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Expert in Construction deficiencies and building code compliance

Expert ID: 734831 Virginia, USA

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Expert has over 20 years of experience working in the construction industry. He is also still building as a licensed contractor in Virginia and Washington, DC. In addition to current construction projects, expert has a second firm. This company specializes in forensic investigations related to construction deficiencies; building code compliance; contract analysis; construction delay analysis; construction injury investigation.

Expert provides thorough construction defect inspection, and forensic investigative services, ranging from one room to an entire house, to identify construction issues, defect or violations that may come into play in a construction dispute.

He has leveraged his extensive knowledge and expertise of building and construction practices, as well as job-site health and safety in order to provide consumers and the legal community with relevant opinions, professional advice, and expert testimony.

Specialties include:

- Building Pathology
- Building Codes
- EIFs and Stucco
- Home Energy Performance
- Insulation and Attic Ventilation
- Infrared Thermography
- Water and Air Infiltration
- Moisture Management
- Failed Shower Systems
- Exotic Hardwoods
- Vapor Retarders/ Barriers
- Frozen Water Pipe Issues
- Structural Performance
- Siding and Rain Screens
- Forensic Expert Witness Services

 Commercial Building Contractor
 Residential Building Contractor
 Certified Forensic Consultant
 50+ OSHA Training Hours
 Virginia Class A Contractor
 District of Columbia General Contractor
 Inspector for Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
 FEMA Training
 Notary Public

Expert provides thorough construction defect inspection, and forensic investigative services, ranging from one room to an entire house, to identify construction issues, defect or violations that may come into play in a construction dispute. Expert looks at designs, structures, materials, and installation processes, in order to understand and identify issues relating to construction procedures, code violations, material defects, site conditions, and quality of construction, down to the most subtle detail. In many cases, evidence produced in our inspection can be used to mitigate a case, or lead to its resolution without going to attorneys or to court.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Richmond, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2018 Degree: Certificate Subject: Foundations of Courtroom Testimony – 16 Hour Course Institution: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Year: 2018 Degree: Certificate Subject: Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC) Institution: American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI)
Year: 2018 Degree: Certificate Subject: I-Codes Institution: International Code Council (ICC)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Providing consulting services, general contracting, project management, and jobsite safety serving corporate and private clientele. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business including site supervision, office administration, finance, budgeting, and marketing. Work with local, state, and federal officials to ensure regulatory compliance.

Successful completion of hundreds unique and custom projects. Experience and background range from high-end new custom home construction, interior renovations and additions, green building and energy efficient homes, commercial work, historical renovations, timber-framing, and creating elaborate custom interiors in prestigious estate-sized homes. Highlights include:
• Project management and consulting for VMW Interior Supply, LTD. Acted as a liaison between VMW Interior Supply and general contractor, John Moriarty and Associates. Projects included a $1.2 million dollar, 269 unit apartment high-rise in Arlington, Virginia, and a $1.5 million dollar 107 room luxury suite and spa in Alexandria, Virginia. Duties included generating take-offs, presenting estimates, managing project budgets, overseeing project teams, ensuring adherence to blueprints, technical drawings, and precision fit and finish
• Contracted to install custom interior finishes and millwork in a number of very unique and prominent Virginia and Maryland estate homes with budgets ranging from $1.5 -$6.5 million, including Salamander Farm in Middleburg, Virginia
• Contracted for high-end residential remodeling. Responsible for total demolition and renovation of kitchens, bathrooms, and other living spaces. Duties include the modification and installation of new and existing electrical components; installing appliances, and the reconfiguration of plumbing supply and waste lines; installation of tile, marble, slate, and granite floors, back-splashes, and countertops; installation of custom cabinetry, craftsmanship of fine woodworking, and complete punch-out duties
• Designed, managed, and constructed a two story addition on a 19th century historic farm house in Loudoun County, Virginia while adhering to the state’s historic preservation building codes
• Contracted for crew management and site supervision of framing multiple estate-sized custom homes, residential additions, and complete build-out of commercial office buildings and tenant spaces
Years: 2015 to 2018 Employer: Först Consulting Group, LLC Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Professional consulting services, litigation support, and subject matter expert testimony for homeowners, contractors, architects, attorneys, and insurance companies in the construction industry.
• Forensic investigations related to construction deficiencies; building code compliance; contract review and analysis; construction delay analysis; construction injury investigation. Specialties include: Building pathology, structural capability, home energy performance, EIF’s and stucco, insulation and attic ventilation, siding/ facades and rain screens, water and air infiltration, vapor retarder/ barriers, infrared thermography, moisture management, exotic hardwoods, failed shower systems.
• Leveraging my extensive knowledge and expertise of building and construction practices, as well as job-site health and safety in order to provide consumers and the legal community with relevant opinions and professional advice.
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: District of Columbia General Contractor Department: Responsibilities: Providing consulting services, general contracting, project management, and jobsite safety serving corporate and private clientele. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business including site supervision, office administration, finance, budgeting, and marketing. Work with local, state, and federal officials to ensure regulatory compliance.
Successful completion of more than 600 unique and custom projects. Experience and background range from Owner’s Advocate, new custom home construction, interior renovations and additions, green building and energy efficient homes, commercial work, historical renovations, timber-framing, and creating elaborate custom interiors in prestigious estate-sized homes.

Highlights include:
 Project management and consulting for VMW Interior Supply, LTD. Acted as a liaison between VMW Interior Supply and general contractor, John Moriarty and Associates. Projects included a $1.2 million dollar, 269 unit apartment high-rise in Arlington, Virginia, and a $1.5 million dollar 107 room luxury suite and spa in Alexandria, Virginia. Duties included generating take-offs, presenting estimates, managing project budgets, overseeing project teams, ensuring adherence to blueprints, technical drawings, and precision fit and finish
 Contracted to install custom interior finishes and millwork in a number of very unique and prominent Virginia and Maryland estate homes with budgets ranging from $1.5 -$6.5 million, including Salamander Farm in Middleburg, Virginia
 Contracted for high-end residential remodeling. Responsible for total demolition and renovation of kitchens, bathrooms, and other living spaces. Duties include the modification and installation of new and existing electrical components; installing appliances, and the reconfiguration of plumbing supply and waste lines; installation of tile, marble, slate, and granite floors, back-splashes, and countertops; installation of custom cabinetry, craftsmanship of fine woodworking, and complete punch-out duties
 Contracted for the install and build-out of custom staircases, library/ study and home office packages, fireplace mantels, built-in cabinetry, and other high-end custom millwork
 Designed, managed, and constructed a two story addition on a 19th century historic farm house in Loudoun County, Virginia while adhering to the state’s historic preservation building codes
 Contracted for crew management and site supervision of framing multiple estate-sized custom homes, residential additions, and complete build-out of commercial office buildings and tenant spaces
Years: 2000 to 2002 Employer: Gilford Trim and Millwork, Inc. Title: Custom Woodworker/ Cabinet Maker: Department: Responsibilities: Duties included building, installing, and finishing custom railings and staircases, elaborate bookcases, mantels and libraries, shaping wood / bending wood, site management and operating commercial woodshop equipment.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Employer: Curtiss Renovation, Inc Title: General Carpentry: Department: Responsibilities: Residential remodeling of kitchens, bathrooms, and additions; kitchen cabinetry installation; window and door replacement; rough-in plumbing and electrical; hardwood floor install and re-finishing.
Years: 1998 to 2000 Employer: Complete Auto Repair, Inc. Title: Michigan State Licensed Automotive Technician Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for vehicular preventative maintenance; removal, replacements, and overhauls of engines, transmissions, front-ends, electrical, and braking systems in passenger and heavy-duty vehicles.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Associations:
• American Bar Association (ABA) member
• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) member
• International Code Council (ICC) member
• National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) (expired)
Licenses / Certifications
Nova Custom Builders, LLC Virginia Class ‘A’ Contractor
District of Columbia General Contractor
Independent Education:
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) member
• Foundations of Courtroom Testimony – 16 Hour Course
American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) member
• Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC)

International Code Council (ICC)
• B1 Residential Building Inspector certified
• E1 Residential Electrical Inspector certified
• P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector certified
• M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector certified
Hillsdale College:
• Successful online completion of Constitution 101 – The Meaning and History of the Constitution

Demonstrated Safety, Awareness, and Emergency Management:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training:
• OSHA-10 Hour certified
• OSHA-30 Hour certified
• OSHA-7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation certified, 7.5 contact hours
• OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) certified, 1.0 contact hour
• Successful online completion of Fall Protection for Construction, 1.0 hour
• Successful online completion of Electrical Safety, 1.0 hour

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training:
• IS-29 Public Information Officer Awareness (POI) certified
• IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) certified
• IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident certified
• IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified
• IS-800.b National Response Framework certified
• WMD/ Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders (AWR-160) certified

Additional Certifications and Training:
• Certified Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Designing and Constructing Flood-Resistant Buildings: 6.5 CEU’s
• EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator
• NAUI Rescue Diver certified
• PADI Public Safety Diver certified (introduction to underwater forensics, rescue and recovery)
• Successful completion of the Virginia Boating Safety Course
• Emergency Vehicle Operator III licensed (EVOC III)
• Farm Equipment and Heavy Machinery Extrication certified
• Employed as an on-site EMT and ERT for the Federal Government during the construction of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency building in Springfield, Virginia
• Virginia Emergency Medical Technician (expired license): First responder to accidents, incidences, and injuries; provided basic life support and transport; pre-hospital patient care reporting
• Michigan Stated Licensed Automotive Technician (expired license)

Professional Appointments
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) member
 Foundations of Courtroom Testimony – 16 Hour Course
American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) member
 Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC)
International Code Council (ICC)
 B1 Residential Building Inspector certified
 E1 Residential Electrical Inspector certified
 P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector certified
 M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector certified
Awards / Recognition
Awards/ Recognitions/ Achievements:
• Numerous letters of satisfaction from Karl Rove – Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
• Special Tribute from House of Representatives, State of Michigan
• Awarded a one-year scholarship to Associated Builders & Contractors apprenticeship program
Medical / Professional
Factory/ Manufacturer Training:
 Schluter Systems
 James Hardie Siding
 Marvin Doors and Windows
 Simpson Strong-Tie
 Trex Decking

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Factory/ Manufacturer Training:
• Schluter Systems
• James Hardie Siding
• Marvin Doors and Windows
• Simpson Strong-Tie
• Trex Decking
Other Relevant Experience
Additional Information and Experience:
Qualified to provide reliable expert testimony and findings of fact for depositions, hearings, and trial proceedings; liaison to structural engineers, architects, and other cohort witnesses of fact.
Suburb analytical, research and investigative skills; expert knowledge of national and local building code compliance.
Superior ability to read, comprehend, and formulate conclusions based on blueprints and approved design plans.
Broad knowledge base of energy efficiency homes, building envelope, wood species, structural building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems.
Developmental site work: Experience operating and maintaining heavy-duty equipment for site clearing, foundation footers, debris removal, crane operation, and survey engineering for grading, drainage, and erosion control.
Business relationships include Owners, Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Attorneys, and personal Clients.

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