William E. J. Martin, AIA, NCARB Architecture, Construction & Premises Safety Expert

William E. J. Martin, Architecture, Construction & Premises Safety Expert

Will investigates cases involving construction disputes and defects, workplace and construction site safety, premises safety, and architectural professional practice. He has more than thirty years experience as an architect and construction manager. He has developed and administered workplace safety plans, operations and maintenance manuals, and supervised construction jobsites.

Will can explain the practical applications of established codes and standards in cases involving unguarded edges and openings; building component and maintenance failures including stairs, balconies, walking surfaces, doorways, and egress; worker training; and jobsite and industrial housekeeping. As a registered architect and former licensed contractor, he understands and can communicate the proper construction and maintenance of schools, industrial and institutional facilities, single and multi-family housing, retail and restaurants, and site improvements. His expertise includes CPM schedules, estimates, specifications, and a wide variety of building materials and techniques in all phases of the construction process, starting with initial design and continuing through demolition, sitework, structural elements, envelope detailing, and interior finishes.

Will conducts casework for both plaintiff and defense counsel across the Western United States. Will's regional practice provides a local solution for clients across a broad geographical area. He is a registered architect in multiple states. Will is a certified user of the English XL slip tester. His educational background includes a BA from Yale University and M.Arch and MBA degrees from the University of Washington.

Areas of Expertise

Premises Safety: slips, trips, falls; stairways, ramps, walkways; fall protection, guards and handrails; walkway safety, walk off mats; codes and standards, egress, accessibility; operations and maintenance; retail, restaurant, institutional; furniture, fixtures, equipment; parking lots and parking structures.

Building Failures: water intrusion, above grade and below grade waterproofing; building systems design and execution; material selection, substitute materials; drainage, foundation settlement; maintenance related failures; walls, roofs, cladding; hazardous material contamination, fungus, insect damage; excavation, expansive soils.

Building Systems and Equipment: design build systems, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems; temporary and permanent elevators; sitework, 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.

Construction: delays, claims analysis, CPM scheduling, cost analysis, quantity takeoffs; construction coordination, trade work; design errors and omissions, unforeseen and changed conditions; temporary facilities, temporary access, ladders, hoists, hatches, temporary railings, and scaffolds; subcontractor disputes; inspections and testing

Workplace Safety: construction site safety; material handling/equipment operation, forklifts; housekeeping; protection of the general public and adjacent property; industrial facilities safety; equipment access and maintenance; worker training, fall protection, confined space, trenching, shoring

Professional Practice: project and design coordination; design standards of care and code compliance; architectural practice, construction management, construction contracting; specifications, submittal reviews, construction administration; construction quality control; inspections, punch lists; permitting, agency inspections, certificates of occupancy

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.


2007 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony towards the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving: workplace safety, maintenance, premises liability, construction in progress, completed construction, time and economic claims, workmanship, component failure, code compliance, and personal injury accidents.

Chipman & Martin LLC

Managing Member; Construction Manager

2007 to present

Construction management consultant providing a complete range of construction management capabilities for project owners, architects, and contractors. Primary focus upon urban mixeduse projects with additional involvement in other commercial and public sector construction projects. Construction document review for constructability and schedule feasibility. Alternate structural system analysis for cost benefit and durability. Cost estimating and budget tracking. Scope change analysis and costing. Detailed schedule creation, analysis, and updates.

Aecon Buildings Inc., Lynnwood, WA

Project Manager

2004 to 2009

Reviewed construction documents for constructability, produced and maintained detailed construction schedules, tracked costs against budgets, and managed ongoing contractual changes in scope. Led project site safety efforts including scheduling safety director and WSHA informational site visits. Suggested alternate design solutions in response to potential construction and durability issues.

American Home Builders, Bellevue, WA

Project Manager

2002 to 2004

Performed preconstruction, value engineering, conceptual and contract estimating, and project management. Detailed estimate preparation at all phases of design for budget tracking purposes. Reviewed contract documents for constructability and durability issues, and priced alternate construction methods for immediate review and owner decisions. Suggested and implemented soil stabilization techniques to allow ongoing construction in moisture sensitive soils during the rainy seasons. Reviewed technical submittals for conformance to applicable standards and contract documents. Created and maintained detailed project schedules.

Mego Construction, Bellevue, WA

Senior Project Manager

1999 to 2002

Oversaw estimating and project management activities. Instituted project financial controls and coordinated project financial controls with ongoing budget and scope change management. Wrote estimating database coordinated with project managerial costing system, allowing accurate schematic estimates and simplifying accounting duties. Estimating database included technical and cost analyses for alternative building techniques and details. Drove the creation of a successful safety program including membership in ABC RETRO program. Reviewed project requirements and incorporated technical requirements into subcontracts. Created and maintained detailed project schedules.

ECI General Contractors (formerly Eberharter Construction), Seattle, WA

Estimator; Project Manager

1992 to 1999

Estimated and managed diverse public sector projects. Prepared detailed hard bids and tracked project costs against bid amounts. Managed ongoing scope change against the original bid and contract documents. Prepared detailed estimates and schedule analyses for project changes. Developed in-house computerized scheduling and estimating capacity. Analyzed technical submittals for conformance with contract documents and inspected ongoing construction as part of overall contract quality control management.



1990 to 1992

Projects included residential remodels and public art (Fremont Troll). Performed all aspects of company management, architectural and interior design, rough and finish carpentry, and other construction trades work. Hired and coordinated specialty subcontractors.

Soltner Group and Weisenbach Inc.


1988 to 1990

Design and drafting in an established architectural setting. Projects ranged from single-family houses to hospitals and Alzheimer’s care facilities.

Goshow Associates, New York

Job Captain

1985 to 1987

Prepared detailed construction documents including technical detailing and specifications. Provided construction analysis for work within existing structures of various ages and construction types.

Edward F. Knowles, AIA, New York


1983 to 1984

Responsible for producing contract documents for TI and residential projects.

Professional Credentials

  • Registered Architect: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington
  • Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Certified XL Tribometrist
  • City of Tukwila (WA) Approved Rental Housing Inspector (approved 3/22/2012)
  • Credentialed Building Safety Assessment, Disaster Service Worker – FEMA Volunteer
  • Emergency Assessment Responder
  • EPA Certified Lead Renovator
  • Fall Protection and Scaffolding Competent Person
  • Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO), Building Safety Emergency Responder
  • Confined Space Competent Person
  • Certified Erosion and Sedimentation Control Lead, expired


  • Master of Business Administration, University of Washington evening program, 1999
  • Master of Architecture, University of Washington, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1982

Continuing Education

  • SAP Online Evaluator Refresher Training, Cal OES, January 2023
  • Indoor Air Quality for Architects: Design Buildings to Promote Health and Wellness, Course 1: Indoor Air Quality Overview, December 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part VIII: Responsive Building Envelopes, December 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part VII: Building Envelope Case Studies, December 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part VI: Complex Geometry and Fluid Forms, December 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part V: Advanced Energy Strategies, December 2022
  • Florida Building Code 7th Edition: Advanced Course, November 2022
  • Coatings Issues: Corrosion of Metal, November 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part IV: Envelope Performance, November 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part III: Material Selection, November 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part II: Design Perception and Construction Methods/Systems, November 2022
  • Building Envelopes Part I: History and Types, November 2022
  • Client Pressure and the Duty of the Architect, November 2022
  • Carbon Accounting: Terminology and Metrics Part 1, November 2022
  • 8 Hour Refresher Training in Lead Renovator, August 2022
  • Where Your Steel Comes From, and Why it Matters, June 2022
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Buildings, June 2022
  • Wind Forces Part II: Wind Effects on Buildings/Procedures for Wind-Resistant Design in Practice, March 2022
  • Designing Healthy and Productive Workspaces and Buildings, December 2021
  • Accommodating Shrinkage in Multistory Wood-Frame Structures, December 2021
  • Energy Concerns: Roofs, Windows, Doors, and Skylights Architecture, December 2021
  • Barrier-Free Design and the 201- ADA Standards, December 2021
  • Starting from the Bottom, November 2021
  • Simplifying the ADA, November 2021
  • Integrated Security Access Solutions for Mixed-Use Properties, October 2021
  • Design Considerations for Security Glazing and Systems in Education, Retail, Institutions, and Beyond, October 2021
  • In Pursuit of Acoustical Equity (print course), October 2021
  • Rethinking Acoustics (print course), October 2021
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part IV: Noise Control: Sound Isolation Principles and Airborne Measures, October 2021
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part III: Room Acoustics, October 2021
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part II: Room Acoustics Qualities, October 2021
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part I: Basic Theory and Sound Absorption, October 2021
  • Window Code Fundamentals 20, January 2021
  • The Sustainability of Synthetic Materials used for Decking, Trim, and Patio Projects, December 2020
  • Roofing Options: Alternative Roofing Systems, December 2020
  • Reducing Fire Risk at the Perimeter of High Rise Structures, December 2020
  • Mineral Wool Insulation Application: Considerations and Specification Standards for Fire Performance, December 2020
  • Introduction to Metal Roofing Fundamentals, December 2020
  • Integral Hardening Admixture for Wear-resistant Concrete, December 2020
  • High-performing, Resilient Wood-framed Roofs, December 2020
  • Engineered Wood Siding: A Sustainable Selection that Stands the Test of Time, December 2020
  • Testing, Certification, and Installation of Commercial Roofing Products that Meet Thermal, Fire, Wind, and Impact Standards, December 2020
  • Building Acoustics: Making Architects Visions a Reality, December 2020
  • Pre-finished Steel Roofing for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings, May 2020
  • Texas Accessibility for Restrooms, PDH Academy, May 2020
  • Texas Accessibility Update, PDH Academy, May 2020
  • Acoustic Considerations and Door Systems in Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, and Office Facilities, December 2019
  • CA Building Code Division 2: Accessibility, December 2019
  • Advanced Rainscreen Design for Moisture Management, November 2019
  • Texas Accessibility Update, December 2018
  • A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems, November 2018
  • Air Sealing for Architects: Tightening up Multifamily, November 2018
  • The Environmental Impacts of Building Materials: Comparing Concrete, Steel, Wood, and Asphalt, November 2018
  • Monolithic Acoustical Drywall Ceilings, November 2018
  • Security Planning and Design Part 7: Security and Emergency Operations, November 2018
  • The Anatomy of an Asphalt Shingle, November 2018
  • Solving Moisture Issues with Rapid Drying Concrete, November 2018
  • Integrated Air and Water Barrier System, November 2018
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part VII: Noise Control; Mechanical System Noise, November 2018, December 2020
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part VI: Noise Control; Impact Noise and Community Noise, November 2018, December 2020
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part V: Noise Control; Background Noise, Door and Window Sound Isolation, November 2018, December 2020
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part IV: Noise Control; Sound Insolation Principles and Airborne Measures, November 2018
  • High Performance Joint Sealants and Understanding the Technology and Specification Considerations, November 2018
  • Better and Best Moisture Management: Drainable Wraps and Rainscreens, November 2018
  • Floor Surface Treatments, November 2018
  • Waterproofing and Protection of Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic Surfaces, November 2018
  • Waterproof Coatings for High Rise Construction, November 2018
  • Flooring: Design Considerations and Material Selection for Health, Safety and Welfare, September 2018
  • EPA Lead Renovator Certification, November 2017
  • Accessibility in the Public Realm - Spend a Day in My Wheelchair, November 2017
  • Observations from an Accessibility Inspector, November 2017
  • Universal Design in Single-Family Homes, November 2017
  • Universal Design in Multi-Family Homes, November 2017
  • The Evolution of Continuous Insulation, October 2017
  • Introduction to Architectural Acoustics, October 2017
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part III: Room Acoustics, October 2017
  • Intelligent Design for Code Compliant Bathing Facilities, October 2017
  • Sound Control in Architecture: Sound Transmission & Isolation for Wall, Ceiling & Floor Systems, October 2017
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part I: Basic Theory & Sound Absorption, October 2017
  • Architectural Acoustics Illustrated Part II: Room Acoustics Qualities, October 2017
  • Why Buildings Fail, October 2017
  • A Holistic Examination of Wall Assembly Performance in Multi-Family Construction, October 2017
  • Complete Wall Systems: Maintaining Continuous Insulation and WRBs at Transitions, October 2017
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls International Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2017
  • Sessions Completed:
    • Demographic Risk Factors and Falls
    • Characterizing Falls in Public Environments
    • Current Issues in Tribometer Use and Validity
    • Preventing Falls in Winter
    • Assessing Environmental Risk of Slips and Falls
    • Preventing Falls in Bathrooms and Other Wet Environments
    • Considerations of Flooring, Surfaces, and Footwear in Fall Prevention
    • Innovations in the Management of Falls in Advanced Dementia
    • Preventing Falls in the Workplace
    • Pushing the New Boundaries of Slip and Fall Investigations
    • Updates from the UK Slip Resistance Group
    • Fall Simulation to Improve Safety
  • OSHA’s Final Rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems, December 2016
  • Emerging Building Envelope Solutions You Can Use Today, December 2016
  • Improving Building Performance Part I: Building Performance and Post Occupancy, NCARB, November 2016
  • Accommodations for Seniors, NCARB, November 2016
  • Improving Building Performance Part V: Investigative Post-Occupancy Evaluation Case Study, NCARB, November 2016
  • Designing and Constructing High-Performance, Low-Risk Building Envelopes, September 2016
  • California Architect Continuing Education Five Hour Disabled Access Course, August 2016
  • Labor Shortage Solution – Specifying a Factory-Made Roofing Membrane, June 2016
  • The Leading Edge on Safety is Engineered from the Ground Up, June 2016
  • Roofing and Waterproofing Forensics for the 21st Century, February 2016
  • Infrared Thermography, February 2016
  • Heavy Construction Equipment Basics – Lifting, November 2015
  • Titles II and III: Construction Compliance with the ADA, November 2015
  • More Than Mold - Health Effects Associated With Mold and Water Damage, November 2015
  • Seismic - Wood Diaphragm Design for Out of Plane Wall Anchorage, November 2015
  • Commissioning of Building Systems, November 2015
  • Introduction to ASHRAE 90.1-2010: Energy Standard for Buildings Except for Low Rise Residential Buildings, November 2015
  • ASHRAE 100: Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, November 2015
  • The Architect’s Challenge – Designing the Best Wall for the Project, September 2015
  • Excavation and Trenching Competent Person and Confined Space Competent Person Training, June 2015
  • ASTM Workshop on Impact of Moisture in the Built Environment: Prevention, Evaluation, Response and Due Diligence, April 2015
  • Managing Moisture with Breathable Membranes, March 2015
  • Cracking the Codes II, NCARB, November 2014
  • Cracking the Codes I, NCARB, November 2014
  • Performance of Buildings – Symposium on Exterior Insulation and finish Systems (EIFS): Performance, Progress and Innovation, ASTM, New Orleans, LA, October 2014
  • Bamboo Flooring and Beyond, 2013
  • Irrigation Practices for Commercial and Residential Sites, 2013
  • Wind Power Today, 2013
  • Ethical Decision Making for Design and Construction Professionals, 2013
  • Post Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction Webcast, 2013
  • Sustainable Urban Design: High Speed Rail, 2013
  • OSHA Concrete and Masonry Construction, 2013
  • OSHA Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators & Conveyors, 2013
  • Air Quality: U.S. Air Trends, 2013
  • Preventing and Investigating Accidents, 2013
  • OSHA Underground Construction, 2013
  • Building Performance, ASTM Seminar, 2013
  • Introduction to Incident Command System, FEMA ICS-100, Emergency Management Institute, 2012
  • The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings, AIA National Convention, 2012
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues, 2012
  • Cold Regions Engineering, University of Washington, 2012
  • Sellen LEED Associate Workshop, 2012 USACE QCM Training, 2012

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Society of Safety Professionals
  • ASTM committees
    • D08 Roofing and Waterproofing
    • E06 Building Performance
    • E34 Occupational Health and Safety
    • E60 Sustainability
    • F13 Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear
    • F15 Consumer Products
  • Bullfinch Fund Board of Directors
  • Technical Inspector, Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association, 2009-2013


  • “Construction Site-Adjacent: Hazards, Injuries, and Safety, Washington State Bar Association’s
  • Construction Law Newsletter, Volume 47, Spring 2018 Construction Site Adjacent Injuries; Trial News, Volume 49-9, May 2014 (Published by Washington State Association for Justice)

Invited Speaker

  • Dissecting, Evaluating, and Resolving Construction Disasters, CLM Annual Conference, Palm Desert CA, March 24, 2022
  • DRI, Construction Law Litigation Trial Skills Demonstration, Plaintiff’s Expert Witness, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2019
  • Air Barriers: What Are They, What Do They Do and How Do You Foul Them Up? WDTL Annual Construction Law Update, Presented with Stan Jaworski, P.E., Seattle, WA March 4, 2016
  • Premises Security Standard of Care and Code Considerations, Nevada Justice Association, Las Vegas, NV, September 2015

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