Daria Morgen 0000-00-00 00:00:00
A person’s office or home is the place where they can find relaxation and comfort. Or at least, that’s the idea. The folks at The Ward Group know that’s not always the case. It’s often not until a faulty structure leads to operational problems—that an occupant will fully grasp the essentiality of construction integrity. An accurate understanding of such matters takes time and experience. Fortunately, The Ward Group founder and President, Douglas R. Ward, has had a capable hand in all aspects of the construction business for the past 40 years. “Having constructed over 1,000 structures in Arizona, California, and Texas approaching a value of almost three quarters of a billion dollars, I can conservatively estimate that I have successfully handled thousands of construction disagreements”, Ward says. “As a consultant, I have personally handled over 400 litigated cases since 1997, testified as an expert witness in numerous depositions, arbitrations, mediations, Registrar of Contractor hearings, and at the Arizona Superior Court.” The new Phoenix based consulting firm specializes in forensic analysis of construction defects in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. They provide litigation support to attorneys representing general contractors, developers, and subcontractors, who are involved in alleged construction defects. They launched in January 2012 and have enjoyed an unprecedented level of success from the onset. This comes as no surprise to Ward, for whom the construction industry has been a life-long endeavor. After graduating from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Construction Engineering, Ward began work as a general contractor and made his way through all aspects of the construction business. “I worked my way up, becoming a partner, president, and owner of a general contracting business,” Ward said. “I constructed commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, multifamily residences, and single-family custom homes from 1972 to 2008.” It was this experience that served as the catalyst for The Ward Group in its current form. “Although I’m still a licensed general contractor, I’m doing full-time consulting and expert witness work in the construction industry,” Ward said. Construction defects can range from a leaky roof, to improperly applied stucco, to expansive soils causing a home to shift and crack, and everything in between. “Any time a structure is not performing for its intended use, there is usually a construction deficiency involved,” Ward explained. “We specialize in detailed forensic analysis of construction deficiencies, mechanics of materials, failure and causation, remediation and repair recommendations.” According to Ward’s co-founder and Vice-president, Chantell J. Cornett, the firm’s effectiveness comes in part from Ward’s 40 years of construction experience, as well as their collaboration with other specialized experts employed by the firm. Those disciplines include architecture, civil engineering, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical. In 2005, Ward began consulting on a full time basis. He hired Cornett—who made her way to the field via a more circuitous route—and the two would form a lasting business partnership. Cornett was finishing her master’s in chemistry and had just been accepted to medical school at the Ross University, Miami when she was hired by Ward. “I had been working for a construction defect attorney and I found an ad for a project manager that Ward placed. It required ten years legal experience and a science background. That interested me,” Cornett said. After a year of working with Ward, Cornett began to share his mission of offering clients an affordable, yet reputable expert witness and consultation service. She realized she was home. In addition to gaining significant experience under Ward, Cornett has since secured her construction management and cost estimating certificate. Both Cornett and Ward pride themselves on providing clients an honest, efficient, cost-conscious, team approach to solving their problems. Although The Ward Group is recognized primarily for its forensic construction defect work, its additional experience involves other construction related issues such as: •Standard of Care •Construction Contract Disputes •Delay Analysis •Change Order Disputes •Forensic Job Cost Accounting •Cost of Repair Estimates •Code Compliance •OSHA Compliance and Regulations •Wrongful Death •Personal Injury •Slip and Fall •Mediation and Arbitration Services “We’re always working on behalf of our client to make sure we do the best job possible,” Cornett said. “Our reputation speaks for itself.”
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