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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. 814’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.
 
EDUCATION

B.S.M.E. 1968, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

REGISTRATIONS

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

AWARDS

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
 
MEMBERSHIPS

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 Marketer’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 Expert’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 Owners’ & Managers’ 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
 
EXPERIENCE

9/91 to Present
Director
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.

·    Testing.
 
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.

Representative Projects:

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.

1984
President
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.

Representative Projects:

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. Peter’s Hospital

Middlesex County Medical Center

RCA Administrative Office, Morrestown, NJ

Ocean and Atlantic County Community Colleges

1975 to 1979
President
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
Chief Engineer
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
Designer
Charles Barrows, Consulting Engineer, Levittown, PA
Responsible for HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical Design for Residential and Commercial Buildings.
Representative Project: Cheltenham Shopping Center, Cheltenham, PA

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