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

Assistant Vice President, Forensic Architect

Matthew Click

Matthew Click

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.

Division Manager, Forensic Architect

Keith Olsen, AIA, LEED AP

Keith Olsen, AIA, LEED AP

As a Registered Architect with 20 years of experience, Keith Olsen’s areas of expertise include evaluation of roofing and exterior wall assemblies; forensic investigation and analysis of asphalt and membrane roofing, masonry, curtain wall and other cladding systems; identification of failures in building envelope assemblies; and compliance with building codes and accessibility guidelines. Mr. Olsen is a Haag Certified Roof Inspector for commercial roofing systems.

Mr. Olsen’s experience includes serving as an expert for construction defect, subrogation, premise liability, professional liability and other litigation matters. He provides services to the insurance industry including forensic inspections and evaluations for both residential and commercial property loss claims. 

News

VERTEX DC Metro Office Celebrates 5 Years

August 2, 2018

VERTEX’s office in the DC Metro area has been steadily growing since 2013. Led by Michael Plainte, the team includes experts in Forensics, Engineering Design, Construction, and Environmental services. VERTEX welcomes their newest member, David Berry, Division Manager of Remediation. To learn more about VERTEX’s Services, call 888.298.5162 or submit an inquiry.

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VERTEX is at CDLA'18

July 25, 2018

VERTEX will be exhibiting at CDLA’18 in Telluride, Colorado on July 26th and 27th. If you are attending, be sure to stop by booth #18 and say hello to Ryan Phillips, Zach Bradshaw and Barrett Stephens. This year’s topic is Health + Wellness in The Law. Each summer attorneys, judges and other legal experts alike come together…

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VERTEX Attends Topping Out Ceremony

July 16, 2018

On Wednesday, July 11th, VERTEX Sr. Project Manager, Vince Harriman, and VERTEX Project Manager, Kevin DiMarco, attended a topping out ceremony in Chadds Ford, PA. General Contractor, Cutler Associates, Inc. of Malvern PA and their steel subcontractor, O’Rourke & Sons of West Chester PA, hoisted the final beam into place just before noon on behalf of…

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VERTEX Ranked #31 in ENR's Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms

June 28, 2018

VERTEX is proud to be ranked #31 in ENR’s Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms. Companies are ranked based on total 2017 revenue in $ millions for construction-management or project/program-management services performed as a professional service for a fee. As reported by ENR, the market for professional services remains strong, as can be seen in the results…

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VERTEX Awarded 2018 Best Firms to Work For & Hot Firm by Zweig Group

June 1, 2018

Zweig Group recently announced their 2018 Hot Firm List and 2018 Best Firms to Work For Award. VERTEX is proud to be ranked on both lists! The 2018 Hot Firm List honors the fastest growing firms in the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries. Firms are ranked on three-year growth in revenue, by both percentage and…

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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 their counsel 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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Surprising Construction Defect on New Builds - Blocked Plumbing

September 25, 2017

The above images show PVC pipe partially filled with concrete and construction debris. This was photographed on-site at a new construction development. VERTEX served as an expert for this construction defect claim, filed by the property owner claiming faulty plumbing/drainage. Investigation of the plumbing revealed major blockage by construction debris, plaster and dried paint. Plumbing…

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