Rhodes Group Welcomes Project Consultant Joseph Seasoltz

March 17, 2015  The Rhodes Group recently welcomed Joseph Seasoltz as a Project Consultant.  Joe joined The Rhodes Group after nearly a decade of working in the legal industry, most recently as a Senior Paralegal in the construction and commercial litigation practice group at one of Pennsylvania’s largest law firms.

We’re Hiring – Positions Open in Houston, TX and Pittsburgh, PA

February 16, 2015  The Rhodes Group is currently seeking candidates for several positions in our Houston, TX and Pittsburgh, PA offices.  Please visit our career page to learn more and view current openings.

Rhodes Group Promotes Ivonne Beltran Parks, Welcomes Marc Moatz

January 31, 2015  The Rhodes Group recently promoted Ivonne Beltran Parks, CCP to Senior Consultant.  Ivonne has been a member of The Rhodes group since 2005, and she specializes in the analysis and quantification of construction related damages.  Drawing on her accounting background, she conducts complex construction cost analyses on multi-million and multi-billion projects.  Ivonne is a Certified Cost Professional.

The Rhodes Group also welcomed Marc Moatz, Esq. as a Project Consultant.   Marc earned his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law.  While in law school he focused his studies on courses related to construction law and developed strong research and analytical skills, which he draws upon in the analysis of construction project issues.  Before starting his legal studies, Marc worked for nearly 10 years in residential construction and has firsthand knowledge and appreciation of the construction industry.

Michael Birmingham and Andrew Rhodes Present at EPC Contract and Risk Management Conference

January 20, 2015  Michael Birmingham and Andrew Rhodes presented at the 2nd EPC Contract and Risk Management held in Houston, January 13-15.  Michael led an interactive workshop on cost-reimbursable contracts that included Bart Turner of KBR And Brian Davidson of DLF Legal.    In addition to their role as conference chairs, Andrew and Brian co-moderated a panel discussion on Gauging the Impact the Current State of the Energy Industry is Having on EPC Contracting.   Panelist included Shelley Smithson of Sasol and Eileen Akerson of KBR.

Andrew Rhodes to Present at 2014 Construction SuperConference

November 17, 2014   Andrew Rhodes, President of The Rhodes Group is proud to join  Jason Dunaway of Roberts Company, Bart Turner of KBR and Shelley Smithson of Sasol in an interactive panel discussion he will co-moderate with Brian Davidson of DFL Legal at the 2014 Construction SuperConference, December 1-3 in Las Vegas.   The panel of industry leaders will address the unique contracting, legal, and dispute resolution challenges in executing megaprojects in the U.S.

Rhodes Group Welcomes New Consultant and General Counsel

July 31, 2014  The Rhodes Group recently hired Dave Abijanac as Senior Consultant.  Dave has over 20 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry.  Drawing on his legal background and industry experience, Dave will assist in the development of and defense against construction claims.  Prior to joining The Rhodes Group, Dave worked as a construction attorney and litigator for Powell, Trachtman, Logan, Carrle & Lombardo, where his practice focused on the representation of architects and engineers.   Dave’s industry experience includes working at an international design engineering and construction firm, where he held numerous positions and roles within project management, purchasing/procurement, expediting and administration.   He also served as a contracts administrator and as a law clerk for in-house counsel.  Dave graduated magna cum laude from Robert Morris University with a B.S.B.A in Finance, and he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law.  In addition to his role as Senior Consultant at The Rhodes Group, Dave will also serve as the firm’s general counsel.

Rhodes Group Pittsburgh Marathon Team Raises over $2,000 for Wounded Warriors

April 29, 2014 We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon  Corporate Wellness Challenge, The Rhodes Group Marathon team has raised over $2,000 for the Wounded Warriors Project.  We are grateful for our partner vendors who generously provided their support.


PCWC Team Sponsors

Rhodes Group at the Rodeo

March 14, 2014 Earlier this month Rhodes Group President Andrew Rhodes and Vice President Shawn Modar attended the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, along with Texas-native Jordan Robertson, a project consultant at The Rhodes Group. Rhodes and Modar are leading the firm’s new Houston office, which opened in January of this year. The Rhodes Group was proud to be a donor for the calf scramble, which provides students lucky enough to catch a calf with a chance to earn a significant amount of money toward their college education by raising, showing and auctioning their calf at next year’s rodeo. The Rhodes Group’s donation was funded by employee contributions to a “Jean Friday” fund.

Shawn Modar and Jordan Robertson (right) with the student who received the Rhodes-sponsored certificate for a calf at the calf scramble.

Shawn Modar and Jordan Robertson (right) of The Rhodes Group at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble.

Rhodes Group Opens Houston Office

March 10, 2014  In January of this year The Rhodes Group opened an office in Houston, TX. The addition of the Houston office was a natural progression following a significant increase in business from clients based in the Gulf Coast region. The Houston office will allow The Rhodes Group to better serve that growing client base – on projects in the region and throughout the world.  Read more about The Rhodes Group’s new Houston office. 

Rhodes Group Announces Several Staff Promotions

February 10, 2014 

The Rhodes Group recently announced several promotions.

Laura Arrigo, CCP, PSP was promoted to Project Executive. Laura has been a member of The Rhodes Group for over 10 years. As Project Executive, Laura will direct the analysis of schedule delay and disruption claims, in addition to assisting clients with managing schedule and cost risk during the course of construction. Laura has extensive experience consulting on large-scale construction projects in the U.S. and abroad, including liquefied natural gas and power generation facilities, as well as projects involving the construction of professional sports stadiums, university buildings, and high-rise buildings.

Donald Kaplan, CCP, PSP was promoted to Project Manager. Donald has worked with The Rhodes Group for eight years and is a senior member of The Rhodes Group’s CPM scheduling department. In addition to helping clients develop and maintain CPM schedules, Donald is experienced in the forensic analysis of schedule delays and disruptions. He has consulted on a diverse group of projects, ranging from casinos to chemical processing plants.

Nathan McNeil was promoted to Project Manager. Since joining The Rhodes Group in 2010, Nathan has consulted on several ongoing mega-projects, including LNG and power generation facilities located in the U.S., Africa and Australia. He assists clients with the identification, assessment and management of schedule and cost risk, as well as the analysis of schedule delays and disruptions in formal disputes.

Additionally, James Turner recently earned Six Sigma Lean and DFSS Green Belt certification. Turner has led several Lean events at the firm, resulting in The Rhodes Group becoming a finalist for the 2014 PHRA People Do Matter Award in the Work Structure and Processes category. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, March 19th, when winners will be announced.

We’ve Moved!

January 31, 2014  The Rhodes Group’s Pittsburgh headquarters are now located in The Grant Building.  Please update your records with our new contact information.

Andrew Rhodes to Speak at EPC Contract and Risk Management Conference

December 11, 2014  Andrew Rhodes will be speaking at the January 2014 EPC Contract and Risk Management Conference in Houston, TX.   Along with co-presenter Brian Davidson of Dingess, Foster, Luciana, Davidson & Chleboski LLP, Andrew will speak on “Overcoming Obstacles in Managing Disputes that Arise During the Project Lifespan.”

Rhodes Group Welcomes Damages Expert Laura Miller

October 16, 2013  The Rhodes Group today announced that Laura Miller will join the firm as Director.  Laura is a CPA and expert in construction-related damages who will augment the Rhodes Group’s existing cadre of testifiers and construction consultants. She has testified 18 times on damages issues as an expert witness and is experienced in issues involving terminations, defaults, limitations under Federal Acquisition Regulations and the integration of damages with schedule impacts. Ms. Miller has worked on projects ranging from nuclear construction to power plants and public housing.

Michael Birmingham Presenting to CAWP CLC Emerging Leaders

October 7, 2013  Michael Birmingham, a director and expert witness with The Rhodes Group, will be presenting on “Necessary Claims Considerations on a Troubled Project.”  The Emerging Leader Education Program is sponsored by the CAWP Constructors Leadership Council (CLC).  This ongoing education program is one of the CLC’s key elements in reaching out to tomorrow’s industry leaders.  The October 17th presentation is open to Emerging leaders of all CAWP contractor and associate member companies.

Andrew Rhodes to Speak at 2013 Construction Superconference

August 28, 2013  Andrew Rhodes will join Bart Turner of KBR, Stuart Shaw of Black & Veatch and Brian Davidson of DFL Legal to speak on a panel at this year’s Construction SuperConference. This diverse group will discuss the identification and management of risk with a focus on the entire life cycle of large-scale EPC projects. We asked the panelists to discuss their perspectives and experiences on megaprojects and wanted to share the insights of these industry leaders.

Rhodes Expert Michael Birmingham Participating in Forum Trial Academy

June 11, 2013  Michael Birmingham, a director and expert witness with The Rhodes Group, will be will be participating as an expert consultant at the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s Trial Academy. This is the second year The Rhodes Group has participated in the Trial Academy, which begins tomorrow and will take place at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The three-day intensive trial skills training program will use two different dispute scenarios to teach the skills that are needed to successfully try a construction dispute. The faculty is made up of experienced construction litigators who have tried construction cases in courts and before arbitration panels in jurisdictions throughout the country. Students will also work with construction experts so they can learn how to prepare expert witnesses, as well as conduct effective direct and cross examinations of technical witnesses. The course will consummate with participants conducting a mock trial of a construction case.

Michael Birmingham has directed and conducted the analysis of schedule delay and disruption and termination claims on hundreds of projects, and he has testified to schedule delays and disruptions in court and arbitration. He specializes in Critical Path Method (CPM) schedule delay and disruption analysis, the quantification and analysis of delay and loss of productivity related damages, and the development and maintenance of CPM schedules.

Birmingham and Fallon Speak at AIA-MBA Joint Committee Meeting

May 23, 2013 Michael Birmingham and Erin Fallon presented to the AIA-MBA Joint Committee on May 22nd in Pittsburgh.   Using a “Troubled Project” case study as the presentation backdrop, Birmingham and Fallon outlined some schedule and cost analysis considerations when presenting a schedule delay claim and the related damage quantification.   The AIA-MBA Joint Committee provides a unique forum for Architects, General Contractors and Owners to meet and discuss existing conditions of the construction industry.

The Rhodes Group Marathon Team is Running for Wounded Warriors

April 24, 2013 On May 5th, seven members of The Rhodes Group will be running in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. As part of the Pittsburgh Corporate Challenge, The Rhodes Group team is raising money to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org to learn more about how the Wounded Warrior Project honors and empowers injured veterans and service members.   Click here to help The Rhodes Group support the Wounded Warrior Project. As sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon, The Rhodes Group created a 3D animation highlighting key points on the Marathon Course.  This is the second year The Rhodes Group has created a virtual model of the course, which shows the diverse capabilities of our 3D animation department.  Click hereto watch the animation and get a preview of what lies ahead for Pittsburgh’s Runners of Steel.

Registration Open for ABA Annual Meeting

February 28 , 2013 Rhodes will be exhibiting at the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s Annual Meeting in Dana Point, CA.   The conference will be April 25 – 27 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.   The two-and-a-half day program features sessions on the legal issues arising from new onsite construction technologies, new procurement and project management technologies, and the future of construction insurance and bonding, preference programs on public projects and workforce issues, as well as the impact of globalization on construction dispute resolution. Other sessions focus on the practice of construction law, from a construction lawyers’ technology expo featuring cutting-edge new hardware and software to enhance your client service, to an in-depth look at where the practice of construction law is headed in the future, to a live demonstration on the future of preserving, finding and presenting construction project data at trial.   To learn more and register, visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/construction_industry.

Two Rhodes Professionals Earn PSP Credential

January 11 , 2013 Jeffrey Hogan and Jonathan Medsger were recently been credentialed as Planning & Scheduling Professionals (PSP) by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers International (AACE).  The PSP designation recognizes specialists who meet a demanding set of planning and scheduling criteria by a rigorous examination, experience, education and ethical qualifications.  Hogan was also recently promoted to Senior Consultant.

DRG is now The Rhodes Group

December 11, 2012 We are proud to announce that we have changed our name to The Rhodes Group and would like to welcome you to our brand new web site.  This change comes after a period of significant growth — in size as well as depth of experience, service offerings and global reach. Learn more about this exciting change.

DRG Welcomes Two New Members

October 31 , 2012

DRG welcomed two new members to its consulting team. James Keefer and Jordan Robertson were hired as Project Consultants. Both Keefer and Robertson were part of DRG’s Summer 2012 intern program, designed to introduce graduate and undergraduate engineering students to the construction consulting field.  Keefer recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  Robertson graduated from Virginia Tech with an MBA and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.  As Project Consultants, Robertson and Keefer will assist in the analysis of construction delays and disruptions.

Look for DRG at the VA CLE Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar

September 21, 2012

DRG will once again be exhibiting at the VA CLE’s annual Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar to be held in Charlottesville, VA on November 2nd and 3rd. For over thirty years, this two-day gathering has been the destination of choice for both lawyers and industry representatives with a stake in construction law or public contracts matters. The offerings once again will range from annual ethics and legal updates to specific programs on the most pressing industry and governmental issues.

Visit vacle.org to learn more or to register.

James Turner Promoted to Project Consultant

August 15, 2012

James Turner was promoted to Project Consultant.  Turner provides support for the analysis of multi-million dollar claims on complex industrial and power generation facilities.  Having worked in project controls for a global supplier of environmental technologies prior to joining DRG, Turner is experienced in claims development, analysis, documentation, and management.  His expertise also includes labor productivity and forensic schedule analysis.

Learn more… 

“Upcycle” Supply Drive Benefits Pittsburgh Students

July 26, 2012

DRG recently participated in a pilot “Upcycle” supply drive, collecting new and lightly used office and school supplies for The Education Partnership’s core program. The program serves over 5,200 young people in the local Pittsburgh community. DRG staff purged their offices of notebooks, rulers, staplers, binders, scissors and other supplies no longer in use, filling several large boxes for donation to The Education Partnership. “It’s great to see items that might otherwise hit the trash bin or that are just taking up space be put to such good use,” said one staff member. To learn more about how your business can help provide local school children with the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom, visit www.TheEducationPartnership.org.

Leroy Trimbath to participate in ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Trial Academy

June 6, 2012

Leroy Trimbath, a Director and Expert Witness with DRG, will be participating as an expert consultant at the ABA Inaugural Forum Trial Academy June 27 – 30 in Washington, DC. This three-day intensive trial skills training program will use a construction case to teach the skills that are needed to successfully try a construction dispute. The faculty is made up of experienced construction litigators. Students will work with construction experts to learn how to prepare, as well as conduct effective direct and cross examinations of technical witnesses. The course will consummate with participants conducting a mock trial of a construction case.

DRG Creates 3D Animation of 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon Course

May 2, 2012

This weekend over 25,000 people will take their mark for the 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon. But even before taking the first step to earning the coveted title of Runner of Steel, racers can experience the finish line through an animation created by DRG’s 3D Modeling Department. The virtual model displays key components of the Marathon course, allowing race planners to enjoy context they never had before and runners to experience a first-person preview of the course. The 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon animation showcases the sought after talents and attention to detail of DRG’s 3D Modeling Department, and highlights the universal benefits of 3D models – regardless of industry. 3D models can bring nearly any idea to life in a cost-effective and compelling way, whether it be an animation of a complex litigation issue, a luxury condo development, or a road map for the next Runner of Steel.

Click here to view the animation.

Leroy Trimbath Qualifies as Certified Construction Auditor

March 25, 2012

Leroy Trimbath, a Director and Expert Witness with DRG, has qualified as a Certified Construction Auditor (CCA) through the National Association of Construction Auditors (NACA). The CCA designation recognizes accounting, auditing and consulting professionals whose primary experience is in the field of auditing and evaluating internal controls in the construction project environment. Mr. Trimbath’s 35+ years in the construction industry includes serving as the Chief Financial Officer for a $250-million general contractor. He specializes in the review, reconciliation and evaluation of construction costs and contract amounts, and the analysis and calculation of construction related delay and disruption damages. Mr. Trimbath is also credentialed as a Certified Construction Financial Industry Professional (CCIFP).

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“Fun with Facial Hair” Raises $1,000 for Children with Cancer

March 16, 2012

In its first annual “Fun with Facial Hair” Fundraiser, DRG staff raised money to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Jeffrey Hogan, Christopher Jones, Jonathan Medsger, and James Turner offered their facial hair up to the mercy of their colleagues, who purchased tickets to vote on beard and mustache styles for each participant. The winning look was sported for a day, to the amusement of friends and colleagues alike. While the fundraiser was all in good fun, staff contributions and DRG-matched donations totaled $1,000.

Ryan Mocniak Joins DRG’s Consulting Team

February 15, 2012

Ryan Mocniak recently joined DRG as a project consultant. Previously, Ryan worked at FTI Consulting where he analyzed construction claims, assessed construction costs and damages, and provided litigation support. Most recently, Ryan was part of a mining restart project, where he played an integral role with project controls support and change order management.

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DRG Teams with Education Partnership to Provide Much Needed Supplies

January 28, 2012

On January 28th, members of DRG joined The Education Partnership for one of its four annual school supply distribution events. Volunteers assisted local school teachers who “shopped” for around $400 worth of free school and classroom supplies for their students and their classrooms. The Education Partnership works year-round to collect critical supplies to provide to over 5,000 students in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Learn more about The Education Partnership…