Construction is a multidiscipline project which requires a specialized knowledge and hands-on experience to address the various construction technical and legal issues that arise. Architecture experts have the expertise and experience you need to assist in your matter


Forensic Architecture is a science that investigates the relationship between architectural facts and legal responsibilities. This science deals with any service, product, or property that was provided in connection with the built environment. Construction is a complex and dynamic process that requires special knowledge, experience, and understanding to address the intricate technical and legal issues that arise with building planning, design, construction, and maintenance. Our credentialed professionals have many years of experience working in their fields gaining the knowledge to become experts.

If a problem arises due to the design, construction, alteration, or operation of buildings, we have the expertise and experience to investigate the architectural aspects of the matter. Investigative tasks such as inspecting building failures, researching codes and ordinances, determining contract requirements, evaluating project financial arrangements, analyzing construction logistics and schedules, and reporting on investigation findings are all integral to our services. Using a 3-D laser scanner, we can create accurate models of building interior and exterior conditions. With our knowledge and experience, we can explain the responsibilities of the parties involved and their relationship to applicable codes, industry standards, and practices. The services of our forensic experts are crucial in determining the outcome of a built environment liability issue.

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ADA Compliance

When an evaluation must be made to determine if a component of a building or public walkway provides safe access for pedestrians with disabilities, our ADA Compliance experts can help. Each of these experts has years of experience and a comprehensive knowledge of the design and construction industry standards and regulations that provide safe access for pedestrians with mobility impairments.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.

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Richard E. Daniels, P.E.

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Architectural Design

If an issue occurs as a result of the design process, our experts have the know-how you need.  With experience in all areas of the building design process, we have the knowledge to assist with issues involving Architectural Design standards and practices, design and construction contract evaluations, and regulatory compliance.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Architectural Standard of Care

With almost 13 workers killed on the job every day in the United States, Industrial Accidents are a real concern.  Our experts can assist with a multitude of areas, from general machine guarding to pinch and nip points, processes, company procedures, hazardous materials, production equipment failures, and Industrial Hygiene.  We also have the capabilities and expertise to investigate industrial truck accidents, material handling accidents, and personnel lift accidents.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Building Cladding & Window Systems

Building cladding and window system failures that result in moisture infiltration can often precipitate a complex and seemingly non-related series of symptoms.  These types of problems requires years of experience examining building cladding and window conditions to determine the cause or causes of building failure symptoms.  We have the background, training, and experience to evaluate and determine the nature and cause of building cladding and window system failures.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Building Codes

If you require an evaluation of the code of compliance of a building’s design, construction, and maintenance, we can assist.  With years of practical experience researching and analyzing Building Codes and code-referenced standards, our staff of professionals can provide a thorough evaluation of a building’s compliance and relevant building codes.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.

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Richard E. Daniels, P.E.

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Building Envelope Failure

When building envelope systems failures occur, whether at foundations, sidings, roofs or fenestrations, moisture infiltration frequently result in damages to interior materials and may also result in structural damages or failure.  We have years of experience examining building envelope failure conditions to determine the cause or causes of the infiltration event.  Our experts have the knowledge, background, training and experience to evaluate issues that result in moisture infiltration and damage, and to assess the nature and cause of a building envelope failure conditions.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Building Roofing Systems

Building roofing system failures can be caused by the roofing materials, their installation, or other factors such as deferred maintenance, storm damage, or aging.  Each failure mode presents unique evidence patterns that require years of experience examining roofing failure conditions to determine the cause or causes of a given roofing system failure.  With the background, training, and experience to evaluate and determine the nature and cause of roofing system failures, we are the specialists to call.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Construction Estimates

If you need an evaluation of construction cost estimates, we have years of experience creating and evaluating construction estimates.  Our experience includes quantity take-offs, unit pricing, project general conditions, and the economic impacts of project site-specific logistical constraints.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Construction Industry Standards

During litigation for a construction case, an evaluation of construction industry standards and practices may be necessary.  Our professionals have years of practical experience researching and implementing construction industry standards and practices.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Richard E. Daniels, P.E.

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Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.

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Construction & Professional Services Contracts

If you need an expert for an incident involving a design professional or construction contract requirements, including contracts for architectural and engineering services, we can assist you.  Our specialists have years of experience in preparing and reviewing design professional services contracts and their requirements, including those for schedules, financial obligations, and the work scope conditions of the design professional.  Having worked within contract agreements as well as both delivering and receiving the expected work products, our staff has the experience you need for a contract dispute.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Richard E. Daniels, P.E.

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Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.

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Construction Site Safety / OSHA

When there is an incident on a construction site, we can evaluate construction site safety to determine if a danger existed.  Our construction experts have a comprehensive knowledge of the design and construction industry safety standards and practices, including OSHA requirements, for creating and maintaining a safe construction site environment.

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Richard E. Daniels, P.E.

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Michael E. Goldberg, CIH
Michael E. Goldberg, CIH, CSP

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David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.

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Means of Egress

If there is an issue involving incidents at doorways, ramps, and stairways, our qualified staff can provide thorough evaluations of the incident Means of Egress component to determine its compliance with relevant building codes.

David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB

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Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.

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Richard E. Daniels, P.E.

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Slip, Trip & Fall

CESI’s highly qualified professionals can analyze the mechanics of a slip, trip or fall to determine whether the built environment was a cause or factor in an incident.  The examination of the incident site and/or documentation of the incident site conditions are used to determine whether a hazard was present.  In addition, our experts can evaluate maintenance practices that may be applicable to the incident location.  When pertinent, slip-resistance testing of the walking-surface can be performed to establish whether the walking-surface reasonably complied with codes, standards and practices, and the interaction of the incident footwear with the walking-surface can be evaluated.

Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E.

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Richard E. Daniels, P.E.

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Derek T. Jander, P.E.
Derek T. Jander, P.E.

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Andres J. Calderon, Ph. D.
Andres J. Calderon, Ph. D.

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Michael E. Goldberg, CIH
Michael E. Goldberg, CIH

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David M. Kenney, P.E.
David M. Kenney, AIA, NCARB

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