Forensic Consulting Services

VERTEX provides forensic architectural services for law firms, insurance companies, HOAs, contractors, developers, sureties, and adjusters. We have extensive experience in all building types, and have worked on claims involving construction deficiencies and design deficiencies. 

VERTEX’s architectural experts provide a wide range of litigation support services that include opining on the Architect’s Professional Standard of Care, performing forensic investigations of potential construction defects, and conducting ADA/Accessibility analysis. VERTEX’s expert reports are Instrumental in resolving construction-related disputes.

Construction Defect Liability Analysis

VERTEX provides architectural expertise as needed to determine the cause and origin of construction defects. Our experts opine on the parties responsible for such defects as well as provide repair recommendations and detailed cost of repair estimates for correcting defects and damages. Our team of architects provide clear and concise expert reports that are instrumental in resolving disputes involving construction deficiencies.

Building Envelope Investigations

VERTEX’s highly qualified experts conduct analysis of building component failures, provide property condition assessments (PCAs), perform third party building envelope reviews, and coordinate field testing on building components. We have decades of experience evaluating claims related to construction and/or design defects that result in building envelope failures.

Architectural Standard of Care Assessments

Many construction-related disputes involve assessing the quality of work performed by an architect. Our architectural experts analyze project documentation and opine on whether an architect of record met the professional standard of care.

Premise Liability (Slip & Falls) Assessments

VERTEX provides consulting for premise liability cases. Our experts analyze the built environment in which the accident occurred, study all relevant building codes and standards, and provides detailed reports summarizing our findings.

Repair Programs

Our forensic architects develop reasonable repair programs and generate construction documents to address reconstruction and/or restoration improvements. If assignments also include civil and structural issues, we draw upon our engineering resources to fulfill subconsultant roles. Moreover, VERTEX has the ability to offer design-build programs to clients that seek turnkey solutions. Lastly, we offer construction administration services throughout the duration of projects.

Other Architectural Services

Our architectural services are wide-ranging. In addition to the services listed above, our architectural experts also perform the following: Building Code Analysis, Analysis of Building Plans and Specifications, Infrared Thermography Surveys, Fire Resistive Construction Analysis, ADA (Accessibility) Compliance Analysis.

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Key Personnel

Assistant Vice President, Forensic Architect

Matthew Click, A.I.A., G.C.

Matthew Click, A.I.A., G.C.

Matthew Click has performed building evaluation services and has served as a technical expert for construction defect litigation matters since 1999, and is currently the manager of VERTEX’s Stamford, Connecticut office. He is a registered Architect and licensed general building contractor, which enables him to opine on building assemblies from both a design and construction perspective. Mr. Click has provided facade inspection services to building owners and property managers and has developed repair scopes related to repair/restoration of facade and waterproofing assemblies.

Mr. Click’s area of expertise includes building envelope investigation and failure analysis. He has worked on projects throughout the country involving the investigation of water infiltration issues relating to various exterior wall and roofing types, windows, curtain walls, doors, expansion joints, sealant joints, balconies and plaza decks. Project types include commercial (including hotels), institutional, multi-family & single family residential as well as mixed-use projects. Mr. Click also has experience assessing below grade foundation waterproofing design and installation. As an expert, Mr. Click has provided deposition testimony, written defense response reports, and generated subcontractor allocations for subrogation. In addition, he has experience serving as an expert for premise liability and professional liability cases. 

Mr. Click’s experience also includes forensic inspections and evaluations for numerous property loss claims throughout the northeastern United States. He also provides insurance loss control/underwriting support for projects nationwide, which involves risk assessments of construction documents to identify substandard design and construction phase observation to verify the quality of as-built assemblies.  Mr. Click also assists the insurance industry with evaluating homebuilder warranty repairs to determine the legitimacy of costs claimed for reimbursement under homebuilder warranty policies.

Mr. Click’s experience includes involvement in numerous class action, single family home construction defect cases, where he assisted in the representation of homebuilders. Duties related to this work have included: inspections; preparation of reports for use in mediation, settlement conferences, depositions and trial; on-site water testing of building components; preparation and presentation of subcontractor fault allocations; and preparation of exhibit materials used in mediation and trial.

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Division Manager, Forensic Architect

Keith Olsen, AIA, LEED AP

Keith Olsen, AIA, LEED AP

As a Registered Architect with 20 years of experience, Keith Olsen’s areas of expertise include evaluation of roofing and exterior wall assemblies; forensic investigation and analysis of asphalt and membrane roofing, masonry, curtain wall and other cladding systems; identification of failures in building envelope assemblies; and compliance with building codes and accessibility guidelines. Mr. Olsen is a Haag Certified Roof Inspector for commercial roofing systems.

Mr. Olsen’s experience includes serving as an expert for construction defect, subrogation, premise liability, professional liability and other litigation matters. He provides services to the insurance industry including forensic inspections and evaluations for both residential and commercial property loss claims.

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News

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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VERTEX's Thomas Koch to be a Panelist at CREJ Sustainability Event

April 24, 2018

On April 26th, Thomas Koch, VERTEX’s Vice President of Industrial Hygiene & EHS Services, will be a panelist on “Well Building Update: What Landlords Need to Know” at CREJ’s Sustainability: Achieving the Next Level. This is CREJ’s principal Green Building event of the year with more than 200 attendees anticipated representing owners, brokers, property managers,…

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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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Window Flashing 101 - The Proper Way to Flash a Residential Finned Window

January 30, 2018

The most prevalent of all window types is the residential grade window with a nailing fin. While the most prevalent, many engineers, architects, and general contractors lack an understanding of how to properly flash this type of window. Here are some tips and industry standards to watch for in your next residential finned window flashing installation. Window Flashing Basics…

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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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Surprising Construction Defect on New Builds - Blocked Plumbing

September 25, 2017

The above images show PVC pipe partially filled with concrete and construction debris. This was photographed on-site at a new construction development. VERTEX served as an expert for this construction defect claim, filed by the property owner claiming faulty plumbing/drainage. Investigation of the plumbing revealed major blockage by construction debris, plaster and dried paint. Plumbing…

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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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