Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects PC, Architects, Planners, Interior Designers, and Consultants, partner with their clients such as Comcast, NBCUniversal, Disney, Marriott International, Hilton, and Ritz Carlton to create innovative environments that thoughtfully respond to their strategic branding, cultural, and operational objectives. They specialize in ground-up, renovation and historic adaptive reuse projects for office facilities, hotels, resorts, restaurants, meeting, conference and training facilities, aviation terminals and entertainment projects throughout the USA and Internationally. James Rappoport, AIA, NCARB, Principal and Architect of Record at Daroff, has provided technical consultations for hundreds of clients. He is the author of several professional text books and trade journal articles, has been awarded multiple copy rights and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the International Code Council (ICC), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB) and licensed to practice in 31 states. Areas of Expertise:
David G. Shreve, PE, is a licensed Professional Engineer in 18 states. He holds a certification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), is a LEED® accredited professional for Building and Construction and holds a Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) credential.
Mr. Shreve has over 30 years of experience in design, construction administration and forensic analysis of Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, and HVAC / Energy Management Systems for commercial, institutional and residential projects. He is also a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and International Code Council (ICC).
Mr. Shreve joined Ivey Engineering in 2014. His primary responsibilities include forensic analysis of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and energy management systems. Mr. Shreve and the team at IEI have designed and built HVAC systems for commercial, health care and LEED buildings; multi-family residential projects of all types; industrial and government facilities; hospitality projects; and detention facilities.
EXPERIENCE (partial listing) ∗ Approximately 300 HVAC, fire protection and plumbing design projects ∗ Approximately 10 LEED® design projects ∗ Approximately 20 feasibility studies ∗ Approximately 125 expert witness engagements
Sunset Consultants is an Architectural and Engineering Management firm that provides professional strategic planning and management consulting services for various entities, including those that need help with planning or architectural projects. Sunset's clients include well-established design firms and new professionals learning the basics of running an independent business. Sunset provides the following services:
Profit and Loss Analysis
Merger and Acquisition Analysis
Sales and Marketing Advice
Principal, David J. Brotman, FAIA, is an accomplished Senior Executive with a proven career and solid experience in all aspects of Architectural and Engineering Firm Management. Mr. Brotman's skills include all facets of Architectural Practice. His worldwide, multi-million dollar project experience includes retail, office, hotel, institutional, and mixed-use.
Mr. Brotman has a successful track record and expert qualifications in improving quality of work, market share, delivering strong revenue, and profit gains. His experience encompasses start-up, turnaround, high-growth, and multi-national operations. David Brotman holds a reputation among colleagues, subordinates, and associates for creative imagination, vision, team building, and leadership skills. He specializes in envisioning an end-result, then leading a management team to realize that result with marked improvements along the way.
Jeffrey Phillip Weinstein, AIA, a California licensed Architect and Construction Project Manager since 1982, with a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from USC, is actively involved with development, design and construction management. Mr. Weinstein provides preconstruction (entitlements, plans, permits) through on-site construction administration services (change order analysis, cost evaluation) on a wide range of building types.
Expertise: Mr. Weinstein has extensive experience in real estate development, acquiring government approvals, entitlements and permits, architect's standard of care, construction management, claims & defects, and A/E/C agreements. His expertise includes scope of services and design fees, zoning and building codes, errors/omissions, construction defects, destructive testing and repairs.
Previous positions include Director of Operations, Preconstruction Director, Senior Project Manager, Construction Manager and Administrator for Nadel and Callison Architects, Tishman Construction, Trammel Crow Company, California State University and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.
Project Experience: Mr. Weinstein's project experience includes high-rise residential and mixed-use developments, multi-family residential podium-type apartments and condominiums, retail, big box, neighborhood shopping centers and regional malls, corporate and tenant improvements, hospitality including wineries and breweries, themed resorts and casinos, K-12 and university buildings, hospitals and medical facilities, custom and production homes.
Professional Licenses / Certifications / Affiliations:
California Registered Architect, License #12822
AIA Certified in Construction Management, Contract Administration and Specifications
Member, American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, Construction Specification Institute
Member, North Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review
Professional Services Include:
Architectural, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) Project Management
Owner’s Representative / Real Estate Development / LEED Design-Build
Director of Operations and Pre-Construction Services / Construction Administrator
ln our current climate of economic prosperity and rising real estate values, the prevalence and usefulness of construction litigation may be on the wane. Much of the litigation and expert opinion in recent years has resulted in unrealistic repair schemes for the sole purpose of producing a settlement among parties to the litigation. When a plaintiff expert recommends a "remove and replace in its entirety"1 scenario (for example, arguing that all exterior stucco must be demolished and reinstalled due to a lack of expansion joints), the defense expert frequently advocates a more modest "fix what's broken" scheme to provide a minimum repair at the lowest cost. This process consumes considerable time and resources, and creates a difficult environment in which to craft a settlement. More often than not, neither party is pleased with the outcome; unreasonable plaintiff positions often result in settlement amounts ranging between 15 to 25 percent of the claim amount.