Joseph Hellenbrand, P.E., PSP

Joseph Hellenbrand has over 20 years of experience in construction and project management, planning, scheduling, engineering and claims analysis. He is knowledgeable in critical path method (CPM) scheduling, damages assessment, project controls, site logistics, and construction from project initiation to completion. Joe performs schedule, productivity, and cost quantification analyses on large commercial and government projects involving litigation, and has performed claims evaluation and preparation on commercial and industrial projects. Joe is especially knowledgeable in highway and transportation project analysis, based on 10 years of experience as a project manager, project engineer, scheduler and inspector on transportation projects.

Joe has developed and updated cost and resource-loaded schedules for a number of challenging projects with individual values exceeding $100 million. He has developed and implemented successful recovery schedules for troubled construction projects.

  • Catholic University of America, B.S., Civil Engineering
  • Professional Engineer: Pennsylvania
  • AACE International, Planning and Scheduling Professional
Professional Affiliations
  • AACE International – Director, Delaware Valley Chapter
  • ASCE, Claims Avoidance and Resolution (CAR) – Scheduling Subcommittee Chairperson
Select Publications/Speaking Engagements

Innovations in Delay Claim Resolution Panel, American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit, Orlando, FL, March 2016.

“Recovery Schedules and Acceleration: Two Case Studies” (Technical Paper DS-1869, presented at AACE International, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, July 2015).

Claims Avoidance and Resolution Panel, American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit, Henderson, NV, February 2015.

“Claim Avoidance on Highway Projects” (presented at American Society of Highway Engineers, National Conference, Bismark, ND, June 2014).

Project Highlights

NJDOT Bridge Replacement, Belmar, New Jersey – Joe provided independent delay analysis for the New Jersey Department of Transportation in defense of a $45 million contractor claim of differing site conditions and owner changes. The claim concerned the removal and replacement of an active, existing bridge and a portion of highway. Joe developed an as-built schedule from daily records for the total demolition of the existing bridge (including removal of the piers and pilings) and for construction of a new bridge. His analysis illustrated contractor inefficiency as the main cause of delay.

School of The Future, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Joe provided scheduling support for the general contractor in a multi-prime contract to build a $61.4 million 162,211-square-foot high school. Joe’s work included coordinating schedules from eight different prime contractors, cost and resource loading, and monthly schedule updates. Change orders to the structural steel impacted the work by five months. Joe assisted the contractor with the development and monitoring of an acceleration schedule that successfully satisfied the owner’s requests.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Highway Widening and Reconstruction, Lansdale, Pennsylvania – Joe assisted the contractor’s project team in developing schedule updates for a $198 million project that included reconstruction of an existing five-mile section of the PA Turnpike with associated bridges and culverts. When subsurface and design issues affected progress, Joe helped develop and monitor an acceleration schedule to overcome the impact to the project.

PennDOT Highway Restoration and Widening, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania – On a $102 million highway project in southeast Pennsylvania, Joe provided independent delay analysis for a contractor attempting to recover more than $1.9 million in road user liquidated damages and for the contractor’s counter claim for $3 million for delay damages. The claim was settled in favor the contractor.