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Building Enclosure Construction Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Building Enclosure Construction, Roofing, Cladding, Daylighting, Waterproofing, Construction Product Development,

Summary of Experience

Providing building enclosure design and construction expertise since 1972

Career Overview

Building Enclosure Consultant - Consulting Company 2000 - Present

Director of Product Development and Marketing – (on contract) Kaidisen LLC 2008-2009

Senior Project Manager - (on contract) Thomas J. O’Malley Associates:  2004 - 2007

Marketing and Sales - (on contract) International Leak Detection Ltd – Northeast USA:  2001 - 2005

Engineering Technician – Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (SGH) Inc.: 1997 - 2000

Estimator and Project Manager – C & C Cornice Co., Inc.:  1991 - 1997

Estimator and Project Manager – Desico Roofing and Sheet Metal Co.: 1972 - 1991

Current Professional Practice

Construction product development:

.  Technical development

.  Code acceptance

.  Marketing

Real estate development and facility management:

.  Condition assessment, maintenance scheduling and capital planning

.  Owner representation, site development planning, permitting, contract negotiation

.  Program development, design, and peer review

.  Construction contract administration, and QA/QC

.  Quality control

Technical design of new and remedial building envelope construction:

.  Roofing: sloped and low sloped assemblies, flashing and drainage

.  Waterproofing systems, drainage and overburden

.  Masonry: barrier-wall, cavity-wall and rain screen

.  Wood and metal stud framed wall construction

.  Glazing: curtain-wall, punched and sloped

.  Ceramic tile and interior waterproofing

.  Concrete restoration and coatings

License and Certification

Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) Registered Roof Consultant

Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Construction Supervisor’s License (unrestricted)

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) - Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) - Master Format 2004 Accredited Instructor (MAI)

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) - Construction Document Technologist (CDT)

Professional Membership

International Code Council (ICC)

Boston Society of Architects (BSA) – Building Enclosure Council (BEC)

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Chapter

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

Roof Consultants Institute (RCI)

Framingham Historical Society

Tile Roofing Institute

Published Articles 

Available upon request

Project Examples

Kaidisen Bermuda Roofing System

Product development and testing to achieve UL certifications, FL HVHZ and Miami Dade County NOA code approvals

Nordstrom’s Department Store

QA/QC for installation of BUR modified bitumen roofing system at three stores: Natick MA, Burlington MA and Peabody, MA.

Queen Emma Land Trust

Survey and condition assessment of roofs on two multi structure retail sites and three hotels in Honolulu, HI.

Tenet Hospitals

Survey and condition assessment of roofs of fourteen medical office buildings in Atlanta, GA, W. Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami FL

Chinese Christian Church of NE

Demolition of three buildings; disposition of resultant vacant land located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, MA:  Project Manager/ Owner’s Rep:  community outreach; Article 85 permitting; contractor procurement; lease negotiation with Tufts New England Medical Center..

BNN/ Urban Edge

BNN Television Studio: Adaptive Reuse Conversion of the old Egelston Sq. MBTA Electrical Substation. Owner’s representative and advisor on building technology and neighborhood issues during design development, budgeting and construction.

First Baptist Church Winchester, MA

Survey and reconstruction feasibility study of church exterior including slate roofing, membrane roofing and a separate investigation of failing ashlar granite masonry cladding on bell tower.

Mt Pleasant Home

Expansion of existing nursing home in Jamaica Plain, MA: Managed Article 80 application and represented owner in permitting process with BRA.

Stafford Nursing Home

Survey and design of new roofing system.

Yoo D4 Development 

Adaptive reuse of D4 Police Station conversion to 28 units of luxury housing:  QA/QC of roofing and framed skylight installation.

MSCBA Framingham State College

Framingham, MA - Larned Hall:  condition survey, design and QA/QC for remedial roofing.

Fay School

Root Academic Building Southborough, MA: - forensic evaluation of shingle failure on newly installed roof.

Reading Municipal Light Department

Reading, MA:  Survey, design, contract administration and QA/QC for renovation of roof and restoration of exterior masonry.

Chinese Christian Church of NE

Condition survey, leakage investigation of roofing and evaluation of deteriorated Roxbury Puddingstone exterior.

Mt Auburn Cemetery

Bigelow Chapel and Crematory - Watertown, MA – condition survey, leakage investigation and design for slate roofing, vaulted structural terracotta tile roof deck and exterior granite block masonry restoration

MSCBA Framingham State College

Condition survey, design and QA/QC for roofing and exterior masonry restoration

Boston Freight Terminals 

Warehouse – condition survey and design for renovation of 80,000 SF roof

Boston Redevelopment Authority / EDIC

Contract administration and QA/QC for the renovation of  roof and restoration of brick masonry and concrete structural frame (project budget $2.7 mil)

Brown University

QA/QC for masonry cavity wall construction and installation of steel framed cantilevered windows

Chapel Hill Chauncey Hall School

Condition survey report for building exteriors of seventeen campus buildings

City of Boston, Massachusetts

Survey and examination of critical details; design and quality assurance for replacement of tile roof and built-in sheet metal gutter and masonry flashing

Brookfield Properties

Leakage investigation, remedial design, contract administration and QA/QC for renovation of window washing crane track roof at the 34th floor and drainage system

The Rouse Company

Design of unique sheet metal panel layout for replacement of copper-cladding on centrally located ellipsoidal dome.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

Design and QA/QC of remedial roofing, metal flashing, masonry cladding and window replacement

First Church of Christ, Scientist I

Investigation of failed copper roofing

City of Hartford, CT Housing Authority

Investigation of roof shingle failure on 150 units of public housing

Wang Center for the Performing Arts

Investigation of roof failure and structural condition survey of poured in place gypsum roof decking and steel trusses

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Walter Gropius 1938 Family Home, Lincoln, MA - condition survey, design and QA/QC for restorative replacement of roofing, windows and siding
EMC Corporation

Testing Facility – Franklin, MA - QA/QC for installation of 280,000 SF Carlisle SynTec EPDM roof - also conducted a subsequent failure investigation of the same roof when the insulation was found defective and provided QA/QC for resultant membrane replacement

Boston University

School of Management Boston, MA – project management of installation of 10,000 LF sheet metal through-wall flashing for masonry walls and window openings

Beth Israel Hospital

Project management for installation of roofing, sheet metal through-wall flashing, window flashing, and sheet metal cornice


Replacement and maintenance of various roofs – C & C Cornice Co., Inc 1994 – 1998

National Parks Service 

Dorchester Heights Monument Рproject management of renovation of masonry fa̤ade, sheet metal flashing and cornice work

Philips Academy, Andover MA

Taylor Hall – project management of installation of slate roof, built-in sheet metal gutter replacement and cornice work

Order of Xaverian Brothers

St. Joseph Province Headquarters, Milton, MA – design and project management of replacement of slate roofs, sheet metal flashing, gutters and downspouts -

Radcliffe College -

Schlesinger Library – design and project management of replacement of copper dormer roofs  – Bunting Fellowship Quad – design and project management of replacement of slate roofs and built-in sheet metal gutters

Polaroid  – Replacement and maintenance of various roofs -

Various private residences, commercial buildings and institutions

Design, fabrication and installation of custom made sheet metal roofing and cornice work