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

Jon Lemieux

Jon Lemieux, PE

Executive Vice President, Construction

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. 

Douglas Russell

Douglas Russell

Executive Vice President, Construction

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

Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences Groundbreaking

December 10, 2019

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

October 29, 2019

VTX Consulting Services Inc.8750 Holgate Crescent Milton, ON L9T 0K3 VTX Consulting Services Inc. (VTX), the Canadian subsidiary of The Vertex Companies Inc., is celebrating 6 years. Since 2013, VTX has continued to grow its operations, expanding expertise in all service areas and remaining committed to achieving the highest levels of service for clients. Headquartered…

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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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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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Mitigating Construction Risk - What You Need to Know

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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Best Practices for Documenting Costs in Construction Post-Termination

September 19, 2017

Construction is fraught with challenges; following a few best practices will go a long way if terminations occur. If it is worth doing, it is worth documenting Project records are key to identifying and substantiating completion costs. Records will be requested and must be furnished to the defaulted party upon request. Good project records often…

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