Construction Services

VERTEX utilizes the latest iteration of ASTM’s Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process (E2018) as a basis for our evaluations. Our estimated renovation costs are based on current market rates, enabling stakeholders to project reasonable budget figures when considering property values. VERTEX’s PCA 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.

Level I PCA

An individual engineer or other qualified professional with general experience in the evaluation of all building components typically conducts the field effort in a visual assessment that exceeds the requirements of ASTM E2018.

Level II PCA

This assessment includes the Level I PCA, with specific items of concern investigated in more detail by one or more specialist in the respective fields (mechanical engineer, roofing consultant, etc.).

Level III PCA

This assessment includes the Level I PCA, with specific items of concern investigated in more detail by a team of specialists, including specialty subcontractors where warranted, and including operation and testing of individual systems or components where warranted and approved. These more detailed assessments may include evaluation and test data, sampling or operation of equipment.

Existing Condition Surveys

VERTEX can provide general or detailed descriptions of existing condition including photographic and video documentation of observed deficiencies. These baseline surveys are often utilized by owners or tenants to determine existing conditions at the time of tenant first occupancy. Condition surveys are also utilized in the construction industry to provide baseline conditions prior to construction activities, including drilling and blasting, pile driving or other vibration inducing procedures.

Building Measurement Services

VERTEX’s building measurement services include verification of building dimensions and calculated square footage to confirm or deny reported floor areas utilizing recognized Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) standards.

Energy Savings Investigations

As a supplement to our PCA visit, or as a stand-alone service, VERTEX professionals can evaluate a building’s potential for Energy Savings. A review of utility usage, coupled with a detailed site walk, results in recommended actions for building improvement for both low/no-cost opportunities and longer term capital intensive projects.

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Key Personnel

Eric L. Nelson

Eric L. Nelson, PE, LEED AP, CEA

Vice President, Property Condition Assessment & Energy Savings Investigation

Eric Nelson is a Vice President directing the Property Condition Assessment and Energy Savings Investigation practices at VERTEX. He has over 27 years of experience with construction-related services such as construction materials testing and inspection, Geotechnical engineering, foundation design and analysis and design of pavement systems. Since 1997, he has been extensively involved in the performance, review and management of Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) for projects of variable size and complexity throughout North America. In addition, he has provided Construction-Monitoring services to evaluate construction progress, and approve or deny contractor payment requests on multiple projects in the northeast. He has also managed a number of large scale projects involving pre- and post-construction condition assessments of structures to monitor and assess damage from construction-related vibration. Mr. Nelson has also directed VERTEX’s building analysis program with respect to energy usage and savings strategies for projects at various locations in North America.

News

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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VERTEX Acquires Compliance Environmental International, Inc. (CEI)

October 1, 2019

Michael Plainte, VERTEX, and Archie Barrett, CEI (October 2019) The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compliance Environmental International, Inc. (CEI). The agreement was signed in the presence of senior leadership of both organizations including Archie Barrett, President and Owner of CEI; Jaron Frieden, Managing Director of VERTEX; Michael Plainte,…

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VERTEX's CEO Bill McConnell Featured in Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine

September 12, 2019

As VERTEX’s CEO, Bill McConnell, states, “Education has no finish line.” Bill has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, a J.D. degree from the University of Denver, a M.S. degree from Columbia University, and he is working towards his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He also completed…

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VERTEX Wins 2019 WebAward

September 10, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be named the 2019 Best Environmental Website by Web Marketing Association. Now in its 17th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. The WebAwards are recognized as the…

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VERTEX's Bill McConnell and Mark Degenaars to Present at Pearlman 2019

September 3, 2019

VERTEX’s Bill McConnell, CEO, and Mark Degenaars, Managing Director of Construction Services, are presenting at the 26th Annual Pearlman Conference in Woodinville, WA on September 5th, 2019. Bill will be presenting on “Privilege Issues in the Surety’s Initial Claim Investigation” and Mark will be presenting on “Thinking Outside the Box: Utilizing a Surety’s Own Account…

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ENERGY STAR Building Certification

August 21, 2018

What is ENERGY STAR? The ENERGY STAR label is nationally recognized as a symbol of energy efficiency and reduced operating costs for household appliances. But did you know that buildings can be certified too?  In the United States there are 17 building uses that can be certified as ENERGY STAR rated buildings: Bank branch Courthouse…

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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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Concrete Mix Issues - Where to Start Troubleshooting

January 18, 2018

When concrete mix issues arise onsite, it has the potential to delay or halt construction and can quickly turn an otherwise amicable project team into a finger-pointing, litigious environment. Figuring out how the issues arose or who might be liable is a complex process given all the parties involved in concrete construction from designer to supplier…

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Checking Sprinkler Heads - A Simple Yet Difficult Task

December 8, 2017

Is your Property Condition Assessment (PCA) expert checking fire sprinkler heads in a focused manner during an assessment of the property you are purchasing? This has become a “hot button” and point of contention on many recent projects. Over the course of the past year, we set out to find answers about the condition of…

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Clay & Concrete Roof Tiles: Is It Hail Damage?

October 10, 2017

History of Clay & Concrete Roof Tiles Concrete tiles have only been in use since the 1800s, and clay tiles have been utilized as roof covering much longer. In general, these tiles are more costly to install but are more energy efficient and last longer as compared to composition asphalt shingles, and clay tiles are…

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