- Drexel University, BS, Civil Engineering, 2003
- Drexel University, BS, Architectural Engineering, 2003
- Professional Engineer: DE (15508), PA (PE084924), MD (0049311), NC (049775)
- Project Management Professional: 486932
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
- Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), Member
- Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honor Society, Member
Ms. Delehanty has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, having worked on all sides of a project including construction manager, contractor, consultant, operations, and owners’ representative. She has experience across multiple industries such as healthcare, utility plants, manufacturing, government, museums, and residential.
Her skills include project management, cost evaluation, scope monitoring, contract administration, change order review, schedule investigation, earned value reporting, estimating, and commissioning. Her engineering experience contributes to her skills in design and construction defect analysis as well as code compliance evaluations. She has experience with MS Project, Suretrack, and Primavera (P3, P6) including the use of the Claim Digger program. These skills, along with a technical engineering background, enable her to add a unique insight into the discovery and analysis of an engineering and construction project.
Expert Witness Experience
Homeowner vs. Residential Building Contractor – Delaware County, PA – Testified before an Arbitration Panel on behalf of the builder against the homeowners’ allegations of defective construction of a brick and stucco home. Established that the cause of the moisture intrusion was a combination of factors unrelated to the original design or the construction of the residence and determined the validity of the damages claimed.
Performed site investigations, moisture probes, code evaluations, interviewed key individuals, and damage analyses. Provided an expert report as well as arbitration testimony and assisted with questioning of the opposing expert. The client was satisfied with the outcome of this case.
Homeowner vs. Construction Attorney, Bucks County, PA – Served as an expert on behalf of the Construction Attorney, who obtained an award for the homeowners in a previous Arbitration claim that the homeowners were unable to collect. Evaluated the original claim and inspection reports and compared the repair estimates to actual repair costs. Reported on the amount the homeowners should have been given for repairs which led to a settlement just prior to the trial. The client was satisfied with the settlement of this case.
Contractor vs. Insurance Company– Middlesex County, NJ – Served as an expert on behalf of the insurance company for a mediation regarding flood damages to equipment and installed project materials. Evaluated invoices and delivery tickets to assign values to claimed damages. Provided an expert cost analysis defending the owner from overstated equipment values and excessive damaged item claims. The client was satisfied with the settlement of this case.
Homeowner vs. Residential Building Contractor – Chester County, PA – Testified before the American Arbitration Association on behalf of the builder against the homeowners’ allegations of defective construction. Provided an analysis of moisture intrusion in the basement by evaluating the foundation, storm runoff, and potential nearby wetlands/floodplains. Established code compliance by the contractor and provided a non-invasive solution to the issue.
Subcontractor vs. Contractor vs School District – Berks County, PA – Served as an expert on behalf of the School District for a mediation. Evaluated drawings and made calculations based on site reports to quantify the amount of excavated rock. Provided an expert analysis defending the owner from overstated volumes and excessive change orders. The client was satisfied with the settlement of this case.
Homeowner vs. Residential Building Contractor – Chester County, PA – Testified on behalf of the builder against the homeowners’ allegations of defective construction of a stucco home. Established that the cause of the moisture intrusion was a combination of factors unrelated to the original design or the construction of the residence.
Performed site investigations, moisture probes, code evaluations, interviewed key individuals, and reviewed computer modeled moisture transfer analyses. Provided an expert report as well as trial testimony and assisted with questioning of the opposing expert. The court ruled in favor of our client.
Pipe Fabrication Co vs. Pipeline Company – Harris County, TX – Testified on behalf of a pipeline company that the manufacturing company’s invoicing was not in line with the documented actual hours worked and was not in compliance with the contract. Performed a cost evaluation, reviewed project data and compared it with the terms of the contract. The client was satisfied with the outcome of the case.
School Delay and Additional Scope Claim, New Jersey – Worked with the MDC team on behalf of our client, the owner of a school construction project. Performed analysis of the project geotechnical report, civil engineering design, and compared to actual rock quantities removed from the site. Assisted team in schedule delay review and Time Impact Analysis (TIA). Counsel and client were satisfied with the outcome of this claim.
Industrial Injury Claim, Texas – Worked with the MDC team on behalf of our client, who was injured in a fall from faulty equipment at a refinery. The team reviewed the history of the event, analyzed the construction and assembly of the equipment, design of the components of the equipment, as well as the OSHA inspections and protocols surrounding the use of the equipment. Counsel and client were satisfied with the outcome of this claim.
Fiber Optic EPC Project Claim, Utah – Worked with the MDC team on behalf of our client, who had a master EPC contract to provide turnkey fiber optic infrastructure to a fiber company. The client hired an Engineer who failed to meet the Standard of Care which led to delays and cost overruns. MDC provided analysis which led to an agreeable settlement for our client.
School Construction Engineering Document Analysis and Schedule Review Claim, New Jersey – Worked with the MDC team on behalf of a School District / Township in defense of alleged defective construction documents and schedule delays. Enabled our client to show that the documents were not defective by performing calculations and takeoffs based on the construction documents and compared to actual site conditions. The case was settled to the satisfaction of our client.
Water Treatment Plant Design Build Claim, Pennsylvania – Engineering Standard of Care, Construction Scheduling, Mechanical Systems Design. Our client, the contractor on the project, retained an engineering design team to prepare plans and specifications for the construction of a water treatment plant. Plans were found to be defective and this delayed the construction of the facility and forced the contractor to have a construction cost overrun. Helped lead the client to a satisfied settlement of the case.
Construction Site Tent Collapse Claim, Texas – Performed an investigation into the responsibility for job site safety on a case where severe weather caused an incident on a construction site. Reviewed project specifications, contracts, and scopes and studied applicable OSHA standards. Performed calculations on scaffolding and analyzed weather data. Provided a report to the client and support to the MDC testifying expert for a favorable outcome to the trial.
Government Building Schedule Analysis Claim, Puerto Rico – Reviewed and analyzed previous Time Impact Analyses and compared to as-planned and as-build activities. Found the source of schedule delays and prepared arguments to enable the client to demonstrate the causes of specific delays and remove the majority of responsibility for delays from the client.
Government Lab Claim, Maryland – Reviewed and analyzed contracts, drawings and specifications, as-built data, and BIM models to determine the responsibility of the general contractor and subcontractor for above-ceiling coordination. Contributed analysis to the expert report which was used by our client to negotiate a favorable resolution.
Warehouse Facility Claim, Pennsylvania – Performed an in-depth critical path analysis on behalf of the owner based on CPM schedules, daily reports, and RFIs to determine concurrent delays by the contractor. Completed a technical analysis of the specifications, drawings, and installation method of the vapor barrier to determine cause of delays. Developed an expert report that resulted in a favorable outcome for our client.
Delay Analysis and Recovery Schedules, Multiple School Projects, Philadelphia Area – Worked under the General Contractor in a multi-prime environment to analyze and correct baseline schedules, perform delay analysis and create recovery schedules. Performed monthly schedule updates and submitted narratives on behalf of the contractor to the owner. Both our client and the owner were satisfied with the assistance provided.
Highway Widening Claim, Indiana – Reviewed and analyzed the design engineer’s conformance to the Standard of Care for design-build. Contributed to the expert report after analyzing the project bid history, including drawings, specifications, and quantities. Specifically focused on stormwater standards, waste storage, and earthwork quantities for cut and fill. Our client utilized the analysis to negotiate a favorable resolution.
Refinery Rebuild Claim, Washington – Reviewed and analyzed CPM schedules, manpower data, and construction efficiency related to the rebuild of a refinery.
The as-built schedule data was used in determining the actual critical path of the project. Our client utilized the analysis to negotiate a favorable resolution to the schedule claim.
Federal Building Claim, US– Reviewed and analyzed contract documents, bulletins,
and coordination drawings to determine the impact of MEP design changes on the project schedule and cost. Scrutinized key building sections and the adjustments made for constructability. The analysis led to a favorable resolution for our client’s claims.
Stucco House Evaluations, Multiple, Philadelphia Area – Performed site investigations and moisture inspections, to determine the areas of moisture intrusion in various stucco homes. Reviewed and analyzed construction documents, results of computer modeled moisture evaluations, and governing codes at the time of construction to determine the cause of the moisture intrusions. Worked on both the sides of homeowners and contractors.
Chimney Collapse Claim, Philadelphia – Reviewed and analyzed contract documents, inspection reports, and depositions to determine the party responsible for a chimney collapse which caused damage to a neighboring property. The client utilized the analysis to negotiate a favorable resolution to the claim.
Scrubber Project, Illinois – Provided project management oversight for a $1 Billion scrubber construction project at a coal-fired power plant in Illinois. Provided advisory services in all areas of project management including schedule, cost control, project documentation, change management, scope management, and contracting. Provided on-site supervision and risk assessments of prime contractors as an assistant to the owner’s representative.
Commercial Renovation Projects, Washington – Performed a cost evaluation on a series of store upgrade projects in Washington State for a Midwest-based grocery chain. Reviewed costs requested in change orders in comparison to those allowable per the terms of the lump sum contract and advised the owner on accepting or rejecting the requests.
Scrubber Project, North Carolina – Assisted in the development of a cost tracking tool to aid in the budget management of a $1.8 Billion scrubber construction project at a power plant in North Carolina. The tool was used to assign various project costs to the proper cost code against a budget with thousands of line items.
Hot Metal Plant Project, Iceland – Reviewed the project management plan for the construction of a Geothermal Powered Aluminum manufacturing plant in Iceland. Provided a high level risk evaluation on the contracting, budget, and schedule and advised on improvements to be made to the project management methodology prior to engineering and construction.
Construction Management Experience
HVAC Life Cycle System Replacement, Pennsylvania – Provided project management as an owner’s representative for an HVAC system replacement for a premier mutual fund company. The $15 Million project encompassed three buildings, totaling 450,000 square feet. Oversaw the project team responsible for all aspects of project management including estimating, design development, contractor acquisition, client review, and scope, schedule, and budget management. Projects were completed in functioning office space during off hours as to not interrupt the day to day operations of the customer. Provided coordination of project shareholders including client management, operations, project team, contractors, and customer employees working in the affected areas.
Museum Renovations, Philadelphia – Assisted in the management of all subcontractors on the $53 Million renovation of a historically registered building into a museum space. Issued subcontracts, processed invoices, created schedules, reviewed shop drawings, generated RFIs, documented meetings, reviewed change orders, and assisted the on-site superintendent with their daily duties. Gained specific knowledge of historic building preservation and restoration, building envelope and water issues, and underground utility sharing between buildings.
Critical Care Center & Hospital Renovations, New Jersey – Assisted in the management of the construction of a 99,100 square foot critical care facility which included operating rooms, an emergency department, ICU, and a nursing school. Connections and renovations to the existing hospital were performed as well. Managed subcontractors, processed subcontractor billings, documented meetings, processed RFIs, and assisted the superintendent with daily site duties. Acquired insight into ICRA construction as well as steel erection sequencing and connections.
Government Manufacturing Facility, Philadelphia – Assisted in the management of subcontractors for a $4.4 Million renovation to a government facility. The 7,500 square foot renovation area housed industrial equipment used for manufacturing processes.