ABOUT AVELAR

For more than 43 years, Avelar has established itself as a premier architectural engineering firm since its founding in 1976. The firm is headquartered in Walnut Creek, CA, and boasts a team of licensed architects, structural engineers, and general contractors with unparalleled expertise in comprehensive forensic investigations, expert witness testimony, litigation support, architectural and engineering design, and reconstruction management. Avelar is recognized as a leading construction defect expert firm in the Western United States with extensive knowledge in various areas including premature building failure, standard of care issues, ADA compliance, curtain wall and glazing, and roofing and waterproofing expertise. The firm is dedicated to providing high-quality services to a range of residential, multi-family, commercial, and industrial clients. From investigation and testing to designing and preparing construction documents, Avelar is committed to ensuring that all remedial and new construction projects are executed with excellence. Over the years, Avelar has served clients throughout the United States, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to delivering superior architectural engineering services.

FORENSIC & LITIGATION SUPPORT

AVELAR has developed an expertise in building correction as related to construction defects, water intrusion and non-code compliant construction. Due to the magnitude of these defects and complexity of issues, particularly within organized…

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DESIGN & RECONSTRUCTION

Specializing in reconstruction design work, AVELAR has the architectural expertise and field experience to ensure both cost-effective and time-proven repairs to defective building assemblies. The firm has in-depth experience in budgeting…

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CONSULTING

AVELAR offers a variety of in-house Architectural & Structural Engineering consulting services including peer review, review of existing structures for code compliance and building conditions assessments…

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ARCHITECTURAL

AVELAR offers a variety of in-house architectural design services including reviewing, administering and…

TESTING

AVELAR has the in-house staff and other resources to provide building performance testing services to support building…

INVESTIGATION & TESTING

The AVELAR team has the comprehensive background, training and experience required to effectively investigate building…

STRUCTURAL

AVELAR provides stand-alone structural engineering services as well as integrated support of broad project teams.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

AVELAR has expertise in managing and expediting reconstruction projects by providing a full range of services tailored to meet…

CONSTRUCTION COST ANALYSIS

Evaluating appropriate construction costs for all types of buildings is a critical component of forensic investigations…

CODE COMPLIANCE

It is vital to consult with building code experts who understand the complicated process of determining the codes that were in…

LITIGATION SUPPORT SERVICES

With backgrounds as architects, general contractors, cost estimators and code specialists — combined with extensive…

RESERVE STUDIES

Common-area components such as roofs, roadways and siding can become serious financial liabilities for a Community…

TEAM

David Chursenoff

CAD Operator

Lonnie Haughton

Senior Principal, Codes & Construction Consultant

Victoria D. Chekene, G.C.

Construction Consultant, General Contractor

Tim Stauffer, S.E.

Principal, Senior Structural Engineer

LATEST ARTICLES

‘Wheel Stop’ Tripping Hazards in Pedestrian Paths of Travel

Feb 07, 2024

Consider these commonalities at Photos 1, 2 and 3 below: A ‘wheel stop’ (serving no functional purpose) straddles a primary pedestrian route into a busy store; Even after multiple trip-and-fall incidents, management has not removed the known

Partner Promotion Announcement

Feb 07, 2024

AVELAR is pleased to announce partner promotions, Mr. Antony Mills to Managing Partner and Mr. Tim Stauffer to Partner. We wish our new partners continued success in their careers at AVELAR. AVELAR is pleased to announce the elevation of Antony S. Mills to the Managing Partnership of the firm. Ms. Mill’s works with our litigation team...

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