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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Key Personnel

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. 

News

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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VERTEX Ranked #156 in ENR's Top 200 Environmental Firms

September 3, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be ranked #156 in ENR’s 2019 Top 200 Environmental Firms. Firms are ranked based on the % of their 2018 gross revenue from environmental services.  ENR reports that a strong economy in the U.S. and in some other key global markets pushed the ENR 2019 Top 200 Environmental Firms to revenue levels…

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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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