Construction Services

An effective construction loss control program helps policyholders reduce construction claims and assists insurance companies to mitigate losses through safety and risk management information and services. VERTEX is instrumental in identifying conditions or situations associated with our clients’ projects, structures, and business operations that present a possibility of loss, whether or not an actual loss occurs. VERTEX’s construction-related services are wide ranging and extend from owner’s representation, to construction claims and construction defect consulting. Unlike most other firms, this experience provides a unique perspective for loss control services through our hands-on comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with construction. In particular, our litigation experience allows us to identify the most common components associated with building failures. By being able to identify potentially problematic conditions early on, we can ensure that conditions are properly managed, designed, and installed during original construction avoiding costly lawsuits.

Pre-Construction Phase Assessment

At pre-construction, VERTEX provides a comprehensive analysis outlining the key facets and contractor attributes of a proposed project. VERTEX researches entities to qualify their capabilities for the proposed project, and verifies that a successful track record exists on similar projects. This would typically include research of the developer, general contractor, and involved design professionals. VERTEX analyzes relevant past claim summary information to help determine the nature of past exposures, such as claim development and magnitude, and allows an accurate assessment of risk going forward. VERTEX provides analysis related to construction considerations specific to the proposed project, such as: Construction costs/time frames and consistency with similar projects. VERTEX provides assessment of the building envelope to determine most susceptible areas of failure that may require special consideration. VERTEX reviews hazards (wind, seismic, flood) that can be expected with the subject parcel/project. Last, VERTEX will assess typical types of challenges (and construction claims) associated with constructing a building of this type.

Construction Phase Assessment

During construction, VERTEX assesses building plans and specifications for problematic conditions. As part of this work, VERTEX identifies areas where plans may be deficient or insufficient and recommend changes where necessary. VERTEX performs routine site visits to monitor progress and quality of the work and provide reports outlining concerns that should be addressed. Inspections can focus on ensuring proper and skilled installation of key building components. VERTEX can also conduct testing of building components. This typically includes water testing of select windows, doors, and vulnerable penetrations in the exterior walls. VERTEX can also assess health & safety practices during construction.

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Dave Strzempko

Dave Strzempko, ARM, CPCU

Vice President, Loss Control

Dave Strzempko is a Vice President and Head of Loss Control. Responsibilities include: internal corporate risk management; management of teams providing private sector Loss Control assistance (underwriting) and Loss Control / Risk Management services on active construction OCIP and CCIP risks; and management of environmental insurance accounts (claims). Mr. Strzempko has 30+ years of experience in the environmental industry with the last 15 years focused on the insurance industry and attendant Loss Control services.  Mr. Strzempko has served as an expert witness providing litigation support and/or actively participating in several environmental insurance legal matters based on his education, training, and extensive experience in the remediation of releases of oil and hazardous materials, understanding of costs for remedial activities, and knowledge of compliance and reporting requirements. Mr. Strzempko’s legal support proceedings have included depositions, interrogatories, mediation, arbitration, and trial testimony. 

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Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences Groundbreaking

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Rendering image courtesy of KPMB Architects  On Thursday, December 5, 2019, team members from Compass Project Management, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Vertex Companies, Inc., attended the official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences.  Due to open in 2022, the center will be state of the art in…

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VERTEX's CEO, Bill McConnell, to Publish Fundamentals of Construction Claims Book

November 18, 2019

VERTEX’s CEO, Bill McConnell, recently executed a publishing agreement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JW.A) for a book titled, “Fundamentals of Construction Claims: A 10-Step Guide for General Contractors, Subcontractors, Architects, and Engineers.” The book is expected to be published by the Summer of 2020. Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in…

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VERTEX Creates Master’s Programs for Employees in Partnership with CU Denver’s Engineering School

November 11, 2019

During a recent CU Board of Regents meeting, VERTEX’s Chief Learning Officer, Russell Fitzpatrick, and CU Denver’s College of Engineering, Design and Computing Dean, Martin Dunn, led a discussion about the success of their partnership and what made it possible. “VERTEX and CU share a vision for the future that incorporates a lifetime of learning…

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VTX Consulting Services Celebrates 6 Years

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VERTEX Awarded ENR Mountain States Best Small Project of 2019 for SugarSquare

October 17, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be part of the ENR Mountain States 2019 Best Small Project winning team as the structural engineering consultant on the SugarSquare project in Downtown Denver, CO. Congratulations to Urban Villages, Semple Brown Design, P.C., Jordy Construction and IMEG Corp. (formerly MKK Engineers). SugarSquare is a four-story, 11,400-sq-ft building in Denver’s LoDo…

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International Contracting - What Contractors Need to Know

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The Challenge of Proving Causation in Construction Productivity Claims

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What are construction productivity claims?  Construction productivity claims usually involve a contractor’s argument that the actions or inactions of a project party have adversely affected its productivity rate. A claim analyst must gain a thorough understanding of the consequences of those actions or inactions as well as insight into the circumstances under which the claim…

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Measuring the Reasonableness of Completion Costs Post Termination: Part 3

April 12, 2018

So far, we have covered how to determine if completion costs are reasonable and which completion costs should be considered reasonable. As we conclude our series, we will discuss which completion costs should not be considered reasonable. What Costs are Not Reasonable for Recovery? Costs may have been incurred in the completion of the work that are…

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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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Measuring the Reasonableness of Completion Costs Post Termination: Part 2

April 2, 2018

Last week, we discussed how to determine if completion costs are reasonable. As we continue the series, we will discuss which construction completion costs should be considered reasonable. When Are Costs Deemed Reasonable? Reasonableness can be a subjective determination. In cases of construction contracts under federal contracting guidelines, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) contemplates that…

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