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 Expert  727755

Expert in Windows, Glass, Window Hardware, Window Leaks, Curtainwalls, Building Exteriors, Construction


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Since 1981, Expert has been involved with his current firm in multiple capacities including Technical Sales Engineer, VP Operations, Director of Engineering, and Owner.

His firm consistently ranks among the top 3 Glass & Glazing contractors in Chicago, and among the top 35 in the USA. Specialties include glass, windows and curtainwalls for high-rise buildings, schools, hospitals, government buildings – both for new construction, rehab and historic renovation.

Some of Expert's accomplishments:

• Expanded company capacity from $3.5 million to $25 million annual revenue.

• Built engineering capabilities to industry state-of-the-art levels, including incorporation of continually evolving presentation standards, integration of structural engineering, bill of materials, user instructions and 3 dimensional details into shop drawings. Developed library of details allowing efficient production as well as persuasive presentations for sales purposes.

• Developed new product such as scores of unique aluminum extrusion dies utilized in a new, successful and broadly used window-wall system. Creative product applications including the use of aluminum castings in building construction.

• Created two new company divisions: BART – Builders Architectural Repair & Testing DocSys Document Systems – Digital Archiving for Construction Documents

• Developed computer-based project management systems for management of submittals, approval of invoices, logistical programming of multiple material truckloads.

• Provided direct project management for selected high-profile jobs with track record of highest profit margins in the company. This includes contract administration, maintaining budget, ongoing customer contact, supervision of subcontractors, coordination of field activities, managing suppliers, quality control, billings and collections.

• Supervised and trained project managers.

• Oversight of all laboratory and field testing. Expert spent almost one year at specialized laboratories overseeing construction and testing of full-scale mockups of buildings which would later be built full size, up to 57 stories. Mockups are tested for air infiltration, water penetration, structural, thermal, acoustic and seismic performance. Laboratories include:

o Construction Research Laboratory, Miami, FL o Architectural Testing Laboratory, York, PA and Wausau, WI o Construction Consulting Lab West, Ontario, CA o Quast Consulting & Testing, Mosinee WI o Mid America Testing Laboratory Inc, Catawissa, MO

Expert consults with Architects, Engineers, General Contractors and Owners regarding best product selection and performance requirements for the project. Provide energy-related data such as thermal transmission, shading coefficient, air infiltration, etc. Provide customized details and designs.

Expert has 9 years experience in sales of technical product. Consistent record of success securing profitable multi-million dollar construction contracts including exterior renovation of Field Museum of Natural History.

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architectural glass

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architectural glass troubleshooting

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architectural window

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commercial building window

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energy-efficient window

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fenestration (architecture)

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glass

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glazing system

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glazing system architectural specification

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insulating glass

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residential window

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storm window

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U-value

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wind load

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window

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window design

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window glass


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  and Madison, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Building Construction Defects, Architectural Design Error &...
Design, Construction, and Management of the Built...
Architecture, Planning, Interior Design, and Construction...
Commercial and architectural glass and glazing systems....

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1974   Masters Degree   Social Work with Emphasis on Group Dynamics   University of Illinois, Urbana, IL   With High Honors
1973   BS   Psychology   University of Illinois, Urbana, IL   With High Honors
1969   Graduate   Technical   Lane Technical High School  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1993 to 2010

 

Builders Architectural Products, Inc.

 

Management

 

Executive Vice President

 

Oversee engineering and project management for major construction projects. Provide consultant services.

1985 to 1993

 

Builders Architectural Products, Inc.

 

Operations

 

Vice President of Operations

 

Direct project management of high profile construction projects. Oversee project managers including development of project management systems. Oversee all field and laboratory testing.

1981 to 1985

 

Builders Architectural Products, Inc.

 

Sales

 

Sales Engineer

 

Direct technical sales and estimating for substantial construction work involving windows, glass, curtainwalls, panels, louvers and other architectural products.


Career Accomplishments:
Awards/Recognition

9 Sales Awards


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Author of nearly 50 industry-related articles published in periodicals or the internet.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert is currently consulting with plaintiff in construction defect case involving water leakage.
  • Consultation, forensic investigation and repair for high-rise condominium exhibiting condensation on windows.
  • Expert witness work for matter involving contract dispute between window hardware manufacturer and sales representative.
  • Condition report for existing office building curtainwall, and design and pricing for a novel approach to improving/replacing same.
  • Investigation and proposed remedies for office building curtainwall where glazing sealants are failing.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Firm seeking to Develop US market.
  • Expert in Evaluation of Potential Metal Window Manufacturing Acquisition.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has provided consultation services to parties involved in construction or trade related disputes for 15 years in over 150 matters. Expert witness work had mostly involved consultation, analysis, the production of Expert Witness Reports. Expert has participated in some depositions.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on cable net curtain wall system.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2008 to 2008   Shenyang, China   Visited and worked with Chinese manufacturer of unitized curtainwall.

Market Research:
As a result of his involvement in an expert blog site, he maintains communication with many industry professionals, authorities, managers and owners.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Presentation to Argonne National Laboratories on Energy Efficient windows and glazing. Presentation to National Glass Association on Historic Window Replacement. Author expert blog site which has 3500 subscribers.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Extensive experience in sourcing a variety of products according to specifications developed in-house, including aluminum and wood windows, custom aluminum extrusions, custom metal flashings, custom aluminum castings, custom metal panels, sealants, fasteners, glass, etc.

Other Skills and Services

Writing, internet communications.


 

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