Robert M. D’Onofrio, P.E.

Vice President

Rob D’Onofrio specializes in claims evaluation and resolution. Before he joined CPMI, he spent five years on-site at the World Trade Center construction project in New York, analyzing schedule delay and disruption disputes. In total, Rob has evaluated over $4 billion in construction claims.

Rob co-wrote Construction Schedule Delays, a comprehensive 1,110-page book on schedule delay law and analysis, which is published by Thomson Reuters and updated annually. He has also written or co-written numerous articles, including “Reconciling Concurrency in Schedule Delay and Constructive Acceleration” in the Public Contract Law Journal and “What is a Schedule Good For? A Study of Issues Posed by Schedules on Complex Projects” in Construction Lawyer.

Rob has presented more than 50 lectures on construction management, scheduling, and claims at industry events and academic institutions, including Cornell University, Virginia Tech, University of Michigan, and University of California, Berkeley. As a faculty member for Federal Publications Seminars, he teaches three courses: Construction Schedule Delays; The Masters Institute in Construction Contracting; and Construction Delay, Acceleration & Inefficiency Claims.

Education
  • Cornell University, M.Eng., Civil Engineering
  • Cornell University, B.S., Civil Engineering
Licenses/Credentials
  • Professional Engineer: Florida, New York, Pennsylvania
Professional Affiliations
  • Construction Management Association of America (Member)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Governor, Construction Institute Board of Governor
    • Chair of Journals, Construction Institute
    • Editorial Board, Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction
    • Secretary, Construction Institute Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee
  • Order of the Engineer
  • Project Management College of Scheduling, Board of Directors
    • Vice President, Scheduling Excellence
Select Publications

Chronological

Dale, W. Stephen, and Robert M. D’Onofrio. Construction Schedule Delays. Thomson Reuters, 2016.

D’Onofrio, Robert M., and Anthony L. Meagher. “What is a Schedule Good For? A Study of Issues Posed by Schedules on Complex Projects,” Construction Lawyer 33, no. 1 (2013): 6-16, 50-54.

Gavin, Donald G., and Robert M. D’Onofrio. “Scheduling (Programme) Analysis: Hired Gun Advocacy or Effectively Meeting a Burden of Proof?” Construction Law International 7, no. 3 (October 2012).

Dale, W. Stephen, and Robert M. D’Onofrio. “Reconciling Concurrency in Schedule Delay and Constructive Acceleration,” Public Contract Law Journal 39 (2010): 161-229.

D’Onofrio, Robert M. “Can There Be Float on the Critical Path?” Under Construction 11, no. 3 (2009), ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.

Select Speaking Engagements

“Managing the Time Factor Successfully” Masters Institute in Construction Contracting, Federal Publications Seminars, Alexandria, VA, June 15, 2016.

“ASCE/ANSI Standard for Schedule Delay Analysis” PM College of Scheduling Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, May 16, 2016.

“Construction Schedule Delays” Federal Publications Seminars, Las Vegas, NV, April 4-5, 2016.

“Construction Scheduling Trends: Shared Perspectives: What Works and What Doesn’t” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (CCCL) Conference, Washington, DC, May 29, 2015.

Ranking AACE International’s Forensic Schedule Analysis Methodologies,” AACE International Transactions, Federal Publications Seminars, New Orleans, LA, June 15, 2014.

“What is a Schedule Good For? A Study of Issues Posed by Schedules on Complex Projects,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, 2012 Midwinter Meeting, Advanced Legal Concepts Learned from Complex Construction Projects, Houston, TX, February 2, 2012.

 

Expert Court Recognition/Key Decisions

Rob’s paper “Reconciling Concurrency in Schedule Delay and Constructive Acceleration” in the Public Contract Law Journal was cited by Judge George W. Miller in the United States Court of Federal Claims decision United Constructors v. United States, 95 Fed. Cl. 26, 40 (Fed. Cl. 2010).

Project Highlights

World Trade Center, New York, New York – Rob reviewed project schedules and evaluated construction claims submitted to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during construction of the World Trade Center program. The projects he oversaw included …

One World Trade Center: A 104-story, $3.9 billion commercial office tower comprising 2.6 million square feet of office space. Features include LEED Gold certification, up to 14,000 psi of concrete, #20 reinforcing bar, 73 elevators and 11 escalators, and phosphoric fuel cells generating 4.8 watts of power.

9/11 Memorial and Museum: A $700 million steel memorial and museum. Features include two one-acre granite-tiled reflecting pools, 30-foot perimeter waterfalls, an 8-acre landscaped area with 400 trees, and an 8,500-square-foot museum exhibition hall.

Transportation Hub: A $3.9 billion, 800,000-square-foot hub and infrastructure system that combines rail service, 13 subway lines, and subsurface pedestrian corridors to adjacent buildings. Features include a 110-foot high oculus, over 22,000 tons of structural steel, and over 500,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Vehicle Security Center: A $700 million subterranean, state-of-the-art vehicular screening facility and underground parking complex. Features include an 80-foot-deep, 60-foot-diameter helix ramp, underground access to all seven structures within the site, 220,000 cubic yards of rock and dirt excavation, more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 7,700 tons of reinforcing bar.

Central Chiller Plant: A $200 million, 13,500-ton-capacity system, providing air conditioning to the transportation hub, memorial museum and other areas. Features include five 2,500-ton and one 1,000-ton centrifugal chillers using up to 30,000 gallons per minute of Hudson River water.