Engineering Design Services

VERTEX provides structural engineering design services for architects, developers, contractors, school districts, municipalities, property management companies, and building owners. We have extensive experience in all building types including schools, worship buildings, hotels, multi-family, commercial, institutional, office buildings, high-rise buildings, historic renovation and adaptive reuse, to name a few. 

Structural Engineering Design -
New Builds

VERTEX provides complete structural engineering design services including system selection studies through final design, preparation of CAD contract drawings, preparation of specifications, preliminary cost estimation, shop drawing review, and construction phase services.

Structural Design -
Renovations

VERTEX has completed many projects over the years involving the restoration of buildings over 100 years old. We are comfortable working with and evaluating archaic masonry, steel, concrete and wood structures. These projects often involve adapting the building to a new use and integrating new construction with the old.

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Richard Klein

Richard Klein, PE, SE

Vice President, Structural Engineering

Richard Klein has over 37 years of experience in structural design of buildings and has worked in virtually every state in the country. His design experience encompasses all phases of structural design from schematic framing layout to construction administration, including complete project management, specification writing, cost estimating, and special inspection. Mr. Klein has been project engineer or engineer of record on over one billion dollars of construction on all types of building construction, including office building, hotels, condominiums, apartments, schools, hospitals, churches, parking structures, residential, and more. Construction types include all materials including steel, concrete, wood and masonry. 

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VERTEX's Jeff Katz and Bill McConnell Present to the AGC on COVID-19 Construction Impacts

March 27, 2020

VERTEX’s Jeff Katz and Bill McConnell presented “The Components of a Comprehensive Project Continuity Plan” as part of the Associated General Contractors of America’s eight-part webinar series on the factors that construction companies need to consider as they strive for business continuity during the COVID-19 outbreak. From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many feared…

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VERTEX is Ready to Assist

March 17, 2020

CEO UPDATE VERTEX has implemented prudent social separation protocols due to COVID-19, but we are up and running at full capacity and we are here to service our clients through these turbulent times. With 500+ employees in 30 regions, VERTEX can help clients with travel bans to cover in-person meetings or site inspections anywhere in…

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CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

February 29, 2020

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Contact VERTEX

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VERTEX Celebrates 25 Years

February 28, 2020

It was February 1995 when VERTEX’s founders, Jim O’Brien, Bill McConnell, and Jeff Picard, started VERTEX. We started with only a few but now we are many, not only in numbers but also in disciplines. The company has grown to a global AEC firm with solutions in engineering design, construction, environmental, forensics, and IT. We…

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Lawrence Daniels Joins VERTEX as Senior Technical Advisor, Environmental Insurance

January 21, 2020

The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce that Lawrence D. Daniels, P.G., has joined our organization as a Senior Technical Advisor for our Environmental Insurance Division. Mr. Daniels most recently served as Assistant Vice President for the Global Risk Advisors/ESIS division of Chubb. In addition to more than 10 years of environmental consulting…

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Are Sawcuts Required in My Slab? Part Two: Residential Slabs-on-Ground

December 12, 2019

In part one, we discussed the controlling code sections and code referenced guides that pertain to sawcut contraction joints in commercial concrete slabs-on-ground. Part two will focus on residential concrete slabs-on ground. Cracks in concrete floor slabs-on-ground for new residential construction projects can lead to design and/or construction defect claims against a projects design professional…

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Roof-Mounted Solar PV Panels - Part Two: Common Structural Issues

March 12, 2019

In part one of this two part series, we discussed the general structural building code requirements for roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels and how the rate of installation of PV panels is outpacing the current understanding of the requirements by the parties involved which creates potential for claims related to design errors, construction defects, contractor…

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Roof-Mounted Solar PV Panels - Part One: Structural Code Requirements

February 27, 2019

With the recent exponential growth in renewable energy technologies and installations, VERTEX has seen a steady increase in consultation for roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels on both residential and commercial projects. Our consultation has ranged from questions related to the acquisition of a property, investigation of damage to a building, or providing structural design services for…

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Are Sawcuts Required in My Slab? Part One: Commercial Slabs-on-Ground

February 22, 2019

In part one of this two part series, we will discuss the controlling code sections and code referenced guides that pertain to sawcut contraction joints in typical commercial concrete slabs-on-ground. Part two will focus on residential concrete slabs-on ground. Cracks in concrete floor slabs-on-ground for new commercial construction projects can lead to design and/or construction…

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Stormwater Detention: Part Three

May 16, 2018

Now that we have covered why stormwater detention is necessary and the different types of systems available, we will conclude this three part series with best practices to ensure proper installation and maintenance of your underground stormwater detention system. Underground Stormwater Detention System Best Practices There are three critical elements that all underground detention systems…

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