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. 

News

VERTEX's Bill McConnell to Speak at ASC 2019 International Conference

April 11, 2019

On Friday, April 12th, VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, will be presenting at the ASC 2019 International Conference along with Carloine Clevenger, Assistant Director of Construction Engineering and Management at University of Colorado Denver. Learn more about VERTEX’s educational partnership with University of Colorado Denver. 2019 Theme: The Business of the Built Environment Join industry professionals who will…

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Expert Water Management + Comprehensive Insurance = Integrated Risk Management

April 9, 2019

Legionnaires’ Disease and Insurance  As the number of reported Legionella infections has increased, so has the number of lawsuits and claims. In reaction to the growing number of claims made asserting liability for illnesses related to exposure to Other Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens (OPPPs) and the higher standard of care that must be met to…

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VERTEX University Partners with Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D.

April 4, 2019

VERTEX University has partnered with Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D., the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project, and President of Negotiation Works, Inc., to develop a series of courses (Conflict Analysis, Conflict Dynamics and Conflict Resolution) for the VERTEX team. Many of VERTEX’s projects involve…

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VERTEX is Contracted to Refresh a Denver Icon

March 8, 2019

  At the center of the circular soffit – sometimes referred to as “the mothership” by management – is the new elevator feature, the construction of which posed a number of challenges to both the design and construction. The previous elevator base had been wrapped in dark gray granite with a water feature draining into…

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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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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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