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

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

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

Mr. Click has performed building evaluation services and has served as a technical expert for construction defect litigation matters since 1999. 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 areas of expertise include: building envelope investigation and failure analysis. He has worked on projects throughout the country performing forensic inspections, insurance loss control/underwriting support as well as evaluating homebuilder warranty repairs. Mr. Click’s experience includes involvement in numerous class action, single family home construction defect cases, where he assisted in the representation of homebuilders. 

Architect

Keith Olsen, AIA, LEED AP

Keith Olsen, AIA, LEED AP

As a Registered Architect with 20 years of experience, Mr. 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.

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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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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The State of the Economy - Where Are We Headed?

June 2, 2017

Over the first two quarters of 2017, we have witnessed some interesting trends. Year to date, the NASDAQ is up by 15.36% and the S&P500 is up by 8.81%. The NASDAQ growth has largely been fueled by high tech companies such as Apple and Amazon. Despite the robust equities market, the US gross domestic product…

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Structural Inspections Get Help from Rope Access

May 10, 2017

Structural inspections benefit from rope access as an alternative to traditional inspection methods in terms of cost effectiveness and convenience. The advantages of rope access are especially apparent to those in charge of commercial buildings and infrastructure system components. Cost Efficient Rope access requires less equipment, personnel, time, scheduling, and logistics than traditional structural inspections….

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What does Higher Inflation, Interest Rates, and the Value of the US Dollar Mean to the Construction Industry Into 2017?

January 20, 2017

The construction industry booms in a growth economy with low inflation. This phenomenon is often short lived save for the past five years where the US has realized a perfect storm of low unemployment and low inflation. As a consequence of this rare economic backdrop, the construction industry expanded by 48% between 2012 and 2016…

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