Scott Klimek, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Architecture, Construction & Premises Safety Expert

Scott Klimek, Architecture, Construction & Premises Safety Expert

Scott Klimek is a Licensed Architect with over 20 years of experience in building design, document preparation, code compliance, and construction administration procedures. He has a diversified background that includes all phases of project design, construction, and occupancy, from initial conception through final acceptance, use and maintenance, and demolition. Scott applies his expertise to forensic investigations involving construction claims and premises liability disputes.

Throughout his career as both a Project Designer, Manager, and Architect, Scott has gained experience in the design and documentation of large scale commercial and residential projects. These have included highly specialized projects such as healthcare, justice and corrections facilities, educational institutions, arts and entertainment facilities, and sports facilities. He is also well versed in issues for special users, including Barrier-Free standards and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.

Scott is a Registered Architect in multiple states and holds LEED accreditation in the design and construction of commercial, residential, and healthcare buildings (LEED AP BD+C). He earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2019 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony towards the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving slip, trip, and fall injuries, construction material failures, code compliance issues, and professional liability.

Building Design and Professional Practice: zoning, comprehensive and site planning, parking lot design, housing, commercial, assisted living, justice, healthcare, education, athletics, fitness, theatrical, arena and arts facilities. Project and design coordination; design standards of care and code compliance; architectural practice, specifications, submittal reviews, construction administration; punch lists, design errors and omissions, unforeseen and changed conditions; inspections and testing, programming, design, construction documents, specifications, project management and administration.

Building Information Modeling (BIM): standard of care, errors and omissions, and change order analysis. Interpreting contract performance as I relates to: building design and construction management.

Facility Failures/ Property Damage: building envelope, water intrusion, above grade and below grade waterproofing, window and door hardware, fire protection and sprinkler systems, site and circulation issues, parking and loading areas, walking surfaces and access, building maintenance and repairs.; material selection, substitute materials; drainage, ; maintenance related failures; walls, roofs, cladding; hazardous material contamination, fungus, insect damage; excavation, expansive soils. Foundation settlement, building systems, walls, roofs, and building assemblies

Building / Site Safety: walking surface safety, slips, trips, fall incidents, hazards, warnings.; stairways tread and landing design, guardrails, handrails and balusters, fall protection, ramps, walkways; walkway safety, walk off mats; codes and standards, accessibility; operations and maintenance; retail, restaurant, institutional; furniture, fixtures, equipment; parking lots and parking structures, entrances and wayfinding, means of egress and assembly spaces, swimming pool design.

Building Systems and Equipment: design build systems, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems; temporary and permanent elevators; site work, site development, utilities and utility connections, soil treatments; pilings, underpinning, shoring, footings, foundations, structural fill; structural systems, post tensioned and cast-in-place concrete, steel, wood ; envelope systems, roofing, flashing, windows, storefronts; doors, windows, hardware; interior and exterior finishes; commercial kitchen equipment; alarms, security systems, facilities monitoring systems, mechanical controls; detention equipment, hospital and healthcare fittings, fixtures, and equipment.

Accessibility: Americans with Disabilities Act, accessibility standards, site accessibility, building accessibility, ramps and accessible routes, areas of refuge.

Workplace Safety: fall protection, swing stages.

Lantz-Boggio Architects

Architect

2017 to 2019

Client and project management, residential and commercial architecture services including zoning, planning, construction documents and construction administration.

Projects
Senior housing including active adult & age restricted, independent living, assisted living, memory care, multi-family housing, mixed used, transit oriented and multifamily housing.

Services
Preliminary design, entitlements, zoning and planning approval, schematic design, code review and implementation, project management, ADA improvements, accessible ramps and site details, and parking lot design.

Project Experience
Code analysis, acoustic separations, roof decks, site & landscape improvements, millwork, fireplaces, roofing, finishes, lighting and materials. Swimming pool design. FEMA, coastal and corrosive environments, schematic design, sustainability, Construction documentation/ administration, kitchens/dining facilities.

Sink Combs Dethlefs

Project Manager/Architect

2014 to 2017

Collegiate Sports & Wellness architecture services including planning, schematic design construction documents, construction administration.

Projects
Collegiate sports facilities, outdoor amphitheater, arena planning, design, renovation & additions.

Services
Preliminary design, entitlements, zoning and planning approval, schematic design code review,

Project Experience
Indoor competition track with throwing events, competition fields and bleachers, stadium and arena seating and circulation, weight training facilities, indoor rowing facility, Title 9, ADA, natatorium/swimming pools and hydrotherapy.

FGM Architects, Inc.

Architect II

2008 to 2014

Education and municipal architecture services including zoning, planning, construction documents, construction administration.

Projects
Fire district stations, headquarters and training facility with burn tower, K-12 new construction, additions, renovations, gymnasium, performing arts, theaters, arts and studio, life safety improvements.

Services
Project management, zoning submission, variance request, ADA improvements, preliminary design, entitlements, zoning and planning approval, schematic design code review, roof inspection and report, façade design.

Project Experience
Site Analysis, programming & planning, schematic design, sustainability, green roof design, Construction documentation/ administration, gymnasium, kitchens/dining facilities, acoustic separations, auditorium and black box theater, and fire protection training facility.

Loebl Schlossman & Hackl

Project Architect

2007 to 2008

Health care, higher education and commercial architecture services including, planning, construction documents, construction administration.

Projects
Healthcare remodel and addition including gastrointestinal laboratory, center for simulation and academic research. Secondary education facilities survey and remodel.

Services
Preliminary Design, entitlements, zoning and planning approval, schematic design code review.

Project Experience
Health care and secondary education site survey, programming & planning, schematic design, construction documentation/ administration, gymnasium, kitchens/dining facilities.

Garcia Stromberg

Project Designer/Manager

2005 to 2007

Hospitality new construction, renovation & additions- commercial architecture services including zoning, planning, construction documents, construction administration.

Projects
Hospitality new construction, renovation and addition.

Services
Preliminary Design, entitlements, zoning and planning approval, schematic design code review.

Project Experience
Site Analysis, programming & planning, schematic design, construction documentation/ administration, kitchens/dining facilities

Arete 3 Ltd. Design Group

Intern

2004 to 2005

Multifamily, mixed-use residential and commercial architecture services including zoning, planning, construction documents, construction administration.

Projects
Multi-family housing and mixed-use design and development.

Services
Preliminary Design, entitlements, zoning and planning approval, schematic design, construction documents.

Project
Experience Precast and tilt-up concrete construction..

Bradford and Kent Builders

Project Designer

2003 to 2004

Single family addition and renovation design and documentation

Projects
Medium to large scale residential remodeling and additions including kitchen, bath, master and living suites.

Services
Site evaluation and measurements, initial consultation, schematic design and estimate, design presentation, material selections, construction administration.

Project Experience
Home survey and measurement, kitchen and bath remodel design and construction.

Phillips Swager Associates

Intern

2000 to 2003

Criminal justice, municipal and health care architecture services including zoning, planning, construction documents, and construction administration.

Projects
Justice centers, including courthouse, jail and support, new state penitentiary addition, police station; healthcare birthing suite addition

Services
Preliminary Design, entitlements, zoning and planning approval, schematic design code review,

Project Experience
Correctional building code analysis, design, detailing and construction administration, healthcare design and detailing.

Professional Credentials

  • Registered Architect – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
  • LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
  • Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Certified XL Tribometrist

Professional Memberships

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
ASTM International

Education

B.S., Architectural Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2000

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
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In this webinar video, a cross functional team of construction experts will discuss processes, procedures, and pitfalls associated with the shop drawing process. Framed within the context of…