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Chicago, Illinois

Isaac Gaetz PE, SE, LEED AP

Division Manager, Forensic Engineering

Mr. Gaetz has over 15 years of experience in management, structural design engineering, and forensic engineering and is a Division Manager of VERTEX’s Forensic Engineering Department. Mr. Gaetz is responsible for VERTEX’s forensic operations in twelve states as manager of the Midwest forensic engineering division’s technical product, budget, and growth while also providing technical guidance and oversight of engineers within the Chicago/Midwest division.

Mr. Gaetz’s wide range of professional and structural engineering experience includes the design of numerous commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential structures throughout the United States. Mr. Gaetz has extensive experience with on-site field work and has conducted approximately 800 forensic site inspections. Mr. Gaetz has also performed the analysis of structural and building failures throughout the United States. Mr. Gaetz has inspected buildings and structures for defects, including: collapses, roof and building envelope failures, construction defects, water intrusion, wind damage, snow damage, earthquake damage, foundation failures and settlement, vehicle impacts, and fire damage. Mr. Gaetz has provided engineering opinions which were utilized in both insurance claims and litigation files.

Mr. Gaetz is an expert in the design, construction, and repair of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry structures, and has extensive knowledge of existing, historical, and antiquated building systems. Mr. Gaetz’s design experience includes serving as the sole, and responsible engineer in charge of the design of new structures as well as a collaborative team member on the design of multiple high-rise structures in the city of Chicago. Mr. Gaetz has performed structural engineering design on low, mid, and high-rise structures, in the residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, government, education, aviation, and health care sectors. Mr. Gaetz was deployed for catastrophe response work following Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Michael as well as tornado and earthquake events and the 2020 Midwest Derecho Windstorm.

Education & Certification

M.S., Structural Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
B.S., Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology