ABOUT AVELAR

AVELAR is a Northern California based firm, providing comprehensive forensic architectural, construction and reconstruction management and litigation support services on a variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects throughout California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona since 1976.

The firm’s principal architects, engineers and contractors have combined experience in architectural and building services, including new construction, renovation, construction defect analysis, reconstruction, construction management and litigation support 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

Kathie Caswell

Principal, Senior Litigation Analyst

Victoria D. Chekene, G.C.

Construction Consultant

Max Penland

Construction Technician, Reserve Study Analyst

LATEST ARTICLES

Exceeding the Bounds of Expert Reason and Credibility – Case Studies

Mar 12, 2021

In construction defects litigation, opposing parties often present widely divergent assessments of the nature, cause, and extent of purported deficiencies.

Below-Grade Waterproofing Failures – Case Study

Jan 10, 2021

In order to highlight fundamental design and construction errors, this paper briefly reviews our firm’s litigation-related evaluation of below-grade waterproofing

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