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STEVEN E. SCHRAIBMAN, AIA, CPE ARCOR, INC. 12440 WORSCH DRIVE San Diego, CA 92130 (858) 481-4494; Fax: (858) 481-4146


ARCOR, INC., San Diego, California FORENSIC EXPERT in various disciplines, including; •


Disabled Access Compliance expert witness and consultant

Personal Injury Related to Code Requirements

Project Management

General Construction

Construction Claims

Stormwater Compliance

Peer Review

Due Diligence

Construction Cost Estimates

1998 to 2003 ROEL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC., San Diego, California ROEL CONSULTING GROUP FORENSIC EXPERT in various disciplines, including; •


Project Management

General Construction

Construction Claims

Stormwater Compliance

Disabled Access

Construction Cost Estimates

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: (Continued) ROEL CONSULTING GROUP, Continued PROJECT MANAGER performing peer review on new construction, providing input on due-diligence reviews of existing properties, and subsequent compilation of the reports Utilization of extensive experience in architecture and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Federal Housing Amendment Act (FHAA) issues and Title 24, as well as stormwater permit compliance Interface with attorneys, client representatives, and expert teams to oversee the organization, distribution, and management of pertinent case information Performance of document research in development of work product for use in depositions, mediations, and trial Direction of consulting team, planning and coordination of site inspections, analysis of project data, document review, and work product preparation ADA / FHAA / Title 24 Issues •

Performance of document review for ADA/FHAA compliance and on-site surveys of existing city and county facilities, a nationally recognized fast-food chain, and multi-family residential and commercial properties

ADA/FHAA/Title 24 compliance and identification and suggested modifications to ensure compliance

Performance of expert witness services regarding compliance issues for commercial properties such as restaurants, offices, a national home improvement chain, a national footwear retailer, and multi-family residential developments

Present ADA/FHA/Title 24 educational seminars to contractor groups, construction managers, estimators, and construction financial managers

Performance of expert witness services regarding personal injury cases relating to disabled access issues for multi-family residential developments



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: (Continued) ROEL CONSULTING GROUP, Continued Stormwater Mitigation


Review of MPDES Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan permits for contractors and perform on-site inspection for compliance

Arranging/presenting seminars to contractors and developers

Performance of expert witness services regarding cases relating to construction of stormwater improvements

HEERY INTERNATIONAL, San Diego, California PROJECT MANAGER performing ADA and Title 24 barrier identification for City of San Diego and County of San Diego; liaison with the county and city on the removal of identified barriers; assist with the development of transitional plans and advise re their implementation scheduling

1995 to 1998

GAFCON, INC., San Diego, California PROJECT MANAGER on reconstruction projects, cost estimating, preparing cases for expert witness testimony •


Palm Desert Resorter, Palm Desert, California - in charge of $15 million reconstruction project - 960-home resort

Rockpointe, Chatsworth, California - worked as part of a team on a $27 million earthquake reconstruction of a 739 home development; responsible for identifying certain aspects of earthquake damage and directing consultants and contractors to recommend and effect repairs

Ocean Towers, Santa Monica, California - worked as part of a team on a $40 million earthquake reconstruction of two multi-story apartment towers; identified and quantified damages as a result of the earthquake and negotiated repair recommendations with insurance companies, including asbestos abatement scope

Coronado Cays, Coronado, California - worked as part of a team on a $4 million construction defect litigation suit, identifying defects and directing consultants in repair recommendations




CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION • Preparing cases for expert witness testimony from both a construction and cost estimating perspective •

Warner Woodlands – in charge of an $8 million construction claim arising out of an earthquake reconstruction to a multi-unit condominium complex in Woodland Hills, California; responsible for analysis and identification of the claim and developing a post-repair estimate of costs COST ESTIMATING

Congregation Beth Israel - cost estimating and project management on a proposed new $16 million synagogue and school complex in La Jolla

Cost estimating on a variety of new construction projects, including the proposed new San Diego Main Public Library and a $14 million addition to the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla


1990 to 1994

Value engineering as part of a team that performed the revolutionary value engineering of a residential reconstruction project in Laguna Niguel, California; the project received national recognition from SAVE (Society of American Value Engineers)

ARCOR (ARCHITECTURAL CORPORATION), Johannesburg, South Africa PRESIDENT/OWNER, continuing with own architectural practice and development of an interior design branch which specialized in shop interiors and medical consulting suites

1988 to 1990

BENTEL & ABRAMSON ARCHITECTS, Johannesburg, South Africa Full-time employment for company specializing in shopping mall design for largest such practice in South Africa; responsible for designing several new shopping malls, including a strip mall built around a road and rail commuter terminal called Taxido Junction in Vereeniging, near Johannesburg



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: (Continued) 1987 to 1988

MANFRED, HERMER & GROSSKOPFF ARCHITECTS, Johannesburg, South Africa, established in 1945 PROJECT MANAGER and then PARTNER in a company which specialized in hospital design and construction management • Projects included: •

Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa - new patient wards, laminar flow operating theaters, linear accelerator, and MRU installations - $20 million plus

Rosebank Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa - new patient wards and MRU installation - $12 million plus

Parklane Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa - New maternity wards, laminar flow theaters, and MRU installation - $15 million plus

Coordinated the installation of specialist and general practitioner consulting rooms and medium-to-large-sized hospital ward blocks EXPERT WITNESS •

1984 to 1987

Performed services as an expert witness in construction disputes and land rights uses and ownership; worked with senior attorneys, Queen’s Council advocates, and retired supreme court justices

STEVEN SCHRAIBMAN DESIGNS, Johannesburg, South Africa PRESIDENT AND OWNER of architectural and construction management practice started while a full-time student; employed graduate architects; specialized in new residences, veterinary hospitals, strip malls, small upscale restaurants, and remodeling existing properties; over 50 projects designed and constructed


San Diego State University - College of Business Administration and Engineering • Primary Instructor in Cost Estimating - 2002 • Course coordinator and primary instructor in construction materials course - 2002




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San Diego County Bar Association - Associate Member (2002 to present) Associated General Contractors (AGC), San Diego Chapter (2003 to present) • Member of Construction Education and Training Committee (Track 5) American Society of Professional Estimators (1997 - Present) • Immediate past-President for the San Diego Chapter (2003 - 2004) • President for the San Diego Chapter (2002 - 2003) • Third Vice President for the San Diego Chapter (2001 - 2002) • Chairman of Membership (1999 – 2001) • National Awards Committees (2000 - 2001) • Member of National Education Committee (2002 to 2003) American Institute of Architects (1995 - Present) South Africa Institute of Estate Agents (Realtors) (1990 - 1994) South Africa Council of Architects (1988 - present) Institute of South Africa Architects (1988 - present)


Recipient of South Africa Institute of Architects scholarships for second through sixth year of study Sporting interests and awards • • •

South African under-19 years freestyle swimming champion in 1977 National and provincial title holder - 1975 - 1977 Selected to represent South Africa at Israel’s Maccabi Games (1977, 1981) • Played rugby for the Army College - 1978 Toastmasters International • Competent Toastmaster 1998 • Advanced Toastmaster Bronze 2000




Licensed Architect – State of California – Number C28839 Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) – American Society of Professional Estimators – Number 1.4-000-302-1101 Bachelor of Architecture degree accredited in USA - equivalency certification achieved - 1987 California General Building Contractor License B, No. 779611, 2000, with Home Improvement Construction Certification in 2001 Completed “Introduction to Construction Estimating Course (EST 101),” Mira Costa College, California in 2001


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Design patent on Architectural Toys • Playhouse range of toys • Puzzle-house range of toys Registered Trademark - “Architectural Toys” Achieved “CE-mark” which is a European safety certification for the playhouse range of toys; this was the only such certification awarded to a South African toy BIA Builder, October, 1999 – article on accessibility AGC San Diego Chapter Newsletter, “Constructor”, July/August 1999 article on accessibility Articles published in: • 911 & Porsche World - Independent UK-based Porsche publication • Porsche Report (South African Porsche Club newsletter) • Porsche Market Newsletter (San Diego-based newsletter) • Windblown Witness (Porsche Club of America San Diego Region newsletter) Past Editor of “Windblown Witness” and of SAJAC (South African Jewish Association of California) Reporter




Construction Industry representative on BIA panel discussion on stormwater legislation and the ramifications for construction and development

Disabled access compliance issues for construction cost estimators, ASPE Western Region Spring meeting, Oakland, CA

Stormwater mitigation issues for construction cost estimators, Costa Mesa, CA

Junior achievement job shadow event, San Diego

2002 •

Stormwater mitigation compliance, San Diego

Accessibility Compliance Issues for the Hospitality Industry, San Diego, Fresno, and Irvine, California

2001 •

BIA Seminar – “Stormwater Mitigation – Responsibilities and Realities for Contractors and Developers”

AGC panel presentation on stormwater mitigation and compliance for construction projects

ADA/Title 24/FHA accessibility seminars for ASPE West Regional Conference

2000 •

ADA/Title 24/FHA accessibility seminars for CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association)

ADA/Title 24/FHA accessibility seminars for ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators

Stormwater Mitigation Educational Seminar for Roel Construction Company Inc. staff, project managers, and superintendents

1999 •

ADA/Title 24/FHA accessibility seminars for Tenant Improvement Division at Roel Construction Co.

ADA/Title 24/FHA accessibility seminars for Owners and Contractors



SEMINARS PRESENTED: (Continued) 1998 •

Invited speaker at a citizenship ceremony co-sponsored by the San Diego Padres, San Diego Foundation, and AJC to celebrate Citizenship Day

SEMINARS ATTENDED: 2004 • Project Management Solutions fro Subcontractors – presented by Keith Swift, Esq., ASPE, San Diego 2003 •

Standard SWPPP template, monitoring and sampling program for preparers and plan checkers– BIA, San Diego

Stormwater monitoring and sampling program for implementers and inspectors - BIA, San Diego

SWPPP template, monitoring and sampling and analysis strategy – BIA, San Diego

2002 •

AIA/San Diego Development Services

Disabled access for tenant improvements

Disabled access for multi-family residential projects

AIA, Passive Fire Protection: Materials and Methodology

AGC, Toxic mold education

AGC, San Diego Chapter, Safety & Education Programs – “Stormwater Basics Training Course”

2001 •

AIA Continuing Education – “Architects Legal Protections and Precautions”

AIA Continuing Education – “The State of the Profession” AIA Seminar – “Basic Building Code Requirements for Architects and Designers”



SEMINARS ATTENDED: (Continued) 2001, Continued •

FEMA Seminar – “Building in the San Diego Flood Plains”

San Diego County Bar Association – “Overview of Construction Delay Claims”

Two-hour OSHA Class IV asbestos awareness class

AIA Continuing Education - “Lighting: Lamp Sources and Applications”

AIA Continuing Education - “Sliding doors as a Means of Egress”

IECA (International Erosion Control Assoc.) - “Selections, Installation and Inspection of Site Erosion and Sediment Control BMPS for NPDES Stormwater Permit Compliance”

BIA Stormwater Compliance Seminar

AGC Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Training

2000 •

NPDES Stormwater Permit Compliance; presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers

California Construction Defect Claims; presented by Lorman Education Services

Post-construction Best Management Practice for Stormwater Run-off; presented by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board

AIA Continuing Education – “Developments in Gypsum”

1999 •

Access Requirements In Existing Buildings; presented by the San Diego Chapter of the AIA

The 1997 UBC and Egress and its Application via Title 24; presented by the San Diego Chapter of the International Interior Design Association

Means of Egress; presented by the San Diego Chapter of AIA

The California False Claims Act; presented by Thelen Reid & Priest LLP

Managing Projects to Prevent Management Association








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San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Citizen Volunteer Sheriff – Technical Rescue division (2003 to present) Toastmasters International (Associated General Contractors Chapter) • President (1999 to 2002) • Vice President of Education (1998/1999) South African Jewish Association of California (SAJAC) • President - 1998 American Jewish Committee (AJC) • Member of Board of Directors - 1998 to 2002 • Chairman of the committee on immigration • Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for San Diego chapter - 2000

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Assistant Soccer Coach - Mesa Soccer Club - 1995 -1997 Soccer Coach - Del Mar Soccer League – 2001, 2002 External advisor for the University of Witwatersrand on a national architectural student competition (based on undergraduate thesis) which in 1997-1998 became the subject of an international architectural competition

Married since 1984, two children

Masters swim program; open water swim events



Qualified for US Master Nationals - May 2000

Three-mile Gatorman Swim – 2002, 2005

Scuba diving (NAUI Advanced Certification)

Running (ultra marathons) (92 km and 56 km)

Reading; writing; horology; collecting memorabilia