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:
Delta Agronomics provides Engineering Solutions for Indoor Agriculture. With over 350 successful indoor agriculture facility engineering designs, they have the track record to ensure facilities maximize the quantity, quality, health, and consistency of product, from harvest-to-harvest, year over year. Clients have included venture capital groups, owners, contractors, cultivators, and engineers.
Business Consultant Services:
Engineering Environmental Control (EC) Systems
Facility Analysis and EC Sizing
EC Equipment Selections
EC System Sequence of Operations
EC Equipment Analysis
EC Equipment Budgeting
Odor Control and Mitigation
Review Subcontractor Pay Applications
Review Change Order Requests
Coordinate Subcontractor Schedules and Timelines
Property and Facility Due Diligence
EC Equipment Startup Coordination HVAC
Plumbing and Electrical Systems Commissioning
Brian Zimmerman, PE, Principal at Delta Agronomics, has over 35 years of experience in the Commercial HVAC Engineering and Design market. The past 13 years, Mr. Zimmerman has designed over 350 Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Facilities across the US and Canada.
Mr. Zimmerman is an expert in sizing and specifying HVAC equipment in the indoor cannabis and controlled environmental agriculture (CEA) markets. His specialty is in HVAC equipment sizing, control, and capabilities for maintaining stable design setpoints for temperature and relative humidity (RH).
Isaak Technologies provides expert witness, consulting & training services in the areas of design, construction, procurement, implementation, commissioning and operations of information technology, telecommunications, network systems and critical data center facilities. Isaak Technologies provides clear solutions to complex challenges using best-practice forecasting, strategy & risk mitigation.
Philip J. Isaak, PE, P.Eng., DCDC, RCDD, SMIEEE, has over 20 years of experience as a design & operations consultant & training provider, with a focus in the information technology, telecommunications & critical data center facility industries.
In recognition of Mr. Isaak’s professional standing, the Officers & Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association for advancement of technology, certified his election to the grade of Senior Member, a level only 9% of IEEE’s over 400,000 global members hold.
One of the new terms in the data center industry is Edge Data Centers. What is the Edge? Where is the Edge? Before we begin to understand what an Edge Data Center is, it might be helpful to first understand what it is not.
Retail Expert Witness Corp is a multi disciplined retail store planning company. With over 30 years of experience, they have elevated their reputation to among the most respected and acclaimed Store Planning Firms in the United States.
Consulting Expertise Includes:
Store Design and Display
Trade Show Concepts
Founder, Jerry Birnbach, FISP, Associate AIA, is an award winning Retail Designer of Stores and Displays. He has 40 years of exclusive retail consulting with Americas largest retailers and product vendors. Mr. Birnbach is listed as a Top 40 Retail Industry Leader. He is considered an Expert on all things Retail.
Industry magazines have recognized Jerry Birnbach and Associates as a top 50 Retail Design Firm. They have received VMSD for best specialty store design award for successories, the POPAI award for the best display design for Revlon sunglasses, the DDI Global Shop Magellan award for marketing and graphic design, and the IMRA Best Trade Booth Design award.
Mr. Birnbach served as a Partner at RDD Associates Inc., designing high profile prototype stores and departments for Walmart, Macy's Target, Crayola, Ringling Bros., Fleet Center Arena, Conair, DKNY, XOXO, and Mizrachi. He has complete knowledge from construction to grand opening and every aspect of retailing in between.
The Patriots won the Super Bowl because they had more Angels on the field which was my Expert observation. As an Expert Witness for Retail liability case, assisting Liability Attorney's across the country, I have trained my eye to observe. So what did I take away from the Super Bowl?
I have been retained by a law firm as an expert witness in the field of Retail Design and Display. I was asked to review a furniture retail Store located in the above referenced address. It does need to be noted that I was not able to review the actual piece of furniture in question nor the camel statue that fell off of the chest and onto the plaintiff.
The Falcon Group, a team of highly-skilled professionals, was established to offer consulting in the fields of Professional Engineering and Architecture. Our project management and financial control processes allow us to consistently deliver projects on schedule and within budget. Our reputation is built on our attention to detail and relentless commitment to client satisfaction and our principals maintain a visible role in our assignments to ensure that relevant issues will be anticipated and resolved satisfactorily, in a timely fashion. Our breadth of capabilities allows us to effectively manage people, processes and organizations to meet and exceed expectations for superior and comprehensive service delivery. But The Falcon Group's clients value more than the depth and scope of our technical expertise. Our clients include:
Boards of Education
Commercial Property Managers
Private Property Owners
Professional Services Provided Include:
Design Plans and Specifications
Administration and Inspection
Specialty Services for Community Associations
Construction and Material Testing
Property Condition Assessment (PCA) Reports
Litigation Support - Litigation sometimes becomes necessary to resolve construction, engineering, architectural or materials-related disputes. For virtually any type of property or project, we provide a variety of analytic and related services to assist clients in obtaining successful litigation outcomes, related to:
As discussed in my first window article titled "The View Of Your Windows Is Not Always The Same", there is great variation in the suitability of a window for a particular application. In all cases, there is a very specific need for proper detailing and attention to detail with respect to integration of the window with the building envelope and proper detailing during installation. This sequel to my first window article focuses on quality control measures for installation once your window has been selected and specified.
In March 2013 a catastrophic sinkhole collapse swallowed a central Florida bedroom killing the occupant without notice. The home was a total loss and the event made national news making many property managers keenly aware of the costs and dangers of sinkholes. Residents of the Northeast are not immune from these occurrences. Understanding possible causes and remedies should help with decision making at all levels of property management and ownership.
Community associations, building owners, engineers, contractors and property managers deal with the constant battle of keeping water out of the building envelope, but sometimes the water that causes stains, mold and decay actually originates from within the building envelope. The cold temperatures of the winter months combined with specific interior conditions will result in excessive condensation. The condensation may be in the attic, basement and crawl spaces or inside wall cavities. Deficiencies in the original construction or recent reconstruction of exterior wall cavities, basements, crawl spaces and/or roofs /attics can exacerbate the conditions resulting in excessive condensation conditions and potential for damage and mold development. Sometimes, the conditions may be seen but many times the condition and subsequent damages may be hidden from view and worsen with each passing winter season, escalating repair costs.
"Where were YOU when the lights went out?" was a famous slogan from the 1965 Northeast Blackout, but a better slogan in light of the more recent Superstorm Sandy Blackout of 2012 might be "How did YOUR building perform when the lights went out?"
We have been responding to homeowner's complaints of sagging ceilings in the living space of townhomes which were built in the 1980's. Beginning in 2010 and continuing through today, Falcon Engineering has observed the condition of ceilings in over 30 homes in a Lincoln Park, NJ townhome community of close to 400 homes. Our findings are that upwards of 80% of the homes investigated have deflection which exceeds design criteria and are in need of repair. Repairs are relatively simple, but costly to the Homeowners Association having responsibility for the structural components of these buildings. Because of the need for financial planning, Associations want to understand the factors which influence the failures of these aging structures. For the purposes of this discussion, we are talking about failures which occur due to mysterious origin, rather than catastrophic failures of excessive wind or snow loads, or abuse from excessive loads that the trusses were not designed to accommodate (such as water beds or heavy stone finishing materials).
It's that time of year again. That snow that is pretty for some is scary for others. You have experienced, read or heard about ice damming. You are familiar with the damage the phenomena can cause. Perhaps your Association has even spent several hundred thousand or even over a million dollars on roofing improvements and/or replacements within the last few years. Why do we have leaks from ice damming? Was the roof replacement performed correctly or designed correctly? The answer is simple, with a properly designed and installed roof system, the possibility of damage resulting from ice damming should be significantly reduced.
Manufactured stone is a very popular product for both the interior and exterior of homes and buildings. There are many manufacturers of this type of cladding system, Cultured Stone® and Coronado Stone® among the most recognized names. A man-made stone manufactured primarily for decorative purposes, these systems are typically comprised of cement, natural aggregates and iron pigments. In order to give manufactured stone a realistic appearance and shape it is often created by using molds of actual real natural stones. Like many building materials, the use of manufactured stone has both advantages and disadvantages, and installation is vital to its long term success.
A condominium development located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration and severe cracking in the concrete foundation walls and floors in the garages. In support of the Association's overall litigation approach, Falcon performed concrete crack mapping, concrete petrographic analysis, and overall concrete evaluation.
A New York City building underwent litigation pertaining to the construction of an addition to the existing structure and resultant structural support system depriving tenants of proper light and air through their existing windows. Falcon performed a light and air study on the effect of both the addition and the structural support system on lighting and air flow in defense of the claim.
A condominium building located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration into various locations around roofs, curtain wall systems, and balcony access points. The Condominium Association engaged Falcon to investigate these issues in support of their dispute resolution with the Developer
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) include a group of exterior cladding systems that was introduced from Europe to the United States approximately 30 years ago. EIFS was first used in Europe after World War II to reclad many bombed and damaged buildings
James D. Wamble, PE, RLS has over 30 years of experience as a Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor. During the course of his career, Mr. Wamble has worked on land planning, land surveying, or civil engineering projects in all counties of the middle and west Tennessee regions, and several counties in east Tennessee.
Selected Recent Projects:
Lake Forest Estates – Approximately 5000 residential units and numerous commercial parcels. Largest subdivision in the state. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
Reelfoot Lake – Boundary survey of an 18,000-acre public lake to determine the pre-1917 Ordinary Low Water Mark for a Federal lawsuit in Lake County and Obion County, TN. Performed land surveying and expert witness services
Tapestry – 393 unit condominium and apartment development with 6,000 sq. ft. of commercial space in a Traditional Design Town Center in Brentwood, Williamson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
Evans Hill - 340 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in Hermitage, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
Evergreen Hills - 900 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in the Cane Ridge Community of Nashville, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services