Delaware Manufacturing Plant

Client Name: Durr Automation

MDC® was retained by a Prime Contractor against General Motors on a $200MM(+) expansion project. MDC® assisted the prime contractor in preparing its statement of claim as well as defending itself against claims brought by their subcontractor. MDC®’s analysis work involved verification of labor and equipment costs and attribution of costs to various conditions including the impact of design changes, local plant requested changes and the unforeseen discovery of hazardous materials and its removal which disrupted the planned work flow.

Indiana Manufacturing Plant Project

Client Name: Sun Oil Company

MDC® was retained to review engineering, procurement and construction issues concerning the development of a coke (coal) manufacturing plant in Indiana. Our client’s damages stemmed from the differential movement of the sub-grade beneath the coke oven battery foundations and the failure of the coke ovens’ exhaust gas system to maintain adequate negative process pressures.

Airbag Manufacturing Facility Project

Client Name: Talley Industries

MDC® was retained by an airbag manufacturing company to consult and provide expert witness services for the evaluation of a $40 million claim against our client for defective design and construction of an airbag manufacturing plant. After the plant was sold to a third party, our client constructed additions and modifications to the plant, increasing production capacity dramatically. Part of the plant in which the explosive pellets are manufactured was involved in a catastrophic failure.


Client Name: Dean Mead

MDC® was retained by a university in Florida to develop an analysis of the events and issues that arose during the construction of the university buildings. MDC® performed a comprehensive schedule analysis of the causes and liability for delay during the project. This analysis required verification of the contractor’s initial schedule and the subsequent updates to determine their accuracy and reliability as a basis for analysis.

School District Project

Client Name: Catasauqua Area School District

MDC® was retained by a general contractor and a Pennsylvania school district, to analyze change orders submitted by the general contractor to the school district for excessive costs associated with the removal of rock found after excavation of the proposed site for a new high school. The new high school was first estimated with a total budget amount of $20,995,100 with actual construction costs exceeding $25,356,024. MDC® determined that due to poor planning and testing by the Architect the school district was entitled to recover the excessive costs for rock removal from the Architect.

Suburban School District Energy Project

MDC® was retained by a school district in Pennsylvania to investigate, analyze and recommend corrective action for the high school HVAC System due to high operating costs and unacceptable temperature conditions in various rooms of the school. The high school had been recently constructed and incorporated a geothermal field for heating and cooling uses.

University Library Project

MDC® was retained by a university in New Jersey to determine if problems existed with the building design of the university library. The university had experienced problems maintaining the interior environment of the library within normally accepted ranges for this type of facility. The university suspected that the problems were the result of errors in the design of the building and its mechanical system.

Multipurpose Pharmaceutical Plant

Client Name: Schering Plough Pharmaceutical Company

MDC® was retained by Schering Plough, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, to evaluate the performance of the Architect/Engineer during design and construction of a multipurpose bulk pharmaceutical plant. MDC® identified errors and omissions of the Architect/Engineer and analyzed the effect of delayed and incomplete design on construction costs and completion of the plant for a major international arbitration. Technical issues involved design and fabrication of major ductwork and piping systems.

Millville Early Childhood Center

Client Name: Sambe Construction Company

Sambe Construction Company constructed a new 20,000 SF two-story building and renovated a 64,000 SF existing two-story building for the Millville Early Childhood Center. It was a competitively bid contract awarded by New Jersey State Construction Corporation (NJSCC) and was scheduled for completion on September 7, 2004.

U.S. Federal Office Building and Courthouse

Client Name: Turner Construction Company

The project consisted of approximately 300,000 sq. ft. of court/office space and underground parking. The building is 15 floors high and occupies almost an entire city block in downtown Minneapolis. The initial project price for the project’s lump-sum design/build contract between GSA and a Developer Team, including Turner Construction Co., was approximately $91 million. Of this amount, approximately $78.4 million was Turner’s construction subcontract.