Liberty Building Forensics Group® (LBFG) personnel have over 5 decades of combined experience in the diagnosis, forensic analysis, correction, and implementation of building failures. The firm offers personnel with experience in some of the largest building problems in the world. For example:
- Investigation, design, and remediation of the Martin County Courthouse, Florida ($24m)
- Investigation, design, and repairs of the Kalia Tower, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hawaii ($60m)
The firm’s experience is not in a secondary role or involvement but as primary investigators and directors of the diagnoses and corrections necessary to resolve the problem. LBFG has provided both design and construction services in the resolution of problems.
LBFG has the ability to provide:
- Complete forensic based diagnosis services derived from years of litigation level experience.
- Design of architectural and mechanical building problems (AA26001734 & ENG28913)
- Remediation, construction, and building envelope services (QB53916)
- Assistance for a legal team in litigation recovery of damages including expert witness services.
This experience extends to direct litigation support of claims in which successful defense and recovery have both been achieved. Examples of recovery experience includes:
- Recovery of costs related to building envelope and HVAC problems has included over $15M+ from various parties in the Martin County Courthouse, Florida.
- $3M+ for the Army related to facilities in Hawaii; and multiple claims for educational facilities, healthcare facilities, hotels/resorts, and government facilities.
- $6.25M (95% of repair costs) recovered in a recent multi-family housing project that required nearly complete building envelope replacement.
Examples of successful defense include:
- The successful defense of a multi-million dollar claim against Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (division of Dillingham) in a building claim associated with the $750M Hyatt Waikoloa Resort.
- A masonry contractor was successfully defended against a $20M claim in an 8-story building in Charleston, SC, in which the entire building envelope was replaced. This effort was performed after the problem recurred because the original building envelope consultant had misdiagnosed the problem.