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 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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VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, to Present at AGC’s 2019 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management

January 16, 2019

On Monday, January 28th, VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, will be presenting on the State of the Construction Industry at AGC’s 2019 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management in Bonita Springs, Florida. AGC’s annual Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management focuses on the thought leaders in the field of construction risk management, including the…

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VERTEX's Mark Degenaars to Speak at 2019 Fidelity & Surety Law Midwinter Conference

January 14, 2019

On January 17th and 18th, VERTEX’s Mark Degenaars, Managing Director of Construction Services, will be speaking on two panels at the Fidelity & Surety Law 2019 Midwinter Conference in San Diego, CA. Thursday, January 17th at 2:00 PM Performance Bond Surety’s Exposure to Damages The obligee’s ultimate goal in pursuing relief under a performance bond is the recovery…

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VERTEX's Henry Stormer Receives Certified Fire Protection Specialist Credential

January 10, 2019

Henry Stormer, National Fire Investigation Division Manager for VERTEX, was recently awarded the Certified Fire Protection Specialist credential. The Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) credential was created in 1971 to recognize, through certification, qualified individuals who are dedicated to curtailing fire loss, both physical and financial, and who have acquired a level of professionalism through applied work…

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Happy Holidays from VERTEX

December 21, 2018

VERTEX would like to thank our clients, vendors, and employee-owners for your continuous support throughout 2018. Take some time during the holidays to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.  Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2019!

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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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Hydraulics & Stormwater - What We've Seen from the Trenches

December 23, 2017

Every day, VERTEX’s Forensics team assists insurance carriers and law firms with numerous claims on various building and property issues. Two recent homeowners’ insurance claim investigations have concerned drainage from adjacent neighboring houses and developments. These claims serve as excellent reminders to be mindful of the effects of hydraulics, water flow, and stormwater management at…

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