Construction Services

Our Owner’s Representation/Owner’s Project Management and Program Management services have assisted hundreds of municipalities, developers, and public authorities in the properly administrated construction of building projects such as office buildings, hotels, schools, universities, fire stations, police stations, libraries, and town halls. We differentiate ourselves because our experts specialize in construction, engineering, environmental, and architectural services so we can add value on all phases of real estate development.

Owner's Representation

Our Owner’s Representation assignments typically cover every phase of a project from pre-construction to closeout. Through the pre-construction phase, VERTEX assists clients with: program definition; Architect/Engineer selection; budget; contractor selection; value engineering; and schedule milestones. During the construction phase, VERTEX manages the contract administration process to ensure all parties perform contractual duties relating to safety, quality, schedule, and overall contract compliance.

Program Management

VERTEX is routinely ranked by Engineering News Record (ENR) as one of the top Program Management Firms in the country. VERTEX serves as a program manager to oversee a group of related projects in a coordinated manner so that clients can gain economies of scale and to ensure project controls are consistent across multiple projects. Coordinated program management offers benefits that are not available when projects are managed individually, as resources are harmonized and prioritized across projects to lower the overall costs and risks of a program. Reports exceed the requirements outlined by ASTM, and take the cost estimating and long-range budget forecasting a step further by including an additional Capital Needs estimate for longer term evaluations.

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Key Personnel

Executive Vice President, Construction

Jon Lemieux

Jon Lemieux

John Lemieux is a licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. He holds OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety and OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER certifications. Mr. Lemieux is an active member of the engineering community, holding memberships with the A.S.C.E, B.S.C.E., and N.S.P.E

Mr. Lemieux is a highly respected consultant to the surety claims industry. He has a wide range of experience on projects in areas such as educational facilities, stadiums, offices, transportation, wastewater treatment, biotechnology, hotels, residential, detention facilities, and government military facilities, among others. Mr. Lemieux is an expert in all facets of the construction industry from conception through closeout. 

Executive Vice President, Construction

Douglas Russell

Douglas Russell

Douglas Russell is an Executive Vice President for VERTEX. He has a Massachusetts Construction Supervisors license (unlimited). Mr. Russell is experienced in Design, Design Management, Construction Management, Owner’s Project Management, Construction Defect Claim, Investigation, and Property and Casualty Claim Investigation. He is an extremely methodical individual who excels in large challenging projects requiring leadership and organization.

Mr. Russell has provided Owner’s Project Management services on numerous private client projects acting as the Owner’s Representative. Services included oversight of the work performed by the project designer and contractors. Recent projects include retail, mixed use, high-rise residential, 40B affordable housing, public, commercial office, new construction, historical renovation, addition/renovation. In many of these projects, Mr. Russell assisted the clients in all phases of the design and construction process including entitlements, permitting, estimating, space planning, budgeting, risk assessment, pro-forma financial reporting, designer selection and procurement, project programming, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, contract negotiations, value engineering, construction administration, tenant and landlord coordination and FFE procurement and coordination.

News

VERTEX 2018 Charitable Giving Overview

December 4, 2018

Over the past 23 years, VERTEX has been able to support hundreds of organizations across North America. 2018 offered VERTEX the opportunity to support both new and returning charities, many of which were submitted by our employee-owners. Check out the 2018 highlights. A very big THANK YOU to our employee-owners for your charitable work and contributions….

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VERTEX Offers 3-Day Basic Consultant Methamphetamine-affected Property Initial Training

November 5, 2018

VERTEX’s Thomas Koch, CIH, MEPM, Vice President of Industrial Hygiene/EHS Services will be leading a 3-Day Basic Consultant Methamphetamine-affected Property Initial Training on November 27th to 29th, 2018 in our Denver office. This 3-day training course will cover topics about meth-affected property as well as an overview of related statutes and regulations. We will also discuss…

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VERTEX's Mark Degenaars to Speak at Women in Construction Conference

October 19, 2018

VERTEX is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Women in Construction Conference in Washington, D.C. on October 19th. To help women in architecture, engineering, construction, the trades, real estate, lawyers, and consultants build skills and develop relationships that will help both their firms and themselves in their continued success, an annual conference is organized with…

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VERTEX Sponsors Bisnow Denver’s New Construction and Development Forum

October 17, 2018

  Join VERTEX Engineers, Construction Experts, and Environmental Scientists at Bisnow Denver’s New Construction and Development Forum on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:30am.  Get 20% off your registration with our discount code: VCSD20ZERS. What you’ll learn: 1) Construction costs are rising, materials are expensive and the labor shortage is real. What are the viable solutions (in the foreseeable future) to a…

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VERTEX to Co-Host CDLA CLE Event with Exponent

October 3, 2018

In conjunction with the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA), VERTEX is co-hosting a CLE event with Exponent on Thursday, November 1st at Union Station Denver. VERTEX’s Ryan Phillips will be presenting on “Cost Estimating Basics in Construction Defect Matters – Best Practices and Key Considerations” at 3pm. Join our engineers and experts for an afternoon of CLE…

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Blog

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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Occupational Health & Safety Standards in Canada

March 27, 2018

In Canada, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is covered by Acts (legislation) or statutes and other related regulations promulgated under federal, provincial, and/or territorial regulations. Regardless of jurisdiction, the key components of OH&S regulations in Canada are similar across the country. However, the details of the legislation, the mechanism of implementation, and enforcement may vary…

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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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What You Need to Know to Mitigate Construction Risk

November 5, 2017

Construction is a multi-step process that can be complicated, lengthy and risky. You hear that all the time. As a construction professional working on a myriad of projects with forensic construction services, owner’s representation, and construction management, you see it all. Whether you are an owner of a complex development or performing a minor facility…

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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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