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 Acquires Compass Project Management, Inc.

January 18, 2019

The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compass Project Management, Inc. (Compass). “To VERTEX this acquisition is about joining forces with an amazing company whose mission and core values are aligned with ours.” said Jeff Picard, President of VERTEX. “Together we believe we will create more value to our employees and…

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VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, to Present at AGC’s 2019 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management

January 16, 2019

On Monday, January 28th, VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, will be presenting on the State of the Construction Industry at AGC’s 2019 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management in Bonita Springs, Florida. AGC’s annual Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management focuses on the thought leaders in the field of construction risk management, including the…

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VERTEX's Mark Degenaars to Speak at 2019 Fidelity & Surety Law Midwinter Conference

January 14, 2019

On January 17th and 18th, VERTEX’s Mark Degenaars, Managing Director of Construction Services, will be speaking on two panels at the Fidelity & Surety Law 2019 Midwinter Conference in San Diego, CA. Thursday, January 17th at 2:00 PM Performance Bond Surety’s Exposure to Damages The obligee’s ultimate goal in pursuing relief under a performance bond is the recovery…

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VERTEX's Henry Stormer Receives Certified Fire Protection Specialist Credential

January 10, 2019

Henry Stormer, National Fire Investigation Division Manager for VERTEX, was recently awarded the Certified Fire Protection Specialist credential. The Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) credential was created in 1971 to recognize, through certification, qualified individuals who are dedicated to curtailing fire loss, both physical and financial, and who have acquired a level of professionalism through applied work…

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Happy Holidays from VERTEX

December 21, 2018

VERTEX would like to thank our clients, vendors, and employee-owners for your continuous support throughout 2018. Take some time during the holidays to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.  Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2019!

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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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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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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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Hydraulics & Stormwater - What We've Seen from the Trenches

December 23, 2017

Every day, VERTEX’s Forensics team assists insurance carriers and law firms with numerous claims on various building and property issues. Two recent homeowners’ insurance claim investigations have concerned drainage from adjacent neighboring houses and developments. These claims serve as excellent reminders to be mindful of the effects of hydraulics, water flow, and stormwater management at…

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The 2017 Hurricane Season - How it Compares

September 6, 2017

It is obvious that we are in the midst of a very active and dangerous hurricane season. The development of consecutive storms: Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, has a lot of people asking questions. Many are also struck by the intensity of the 2017 hurricane season. Harvey had record breaking rainfall with 51.88″ recorded. That’s now…

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