Derek J. Franken
is general engineering contractor with over 35 years’ experience specializing in Wet Utilities
. Mr. Franken has managed a staff of more than 250 employees with yearly project volumes ranging from $60-$100 million, including the successful completion of a single $25 million project under his supervision. His expertise includes all aspects of full service site utilities including all work incidental to the trade. Mr. Franken also has extensive knowledge with agency construction standards such as the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, County of Riverside, etc., and greenbook specifications.
Mr. Franken has project managed all phases of construction from pre-bid job walks through final completion, managed multiple field operations, coordinated up to 40 subcontractors on a single project, conducted project planning meetings with public and private entities including owners, developers, inspectors and subcontractors. His trade experience includes underground repairs, fire services, sewer lines, water lines, paving and concrete work for trench repair, backflow preventers, manholes, storm drain lines and storm drain structures with old and new construction pipelines, pump stations and lift stations.
He has worked with local attorneys consulting on various cases specializing in construction litigations to resolve claims and disputes by providing depositions, hazard analysis, construction defects, discovery for mediation and claims, and expert opinion. Mr. Franken takes a fair, informative and investigative approach in such disputes. A key association was a forensic investigation for a multi-million dollar case involving methane gas in homes. In the past 35+ years, Mr. Franken has completed several private and public works projects from Imperial Valley to Yuma to Riverside County, some of which had unique problems resulting in lawsuits. In the last 10 years, Mr. Franken has been at the forefront of every issue facing the largest wet utility contractor in San Diego County with pipeline issues, pump stations, paving, concrete structures, boring and tunneling.
Mr. Franken can provide expert witness services for Construction Industry Standard Practices, standards of care, safety issues, construction defects, contract disputes, etc. with onsite review, written reports, depositions, mediation, and trial testimony, if needed, locally and nationwide. He is able to communicate complex issues in a clear, detailed and effective manner.
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