Provides Opinion & Testimony In:
Engineer Mechanical HVAC, Plumbing, Sprinklers, Indoor Air Quality Testing Analysis, Construction Contracts, Bid Documents, Energy Studies, Fire Cause Origin, Boilers,Roofing Material Fires
Expert Witness No.814
Expert No. 814, has over 45 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for the building industry as well as forensic engineering analysis of mechanical systems and components.
Expert No. 814â€™s education, training and experience includes:
• Heating Systems & Components
• Ventilating Systems & Components
• Air Conditioning Systems & Components
• Refrigeration Systems & Components
• Plumbing Systems & Components
• Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems & Components
Expert No. 814 is qualified as an “Expert” in the mechanical engineering field and is experienced in investigative work involving report writing, depositions and litigation support. The following is a partial listing of the categories in which Expert No. 814is highly qualified and experienced.
• Property loss or damage related to the failure of mechanical systems and equipment.
• Personal injury caused by mechanical equipment.
• Design analysis of mechanical systems and components.
• Product analysis of mechanical equipment.
• Code and Standards compliance for mechanical systems and components.
• Start up and testing of mechanical equipment and components.
• Construction contracts and bid documents.
B.S.M.E. 1968, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
State of Pennsylvania – Professional Engineer
State of New Jersey – Professional Engineer
Professional Land Planner
State of New York – Professional Engineer
State of Ohio – Professional Engineer
American College of Forensic Examiners – Certified Forensic Consultant
Association of Energy Engineers – Certified Energy Manager
Department of Defense – Fallout Shelter Analyst
Speaker – Philadelphia ASHRAE Chapter 1984
Certificate of Appreciation – Science Fair Judge – Engineers Club of Trenton, 1987 & 1992
ASHRAE – Certificate of Meritorious Service, 4/23/82
AAA – American Arbitration Association
ABSA – American Biological Safety Association
ACFE – American College of Forensic Examiners
AEE – Association of Energy Engineers
AIPE – American Institute of Plant Engineers
ASHE – American Society of Hospital Engineers
ASHRAE – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers
ASPE – American Society of Plumbing Engineers
ASSE – American Society of Safety Engineers
BOCA – Building Officials & Code Administrators
ISPE – International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers
NFSA – National Fire Sprinkler Association
NSPE – National Society of Professional Engineers
SCA – Smoke Control Association
SFPE – Society of Fire Protection Engineers
TRAINING and CONTINUED EDUCATION COURSES
Association of Energy Engineers – Plant & Building Energy Conservation Seminar, 1983
Certification Course on Energy Management, 1982
ASHRAE – Fire Protection & Safety in Buildings, 11/19/81
Engineers Club of Philadelphia – Fire Protection Engineering, 11/17/77
SFPE/ASHRAE – Smoke Control Seminar, 4/27/83
Department of Defense – Fallout Shelter Analysis, 5/18/70
FDA-ISPE Joint Conference, 3/12/84
TPC Training Systems
Refrigerants & Refrigerant Oils, 3/19/93
Air Conditioning & Refrigerant Compressors, 3/26/93
Trouble Shooting Refrigeration Systems, 4/2/93
How Power Plants Work, 2/4/94
Generating Steam in the Power Plant, 2/7/94
Using Steam in the Power Plant, 2/8/94
The Trane Company
TRACE Direct Training, 7/24/80
Gas Furnace Service, 9/30/98
Beckett Corporation – Installation, Adjustment Servicing and Combustion Efficiency Measurements of Oil Burners, 9/30/98
Viking Company – Fire Protection Seminar, 6/7/99
National Propane Gas Association – Installation of Propane Gas Systems, 1/3/00
National Fire Sprinkler Association – Inspection, Testing & Maintenance of Water-based Fire Protection Systems, 5/9/00
Hydraulics for Fire Sprinkler Systems 5/30/08
Petroleum Marketerâ€™s Association of America – Oil Heat Technician Training, 1/16/01
Fire Findings – Investigation of Gas & Electric Appliance Fires, 4/16/02, 4/17/02
Investigation of Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Fires, 10/28/09, 10/29/09
Siemens Building Technologies – Life Safety Training Course, 5/07/04
American College of Forensic Engineers – Forensic Expertâ€™s Guide to Litigation Conference, January 2005
National Oil Heat Research Alliance – Residential Hands-On Burner Program, 8/23/05
Commercial Burner Program, 8/25/05
Lorman Education Services – Building Codes in Pennsylvania, 5/19/06
Chubb Services Corporation
Combustion Systems Safety Workshop 9/20/07
Dry, Deluge & Pre-action Sprinkler Systems, 9/25/07
Maintaining Water Based Fire Protection Systems, 9/27/07 & 9/28/07
Expert No. 814 is knowledgeable of the standards, guidelines and recommendations issued by the following organizations. Expert No. 814maintains communications with these organizations to insure that his reference library contains all new and updated standards, guidelines and recommendations issued. Expert No. 814 regularly utilizes these standards, guidelines and recommendations in his design, analysis and inspection of mechanical systems and components.
AABC Associated Air Balance Council
ABMA American Boiler Manufacturers Association
ACCA Air Conditioning Contractors of America
ACGIH American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
AGA American Gas Association
AGC Associated General Contractors of America
ACEC American Consulting Engineers Council
AIA American Institute of Architects
AISI American Iron & Steel Institute
AMCA Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.
ANSI American National Standards Institute
API American Petroleum Institute
APPA Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities & Colleges
ARI Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASNT American Society for Nondestructive Testing
ASQC American Society for Quality Control
ASTM American Society of Testing Materials
AWS American Welding Society
BOMA Building Ownersâ€™ & Managersâ€™ Association
CGA Compressed Gas Association, Inc.
CSA Canadian Standards Association
CSI Construction Specification Institute
FM Factory Mutual Engineering Corporation of Factory Mutual Global
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
GAMA Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
GBCA General Building Contractors Association, Inc.
GRI Gas Research Institute
GPBPA Greater Philadelphia Building Professionals Association
HUD Housing and Urban Development
ICBO International Conference of Building Officials
IFSTA International Fire Service Training Association
IIAR International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration
MABSA Mid-Atlantic Biological Safety Association
MSS Manufacturers Standardization Society of the Valve & Fittings Industries, Inc.
NADCA National Air Duct Cleaners Association
NAEW National Academy of Expert Witnesses, Inc.
NEBB National Environmental Balancing Bureau
NEMI National Energy Management Institute
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NIA National Insulation Association
NPGA National Propane Gas Association
NRCA National Roofing Contractors Association
NSC National Safety Council
OSHA U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration
PHCC Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
RETA Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
RSES Refrigeration Service Engineers society
SMACNA Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
TABB Testing, Adjusting & Balancing Bureau
UL Underwriters Laboratory
9/91 to Present
Private Company Name Consultants
Responsible for managing a consulting engineering practice involving forensic engineering investigation work and the design, evaluation, construction and co-ordination of various trades for buildings in the high-tech industrial, institutional and commercial fields.
Total responsibility for all business development, finances, design and project management activities including: proposals, presentations, budgets, fee and contract negotiations, manpower allocation, project scheduling and profit projections.
9/91 to Present
Director of Mechanical Engineering
Private Company Name Engineering Inc.
Responsible for the following services:
· Conceptual design of mechanical systems and selection of equipment for institutional, commercial, industrial, educational and residential type facilities. Mechanical systems encompass heating, refrigeration, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, fire protection and waste water disposal.
· Preparation of construction documents (drawings and specifications).
· Economic studies and evaluations.
· Site investigations and surveys.
· Cost estimating.
· Construction administration.
1984 to 1991
Principal and Director of Engineering
Edward A. Sears Associates
New York, New York
Responsible for supervising four project engineers/managers and 25 designer/draftsmen in completing HVAC systems design for commercial and institutional projects in New York City office.
Responsible for business development and project management for 18 person New Jersey branch office. Major projects included: hospital suites, medical and industrial research labs, university buildings, hotels and commercial/corporate office buildings.
Management responsibilities included business development, presentations to architects and owners, fee/contract establishment and negotiations, budget and manpower scheduling, cost estimating, system selection, equipment specification, conceptual design, technical quality control, supervision of detailed design to resolve unique technical problems and status reviews.
New gymnasium and recreational pool, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey campus.
Estimated Construction Cost $ 4,500,000. Building area square feet 31,000
Addition of 1500 ton absorption chiller, New York Hospital.
Replacement of major mechanical and electrical components, Peter Rodino Federal Building, Newark, New Jersey.
Estimated Construction Cost $ 3,800,000.
Tenant fit out for corporate office facilities, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Technical assistance reports & energy conservation studies, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 25 buildings total.
Marriott Hotel, Newark Airport, Newark, New Jersey, 177 room addition.
Refrigerated warehouse, East Coast Warehouse & Distribution Center, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Estimated Construction Cost $ 6,500,000.
A Private Company Consultants
Responsible for Energy Studies, Analysis, Reports, Fire Investigations, Heating, Cooling,
Plumbing and Fire Protection Design.
NOTE: In June 1984 the office of A Private Company Consultants merged with A Private Company Associates and relocated to Trenton, New Jersey. Expert No. 814 was responsible for managing entire office.
1979 to 1984
Director of HVAC Engineering
CUH2A Architects & Engineers
Princeton, New Jersey
Responsible for client contact, sales presentations to clients, management of HVAC staff of 32 people, project scheduling, cost control, conceptual and detailed design for Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, Hospitals and Office Buildings, plus Energy Management Analysis.
Pfizer, Inc., Pfizer Central Research Laboratory, Groton, CT
220,000 sq. ft. Drug discovery facility including biology and chemistry laboratories, 16,000 sq. ft. animal facility, administrative offices, library, auditorium, and central food service area.
E. R. Squibb & Sons, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ
55,000 sq. ft. Quality Control Laboratory including microbiological and environmental control laboratories and extensive sterility testing areas.
American Home Products Corporation, Ayerst Laboratories Research Center, South Brunswick, NJ
285,000 sq. ft. Pharmaceutical research facility including medicinal chemistry, bio-chemistry, microbiology and pharmacology laboratories, 20,000 sq. ft., animal facility, administrative offices, library, auditorium and central food service area.
Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc., Toxicology Lab & Animal Handling Facility, East Milestone, NJ
Alterations to 55,000 sq. ft. environmental health science laboratory. Master plan for additions to environmental health science laboratory, new aquatic toxicology laboratory.
Nabisco, 60 million dollar Research Laboratory & Administrative Office, East Hanover, NJ
St. Peterâ€™s Hospital
Middlesex County Medical Center
RCA Administrative Office, Morrestown, NJ
Ocean and Atlantic County Community Colleges
1975 to 1979
Creative Design Associates, Inc., Warminster, PA
Responsible for Business Development, Management, Cost Control, Design of HVAC Plumbing, Fire Protection & Solar Heating Systems.
Representative Projects: Churches, Schools, Shopping Centers, Nursing Homes, Office Buildings, Apartment Complexes
Largest Projects: Heritage Towers Total Care Facility, Doylestown, PA 238 Apartment Units plus 60 Bed Nursing Home
Master Planning for new Naval Academy, Saudi Arabia – Central Chiller Water Plant, Approximately 9,000 tons.
1965 to 1975
A. J. Creati & Associates, Inc. Elkins Park, PA
Responsible for HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Process Piping Design, Specification Writing, Cost Estimating, Storm Water Management, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Construction Administration, and Contracts. Supervised a staff of six people in HVAC and Plumbing Design. Started employment as a Designer.
Representative Projects: Shopping Centers, Industrial Buildings, Office Buildings
Largest Project: Columbia Mall, Columbia, MD – Largest enclosed mall on the East coast with a central chilled water & heating plant.
1959 to 1965
Charles Barrows, Consulting Engineer, Levittown, PA
Responsible for HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical Design for Residential and Commercial Buildings.
Representative Project: Cheltenham Shopping Center, Cheltenham, PA