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

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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Energy & Water Savings for Simple Multi-Family Buildings

November 5, 2019

Multi-family property owners are oftentimes hesitant to take the plunge into energy savings projects. Typically, this is due to inexperience with these types of projects, uncertainty surrounding expected savings, or unclear financing incentives. Below we discuss some simple energy and water savings opportunities that can be implemented within a multi-family property as well as some…

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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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