Construction, Architecture, ADA, Failure Analysis Expert Consultant Resume
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  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Building Failure Analysis
  • ADA
  • Building Codes
  • Expert Witness

 

B.A. Architecture, School of Environmental Design University of California, Berkeley

An architect who brings expertise & experience in both architecture & construction with more than 30 years’ experience in design and construction of single family homes & commercial structures. This consultant is an Architecture Expert Witness, Mediator, and Arbitrator and has personally been responsible for over $100 million of constructed projects, as designer, specifier, project manager, architect-of-record or principal-in-charge of small and large complex projects.Actively involved in virtually all phases of the roofing and waterproofing industries since 1988 and successfully served as an expert witness for over 25 years. Designated as an expert witness in dozens of cases involving water intrusion from various sources including roofing, waterproofing, sheet metal, wall systems inclusive of stucco, stone cladding, masonry, cavity walls, EIFS, and curtain walls as well as waterproofing systems and virtually all types of water intrusion and related construction defects.

Based on this foundation of technical and practical experience, this consultant has participated as an expert witness in forensic construction assignments for plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters including ADA Accessibility Guidelines, insurance matters, standard of care, schedule delay, construction defects, contract disputes, water intrusion, mold, errors and omissions.  Project types in education, office, criminal justice, housing (senior, assisted living, public, multi-family and single detached), health care, commercial, hospitality, and retail facilities have been designed and completed by this expert. 
 
Provides a variety of consulting services related to construction and design claims including expert testimony, research and analysis of built projects, peer review and construction documents; assistance in litigation and settlement strategies. Testified as an expert on claims in both arbitration and litigation cases and has also provided alternative dispute resolution and litigation support services in the construction and design fields.
 
Services include architectural consulting, construction review, investigation and analysis of building failures, remedial design, litigation support and reconstruction, including project management, preparation of construction documents and construction administration. Consulting, testing, site inspections, comprehensive reports are all aspects of the services provided.
 
In addition, this consultant is uniquely qualified to consult on ADA compliance and disabled access design as a California Division of the State Architect Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and ICC-Accessibility Inspector and Plans Examiner. Performs peer reviews and site inspections in terms of design and construction as required the California Building Code (CBC), the International Building Code (ICC-ANSI 117.1) and Federal ADA Standards (ADAAG).

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Providing expertise in architecture and construction to a wide variety of clients.
 
Certified Plans Examiner,  an architectural firm
  • Providing Fire and Life-Safety, Structural, Civil/Accessibility, Mechanical, Electrical, and Energy Efficiency plan review services to jurisdictions and government clients throughout the Western United States.
  • Providing Quality Assurance and Control reviews for various Bay Area Architectural firms to ensure DSA/OSHA and Building Codecompliance, document accuracy and constructability.
  • Schools and government projects.
  • HUD requirements for multi-family project) 
Production Supervisor/Quality Control Manager, Hunt/Hale/Jones Architects,  San Francisco, CA     
  • Supervise and manage the architectural department.
  • Responsible for staff mentoring and development.
  • Provide technical support to all design efforts to ensure code compliance, cost effectiveness, constructability, and quality control. 
Expert Witness – Forensic Architect, IMA Architects, San Francisco, CA        
  • In-depth experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Fair Housing Act, UFAS, Section 504
  • Investigate construction defect and design complaints to assess the validity, extent, and severity of the claims.
  • Standard of Care Analysis and Expert Witness Testimony.
Senior Project Manager   TSAO Design Group, San Francisco, CA
  • Managed the relocation of the corporate headquarters for the Chevron Texaco Executives to San Ramon. Remodeled area totaled 150,000 square feet with a construction cost of $55 million dollars.
  • Executive Architect for Forrest City on the historic Emporium – Bloomingdales project on Market Street that included retail, offices, theatres, hote,l and restaurants totaling 1.6 million square feet.
  • Other work/clients included: Alameda Power & Telecom, Gap, Citibank, Charles Schwab and Best Buy. 
  • Participated in marketing the firm and provided technical support and mentoring to architectural staff.
  • Managed day to day functions of the office. 
Chief Building Official/Plans Examiner/Building InspectorCity of Piedmont,  Piedmont, CA
  • Supervised & managed department staff.  Prepared department budgets, conducted training sessions on code compliance and building inspection and general department administration.
  • Plan checked construction documents for code compliance with the UBC, Accessibility and Fire & Life Safety codes.
  • Performed building inspections during all phases of construction and prepare and present reports to City Council and Planning Board.
Owner,J.G. Foster & Associates, Alameda, CA
  • Managed design and construction on a variety of projects both new and renovations for Types I, III & V construction, including: Auto/Dealer Facilities, Banking/Financial, Hotels/Motels, Multi-Family Residential, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Single Family Residential.
  • Provided complete on-site construction management for Alameda, Power & Telecom for their new 40,000 sq. ft. facility, ensuring compliance with construction documents. Prepared daily reports and weekly schedules; inspected the work on a daily basis. Processed, reviewed and approved all RFI's, Submittals and Change Orders. 
Permit Facilitator & City Architect, City of Alameda, Alameda, CA
  • Facilitated the permit process for Developers, Contractors and Architects on large complex projects, Liaison between City and State Departments (Planning, Engineering, Public Works, Fire, BCDC, HUD, Port of Oakland and State Architect).
  • As City Architect, provided architectural services for the rehab and redevelopment of City owned buildings.
  • Processed, reviewed and approved all RFI's, Submittals and Change Orders. 
Project Architect, Hansen, Murakami & Eshima, Oakland, CA
  • Extensive background in virtually all aspects of design, construction documents, construction and materials, production responsibilities in team environments.
  • Raised the standards of construction documents and reduced liability.  Instituted project planning and status reporting.
  • Projects included: office buildings, school buildings, condominiums, labs, and shopping centers, rehabilitation of historical buildings, and seismic upgrades to URM buildings, restaurants, banks and new residences.

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