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Joseph R. Hellenbrand, PE, PSP

Joseph R. Hellenbrand, PE, PSP


Joseph Hellenbrand has over 30 years of experience in construction and project management, planning, scheduling, engineering and claims analysis. He has provided expert testimony in construction delays at arbitration. 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

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Claims Avoidance and Resolution (CAR) – Past Committee Chair

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE International) – Delaware Valley Section Vice President and Member

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) – Member

Select Publications

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Construction Projects” American Society of Civil Engineers, 2021.

Technical Paper PS-2744 “Enhanced Evaluation of Schedule Updates” AACE International, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA June 2018.

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

Select Speaking Engagements

“How the Ohio Construction Industry is Facing Supply Chain and Labor Issues“ webinar, Ohio Bar Construction Law Committee Meeting, April 2024.

“Claims Case Studies” American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute Summit, Des Moines, IA, March 2024.

“Supply Chain Issue” AACE International, Houston Gulf Coast Project Controls Symposium, Houston, TX February 2024.

“Panel Discussion: Recent Changes in Legislature That May Be of Relevance” American Society Of Civil Engineers Construction Institute East Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, Florida February 2024.

“Claims Management Case Studies,” American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit, St Louis, MO, March 2023.

“What to Do When Your Switchgear is Lost in the Mail,” Associated General Contractors of America 2023 Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management Conference, Bonita Springs, FL, January 2023.

“Environmental Risk Management for Construction Schedules,” Project Management College of Scheduling Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2022.

“CPM Scheduling and Disputes,” Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Norristown, PA, April 2022.

“Recognizing Time Impacts and Claims Avoidance,” APC/PennDOT/PA Turnpike Fall Seminar, November 2021.

“Identifying, Quantifying and Proving Loss of Productivity: An Overview of the Recently Released ASCE Standard 71-21,” 42nd Annual Construction Law and Public Contracts Seminar, Charlottesville, VA, November 2021.

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Construction Contracts: Work Stoppage and Delay,” Bergen County Bar Association, Webinar, October 2020.

“Financial Impacts Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit, Webinar, August 2020.

“Change and Claim Management Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit, Webinar, June 2020.

“Scheduling Tactics, Delays and Time Extensions,” Associated Builders and Contractors of Eastern Pennsylvania, Webinar, April 2020; Allentown, PA, March 2020.

Mock Arbitration, American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute Summit, Los Angeles, CA, February 2020.

Select Testimony

River Front Recycling & Aggregate, LLC v. Peron Pearl Urban Renewal, LLC, Burlington County Court New Jersey, Deposition Testimony.

Project Highlights

Turnpike Bridge Project — Retained by the contractor to perform schedule updates, develop time extensions, and develop a lost productivity claim. The project consisted of sandblasting and repainting an existing 1.25-mile bridge. The project was delayed when a bridge beam failed and required emergency repairs. Assisted the contractor in developing and negotiating several time extensions and productivity claims.

Hospital Improvements and Renovations Project — Retained by counsel for the owner to evaluate a claim for delay and inefficiency. The project was a $5.1 million renovations to an existing hospital. Work was impacted by the discovery of a differing site condition and a long suspension period. The contractor issued a claim to the owner for production inefficiencies and extended home office overhead. Performed a critical path delay analysis and rebutted lost productivity damage calculation. Developed an expert report and rebuttal report for mediation. Represented the owner when this claim was settled in mediation.

Distribution Hub Facility — Evaluated the site contractor’s claims and performance on-site performance concerning the construction of a new Distribution Hub Facility. This 800,000 square foot automated facility is located on a 253-acre site. The site contractor’s work was impacted by the delayed approval for bulk blasting, contaminated topsoil, removal and replacement of unsuitable existing fill material, demolition of the foundation wall, and unusually severe weather. Developed a schedule delay analysis and measured mile analysis for use in a mediation. The inefficiency claim and time extension were settled in mediation in favor of the contractor.

Bridge Deck Replacement — Retained by counsel to provide claims analysis services on behalf of the precast fabricator for the $149 million bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation project. The project included replacement of 480,000 square feet of deteriorated bridge deck with composite steel and precast concrete panels—over 800 panels. Project was 13 months late due to delays, disruptions and remedial work. Issues involved defective survey information and late delivery of steel components, which impacted concrete panel production causing additional costs. Developed a claim for a precast concrete manufacturer for the labor inefficiencies and under absorbed overhead costs due to General Contractor issues. Defended the manufacturer against delay and inefficiency claims from the General Contractor. The case was resolved at arbitration.