Cliff Davis
Cliff W. Davis, AIA, CSI
Managing Architect
Buildings & Structures
  • Warrenville

Mr. Davis has more than 20 years of experience in architecture and construction industry. His work primarily focuses on cause and origin investigations of building defects and damage related to building envelope and materials performance, repair and rehabilitation of building structures, construction defect analysis, construction defect and property claims, construction disputes, and building code analysis related to building structures.

Mr. Davis has performed investigations and consulted on residential, commercial, industrial, and public projects to include both low-rise and high-rise structures. Mr. Davis’ areas of expertise include investigation, evaluation, testing, repair design, and renovation of various building types throughout the country. Mr. Davis has investigated numerous building systems to include (but not limited to) brick and concrete masonry, natural stone claddings such as marble and granite, precast concrete, exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS), one-coat and three-coat cement plasters (stucco), hardboard, wood and vinyl siding, and roofing systems.

He has also investigated, tested, and consulted on the waterproof integrity and performance of windows and joint sealants within wall systems. He has personally performed field water testing of windows, doors, multiple roofing systems, flashings, patio and plaza decks, and a variety of wall systems to determine cause and origin for the purposes of repair/restoration as well as litigation support.

Due to his service at the International Code Council (ICC), Mr. Davis is also well versed on building code compliance issues related to life safety conformance for building egress, construction, building standards, and waterproofing and enclosure standards. Mr. Davis has consulted on cases requiring review of an Architect’s performance within the Standard of Care and peer review services.

Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Davis was employed at architectural / engineering firms where he managed projects providing new design to repair / restoration services on structures throughout the country. Mr. Davis has designed several single-family and multi-family dwellings. He has also provided design and renovation services on multiple commercial and retail projects. He has also performed several Property Condition Assessments for industrial and commercial clients.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Advanced Technical Studies, Southern Illinois University, 1992

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Professional Architect, Illinois, #001018875

Publications

Davis CW. A forensic architect’s point of view on Sandy vs. building construction. Super Storm Sandy Conference, New Jersey, March 2013.

Davis CW. Building envelope—Hidden problems. Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Wisconsin, October 2012.

Davis CW. Building envelope inspection and maintenance. Property Management Conference, Illinois, September 2012.

Davis CW. Building envelope—Hidden problems. Illinois Association of School Building Officials (IASBO) Conference, Illinois, April 2009.

Morey P, CW Davis. Forensic investigations of mold growth in buildings. Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST1) Conference, Minnesota, June 2008.

Davis CW. Building code & structures seminar. University of Illinois, Illinois, February 2006.

Davis CW. Building code & structures seminars. Southern Illinois University, Illinois, February 2006.

Davis CW. Understanding building codes for builders & architects. National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), Illinois, 2002.

Prior Experience

Senior Forensic Architect, ENVIRON International Corp.

Senior Forensic Architect, Roux Associates Inc.

Architect III, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.

Staff Architect, Packer Engineering, Inc.

Intern Architect / Plan Reviewer, International Code Council (ICC)

Intern Architect, Leonard Wisnewski Architect / Security Lumber Co.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects—AIA

Construction Specification Institute—CSI

International Code Council—ICC

Project Experience

Super Storm Sandy Response. Multiple Sites (NY & NJ). Sites included medical center, movie theater, strip malls, multi-family dwellings, etc. Support related to the impact of building flooding and water intrusion.

Hotel Casino. Tunica, Mississippi. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and EIFS Failure Analysis.

Multi-Family High-rise (62 floors). Aventura, Florida. Shower pan & Stucco Investigation and repair cost analysis for Insurance Carrier.

Lake Land Community College. Mattoon, Illinois. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and Litigation support to include repair cost estimate, repair protocols, infrared inspections, etc.

Avis Rental Facilities. Multiple Sites. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and Litigation support to include repair cost estimate, repair protocols, infrared inspections, repair oversight, etc.

Multi-Family Complex. Westbury, NY. Litigation Support. Property Damage Claims Analysis related to Water Intrusion.

Hotel / Convention Center. Allentown, PA. Property Damage Claims Analysis related to Water Intrusion. Water Intrusion Inspections and repair protocol preparation.

National Constitution Center. Philadelphia, PA. Property Damage Claims Analysis related to Water Intrusion and damaged carpet.

Multi-Use High-rise (70 floors). New York, NY. Stainless Steel Façade Examination and Analysis to include repair recommendations.

Bromley Green Condominiums. Clifton, NJ. Litigation Support. Water Intrusion Analysis.

Inspection of Masonry, Vinyl Siding, Synthetic Stucco, Stone Veneer, Roof, & Windows.

Barrister Mews Condominiums. Clifton, NJ. Litigation Support. Water Intrusion Analysis.

Inspection of Masonry, Vinyl Siding, Synthetic Stucco, Stone Veneer, Roof, & Windows.

Residential Inspections for Property Management Corporation. Illinois and Kentucky.

Inspection related to Fire Escapes, Structural, Foundations, etc.

Mt Sinai Hospital. Chicago, IL. Façade Inspection and Testing. Extensive Masonry & Stone Restorations & Repair.

Elderly Housing and Health Care Facility Complex. Aventura, Florida. Moisture Intrusion Investigation to include Stucco and Waterproofing Membrane.

2555 North Clark Apartments. Chicago, IL. Façade Evaluation. Cast-in-place Concrete Walls and Balcony Inspection and Testing.

501 West Armitage Condominium. Chicago, Illinois. Masonry Restoration & Parapet Repair.

Multi-Family Complex. St. Francis, WI. Litigation Support. Water Intrusion Analysis.
Sports Complex, Deerfield, IL. Due diligence inspection for Municipality.

Beazer Homes Residential Community. Lexington, KY. Litigation Support. Water Intrusion Analysis.

Extended Stay America. Rockford, Illinois. Litigation Support. EIFS Failure Analysis.

FCB Center. Chicago, Illinois. Plaza Waterproofing Membrane & Concrete Repair.

Governors State University. University Park, Illinois. Masonry Restoration.

Naperville Office Complex. Naperville, Illinois. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and Masonry Restoration.

Poor Clares Monastery. Minooka, Illinois. Clay Tile Roof Repair.

Steppenwolf Theatre. Chicago, Illinois. Masonry Restoration.

Sullivan House School. Chicago, Illinois. Adaptive Reuse of Existing Structure.

Terra Museum. Chicago, Illinois. Masonry Restoration.

University of Chicago Dorm. Chicago, Illinois. Masonry Moisture Intrusion Investigation.

300 East Lombard. Baltimore, Maryland. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and Masonry Restoration.

Anchorage Tower Condominium. Baltimore, Maryland. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and Masonry Restoration.

Washington Square Tower. Baltimore, Maryland. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and Masonry Restoration.

Several Residences. NJ, TX, IL, FL, etc. Litigation Support. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and EIFS Failure Analysis.

Condominiums. Long Branch, New Jersey. Litigation Support. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and EIFS Failure Analysis.

The Concierge. Houston, Texas. Litigation Support. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and EIFS Failure Analysis.

Heart Hospital. Austin, Texas. Moisture Intrusion Investigation & EIFS Failure Analysis, EIFS and Masonry Repair.

Virginia Beach Social Services Building. Virginia Beach, Virginia. Masonry Restoration.

Hampton Inn Hotel. Charleston, West Virginia. Litigation Support. Moisture Intrusion Investigation and EIFS Failure Analysis.

The Club. Owens Mills, Maryland. Moisture Intrusion Investigation, Vinyl Siding and engineered joist repairs.

Gull Landings. Peotone, Illinois. Design of Multi-Family Dwellings.

John Hancock Center. Chicago, Illinois. Façade Survey.

Gill Park. Chicago, Illinois. Concrete Restoration.

Notre Dame Stadium. South Bend, Indiana. Concrete Restoration.

Rutgers Stadium. Rutgers, New Jersey. Concrete and Masonry Repair.

Pentagon Row. Washington DC. Construction Document and Code Review.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Advanced Technical Studies, Southern Illinois University, 1992

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Professional Architect, Illinois, #001018875