VERTEX was originally retained as a consultant to the Fremont Re-2 School District to investigate and assist with assessing damage to Florence High School, which is located in Florence, CO. VERTEX was retained following unsuccessful efforts by the school district to navigate and resolve the extensive construction defects which were primarily related to expansive soils that caused damage throughout the school.
VERTEX assisted the school district in the retention of a law firm to pursue claims against the parties responsible for the construction defects. During the litigation phase of this project, VERTEX served as the liability expert regarding the structural issues and engineered repair details, which corrected significant structural defects. VERTEX also served as damage experts providing detailed cost estimates to correct the noted issues. Accordingly, VERTEX’s estimates served as a bid to self-perform the repairs. VERTEX also managed the destructive testing, which was necessary to expose structural connections.
Additionally, VERTEX performed emergency repairs to the 30’ high masonry gym wall, which consisted of structural steel beams that acted as reinforcement for the masonry wall. The reinforcement was necessary, as the wall was unsound, due to extensive movement caused by expansive soils. Emergency repairs were necessary as the problem had progressed to a life safety concern.
The matter settled shortly before trial with the client receiving a substantial sum to correct the extensive defects that were uncovered. Subsequently, VERTEX has been further retained to act as the general contractor and assist with all repairs.