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Robert M. D’Onofrio, PE, CEng

Robert M. D’Onofrio, PE, CEng


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 $7 billion in construction claims. Rob co-wrote Construction Schedule Delays, a comprehensive 1,200-page book on schedule delay law and analysis, which is published by Thomson Reuters and updated annually. He has also written or co-written more than 30 articles and presented more than 100 lectures on construction management, scheduling, and claims. He has testified as an expert in state court, domestic arbitration, and international arbitration, and his publications have been cited in numerous legal treatises and federal court decisions. He is a faculty member for Federal Publications Seminars, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), past-President of the ASCE Construction Institute, chair of the industry standard committee on Schedule Delay Analysis, ANSI/ASCE/CI 67-17, vice-chair of the industry standard committee on Identifying, Quantifying, and Proving Loss of Productivity, ASCE 71-21, and Chancellor of Fellows of the PM College of Scheduling.


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Cornell University, M.Eng., Civil Engineering

Cornell University, B.S., Civil Engineering


Professional Engineer: Florida, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers

Past-President, Construction Institute

Chair, ASCE 67-17 Schedule Delay Analysis

Vice-Chair, ASCE 71-21 Identifying, Quantifying and Proving Loss of Productivity

Editorial Board, Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction

Project Management College of Scheduling, Fellow, Past-Chancellor of Fellows

Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineering

Select Publications


Dale, W. Stephen, and Robert M. D’Onofrio. Construction Schedule Delays. Thomson Reuters, 2023.

D’Onofrio, Robert M., Lowe, Richard H., and Woolard, Nicole, “How to Effectively Develop and Manage the Project Schedule,” Construction Lawyer 39, no. 1 (2019): 6-14.

D’Onofrio, Robert M., Frame, Shona, and McEwen, Laura. “Delay analysis: a comparison of the UK and US approaches,” Construction Law International 13, no. 3 (November 2018).

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.

Select Speaking Engagements

“Liquidated Damages and Stipulated Sums – You don’t know as much as you think,” 2021 Construction Superconference, Orlando, Florida, December 7, 2021.

“As-Built Critical Path: Term of Art or Mirage?” Project Management College of Scheduling, October 7, 2021.

“Update on the Society of Construction Law Delay and Disruption Protocol,” International Bar Association International Construction Projects Subcommittee, Webinar, October 7, 2020.

“Managing Schedule Impacts During COVID-19,” Project Management College of Scheduling, Webinar, May 6, 2020.

“Construction Industry Law – Schedule Delay,” Columbia University, New York, NY, March 13, 2020.

“Age Diversity, Management Challenges, and Solutions,” American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute Annual Summit, February 20, 2020.

“Varying Outcomes – A Discussion on Differences in Delay Analysis Methods,” Project Management College of Scheduling Annual Fellows Meeting, Palm Beach, FL, January 17, 2020.

“Delay Analysis and Claims Resolution in Industry: Case Studies,” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, November 14, 2019.

Select Testimony

In the Matter of an Arbitration in respect of and pursuant to a contract entered into between Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Zimmcor (1993) Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Vigor Works, LLC v. White Skanska, JV, No. 164-CV-02146, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Superior Court, Suffolk, SS. Boston, Massachusetts.

Yellowstone Electric Co. v. Mountain Movers/Ainsworth-Benning, LLC v. Granite Re, Inc., No. 01-17-0006-1382, American Arbitration Association, Silver Spring, Colorado.

Wellwood Property, Inc. v One Dalton Owner LLC, JAMS Reference No.1400018434, Boston, Massachusetts.

Tutor Perini Corporation, Kiewit Construction Co., Inc., Jay Cashman, Inc. d/b/a Perini-Kiewit-Cashman, Joint Venture v. Montgomery Kone, Inc., and Federal Insurance Company, No. 13-0763-BLS1, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Superior Court Department of the Trial Court, Suffolk, SS.

Fought & Company, Inc. v. Hoffman Construction Company of Oregon, AAA Construction Industry Arbitration Rules Case Number 01-19-0000-7712, Eugene, Oregon.

Project Highlights

World Trade Center, New York, New York – Reviewed project schedules and evaluated construction claims submitted to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during the 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.