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Backed by almost three decades of hands-on construction experience in improving and retrofitting multifamily and commercial buildings, HG Cornerstone provides impartial, third-party, onsite investigations pertaining to construction defects claims in all categories of construction, including:




  • Architectural or engineering design defects;
  • Improper materials selection;
  • Failure of concrete, steel, wood framing, engineered lumber framing, roofing systems, curtain wall systems, moisture and vapor barrier systems, plumbing systems, HVAC systems, electrical systems, and other materials and building components;
  • Failure of manufactured construction products, appurtenances and fixtures;
  • Improper workmanship;
  • Faulty construction practices, methodologies, or procedures;
  • Failure to adhere to project quality controls;
  • Failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations;
  • Failure to follow proper maintenance;
  • Premature failure or wear and tear;
  • Failure to adhere to project plans and specifications;
  • Structural issues;
  • Geotechnical, soil preparation, and foundation issues;
  • Building Code Compliance;
  • Regulatory compliance;
  • ADA compliance;
  • Permit conditions compliance;
  • Environmental compliance;
  • Construction vibration induced damage;
  • Damage incurred during construction;
  • Warrantee/guarantee issues; and
  • Other types and mode of construction defects and failure.

Our construction defects investigations can be conducted during the construction phase or after construction has been completed and the building occupied.

Our construction defects investigations typically involve the following phases:

  • Onsite investigation;
  • Post investigation research including: project design and documents review, building code review, manufacture’s documents review, permit conditions review, literature research, and other pertinent documentary review and research;
  • Causation identification;
  • Opinion of financial damages development;
  • Evaluation and design of necessary and required construction repairs;
  • Engineer’s report preparation;
  • Expert witness work: additional research, evidence evaluation and testing, engineering forensics, litigation support, and expert witness testimony.


HG Cornerstone offers rapid response to assess property damage claims. We specialize in claims involving physical damage to condominiums, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and other real property for insurance claims, civil litigation, and related types of claims. Here are examples of the types of assessments we perform:

  • Property Damage
  • Corrosion
  • Cracking
  • Structural Damage
  • Slope Failures
  • Geotechnical Issues
  • Concrete Damage
  • Cosmetic Damage
  • Construction Product Defects and Failures
  • Premature Failure or Wear and Tear
  • Construction Activity Induced Failures
  • Vibration or Seismic Induced Failures
  • Wind Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Flood Damage
  • Water Infiltration
  • Water Damage
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Leaking Roofs
  • Roof Failures
  • Catastrophic Events
  • Vehicle Striking Building Damage
  • Vandalism
  • Maintenance Issue
  • Odor and Indoor Air Quality Issues

Our services involve complete, comprehensive documentation and assessment of the damage as well as providing cost estimates and engineering reports and affidavits pertaining to the damage. We also provide engineering services pertaining to the necessary and required repairs.

For further information or inquiries, please contact us at 617-575-2300 or email us at: