

May 18, 2017

VERTEX is proud to have been involved in the construction of the Scituate Public Safety Building. Congratulations to VERTEX’s Owner’s Project Management team (OPM) on a job well done. At minute 5:45 to 6:00 you can hear our mention. VERTEX’s Jon Lemieux, also speaks as part of the ceremony at minute 8:30. To the town of…

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VERTEX is at the West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar

May 18, 2017

VERTEX is at the West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar in Westlake Village, California from May 18th to the 19th, 2017. Please visit us if you too are in attendance. The West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar series is the largest event of its kind worldwide and continues into its 24th year of bringing the national…

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VERTEX Works With Habitat For Humanity

May 9, 2017

On May 7th, 2017 several of VERTEX’s Denver team volunteered their weekend for the VERTEX Habitat for Humanity Build Day. Those team members included Barrett Stephens (Litigation Consulting), Ben Fay (Tenant Improvement), Bill Thomas (Litigation Consulting), Brenna Stuhlman, (Business Development), Jean Lascot (Tenant Improvement), Joe DesJardin (Civil Engineering), Juancarlo Quezada (Tenant Improvement), Kirby Beegles (Structural Engineering)…

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VERTEX's Catherine Pierce Presenting at EECMA

April 25, 2017

VERTEX is pleased to announce that Catherine Pierce and Chris Morley will present as part of a Panel Discussion along with Russ Olsen (Executive Director of Washington Pollution Liability Insurance Agency) on “Financial Responsibility for Underground Storage Tanks: A Story of a Creative WA State Fund Program” at the Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association…

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VERTEX at Zurich Vendor Event

April 1, 2017

VERTEX attended Vendor Day at Zurich North America Insurance Headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois on Wednesday March 29, 2017. As a long time vendor of Zurich and many premier insurance carriers, VERTEX has been providing engineering, construction, and environmental expertise for a myriad of due diligence and forensics projects including: fire and arson claim investigation, construction…

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