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 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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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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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 acquisition of a property, investigation of damage to a building, or providing structural design services for a…

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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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Stormwater Detention: Part Two

May 8, 2018

Last week, we discussed why stormwater detention systems are necessary. As we continue this three part series, we will discuss the different types of stormwater detention systems that are available. Types of Stormwater Detention Systems Underground Pipe Systems High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Pipe System Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP)…

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