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Expert Construction Consulting in San Diego, California

VERTEX’s San Diego office has been staffed with experienced technical professionals. As one of the leading AEC and forensic consulting companies across the globe, VERTEX provides a range of construction consulting services to private and public clients. With our assistance, you can attain quality standards, prevent costly construction claims and delays, or ensure favorable resolution for complex projects. If you’d like to speak with a VERTEX expert, please contact us today.

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The Vertex Companies, LLC
2251 San Diego Avenue
Suite A-230
San Diego, CA 92110

At our company, we create custom solutions that can fully meet your business objectives. Our team consists of recognized AEC specialists, trusted QA/QC inspectors, and experienced construction expert witness services provider in San Diego and across the country. All of this makes us your strongest ally for construction success.

Building Envelope Consulting

The term “Building Envelope” refers to the basic parts that separate a structure’s exterior and interior. These include outer walls, roofs, doors, below-grade foundation, and more. Water intrusion and other issues with these components can severely impact a structure’s performance. Our team of building envelope consultants and waterproofing experts brings a proven track record and decades of experience with different types of structures. This enables us to assist clients in San Diego and other California communities at all stages of their construction or renovation projects.

Our building envelope consulting experts can provide you with:

New construction:

  • Plan and submittal review to identify constructability concerns and other issues
  • Mock-up reviews
  • Quality control field inspections of waterproofing and building enclosure assemblies
  • AAMA & ASTM field performance testing

Existing construction:

  • Forensic analysis
  • Repair recommendations
  • Renovation plan reviews
  • Third-party quality control inspections of exterior assemblies
  • AAMA/ASTM field performance testing

Residential quality assurance

Successful multifamily developers and home builders in San Diego and other California cities understand that effective QA/QC practices is key to ensuring their projects meet the expected standards. VERTEX’s ICC-certified third party residential quality assurance inspectors and experts bring decades of construction, failure analysis, and forensic investigation experience.

Our extensive expertise enables us to enhance the existing construction Quality Assurance programs for homebuilders and developers at all phases of construction, by providing an impartial set of eyes. We’re vetted and approved by major insurers and meet the QA provider limited immunity requirements of California’s SB800.

Our QA services include:

  • Plan reviews and constructability analysis
  • QC site inspections
  • Comprehensive QA documentation
  • Compliance testing and evaluation (Title24, HERS inspections, LEED Certification, etc.)

Balcony Assurance

VERTEX provides apartment owners, property managers, and community associations in San Diego and the region with professional EEE (Elevated Exterior Element) inspection services. Our team of engineers, architects, contractors, and balcony assurance experts use advanced, minimally-invasive testing processes and technologies to ensure your EEEs are compliant with California’s SB721 and SB326 laws. In cases where repairs and adjustments are required to ensure compliance with the relevant codes, we also offer follow-up repair inspections and reports.

Our balcony assurance services include:

  • SB326-compliant EEE inspections for condos and HOAs
  • SB712-compliant apartment balcony and deck inspections
  • San Francisco housing code 604-compliant evaluations and inspections

Real Estate Market research

Our market research entails collecting data about consumer and business behaviors, changing regulations, competitive landscapes and tracking new developments. Due to the large scope of construction projects in San Diego and other major cities in California, market research-based strategies and planning are crucial to minimize cost and maximize revenues. VERTEX’s team of market analysts conduct a broad range of market research solutions, including:

  • Development feasibility analysis
  • Location research
  • Competitor assessment
  • Strategic reports

Construction claims consulting

We have a team of full-time construction claims consulting and litigation experts in San Diego and other communities across California who can assist with all aspects of the construction litigation process. We can assist you in assembling affirmative claims, as well as rebutting claims against parties. In cases where disputes are elevated to mediation, arbitration, or goes to trial, count on us to provide expert witness services.

Our construction claims consulting services include:

  • Expert witness services
  • Entitlement review
  • Damage calculation
  • Forensic scheduling
  • Fault allocation

Forensic fire loss claims

Whether a fire has occurred naturally or is a direct result of negligence or accident, VERTEX’s forensic fire loss claims and litigation experts have the practical knowledge, experience, and equipment needed to determine the facts.

By providing our clients in San Diego and other parts of California with concrete answers as to what happened and why, we can give them closure, determine coverage in a timely manner, and reduce the costs of their claims.

Forensic fire loss claims services we can provide include:

  • Failure analysis
  • Damage assessment & property loss evaluations
  • Fire investigation liability, subrogation, and litigation assistance
  • Vehicle and marine fire loss investigations

Expert witness services in San Diego & across California

The analysis & opinion provided by an expert witness can help resolve construction disputes by aiding in the interpretation and understanding of the facts of a particular dispute, and is often instrumental in deciding the outcome.

VERTEX has a team of qualified and seasoned construction specialists who provide expert witness services on design, engineering, environmental, construction, and property development disputes across San Diego and other California communities.

We have extensive experience in bringing favorable settlements to a broad range of different construction claims. Our expert witness services include failure analysis, review and analysis against claims for the cost of completing interrupted construction projects, evaluation of the status of completion of a design or construction project at the time of the default, and more.

Other Services

VERTEX is capable of many other services from its San Diego location, including in-depth commercial property inspections, environmental due diligence, surety claims consulting and more. To learn more about our capabilities, visit our service pages, or to speak with an Expert, or contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Building envelope consulting experts are concerned with the technical performance of a building, including everything from the construction materials to the operational systems. They can provide design assistance to architects, general contractors, owners, and property developers, and supply reviews of plans and specifications, shop drawings and submittals to pinpoint possible issues and recommend solutions prior to installation.

By making sure your resources are used optimally and that your building meets the highest standards, VERTEX’s team of residential quality assurance experts in San Diego will help prevent scenarios in which severe defects or mistakes are discovered after the work has already wrapped up. 

We achieve this by: 

  • Ensuring compliance with quality codes, regulations, and requirements.
  • Devising comprehensive QA plans necessary for achieving desired results.
  • Conducting site inspections and creating accurate constructability analysis.
  • Testing material samples to ensure that everything meets quality requirements.

The process of balcony assurance is specifically designed to identify any faults your Exterior Elevated Elements may have and ensure your EEEs comply with California’s Senate Bills 721 and 326.

The key questions our balcony assurance experts in San Diego may ask include:

  • Are load-bearing components in good condition?
  • Are the associated waterproofing elements in good condition?
  • What’s the projected service life and expected future performance of the balcony?

Other safety concerns include:

  • Are the railings firm? The railings should never feel “wobbly” or otherwise unable to withstand the weight of multiple adults leaning on them.
  • Are there open spaces in the balcony railing assembly? These openings shouldn’t be wider than 4 inches.
  • Are balcony railings high enough? They should be at least 44 inches in height.
  • Is the floor drain free of debris? A clogged floor drain on the balcony can result in water damage.
  • Is the pitch in good condition? Balconies that don’t have drains usually have pitches that prevent water from pooling on the floor. If there’s water buildup, the pitch should be repaired.
  • Are the glass panels cracked or otherwise damaged? Any glass panels the balcony may contain should be in excellent condition.
  • Does the balcony have child-proof locks? These are necessary to prevent children from going to the balcony unsupervised.
  • Is there an electrical outlet on the balcony? If the answer is yes, the outlet should be checked to confirm that it is a GFCI type outlet.
  • What’s the masonry like? Is the masonry that belongs to the balcony floor area (or the balcony directly above) damaged, deteriorated, or spalling? If so, it should be fixed as soon as possible.
  • Are there signs of rust or corrosion? Any rust stains on the railings or the balcony floor are a cause for concern.

The construction industry is notorious for its low productivity and profit margins, and its high degree of risk and volume of work. By engaging in annual or bi-annual market research, companies in San Diego can offset risks and ensure profitability by identifying new opportunities, customer needs, and potential issues they may be able to avoid or address.

Some of the key benefits of market research include the following:

  • It supports planning and budgetings.
  • It eliminates guesswork from the decision-making process.
  • It brings increased customer profitability.
  • It helps maximize profit through pricing insights.
  • It enables competitive insights to help deter competitors.

Expert witness services have long been essential in the resolution of construction disputes. By providing a specialist opinion, expert witnesses can aid understanding and interpretation of the facts of the dispute, help determine culpability, and inform the trier of fact on construction law issues such as construction costs, codes and compliance, defects, and delays.

Since the testimony of an expert witness is impartial and expertise-based, it can often be instrumental in resolving complex disputes and keeping them from further hindering the project.

Construction claims consulting experts provide advice on how contracts can be set up and managed to prevent disputes. They can also advise their clients in San Diego and other California cities on how to effectively deal with claims when they inevitably do occur.

Specific issues they can help you with include:

  • Best practice review and drafting of contracts
  • Quantum evaluation
  • Claims avoidance
  • Forensic delay analysis
  • Claims management
  • Claims defense
  • Expert witness services
  • Mediation
  • Adjudication and arbitration
  • Claims drafting
  • Conciliation
  • Dispute management and resolution
  • Commercial settlement strategies and negotiations

It depends. At VERTEX, we calculate our fees based on multiple factors. These include the scope and complexity of the case, whether it includes fire alarm system forensic analysis, whether expert witness services are needed in the resulting fire loss claim, and more. For more information, reach out to us and consult with our fire loss experts in San Diego directly.

As a fast-growing, value-driven AEC company, VERTEX provides public and private clients with a comprehensive range of construction consulting and forensic analysis services in California and other regions across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

We work alongside highly prestigious law firms, TPAs, developers, sureties, HOAs, insurance carriers, and contractors in the world. Our team possesses the training and the real-world experience necessary to supply you with crucial engineering design, construction, and environmental expertise. To learn more about our firm and the key role we can play in your project, call our San Diego office or submit an inquiry today.