Category: Construction Consulting

Construction Defects Evaluation

Basic Fact Pattern
  • Defendant had installed an asphalt shingle roof and performed pest remediation services on the dwelling
  • The residence had severe damage to its exterior envelope
  • Alleged damages to the residence were the result of poor workmanship of the defendant
Investigative Steps Taken
  • Dwelling was visually inspected
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle employed to document areas unsafe for human beings
  • Comprehensive study of building history was performed
  • Detailed code and product analysis was performed
  • In-depth analysis of opposing repair estimate made
Determinations Made
  • The roofing material was not installed properly and would require replacement
  • The extensive damages to the exterior envelope were historic in nature and not the result of defendant’s faulty workmanship
  • Litigation support services were also provided throughout the mediation process

Fire At A Medical Building


Haag inspected for fire, smoke, and water damage, photo-documented the loss, wrote a detailed scope and estimate for restoration, and addressed code compliance issues. The building was restored within two weeks.

When fire gutted one suite of a 5,500-square-foot medical plaza, smoke, soot, and water affected the entire two-story building. Haag Construction Consulting provided a rapid response: inspecting, diagraming, and digitally photographing the entire facility. Our investigation found contamination throughout the HVAC system; dead air spaces above ceilings also suffered severe smoke and soot fallout. Working closely first with the mitigation contractor and then with the general contractor, we established a scope and cost for the mitigation and mapped out a plan for completing the project with minimal disruption to tenants’ day-to-day operations. Within two weeks the entire medical plaza had returned to normal operation.

Restoring a Fire-Damaged High-Rise


Fire damaged three floors of an apartment tower; smoke and water damaged the rest. Haag consultants created the plan for setting things right, and for keeping the loss from growing in scope and cost.

The direct fire damage was extensive — three of the nine floors in a Little Rock residential high-rise — and the water and soot damage was comprehensive. All nine floors required expert evaluation and restoration. Haag Construction Consultants became the central figures, working with the adjuster, contractors, and municipal building officials to determine the scope, cost, and timeline for putting things right. That required careful analysis of what could be repaired, what required replacement, and what each would cost. In addition, our Haag consultants were asked to identify potential environmental exposures, especially with regard to indoor air quality and possible improper mitigation practices. Not only did Haag give all the interested parties a complete, clear picture of the loss, we also helped identify tasks that required urgent attention to prevent the loss from growing in scope and costs.

A Storm Overwhelms Dormitories’ Drainage Systems


When the storm drains around the dormitories at a southeastern college proved inadequate in a heavy storm, water entered several of the buildings, damaging flooring and drywall. An inspection by Haag Construction Consultants established what needed to be done to restore the dorms. Then, during the restoration project, a new problem turned up: The flooring material and mastic contained asbestos. The Haag consultants arranged for an abatement contractor to perform the asbestos abatement. Despite this unforeseen complication and the delay it caused, Haag’s oversight helped the college complete the dorm reconstruction in a timely manner.

Construction Consulting Post-Hurricane


The 2017 storm year began with Harvey, the stubborn gulf storm which camped out over Houston and the entire coast of Texas for 7 days in August. Irma and Maria then dealt back-to-back blows to the Caribbean, with property claims activity extending through the Keys into Central Florida.

Haag’s Construction Consulting (HCC) business unit has received of a great deal of activity in all areas of the US affected by the heightened 2017 season. Years out from these storms, Haag Consultants continue to receive new assignments weekly. In addition to our 2017 hurricane work across the mainland, Puerto Rico assignments have continued at a very steady pace. We are now progressing from the initial damage assessment phase into the controversy and litigation phase.

Haag Construction Consulting’s work in Puerto Rico has included hospitals, shopping malls, high-rise office buildings, resort hotels, retail centers, government facilities, and mid and high-rise condos. As with any coastal vacation area, Puerto Rico is heavily populated with mid- and high-rise condos, apartments, and resort hotel properties.

Multi-family or commercial property assignments usually involve Construction Consulting inspection teams of four to eight consultants for anywhere from two to six days to carry out the initial site inspection activities. As the site inspection is concluded, our teams then move to the production of repair estimates and reports, which involves sorting through thousands of site photos and hundreds of pages of scope notes. We translate those notes and photos into a very thorough, supported scope analysis and repair estimate.

The team at Haag Construction Consulting’s work product and quality has led to satisfied clients, which in turn has created additional work in Puerto Rico, and all 2017 hurricane-effected areas.

By Brandon Alaniz, Senior Construction Consultant

Brandon Alaniz is an experienced construction consultant, with more than 15 years in the construction industry. He is responsible for maintenance, and completion of all consulting services and related work product. His emphasis is building reconstruction, restoration, equipment and machinery cost, and remediation cost for the insurance industry. Preparation of construction loss estimates and restoration / remediation management services for losses that are either repaired by the owners and need constant supervision to expedite or losses that require this service to fast-track a project without the need of a general contractor, to insure the favorable / equitable conclusion of a loss. Experience in many forms / types of construction and restoration including; multi-family dwellings, educational, municipal, hotel/motel, and multi-story