Building Envelope Investigations

MDCSystems® has performed building exterior envelope investigations for over forty years on all types of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Some of these investigations have included unique aspects of work concerning:

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
Traditional hard coat cement stucco repairs/replacements
Stone veneer failures/replacements
Shingle roof failures/replacements
Water penetration due to improperly flashed windows
Water penetration due to missing/defective sealant applications
Flashing omissions
Air and Vapor barrier failures/omissions
Defective design applications for both new and traditional materials

NJ Turnpike Authority – Driscoll Bridge

MDC® was selected by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, represented by their law firm, to review and analyze an errors and omissions claim against the project designers. The project, located on the Garden State Parkway, was a renovation of the existing Driscoll Bridge and the construction of a new parallel bridge over the Raritan River and was initiated by the New Jersey Highway Authority which later merged with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. In addition to the bridge work, additional highway approach lanes were constructed. 

San Felipe Springs Water Treatment Plant, TX

The City of Del Rio, Texas had been concerned with the continuing operation of the San Felipe Springs Water Treatment Plant that was constructed in 2000. The facility had experienced piping failures on a number of occasions in the PVC piping associated with the filtration system. In addition, excessive pipe movement and the build-up of sedimentation in the piping was also a concern to the City.

Turnpike Project (The Big Dig)

Client Name: Honeywell

MDC® was asked to investigate and provide a project analysis of a $104 million fixed-price contract for the expansion of an existing Integrated Highway Monitoring and Control System managed by a Turnpike Authority. This system is a traffic management and data acquisition application supporting travel through the heart of a major east-coast city.

Highway Interchange Project

Client Name: NJDOT

MDC® was asked to investigate and analyze a contractor’s claim for the construction of an interstate highway interchange and inspection station. Unique geological conditions were alleged by the contractor to be responsible for a doubling in the value of the completed project. MDC® conducted a detailed Forensic Project Management and geotechnical investigation of the site to determine if the alleged conditions impacted the project.

Scheduling Project

Client Name: Black & Veatch

MDC® was retained by our client to determine if the utility had contributed in any material way to the problems associated with either the removal or installation of the new generators. MDC® developed a detailed analysis of the problems encountered during the execution of the removal and installation work. MDC® determined that much of the delay in the installation of the generators was due to delay by a subcontractor responsible to Raytheon. MDC® also determined that additional delays were the result of inadequate verification by the contractor. Thus, the majority of the underlying conditions that caused the excess costs were not due to problems created by our client.

Pakistani Gas Turbine Power Plant

Client Name: NEPCO

MDC® was requested to provide expert analysis to an EPC contractor in a multi-party insurance litigation concerning a project in Pakistan. MDC® performed an expedited review of both technical and scheduling issues and worked with outside counsel in the UK to identify and analyze project delays and identify their relationship to technical and contractual issues, including force majeure events, physical damage to equipment and delay causation.

Oman Combined Cycle Power Plant

Client Name: Stone & Webster Engineering, Inc.

MDC® was asked to investigate and analyze a contract with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for the detailed engineering and construction of a gas-fired turbine electric generating plant located in Oman at Saih Rawl. The power plant was to supply electrical power to the national grid and to the adjacent gas processing plant. A waste heat recovery unit in the power plant was to provide process heat to an adjacent gas plant being constructed by others.

Singapore Pharmaceutical Project

Client Name: Schering-Plough

Singapore Pharmaceutical Project – MDC® was asked to investigate and analyze the delay and cost overrun experienced on this bulk pharmaceutical manufacturing project in Singapore. MDC® conducted extensive site visits and personnel interviews to determine the major problems experienced in the construction of the facility.