Engineering Design Services

VERTEX provides civil engineering design services for architects, developers, contractors, school districts, municipalities, property management companies, and building owners. We have extensive experience in all types of commercial, residential, and industrial projects located throughout the country.

Civil Design

Municipalities require a myriad of professional plans on construction projects before any work begins. The planning and reporting stage is the basis for all future work and municipality approval is imperative to moving forward with your project. VERTEX is highly experienced in developing civil engineering design plans for municipality approval.

Site Development

Having an experienced, local Civil Engineer is key in the Site Development process. The permitting and entitlement processes have the potential to delay a project should someone unfamiliar with the process be managing this area of the project. VERTEX is highly experienced in the entitlement and permitting process, as well as other due diligence requirements. 

Land Development

Having an experienced civil engineer at the helm of your land development is necessary in order to ensure your development, be it commercial or residential, is almost as important as the integrity of the structure built on the land itself. Poor land development can lead to a number of failures and even result in construction defect litigation. VERTEX Civil Engineers take land development very seriously, and are extremely detail oriented to ensure your project is a success.

Drainage Engineering Design Services

A professional drainage engineering design ensures proper drainage across the site and is required to not negatively impact or inundate upstream or downstream sites. A proper drainage engineering design contemplates low impact design and overall site function while meeting the requirements for drainage runoff. 

Stormwater Management Design and Planning

Stormwater management planning and design is essential to prevent flooding, erosion and habitat destruction. At VERTEX, we take careful consideration to ensure snow melt and rainwater properly flows to a storm drain, sewer system or drainage ditch to avoid any infrastructure damage. Our Stormwater Management Services include Regional Drainage Master Planning, Erosion Control, and Drainage Design Services.

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Key Personnel

Lance VanDemark

Lance VanDemark, PE

Vice President, Civil Engineering

Lance VanDemark has over 17 years of experience in Civil Engineering & Land Development and has a strong educational background in Structural Engineering & Engineering Management. Mr. VanDemark has provided comprehensive Civil Land Development Services on a multitude of projects including grading, drainage, utilities design in addition to erosion control, due diligence, jurisdictional coordination, entitlements, construction observation and project management. Additionally, Mr. VanDemark has provided Civil Forensics Services for projects that have included construction defects, cost to complete, standard of care, insurance claims, surety claims, allocation, eminent domain and appraisals. 

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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Blog

New York City’s L Train Repairs - Part 3: The Rise of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers

May 30, 2019

This post is part of a series that looks at the lessons learned from New York City’s restoration of a critical asset in its subway system following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In the first part, we discussed the preparation and scope of the L train tunnel repair plans. The second part explored the critical role of…

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New York City’s L Train Repairs - Part 2: Construction Projects and Stakeholders

May 16, 2019

This post is part of a series that looks at the lessons learned from New York City’s restoration of a critical asset in its subway system following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In the first part, we discussed the preparation and scope of the L train tunnel repair plans. Here, we will look at the critical…

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New York City’s L Train Repairs - Part 1: Recovering from a Natural Disaster

May 1, 2019

The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast with a fury and cost New York City over $19B in damage.[1] Now, nearly seven years later, necessary repairs, including infrastructure rehabilitation, continue in response to the storm’s massive impact. While multiple subway systems in New York City have undergone repairs, there…

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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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Dewatering and Groundwater Treatment Systems

March 22, 2018

One of the most overlooked and undervalued planning activities during a development or redevelopment project involves the evaluation of groundwater and dewatering on a project site and how the results may adversely affect the project environmentally, logistically and financially. If overlooked, improper planning could result in the risk of a project shutdown, non-compliance with local,…

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