Forensic Consulting Services

VERTEX provides forensic architectural services for law firms, insurance companies, HOAs, contractors, developers, sureties, and adjusters. We have extensive experience in all building types, and have worked on claims involving construction deficiencies and design deficiencies. 

VERTEX’s architectural experts provide a wide range of litigation support services that include opining on the Architect’s Professional Standard of Care, performing forensic investigations of potential construction defects, and conducting ADA/Accessibility analysis. VERTEX’s expert reports are Instrumental in resolving construction-related disputes.

Construction Defect Liability Analysis

VERTEX provides architectural expertise as needed to determine the cause and origin of construction defects. Our experts opine on the parties responsible for such defects as well as provide repair recommendations and detailed cost of repair estimates for correcting defects and damages. Our team of architects provide clear and concise expert reports that are instrumental in resolving disputes involving construction deficiencies.

Building Envelope Investigations

VERTEX’s highly qualified experts conduct analysis of building component failures, provide property condition assessments (PCAs), perform third party building envelope reviews, and coordinate field testing on building components. We have decades of experience evaluating claims related to construction and/or design defects that result in building envelope failures.

Architectural Standard of Care Assessments

Many construction-related disputes involve assessing the quality of work performed by an architect. Our architectural experts analyze project documentation and opine on whether an architect of record met the professional standard of care.

Premise Liability (Slip & Falls) Assessments

VERTEX provides consulting for premise liability cases. Our experts analyze the built environment in which the accident occurred, study all relevant building codes and standards, and provides detailed reports summarizing our findings.

Repair Programs

Our forensic architects develop reasonable repair programs and generate construction documents to address reconstruction and/or restoration improvements. If assignments also include civil and structural issues, we draw upon our engineering resources to fulfill subconsultant roles. Moreover, VERTEX has the ability to offer design-build programs to clients that seek turnkey solutions. Lastly, we offer construction administration services throughout the duration of projects.

Other Architectural Services

Our architectural services are wide-ranging. In addition to the services listed above, our architectural experts also perform the following: Building Code Analysis, Analysis of Building Plans and Specifications, Infrared Thermography Surveys, Fire Resistive Construction Analysis, ADA (Accessibility) Compliance Analysis.

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Key Personnel

Matthew Click

Matthew Click, A.I.A., G.C.

Vice President, Forensic Architect

Matthew Click has performed building evaluation services and has served as a technical expert for construction defect litigation matters since 1999. He is a registered Architect and licensed general building contractor, which enables him to opine on building assemblies from both a design and construction perspective. Mr. Click has provided facade inspection services to building owners and property managers and has developed repair scopes related to repair/restoration of facade and waterproofing assemblies.

Mr. Click’s areas of expertise include: building envelope investigation and failure analysis. He has worked on projects throughout the country performing forensic inspections, insurance loss control/underwriting support as well as evaluating homebuilder warranty repairs. Mr. Click’s experience includes involvement in numerous class action, single family home construction defect cases, where he assisted in the representation of homebuilders.

Keith Olsen

Keith Olsen, AIA, LEED AP

Division Manager, Forensic Architect

Keith Olsen serves as the Division Manager (Northeast US) for the Forensic, Risk Management & Engineering Design Services (FRED) Team. Keith manages a team providing a wide array of consulting services including forensic analysis and expert witness services for construction defect, subrogation, professional liability and premise liability litigation; risk analysis of building envelope and waterproofing design for new construction; building envelope investigation and consulting for property owners and managers; property condition assessment (PCA) evaluations of exterior envelope and curtain wall systems; professional liability claim assessments; builder warranty claim assessments; and forensic analysis for property loss claims.

Prior to joining VERTEX, Keith served as a Project Architect / Project Manager directing the planning, design, technical detailing and construction coordination on a variety of project types including institutional, religious, education, healthcare, corporate, historic preservation, mixed-use, retail, restaurant, single and multi-family residential.

News

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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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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What is an Expert Witness and how can they help me?

March 5, 2019

With the continued growth in litigation over the past several years, VERTEX has seen a steady increase in expert consulting work to support our clients. VERTEX has been retained to act on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in regards to liability and damages. The main goal of expert consulting is to add value to the…

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Hard Coat Stucco vs. EIFS (Synthetic Stucco): Part Two

July 13, 2018

Previously, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of traditional hard coat stucco. In the second part of this series, we will discuss the structure, installation, advantages, and disadvantages of EIFS; otherwise known as synthetic stucco. Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS) Pronounced “eefis” or “eefs”, both are correct… Just don’t call it stucco! Definition: According to the…

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Hard Coat Stucco vs. EIFS (Synthetic Stucco): Part One

June 29, 2018

If you were to ask a home or building owner whether the exterior of their building was covered with stucco or EIFS, you may get a confused response. Most people would probably tell you it’s stucco. From the outside they may look the same, but structurally, they are two very different types of finishes. In…

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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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Window Flashing 101 - The Proper Way to Flash a Residential Finned Window

January 30, 2018

The most prevalent of all window types is the residential grade window with a nailing fin. While the most prevalent, many engineers, architects, and general contractors lack an understanding of how to properly flash this type of window. Here are some tips and industry standards to watch for in your next residential finned window flashing installation. Window Flashing Basics…

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