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Brian Celeste

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Two Liberty Place, 50 South 16th Street, Suite 3350
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Brian Celeste, CCP, PSP is a Managing Director at Ankura and has over 14 years of professional experience assisting clients in managing projects, analyzing project performance, and resolving disputes relating to multi-million and multi-billion dollar domestic and international projects.


Brian is experienced in construction claims, dispute resolution, and project scheduling in a wide range of industries including federal government projects, power and process plants, infrastructure, ship building/repair, correctional, hotel, medical, and educational facilities. He has performed schedule delay, loss-of-productivity technical issue, and damages analyses and has been responsible for the development of expert reports and trial demonstratives. Additionally, he is highly proficient in critical path method (CPM) scheduling including Primavera, Deltek Open Plan, and Microsoft Project, as pertains to the development, updating, and evaluation of project schedules.

Brian is responsible for supervising and directing teams of consultants and assisting counsel with litigation support.

Brian has also presented and developed training sessions and lectured at conferences relating to project administration, dispute resolution, and project scheduling topics. He is certified by AACE International as a Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) and a Certified Cost Professional (CCP).

Brian’s professional experience includes:

  • Hotel and mixed-use rehabilitation project – Madison, WI: Delay and disruption analysis for $65 million project in AAA Arbitration.
  • Hotel project – Tysons Corner, VA: Delay and disruption analysis for $72 million new hotel construction project. Expert reports submitted; case settled in negotiations prior to arbitration.
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore – Baltimore, MD: $14 million claim involving the $66 million expansion of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, for the joint venture of Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Barton Mallow Company.
  • Rutgers University Biomedical Engineering Building – New Brunswick, NJ: Delay analysis and claims concerning $24.6 million construction of a new biomedical engineering building for Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
  • Hotel and mixed-use high rise – New York, NY: Delay analysis and claims mitigation work for high-end project in Manhattan.
  • Rutgers University – Piscataway, NJ: Schedule review and claims mitigation work for a new laboratory building.
  • Bronx Courthouse – Bronx, NY: Development of a claim and counterclaim defense for curtainwall contractor for the Bronx Courthouse. Full settlement for client prior to arbitration.
  • Residential condominium project and PANYNJ Headquarters – New York: Baseline schedule development and schedule updates.
  • US Consulates and Embassies including Astana, Kazakhstan; Berlin, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Kingston, Jamaica: Project advisory, schedule review, REA and claim analysis, and litigation support for several hundred million USD in Department of State projects.
  • Bassett Hospital – Fort Wainwright, AK: Assisted Corps of Engineers on delay and loss-of-productivity analyses, technical issue analyses, quantum evaluation/damage calculations, and litigation support services in defense of an $18 million claim over various disputes concerning the $178 million construction project of the new Bassett Hospital at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Project settled in ADR prior to hearing.
  • Akwa Ibom Airport: Delay and issue analysis relating to the construction of a $300 million new airport in Nigeria.
  • Roadway and Bridge projects – Afghanistan: Delay and disruption analysis, and litigation support for $100 million in roadway development projects in Afghanistan for Louis Berger Group.
  • Highway and Bridge Project – Romania: Development of a claim for time extension in an international arbitration on a bridge and highway project in Romania for Todini Construction.
  • Domestic Process Plant – Wyoming: Provided schedule analysis, expert services, and litigation support for a process plant in AAA Arbitration.
  • Missile Defense – Europe: Project advisory and claims mitigation for a missile defense project in Europe.
  • San Francisco Jail No. 3 – San Francisco, CA: $25 million claim and $100 million counterclaim involving the construction of the city of San Francisco Jail No. 3 Project for AMEC Construction Managers.
  • University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ: Development of a claim and counterclaim defense for Gilbane on a biomedical building at the University of Arizona.
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude), The College of New Jersey
  • AACEi Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP)
  • AACEi Certified Cost Professional (CCP)
  • Engineer-In-Training, New Jersey
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, International (AACEi)

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