John B. Stetson IV, AIA, FCMAA

John Stetson has over 40 years of experience including both technical and managerial skills in program and construction management, contract administration, scheduling, cost estimating, value engineering, claims analysis, and expert services for contract disputes. Projects include, but are not limited to, commercial, residential and educational facilities; prisons; airports; mass transportation; power; industrial, shipbuilding and other major government military systems procurement; hospitals; universities; and government centers. John has lectured extensively on claims avoidance practices and is a published authority in the field. He was also a founding governor and governor emeritus of the Construction Manager Certification Institute’s CM Certification Program and is a member of the CMAA College of Fellows.

Education
  • Yale School of Architecture, Master of Architecture
  • Yale University, Bachelor of Architecture
  • University of Pennsylvania, Post-Graduate Coursework in Landscape Architecture and Regional Plans
Professional Affiliations
  • CMAA – Previous President and Director
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Construction Manager Certification Institute (CMCI) – Governor Emeritus
Select Publications/Speaking Engagements

Chronological

“E & O Claims: Knowing, Avoiding and Managing the Enemy,” AIA Seminar, 2009.

Stetson, John. “Construction Management: An Overview of the Options,” MDC Advisor (1995).

Bramble, Barry B., Michael F. D’Onofrio, and John B. Stetson. Avoiding and Resolving Construction Claims. Kingston: R.S. Means Co., 1990.

“Project Management Oversight: Watching Out for the Owner’s Interests,” MDC Advisor (1989).

“Role of the Consulting Engineer and Claims Consultant” (presented at Construction Defaults: Rights, Duties and Liabilities, 1989)

“Quality Management” (presented at Construction Management Association of America, Annual Conference, 1989).

Select Testimony

Surety Mechanical Services v. Community College of Philadelphia, AAA Case No. 14 110 0426 13, American Arbitration Association, Exton, PA.

Paramount Homes at Asbury Beach Urban Renewal, LLC v. Tishman Construction Corp. of New Jersey, et al., No. MON-LL-1017-09, Superior Court of New Jersey. (Deposition)

Horgan Brothers, Inc. v. Taylor Mills et al., Case No. 07cv03088(NLH), U.S. District Court. (Deposition)

J. O’Neil Company v. Barton Malow Company, et al., AAA Case No. 54 110 Y 00239 07, American Arbitration Association, Ann Arbor, MI. (Deposition)

Corrado & Sons, Inc. v. D.R. Horton, Inc. – New Jersey, Civil Action No. 07-CV-4017, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. (Deposition)

Project Highlights

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware – The owner’s counsel retained John to concurrently evaluate contractor delay claims and the design team’s responsibility for contractor delay and excessive change-order cost for the museum project—a renovation and addition that more than doubled the facility’s size. Work was initiated on an $18 million fast-track design and construct basis, under a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) construction contract. As completed, the one year anticipated construction duration was extended by more than a year with over 250 change orders. Cost increased over 20% to approximately $22 million and the delay also caused the cancellation of a major exhibit. John provided a detailed schedule analysis and written report highlighting structural steel design, procurement and erection delays, extensive mechanical system design and installation issues, and the completion of exterior glazings and interior floor and ceiling finishes. John participated in mediation, which facilitated a successful settlement agreement with the contractor.

Mixed-Use Condominium, U.S. – This project involved a five-story, approximately $23 million condominium incorporating 48 units, street-level retail spaces, and a separate three-level parking structure. The project delivery included fast-tracking with a CM and a significant degree of performance-specification-based contractor design completion. As part of the CPMI team, John evaluated the design professional’s performance with respect to owner-alleged design deficiency and resulting project delays, and he provided an extensive expert report. Successful resolution was achieved through negotiation during trial.

Project/Construction Management, Multiple U.S. Locations – John has provided construction management services on numerous renovation and new construction projects for the General Services Administration, such as the $64 million renovation/extension of the Robert A. Young federal office building in St. Louis, MO; renovations to the 26 Federal Plaza building in New York, NY; and the $120 million Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA. Airport development programs that John has worked on include terminals, roadways, runways and aprons, and parking structures at Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, PA, Jacksonville, FL, Cincinnati, OH, Fort Myers, FL, Miami, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Daytona Beach, FL, and Pensacola, FL.