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Cooperative Forensic Investigations of Building Enclosures in Litigation Cases

BEC
April 09, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location
Virtual Meeting via Webinar
Posted by Jeff Diqui

AIA CREDIT: Yes

ABSTRACT:

Forensic investigations in litigation support projects have special requirements which typically result in little communication and no collaboration between expert consultants representing opposing parties.   When the litigating parties agree to allow their expert consultants to cooperate in the investigation of the root causes of the defects and the development of repair and restoration solutions, compromise negotiations and the mediation process can proceed amicably, and repairs can be expedited.  This presentation will use a case study to illustrate the advantages of cooperative building enclosure investigations and compromise negotiations regarding repairs in a litigation project.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the basics of a forensic building enclosure investigation.
  • Understand the special requirements of forensic investigations in litigation cases.
  • Understand the typical opposing expert investigation processes and the advantages of cooperative investigations.
  • Understand the value of cooperative investigation toward compromise negotiations and mediation.

PRESENTER BIO: 

Matt Filippini of Filippini Consulting Architects, PLLC (FCA) specializes as a forensic architect and building envelope consultant.  His practice focuses on the forensic investigation of building defects, including roof, wall, window, curtain wall, flooring, and foundation systems, for the purposes of litigation support and/or rehabilitation design.

Matt’s investigations take a building science approach.  His evaluations may include peer review of construction documentation, field inspections, investigative openings, in situ testing, and hygrothermal and finite element computer modeling of building enclosure performance.  He is experienced in identifying defects, causation, liability, and standards of care, quantifying damages, preparing cost estimates, assisting in dispute resolution, providing expert trial testimony, and developing successful remedial design solutions.

Prior to starting FCA, Matt was Director of Architecture + Building Science at CTLGroup.  Previous to CTLGroup, Matt Filippini had 25 years of experience at architectural, structural engineering, design/build contractor, and forensic expert firms.

VIRTUAL MEETING REGISTRATION & LOGIN INFORMATION:

For BEC Chicago members, an invite with REGISTRATION LINK will be sent out approximately 7 to 10 days in advance of event. After registration, a confirmation email with LOGIN INFORMATION with be sent for the virtual meeting that will be hosted through ZOOM. For non-BEC Chicago members interested in attending, you may contact Jeff Diqui at jdiqui@imiweb.org to request an invite. The invitation will include a REGISTRATION LINK.