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Frank J. Gatlin is a Managing Director at Ankura, based in Philadelphia. He has more than 47 years of experience in architectural design, construction management, and dispute resolution. He has extensive experience in the analysis and resolution of technical disputes involving design deficiencies, schedule, cost analysis, disruption, errors or omissions, acceleration, defective construction, standard of care, productivity, termination, and damages. In addition, Frank has significant experience in the analysis and resolution of construction claims related to environmental and hazardous materials issues. He has prepared expert reports and provided expert testimony in depositions, mediation, arbitration, and at trial. Frank’s project experience includes office buildings, court houses, residential developments, custom homes, hotels, condominiums, schools, hospitals, arenas, retail facilities, healthcare facilities, and historical restoration projects throughout the United States. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), a registered architect in 16 states, and licensed to practice architecture in the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Mississippi.
Frank has been appointed as an expert and is an experienced testifier in trial and arbitrations as well as leading presentations in numerous facilitated mediation and settlement venues.
Frank’s professional experience includes:
- Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE ($11,500,000 claim): Retained by the owner against the architect. The owner claimed the architect failed to provide a complete, accurate, and well-coordinated set of design and construction documents for the renovation and new addition to the existing museum facility. The owner also claimed that the HVAC design was defective.
- University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA ($11,000,000 claim): Retained by the owner against the architect. The owner claimed that the architect’s design and construction documents were incomplete, inaccurate, and not properly coordinated. The owner claimed that, because of the architect’s incomplete, inaccurate, and poorly coordinated design and construction documents, it was required to incur significant additional costs to correct the architect’s errors or omissions. Testified at trial.
- Lawrence Graduate Student Housing, Princeton, NJ ($2,800,000 claim): Retained by the owner against the architect and general contractor regarding defective design and construction of eight student housing buildings. The owner claimed that the architect failed to provide complete, accurate, and well‐coordinated design and construction documents. The owner also claimed that the contractor failed to construct the building in accordance with acceptable standards of workmanship in the industry which led to water infiltration resulting from defective construction of the building envelope.
- Philadelphia School District ($17,000,000 claim): Retained by the school district to assess errors and omissions attributable to the design professionals for all capital improvement projects within the past 10 years. Approximately 3,000 change orders totaling nearly $60 million were reviewed and claims were filed for deficient design and construction documents relating to the design of new and the renovation of existing systems and facilities.
- Single Family Residence, Bedford Falls, NY ($3,000,000 claim): Retained by the owner against the architect and general contractor. The owner claimed the architect failed to provide a complete and accurate design for the $6,000,000 renovations to the owner’s residence. The owner also claimed the architect failed to properly perform its contract administration services and observe instances of the contractor’s defective construction. Additionally, the owner claimed that the work performed by the general contractor was defective and resulted in numerous construction defects and that both the architect and general contractor overcharged for the work.
- Lakeside Graduate Student Housing, Princeton, NJ ($2,000,000 claim): Retained by the owner against the architect. The owner claimed the architect’s design was defective and the architect had failed to provide complete, accurate, and well-coordinated design and construction documents for the design of the life safety systems and for the design of the HVAC systems in the buildings. Testified at mediation.
- 3303 Water Street Condominium, Washington DC ($30,000,000 claim): Retained by the general contractor against the condominium association. The condominium association claimed that the construction of the unit demising walls between the 70 condominium units was defective and were not constructed in accordance with the contract documents and the applicable building codes.
- Heritage Creek Condominium, Bucks County, PA ($5,000,000 claim): Retained by the developer/general contractor against the condominium association. The condominium association claimed the developer failed to properly construct the building envelope and that failure resulted in significant water infiltration and damage to the buildings. The Condominium Association alleged that the only remedy was to remove and replace the entire exterior cladding system of the buildings.
- BS, Architecture, Temple University
- NCARB Certificate Holder – National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
- Architectural Licenses / Registrations: Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, & Pennsylvania
- American Institute of Architects
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards