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.

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