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Vertical Access LLC

Architecture and Engineering

  • Products:
  • TPAS™

Vertical Access LLC collaborates with architects, engineers, and real estate professionals to investigate and document existing conditions of buildings, civil structures, monuments, and sculptures. Founded in 1992, Vertical Access has worked on hundreds of historically significant buildings, including Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington D.C., and the Chrysler Building in New York City. The company offers a suite of specialized inspection, nondestructive testing services as well as its own in-house developed Tablet PC Annotation System (TPAS®) to streamline deliverables to clients. Vertical Access is a pioneer in the use of industrial rope access in the United States. The company has also been a contributing member of One Percent for the Planet since 2006.

Cornell Connection

Kent Diebolt, a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, founded the company. Two company partners, Kelly Streeter, PE, and Evan Kopelson, are graduates from the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, respectively.  Company employees often guest lecture at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, including Kristen Olson, who graduated from the Historic Preservation program and recently taught the Building Materials Conservation course in that program.