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Construction Development Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Construction Development, Standard of Care, Constructive Work, Directed Changed Work, Delay, Termination, Acceleration, Suspension, Disruption, Productivity, Engineering, Design Management, Procurement Management, Construction Design Build Services, Environmental Remediation, Energy, Industrial, Estimates, Budgets, Prime, Subprime Contract Agreements, Cost Report Systems

Education

Master of Business Administration
Accounting and Information Systems
The American University
Kogod School of Business
May 1998

Bachelor of Science
Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering
Villanova University
College of Engineering
May 1993

Current and Past Professional Affiliations

  • AACE International (AACE), Member
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC), Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Member

Academic Appointments

Master of Project Management Program, Adjunct Professor
George Washington University
Course: Project Planning and Scheduling
Course: Advanced Cost and Schedule Systems
Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Summer 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003

Civil Engineering Program, Assistant Instructor
Catholic University
Course: Project Management and Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling
Fall 1998, Spring 1999; Fall 1999, Spring 2000

Civil Engineering Program, Guest Instructor
George Mason University
Course: Schedule Development, Cost Loading, Updating, and Management
Spring 1998

Professional Experience

President, Houston, Texas, 2020-Present
Provides expert witness testimony nationally and internationally on construction-related claims and disputes involving cost, schedule, productivity, standard of care and risk-related issues.
Manages and performs proactive construction and program management consulting services for owners, developers, institutions, contractors, and subcontractors.
Provides project control implementation and/or best practices reviews.
Analyzes, develops, and prepares claims evaluation and preparation for clients’ positions in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
Lectures nationally on construction management and claims-related issues for engineering and construction professionals.

Spire Consulting Group
Principal, Houston, Texas, 2009-2020
Provided expert witness testimony nationally and internationally on construction-related claims and disputes involving cost, schedule, productivity, standard of care and risk-related issues.
Managed and performed proactive construction and program management consulting services for owners, developers, institutions, contractors, and subcontractors.
Provided project control implementation and/or best practices reviews.
Analyzed, developed, and prepared claims evaluation and preparation for clients’ positions in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
Lectured nationally on construction management and claims-related issues for engineering and construction professionals.

ECC
Director of Project Controls, Houston, Texas, 2013-2019
Implemented project control functions for the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), Environmental and Design-Build construction divisions that worked on USACE, NAVFAC, AFCEE and AFCESA projects throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
Oversaw an internal project controls group responsible for project planning, proposal and baseline scheduling, REA preparation, time impact analyses (TIA), interface with QA/QC group, job cost accounting, issue analysis, and change order management.
Managed outside consulting firms for cost and schedule analyses within dispute resolution proceedings, as needed.
Assured and provided oversight and training of project control.
Assured appropriate project role structure, project workflow, and project governance were in place with project teams.
Performed periodic cost and schedule reviews at critical points with project teams to avoid and deal with potential changes, QA/QC issues and contract disputes.
Advised and assisted project teams with change management and claim situations.

CH2M-Hill/Critigen
Senior Project Controls Director, Dallas, Texas, 2010-2013
Onsite lead for the implementation and oversight of the $1.27 billion New Parkland Hospital Campus Program’s Cost and Schedule System on behalf of the owner, the Parkland Health and Hospital System.
Responsible for the development and alignment of staff, procedures, and IT systems integration across 16 independent projects.
Oversaw a 15-person program controls team that dealt with budget, cost, schedule, procurement, logistics, constructability, QA/QC and change management issues with two major national design firms and three top 50 ENR construction groups.

The Hanover Group
Project Controls Manager, Houston, Texas, 2006-2009
Developed project control functions for this nationally known developer across 5 regional offices and 7 internal groups during a multi-project, multi-year program ranging from $1 billion to $3 billion per year.
Oversaw the institution and integration of the company’s web-based enterprise-wide project cost, schedule, and document control software system. The effort required bringing about cultural change, revision of informal and formal procedures, dealing with legacy IT systems, and development of new training programs and technical systems integration by way of the management of both an internal IT group as well as outside IT vendors.
Oversaw logistics and constructability pre-planning meetings during the due diligence, concept, schematic, and design development stages. Responsible for oversight and coordination of detailed scheduling of all projects from procurement until project turnover. Performed periodic cost and schedule reviews at critical points with project teams to avoid and deal with potential changes, QA / QC issues and contract disputes.
Developed in-house project controls procedure manual, produced training materials, and implemented training program. Ensured project staff was well-versed and utilized proper project management procedures.

Satterfield & Pontikes Construction
Project Executive/Project Controls Manager, Houston, Texas, 2003-2005
Provided construction change order and claims management on multiple projects ranging from $10 million to $50 million.
Trained project staff in proper cost/schedule procedures and software usage. Updated in-house project controls procedures manual and training materials.
Aided teams in the development of baseline schedules. Reviewed all baseline schedules before submission to owners for constructability, logistics and proper timing for quality assurance.
Performed periodic cost and schedule reviews at critical points with project teams to avoid and deal with potential changes, QA/QC issues and contract disputes.
Participated in change order and/or claims negotiations, mediation, and arbitration.

Exponent/New Vision Consulting
Managing Engineer/Founding Partner, Washington, D.C., 1999-2005
Managed and performed proactive construction and program management consulting services for owners, developers, institutions, contractors, and subcontractors.
Analyzed, developed, and prepared claims evaluation and preparation for clients’ positions in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
Evaluated project planning, costs, schedules, quality programs, construction-related claims, and quantification of damages involving schedule delay and acceleration, productivity loss, late and/or excessive changes, deficient drawings and specifications, defects, and differing site conditions.
Provided expert witness testimony on construction-related claims involving quantification of damages, schedule delay and disruption, acceleration, productivity loss, late and/or excessive changes, quality issues, deficient drawings and specifications, and differing site conditions.
Lectured nationally on construction management and claims related issues for engineering and construction professionals.

Warner Construction Consultants
Consultant, Washington, D.C., 1996-1999
Developed baseline schedules and updates, inclusive of associated monthly narrative reports on behalf of contractors and subcontractors.
Prepared daily specific as-built schedules.
Reviewed cost reporting systems.
Identified and analyzed issues regarding constructability, QA/QC, and design coordination by way of document reviews.
Interviewed project personnel.
Prepared narrative reports for court submission related to the findings of various schedule analyses (as-planned versus as-built, time impact analyses (TIAs), collapsed “but-for” as-built, windows, etc.)

Barrington Consulting Group
Consultant, San Francisco, California, 1993-1996
Assisted with various schedule, cost and issue analyses (as-planned versus as-built, windows, total cost, modified total cost, discrete cost analysis, etc.)
Identified issues by way of document reviews for constructability, QA/QC and design coordination.
Drafted portions of narrative reports for court submission.

KM Construction, A Subsidiary of Kumagai Gumi
Assistant Project Manager/Area Superintendent, New York City, New York, 1989-1993
In-field assistant for projects ranging in value from $50 million to $100 million.
Negotiated subcontracts and change orders in accordance with direction of the project manager.
Managed project plan upkeep and coordination (Architect’s Supplemental Instruction [ASI], field sketches, as-builts, etc.)
Coordinated subcontractor drawings, materials, and technical specification submittal process.
Coordinated Request for Information (RFI) log.
Area supervisor responsible for coordination and QA/QC of aspects of the work (exterior skin, interior finishes, etc.)
Responsible for monthly payment application and schedule update submissions to owners.
Conducted weekly jobsite photography and safety walks.
Responsible for processing daily report records, material handling sheets, safety incident reporting.
Responsible for in-field surveys, quantity takeoffs, and field measurements.

PERT/Andreassi General Contractors
Rod Man/Field Labor/Assistant Project Manager, Long Island, New York, 1985-1989
In-field assistant for projects ranging in value from $5 million to $10 million.
Assisted with field surveys, setting construction controls points, and elevation markings.
Aided in collection of subcontractor submittals and shop drawings process.
Assisted in posting changes to contract drawings and keeping the “sticks” in order.
Aided in quantity takeoffs and field measurements.
Worked field mock-ups, concrete, rough and finish carpentry, and cleanup crews.

Recent Seminars, Presentations, And Publications

  • Project Controls, Company Culture Or Function?, Speaker
    Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America
  • CPM Scheduling and Dispute Resolution, Speaker
    Federal Publications Seminars
  • CPM Schedules in Dispute Resolution, Speaker
    AACE International (AACE)
  • In-House Seminar Series, Speaker
    Siemens AG, Building Technologies Division
  • CPM Scheduling and Dispute Resolution, Speaker, Author
    Federal Publications Seminars
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Subcontracting, Speaker
    Private Series
  • CPM Scheduling: The Basics, Speaker, Author
    Federal Publications Seminars
  • Advanced Scheduling Techniques and Mitigating and Analyzing Claims, Speaker
    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

Representative Project Experience

Market: Commercial
AOL/Time Warner Complex, New York City, NY
Biltmore Theater Renovation, New York City, NY
Chicago Midway Airport, Chicago, IL
Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
ExxonMobil Delta Campus, The Woodlands, TX
Ford Field Stadium, Detroit, MI
International Polo Club Stadium, West Palm Beach, FL
Metropolitan Park/Garage 49, Bethesda, MD
Pinecastle Development, Orlando, FL
Pointe Orlando Parks, Orlando, FL
Powell Airport Campus Development, Houston, TX
PSINET (Baltimore Ravens) Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, Raleigh, NC
Soldier Field Stadium Renovation, Chicago, IL

Market: Education
Houston Gateway Academy, Bowie Campus, Houston, TX
Mark Twain Elementary, Houston, TX
Memorial High School, Houston, TX
Pioneer Middle School, Irving, TX
Polytech Adult Education Facility, Woodside, DE
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
Reagan High School, Houston, TX
Region One Magnet High School, Chicago, IL
Sam Rayburn High School, Houston, TX
Shepard Hall Renovation, New York, NY
Steinman Hall Renovation, New York, NY
Stratford High School, Houston, TX
Texas Southmost College District, Brownsville, TX
Texas State Stadium Renovation, San Marcos, TX
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Swimming and Fitness Center Expansion, El Paso, TX

Market: Government
501st Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade Headquarters (HQ) Complex, United States Army Garrison (USAG) Humphreys, Korea
A-12 Advanced Tactical Aircraft Project, Washington, D.C.
Army Readiness National Guard Barrigada Assembly Hall, Barrigada, Guam
B178 Energy and Structural Repair, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ), Manama, Bahrain
Brooklyn Courthouse, Brooklyn, NY
Camp Hero East, Afghanistan
Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD), United States Air Force Academy, Denver, CO
Charleston Job Corps Center, Charleston, WV
Consolidated Intelligence Center, Germany
Dallas Police Headquarters, Dallas, TX
Eastern Processing Facility, Cape Canaveral, FL
El Paso Courthouse, El Paso, TX
Engineer and Light Signal Kandaks at Camp Shor’ab, Afghanistan
Fort Carson Commissary, Colorado Springs, CO
H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse Mechanical and Electrical Upgrades, Washington, D.C.
Harris County Improvement District Number 18, Houston, TX
Harris County Juvenile Justice Center, Houston, TX
Hunt County Criminal Justice Center, Greenville, TX
Hurricane Matthew Recovery at AUTEC Phase III, Andros Island, Bahamas
Icelandic Air Defense System (IADS) Telecommunication System, Keflavik, Iceland
McGuire Air Force Base, Trenton, NJ
NASA Hurricane Regional and Base Preparedness and Readiness Operation, Johnson Space Center, TX
NASA Operations Support Building II, Kennedy Space Center, FL
New Carrollton Power Plant, New Orleans, LA
P219 General Warehouse, Djibouti
P235 Security Fence, Djibouti
P912 External Roads, Djibouti
P916 Internal Roads, Djibouti
Pentagon Design-Build Renovation Navy Basement Renovation Segment 2.A.1–Wedge 4, Washington, D.C.
Pentagon Design-Build Renovation Wedges 2–5, Washington, D.C.
Phase III Facility USAG Humphreys, Korea
Police Provincial Headquarters (PHQ) and Provincial Response Company (PRC) #1, Afghanistan
Portsmith Naval Acute Care Facility, Portsmith, VA
Remote Delivery and Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Anacostia Naval Station, Washington, D.C.
Senate Employee Childcare Facility, Washington, D.C.
Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse, St. Louis, MO
Transient Quarters (TQ), Manama, Bahrain
United States Air Force 3rd Air Squadron, Afghanistan
United States Customs and Border Protection Tactical Communications Modernization Project, McAllen, TX
United States Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Zapata County Courthouse, Zapata, TX

Market: Healthcare
Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX
Reid Hospital, Richmond, IN
Saint John’s Hospital Renovation Program, Los Angeles, CA
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Hospital Fire Sprinkler Project, Houston, TX

Market: Hospitality
Doubletree Hotel Renovation, Romulus, MI
Harmon Tower Hotel and Residences, Las Vegas, NV
Hotel Indigo, San Antonio, TX
Kiowa Resort and Casino, Devol, OK
Marriott Courtyard at San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
Venetian Casino and Resort, Las Vegas, NV
Watson Island Development, Miami, FL

Market: Industrial
Aromax Conversion Project, Philips Petroleum, Core Refinery, Puerto Rico
Belleville Hydroelectric, Belleville, WV
Delaware City Repowering, Delaware City, DE
Devil Canyon Power Plant Renovation, San Bernardino, CA
Garabito 200MW Diesel Power Plant, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Grand Central Terminal Central Plant Utilities, New York City, NY
Ilo Peaky Power Plant, Ilo, Peru
Kizomba “A” TLP Manifold/Offshore Production Platform, Angola
Motiva Gasification Plant, Delaware City, Delaware
New Carrollton Power Plant, New Orleans, LA
Parnassus-Kendal-Spur Tree Substation and Transmission Line System, Republic of Jamaica
530 MW Punta Del Tigre Combined Cycle Power Plant in San Jose, Uruguay
Indiana Air National Guard Hulman Regional Airport U/G Storage Tank Removal/Replacement, Terre Haute, IN
Kimberly-Clark Paper Machine Replacement, Chester, PA
Proliant Harlan Plant Expansion, Harlan, IA
Redfield Compressor Station Expansion, Dallas County, IA
Shtokman Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), Russia
Voestalpine Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) Plant, Corpus Christi, TX

Market: Infrastructure
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Acela Project, New Haven, CT to Boston, MA
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Development, San Francisco, CA
Calcasieu River Bridge, Lake Charles, LA
Chicago Transit Authority Clinton Station Renovation, Chicago, IL
Chicago Transit Authority Halstead Station Renovation, Chicago, IL
Dallas Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, Dallas, TX
Expansion of Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant, Ocean Pines, MD
Gemini Fiber Optic Backhaul Project, Transatlantic, Manasquan, NJ to Boston, MA
Highway 380 Widening and New Construction, Dallas, TX
Highway 401 Strategic Rehabilitation, Toronto, ON
Highway 58 Restoration and Airport Reclamation, San Bernardino, CA
Interstate-64/Route 44 Traffic Management System, Norfolk, VA
METRO Texas Medical Center (TMC) Transit Facility, Houston, TX
Route 101 Widening, Los Angeles, CA
Route 80 Magic, Parsippany, NJ
South County Neighborhood Improvement, Broward County, FL
South Creek Bayou, Phase II Water Reclamation Facility, Pinellas County, FL
United States Highway 380, Decatur, TX
Webb County Wastewater Treatment Plant, Webb, TX

Market: Residential & Mixed-Use
1818 Platinum Triangle, Anaheim, CA
1900 McKinney, Dallas, TX
600 Thirteenth Street, Washington, D.C.
7 Riverway, Houston, TX
717 Olympic, Los Angeles, CA
Acoma, Denver, CO
Ashton Bellevue, Bellevue, WA
Ashton Candlestick Cove, San Francisco, CA
Ashton Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C.
Ashton South End, Charlotte, NC
Ashton Westwood, Los Angeles, CA
Ashton/101 Colorado, Austin, TX
Canal Crossing, New Orleans, LA
Carlin Limited Partnership and Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) Housing, Arlington, VA
Charles River Landing, Boston, MA
Cirque, Dallas, TX
Current, San Diego, CA
Domain Brewer’s Hill, Baltimore, MD
Domus, Philadelphia, PA
Lennox Farm, Boston, MA
Lodge at Seven Oaks, Baltimore, MD
Lofts at Lakeview, Orlando, FL
Presidio at Judges Hill Condominiums, Austin, TX
Preston Hollow Village, Dallas, TX
Sandalwood Apartments, Houston, TX
Southwinds Condominiums at Sandestin Ph. 1, Walton County, FL
Strata, San Diego, CA
TEN20, Bellevue, WA
The Crescent at Falls Church, Falls Church, VA
The Olivian, Seattle, WA
The Residence at SouthPark, Charlotte, NC
The Star, 1111 Rusk Street, Houston, TX
Van Dyke Historical Residence, Houston, TX
Viridian, Los Angeles, CA

 

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