Dispute Resolution SOCOTEC

Robert BURNHAM

Robert Burnham Managing Director

Project Advisory Expert

Robert BURNHAM

ABOUT

Robert Burnham is a licensed Architect with 35+ years of technical, managerial, and executive experience. His portfolio includes the design and inspection of building projects nationwide. His services have covered commercial, liturgical, medical/professional, tenant build-out, warehouse, self-storage, educational, retail, and residential clients. Mr.Burnham has continued his professional work on every phase and facet of architectural consulting, such as due diligence reviews, feasibility reviews, master planning, project planning, building programming, design, production, bidding, permitting, contract negotiation, contract administration, and post-construction inspections. Mr. Burnham continues to promote the design profession and the construction industry through his affiliation with several professional organizations. He served as Chair of the Intern Development Program for both the Texas Society of Architects and the American institute of Architects (Houston Chapter). Robert has provided advisor/mentor services to interns and students since 1985. In 2017, he joined ACE Mentoring of Houston to assist high school students with careers in Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE). Mr. Burnham holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a 5-year professional degree, from the School of Environmental Design at Louisiana StateUniversity in Baton Rouge LA.

 

Phone +1 (281) 598 1190 

ABOUT

Robert Burnham is a licensed Architect with 35+ years of technical, managerial, and executive experience. His portfolio includes the design and inspection of building projects nationwide. His services have covered commercial, liturgical, medical/professional, tenant build-out, warehouse, self-storage, educational, retail, and residential clients. Mr.Burnham has continued his professional work on every phase and facet of architectural consulting, such as due diligence reviews, feasibility reviews, master planning, project planning, building programming, design, production, bidding, permitting, contract negotiation, contract administration, and post-construction inspections. Mr. Burnham continues to promote the design profession and the construction industry through his affiliation with several professional organizations. He served as Chair of the Intern Development Program for both the Texas Society of Architects and the American institute of Architects (Houston Chapter). Robert has provided advisor/mentor services to interns and students since 1985. In 2017, he joined ACE Mentoring of Houston to assist high school students with careers in Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE). Mr. Burnham holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a 5-year professional degree, from the School of Environmental Design at Louisiana StateUniversity in Baton Rouge LA.

 

Phone +1 (281) 598 1190 

Professional Experience & Qualifications

4 Years with Firm | 35+ Years in Industry


SOCOTEC
2022 - Present |  Managing Director

SYNERGEN CONSULTING INTERNATIONAL – A SOCOTEC COMPANY
2019 - 2021 |  Managing Director


ACCUMYN CONSULTING
2012 - 2019 |  Managing Consultant


ROBERT W. BURNHAM, AIA
2002 - 2019 |  Principal/Owner & Expert Consultant


EDGECOMB & ASSOCIATES, INC.
1998 - 2002 |  Vice President – Production & Construction Services


THOMPSON, NELSON & RITCHEY
1997 - 1998 |  Project Manager


EDGECOMB & ASSOCIATES, INC.
1988 - 1997 |  Project Manager – Production & Construction Services


W.O. NEUHAUS & ASSOCIATES
1986 - 1988 |  Project Manager

  • Bachelor of Architecture - Louisiana State University – May 1979

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Project Advisory
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Preparation & Evaluation of Claims
  • Construction & Project Management
  • Architectural Design
  • Errors & Omissions
  • Certificate of Merit / Standard of Care
  • Contract Administration & Disputes
  • Regulatory Conflicts
  • Design Review
  • Construction Defect Analysis
  • Facility Inspections
  • Project Planning & Controls

  • AIA

  • Foundation Performance Association (FPA) – 2017-Present
  • ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering) Mentoring of Houston – 2017-Present
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) – National, State (TX), and Local chapters (Houston) – 1984-Present
  • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
  • Houston Habitat for Humanity – 1991-Present
  • Intern Development Program (IDP) – Committee and Chair positions for AIAHouston and TxA
  • Forensic and Expert Witnessing Association (FEWA) – Houston Chapter member since 2012-Present; Treasurer 2015-2017, and VP – 2018-2020. 
  • Member of the National Convention Planning Committee

  • State Courts
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)

  • AIA Houston – President’s Citation – 1993
  • Art League of Houston Competition – 1st Place (Firm Award) – 1986
  • TSA Award for Excellence (Firm Award) – Langham Creek Sr. H.S. – 1986
  • TSA Selected for Display (Firm Award) – Kingwood Sr. H.S. – 1981
  • LSU – 1st Place in Design and 2nd overall in Mock Architectural Exam – 1979
  • LSU – 1st Place in Graphics Exam – 1978
  • Domus Publication – “Machine for the Future” – 1978 
  • Tulane – Commendation for Design Excellence – 1975 

Expert Accordion Background

Representative Projects by Category

Litigation Support

  • Expert Consulting – Transportation/Personal Injury – Gordon Rees – Houston TX (2020) 
  • Expert Consulting – Health & Wellness Center – Murrah & Killough – TX (2020)
  • Expert Consulting – Hotel – Arizona (2020)
  • Expert Consulting – Educational Development Center – Cokinos Young – Houston TX (2020)
  • Expert Consulting – BSA Hospital – Richards Rodriguez & Skeith – Amarillo TX (2020) (Included a Certificate of Merit)
  • Expert Consulting – MAST Office Building – Thompson Coe – Houston TX (2020) (Included Report of Findings)
  • Expert Consulting – Apartment Complex – AZA – La Porte TX (2020)
  • Expert Consulting – Residential space – Human Law Firm – Tomball TX (2020) (Included Report of Findings)
  • Expert Consulting – Veronica Brown v. Discovery Green Conservatory – Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo – Houston TX (2020)
  • Expert Consulting – Surgery Center – Gray Reed – Abilene TX (2020) (Included a Certificate of Merit)
  • Expert Consulting – Walmart Facility Inspection – McAfee & Taft – Terrell TX (2020)
  • Expert Consulting – Retail/Shop Center – Friedman & Feiger – Prosper TX (2020) (Included a Certificate of Merit)
  • Expert Consulting – Roofing Services provider – Seiler Mitby – TX (2020)
  • Expert Consulting – Extra Space Storage, LP v. Donald Valk – Holmes Firm – TX (2019-2020) (Included Report of Findings)
  • Expert Consulting – Park & Ride garage – Cokinos Young – San Antonio, TX (2019-2020) (Included a Certificate of Merit)
  • Expert Consulting – Multi-Family – Daniels & Tredennick – Houston TX (2019-2020)
  • Expert Consulting – Apartment Complex dispute with subs – AZA – Houston TX (2019)
  • Expert Consulting – Benavides ISD v. Jaster Quintanilla – Wojciechowski & Associates – Benavides TX (2019) (Included Report of Findings)
  • Expert Consulting – Damaged Homes – Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo – League City TX (2019) 
  • Expert Consulting – Restaurant injury – Thompson-Coe – Houston TX (2019)
  • Expert Consulting – Kiddie Academy damage – Debra Norris – Houston TX (2018-19)
  • Expert Consulting – Chapman Residence damage – West/Mermis – Houston TX (2017-19) (Included a Certificate of Merit against the Architect of Record) 
  • Expert Consulting – Travis Residence damage – Jackson Walker – The Woodlands TX (2016-17) 
  • Expert Consulting – Pinemont Apartments injury – Bush Ramirez – Houston TX (2016) 
  • Expert Consulting – Casa del Mar damage – Gary Alfred – Galveston TX (2012) 

 

Design, Drawing, & Document Reviews

  • Expert Consulting – Casa del Mar damage – Gary Alfred – Galveston TX (2012) 
  • Drawing Review – Self-Storage (Stowaway) Lakeway TX (2017) 
  • Drawing Review – Burkhardt Compressors, Waller TX (2016) 
  • Drawing Review – Self-Storage (Childress) Houston TX (2010-11) 
  • Design and construction document consultation – Office for Sweitzer Landscaping – (2002) 

 

Facility Reviews

  • Facility Review & Inspection – Walmart Facility Inspection – McAfee & Taft – Terrell TX (2020)
  • Facility Review – Burkhardt Compressors, Waller TX (2016) 
  • Facility Review – Access Self-Storage Humble TX (2011) 
  • Facility Review – Safekeeping Self-Storage Webster TX (2011) 
  • Feasibility Review – Retail, Self-Storage & Professional Offices – Harris County TX (2017) 
  • Feasibility Review – Self-Storage & RV/Boat Storage – Diamond – Manvel TX (2017)
  • Feasibility Review – Self-Storage – CCSS – Cypress TX (2016) 
  • Feasibility Review – Self-Storage – HHC/WDC – The Woodlands TX (2014) 
  • Feasibility Review – Self-Storage & RV/Boat Storage – Rockport TX (2008)

 

Master Planning

  • Master Plan – Sri Ashtalakshmi Hindu Temple of Sugar Land – Houston TX (2015-16) 
  • Master Plan – New Covenant Church, Humble TX (2012) 
  • Master Plan – Vedic Cultural Center of The Woodlands TX (2008) 
  • Master Plan – Multi-use Project – Magnolia TX (2003) 
  • Master Plan – Mixed Use Development Center – Tomball (2003) 
  • Master Plan – Land Subdivision, Harkins Development – Tomball TX (2003) 
  • Master Plan – East Gate Retail Center – Tomball TX (2003)

 

Commercial

  • Office/Warehouse – Mercator, Katy TX (2018) 
  • Self-Storage – Cypress Creek SS addition, Cypress TX (2017) 
  • Office/Warehouse – Addition & Remodeling for Accumulators, Houston, TX (2012) 
  • Office/Warehouse – Interior Remodeling for Lockwood International, Houston, TX (2012) 
  • Collision Correction #02 – Kuykendahl, Harris County TX (2009) 

 

Medical / Health Care

  • Office/Warehouse – Mercator, Katy TX (2018) 
  • Self-Storage – Cypress Creek SS addition, Cypress TX (2017) 
  • Office/Warehouse – Addition & Remodeling for Accumulators, Houston, TX (2012) 
  • Office/Warehouse – Interior Remodeling for Lockwood International, Houston, TX (2012) 
  • Collision Correction #02 – Kuykendahl, Harris County TX (2009) 

 

Miscellaneous

  • Vehicular Circulation Studies for a commercial tract, Tejas, Kingwood TX (2005)

 

Educational

  • Charter School; New Covenant Church – Phase III, Humble TX (2018) 
  • Charter School; New Covenant Church – Phase II, Humble TX (2014) 
  • Charter School; New Covenant Church – Phase I, Humble TX (2012)

 

 

Representative Projects by Industry

Commercial

  • Automobile Dealership – Addition to Subaru - Katy, Texas
  • Automobile Dealership – Remodeling of Hyundai 290 - Houston, Texas
  • Automobile Dealership & Service Center – Mitsubishi - Katy, Texas
  • Automobile Dealership Remodel of Hyundai Façade - Katy, Texas
  • Automobile Repair – Collision Correction #02  - Harris County, Texas
  • Facility Review – Office Building – Sterling - Houston, Texas
  • Feasibility Review – Burckhardt Compression - Waller, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Community Center - Cypress, Texas
  • Litigation Support – MAST Office Building - Houston, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Retail/Shop Center - Prosper, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Roofing Services Matter - Texas
  • Litigation Support – Walmart Facility - Terrell, Texas
  • Master Planning – Land Subdivision for Doctors - Tomball, Texas
  • Office - Houston, Texas
  • Office – Preliminary Working Drawings - Houston, Texas
  • Office – Proposed 2-story in the Heights - Houston, Texas
  • Office Remodeling – Sullivan - Uvalde, Texas
  • Office Warehouse – APS Tomball - Tomball, Texas
  • Office Warehouse – Mercator - Katy, Texas
  • Office Warehouse Addition & Interior Office - Houston, Texas
  • Office Warehouse Interior Office Remodeling - Lockwood, Texas
  • Office/Warehouse – Phase 1 - Rosenberg, Texas
  • Office/Warehouse – Programming - Rosenberg, Texas
  • Retail Center – Code & Feasibility Review - Conroe, Texas
  • Retail Center – East Gate Preliminary Design - Tomball, Texas
  • Retail Center & Self–Storage – Kuykendahl - Spring, Texas
  • Tenant Build–Out – EddyFi - Deer Park, Texas
  • Tenant Build–Out – Preliminary Studies – Conco - Deer Park, Texas

 

Condominiums

  • Litigation Support – Casa del Mar Condominiums - Galveston, Texas

 

Cultural / Entertainment / Sports

  • Church – New Covenant – Charter School – Phase 1 - Humble, Texas
  • Church – New Covenant – Charter School – Phase 2  - Humble, Texas
  • Church – New Covenant – Master Planning - Humble, Texas
  • Church – Remodeling - Humble, Texas
  • Edgar A. Smith YMCA – Exterior Color Rendering - Webster, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Discovery Green Conservatory - Houston, Texas
  • Master Planning – St. Matthias Catholic Church - Magnolia, Texas
  • Master Planning – The Hindu Temple of Sugar Land - Sugarland, Texas
  • Master Planning – Vedic Cultural Center - The Woodlands, Texas

 

Educational

  • Facility Review – Kiddie Academy - Katy, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Education Center - Houston, Texas
     

Healthcare

  • Litigation Support – Hospital - Amarillo, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Surgery Center - Abilene, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Wellness Center - Texas
  • Medical Park – Base Building – Phase I – Tomball - Tomball, Texas
  • Medical Park – Base Building – Phase II – Tomball - Tomball, Texas
  • Medical Park – Tenant Standards & Plan Reviews - Tomball, Texas
  • Office – Dr Kelley Medical Office Remodel - Houston, Texas
  • Office – Medical Tenant Build-Out - Hedwig Village, Texas
  • Tenant Build–Out – Medical (9 suites, total) - Tomball, Texas

 

Hospitality

  • Feasibility Review – Assisted Living - Houston, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Hotel - Arizona


Mixed-Use

  • Master Planning – Commercial Development - Houston, Texas
  • Master Planning – The Centre of Tomball - Tomball, Texas


Multi-Family

  • Litigation Support – Apartment Complex - Houston, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Apartment Complex - La Porte, Texas
  • Variance – Multi–Family - Houston, Texas

 

Personal Injury

  • Litigation Support – Apartment Slip & Fall - Houston, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Personal Injury Claim - Houston, Texas

 

Residential

  • Litigation Support – Multiple Residences w/Moisture - League City, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Residence - Tomball, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Travis Residence - The Woodlands, Texas
  • Pool House #01 – Memorial Creek Estates - Houston, Texas
  • Pool House #02 – Greatwood - Sugarland, Texas
  • Pool House #03 – Cypresswood Green - Spring, Texas
  • Pool House #05 – Autumn Lakes - League City, Texas
  • Pool House #06 – Memorial Springs - Tomball, Texas
  • Pool House #07 – Lakecrest - Houston, Texas
  • Pool House #08 – Spring Park Village - Spring, Texas
  • Pool House #09 – Bay Colony No. 02 (Redo) - League City, Texas
  • Pool House #10 – Breckenridge Forest - Spring, Texas
  • Pool House #11 – Bradbury Forest - Spring, Texas
  • Pool House #12 – South Shore Harbour - League City, Texas
  • Pool House #13 – Silver Oak Trails - Houston, Texas
  • Pool House #14 – Villages at Mary's Creek - Pearland, Texas
  • Residence – 2-Story Custom Inside 100-yr Flood Plain - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – 2–Story in Champion Lakes Estates - Tomball, Texas
  • Residence – Addition – Memorial Subdivision - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – As–Built Plans - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Custom Remodeling & Addition - Uvalde, Texas
  • Residence – Dorcz - Tomball, Texas
  • Residence – Dr Harkins - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Expert Consulting on Custom Design - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Jim Graf - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Karl Pry Remodel - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Leopold Family - Hearne, Texas
  • Residence – Old Sixth Ward Protected Historic District - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Remodeling – Layne Lott - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Remodeling & Addition - Houston, Texas
  • Residence – Robinson Remodel/Addition - Houston, Texas

 

Storage

  • Facility Review – Access Self–Storage - Humble, Texas
  • Feasibility Review – 3 Self–Storage sites for HHC - Houston, Texas
  • Feasibility Review – Boat Storage - Rockport, Texas
  • Feasibility Review – Cypress Creek Self–Storage exp. - Cypress, Texas
  • Litigation Support – Extra Space Storage - Texas
  • RV, Boat & Self–Storage – Feasibility Review - Manvel, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Antoine & I–10 - Childress, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Architectural Design Office/ Residence - Conroe, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Broadway Dixie – Phase2 - Pearland, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Checker – Phase II - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Checkers Acquisition Review - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Cinco Ranch - Cinco Ranch, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Cinco Ranch – Canopy Addition - Katy, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Cinco Ranch SW - Katy, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Exterior Color Rendering - S. Brunswick, NY
  • Self–Storage – Feasibility Review - Spring, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Feasibility Studies - Galveston, Texas
  • Self–Storage – FM1960 near Fallbrook - Harris County, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Office Remodel - League City, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Pearland Parkway - Pearland, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Plan Review & Design Consulting - Lakeway, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Richmond Ave - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Sabo Road - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Safekeeping – Architectural Review - Webster, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Telge - Cypress, Texas
  • Self–Storage – Washington Ave - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage – West Road - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage w/Residence -  Atascocita, Texas
  • Self–Storage w/Residence – Barker/Spring Cypress - Spring, Texas
  • Self–Storage w/Residence – Kingwood (Mills Branch) - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage w/Residence – Kingwood 2 - Houston, Texas
  • Self–Storage w/Residence – Sienna P. (Redesign) - Fort Bend County, Texas
  • Self–Storage w/Residence – Sienna Plantation - Fort Bend County, Texas
  •  Storage – Dry Stacked Interior Boat Storage - Galveston, Texas

 

Transportation / Infrastructure

  • Litigation Support – Loading Dock - Texas
  • Litigation Support – Park & Ride Garage - San Antonio, Texas
  • Master Planning – Magnolia Ridge Business Park - Magnolia, Texas
  • Vehicular Circulation Studies for Commercial Tract - Kingwood, Texas

Expert Architectural Consulting Services

Development & Pre-Design

  • Need Assessment
  • Project Programming
  • Master Planning
  • Site Selection
  • Due Diligence Reviews
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Project Risk Management
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Building Programming

Design Phase

  • Architectural Design
  • Contract Documents
  • Management of Design & Production Services
  • Schedule Management
  • Delay Assessments
  • Professional Practice Reviews
  • Design Process 
  • Design Errors, Deficiencies and Omissions
  • Professional Standard of Care (Architects)
  • Peer Reviews of Design Drawings, Details, Specifications, and Contract Documents
  • Analyses of Building Codes, Rules, Regulations, Laws, Acts, Statutes & Ordinances, including zoning
  • Review of Private Restrictions (Architectural Controls, Subdivision Covenants, Deed Restrictions)
  • Variance Consulting 
  • Constructability Assessments

Construction

  • Construction Document Reviews
  • Bid Analyses
  • Value Engineering
  • Schedule of Value Reviews
  • Applications for Payment Reviews (Contractor Draw Requests)
  • Owner’s Representative, or Owner’s Agent
  • Assume the Role of “Initial Decision Maker” (per AIA A201)
  • Contract Administration
  • Jobsite Reviews, Construction Observations, and Field Inspections
  • Shop Drawing & Submittal Reviews
  • Substitution Requests
  • Requests for Information (RFI) Assessments
  • Proposal Request & Change Order Reviews
  • Unforeseen Condition Claims
  • Review Reports for Special Inspections and Construction Materials Testing (CMT)
  • Extensions of Time & Delay Assessments
  • Assist with Details, Specifications, & Technical Analysis (“Building Science”)
  • Assist with Building Permits, & Other Regulatory (Private or Public) Issues
  • Project Close-Out 
  • Record Drawings 

 

Post Occupancy

  • Warranty Reviews
  • Facility Inspections
  • Pre-Acquisition Reviews
  • Building Forensics (Architectural Work)
  • Construction Damages, Defects, Deficiencies, Omissions, and Non-Compliant Work
  • Moisture & Water Intrusion Investigations and Consulting
  • Project Delays (Construction & Design) 
  • Business Interruption Analyses
  • Contract Claims, Disputes, and Breaches (Construction and Design)
  • Errors & Omissions Claims
  • Negligence Claims
  • Professional Ethics
  • Standard of Care Analyses
  • Certificates of Merit (Architects)
  • Damage Assessments
  • Facility Condition Assessments
  • Repair or Restoration Consulting
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Insurance & Surety Claims
  • Support for Litigation, Mediation, or Arbitration
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Expert Consulting
  • Expert Witnessing and Testimony
  • Expert Rebuttals
  • Consulting for Public & Private Regulations, such as Deed Restrictions, Architectural Review Committees/HOA, Fire Codes, Building Codes, Ordinances, HC Access
  • Dispute Resolution for Violations/Citations/Fines & OSHA

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