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

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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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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