About Us

The Construction Consultant is a professional firm that has been providing expert consulting services since 1980. We have worked in the US and international market providing consulting services to:

  1. The World bank on housing projects, infrastructure and logistics.
  2. To Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) a New York based International Consulting platform for professional consultants, with over 300000 members sharing information.
  3. The European Reconstruction and Development Bank and other private clients.
  4. In the US market we have provided expert witness services to law firms.
  5. Insurance claims for property damage and or accidents
  6. Construction management for Real Estate Developers

You can expect Top quality, Independent and on target professional service for the following areas of special expertise:

  • In depth analysis of existing structure / operation  and recommendation for improvements
  • Strategic / Tactical planning Identifying short and long term opportunities
  • Ability to recognize and adopt to rapid changes in market trends and technologies.
  • Ability to analyze from outside in to get the entire picture
  • In depth understanding of multiple operational and management aspects
  • In depth understanding of accounting, budgeting forecasting and financing
  • Preparation of feasibility study for potential projects
  • Presentation of projects to local governmental agencies for compliance review
  • Ability to prioritize the tasks for the needed results
  • Construction management
  • Expert witness services for construction and real estate
  • Property damage claims

What makes us different

The dictionary defines a consultant as “an expert in a particular field who works as an advisor either to a company or to another individual.

A consultant’s job is to consult. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s that simple. There’s no magic formula or secret that makes one consultant more successful than another one.

But what separates us from other consultants is the passion and drive for excellence, ability to see the entire picture from outside in and broad knowledge about the consulting subject that does make the difference.

Our Team:

Our team includes General Contractors, Engineers, Architects and project managers with minimum of 20 years experience. We utilize other outside advisors and specialty expert as needed for the task at hand.

Our President

Mr. Benny Bercovicz is the principal and founder of the Construction Consultant. Mr. Bercovicz started a construction Company in 1980 and since completed hundreds of projects ranging from custom residential to large commercial in USA and many parts of the world.

Mr. Bercovicz was involved hands on in all aspects of managing and operating a construction / real estate development organization, translating business strategies into maximum profits, developing strategic business initiatives, knowledgeable of governmental zoning laws and development regulations needed for implementation and compliance, providing consulting services to Owners, Banks, Developers and Law firms. Mr. Bercovicz’s  focus in practice is dedicated to maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and uncompromising ethics.

Benny Bercovicz  Curriculum Vitae (CV)

8200 Sunrise Blvd. Suite D-1                                       email:  benny@theconstructionconsultant.com

Plantation, Florida 33322                                             Tel.      954 923-5706

Date of birth: 11/24/1953                                              Cell.     954 471-7725

EXPERT WITNESS / CONSULTANT

Benny Bercovicz is a State Certified General Contractor who has been active in the construction and real estate industry for the past 35 years, with proven ability and a tract record of hands on experience in most aspects of the construction industry, understanding the entire process from design to completion. Also very knowledgeable of governmental zoning laws, construction and development regulations with proven tracked records of implementing the necessary controls to ensure compliance. Dedicated to maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and uncompromising ethics. For the past 35 years by operating a successful construction and real estate companies, providing consulting services to Gerson Lehman Group (GLG), an international consulting group, The World Bank Organization for Development projects, The European Reconstruction and Development Bank and Expert witness services to law firms throughout USA on construction related matters, Construction Management services to Condominium boards and property management companies.

 AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Expert Witness                                                            Property Damage Claims
  • Construction disputes                                                Construction Management
  • Estimating                                                                    Project scheduling
  • Project Compliance Review                                      Project accounting
  • Feasibility study                                                          Governmental compliance consultant

EDUCATION

1972-1975            Technical Institute of Israel, Haifa Israel.

Area of specialization:    Structural engineering courses   (P.E)

1984-1985           Allstate Construction Academy Florida.

Area of specialization:  Completion course and certification of General Contractor  Unlimited  (G.C)

1986-1987           Century-21 Real Estate School.

Area of specialization:  Completion of agent course (Real Estate Agent)

1986-1987            Florida A&M University.

Area of specialization:  Business Management course

1986-1987            Florida A&M University.

Area of specialization:  Business Development course completion

1991-1992            N. F. P. A National Fire Protection Agency.

Area of specialization:  Certificate of completion for compliance review and inspections

1991-1992            Florida Building Inspections. Institute.

Area of specialization:  Certification and course completion for Certified Building Inspector

1993-1994            C. S. I. Construction Specification Institute Virginia.

Area of specialization:  Certificate of completion for construction specification writer

1995-1996            Harvard University MA Graduate school of design and construction principals

Area of specialization: Managing construction concept to completion (CM)

1996-1997            US Department of Housing and Urban Development course

Area of specialization: Consultant for 203 (K) program

2005-2006            Construction Continuing Education school LLC

Area of specialization: Construction Business Management

2007-2008            Construction Continuing Education school LLC

Area of specialization: Florida Contractor’s Guide to State and Federal Compliance

Construction Continuing Education school LLC

Area of specialization: Wind Mitigation Methods

Construction Continuing Education school LLC

Area of specialization: Advanced Building Code

Construction Continuing Education school LLC

Area of specialization: Construction Business

Construction Continuing Education school LLC

Area of specialization: Florida Statutes Governing Contractors (Chapter 489)

2009-2010           Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: Job Site Safety

Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: Construction Cost Strategy

Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: FL Building Code

Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: Workers Compensation

Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: The Estimating Process

Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: Wind Mitigation Strategies

Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: Contractors Accounting

Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: Florida Construction Regulations

2011-2012             AAA Construction School Inc.

Area of specialization: 14 hours of contractor’s continuing education

2013-2014             Construction Estimating Institute.

Area of specialization: 14 hours of contractor’s continuing education

2014-2015             I. T. University:

Area of specialization:  Project Management Professional (PMP)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Berk Construction Co. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1980-1995 Chief Executive Officer

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As the CEO of a small shell construction company with less than 10 employees, organized and managed the business to grow into an established specialty contractor operation with over 100 employees and average yearly gross volume of $10,000,000.00 The Company provided shell housing construction to local developers and other institutions, directly managing and supervising all the aspects of operation, purchasing, marketing the services, estimating, negotiating, contracting, scheduling and hands on type management in any other needed activity. Conducted regular reviews and evaluations of the operation and improved performance and efficiency by cutting costs, reducing waste and utilizing new tools and technology to increase profit without compromising quality or service.

More specifically some of the tasks performed

  • Estimating materials and labor                                                                   Bidding the jobs
  • Negotiating contracts                                                                                    Managing operations
  • Property Insurance claims                                                                            Marketing and public relations

 

Florida Building Inspection- Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1995 – 1999 President / Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of a building inspection company providing inspection services to Banks, Insurance Companies, Mortgage Companies, Buyers and sellers, Attorneys and title companies and Realtors. Primary duties was to manage the operations, promote new business through public relations, implemented a new computerized system  to produce instant field report to customers, developed a clear and easy to understand improved reports with itemized cost breakdown to correct and priority assignment of the corrections. This business was primarily established by Benny Bercovicz as a supplement business to compensate for slow periods cash flow of the main construction business. After the first year in operation the business grew from 2 to 10 employees with average gross yearly volume of one million dollar.

More specifically some of the tasks performed

  • Marketing and public relations                                                                   Accounting and business management
  • Computerized operations for better efficiency                                         Inspections for property damage
  • Developed a clear easy to understand inspection report                        Expert witness
  • Field inspection for quality control                                                             Business development

 

Creative Builders Corp. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1996 – present President / Chief Executive Office

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With the past experience operating as a shell general contractor and managing a workforce of over 100 employees, and other specialty sub-contractors, the opportunity to scale down operation and become more profitable came along with the market changing trends and competition. Creative Builders under the leadership of Benny Bercovicz changed direction and became a waterfront Custom Home Builder in 1996. With a small office and reduced work force of 10 employees we managed to identify the need for the rich and famous to keep up with their lifestyle and purchase large custom homes. The custom home business is a specialty field it is not just a big box it is a lifestyle. Mr. Bercovicz developed a questioner for the potential buyers to better understand their lifestyle and habits in order to design / build a suitable house. We took into consideration all aspects of the personal life, surroundings, shading, view, location and functionality of the property and as a result our homes sold faster and at a higher price than the competition.

The Construction Consultant.    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2006 – present President / Chief Executive Officer

With the past experience operating as a shell general contractor and managing a workforce of over 100 employees, and other specialty sub-contractors, some of our clients asked us if we can provide expert witness services for project disputes and other matters. Mr. Bercovicz recognized  the opportunity and created a DBA of Creative Builders Corp named The Construction Consultant.

As a consultant we have provided our services to Plaintiff’ claims against Insurance Companies on very difficult cases that could not settle, and were on the way to litigation. Our approach was very simple and thorough “Simplify and Document” the case for presentation. In most cases the dispute was resolved out of court due to clear and convincing evidence presented by The Construction Consultant

Mr. Bercovicz’s past experience and ability to look outside the box and see the entire picture gives him a unique advantage in analyzing the situation for the best solution

Other Relevant Employment

Between the years of 2000 to  2012 I have been retained by the World bank for consulting on housing projects in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean’s. I have successfully developed  a pre-fabricated housing system that was used in Haiti and Jamaica.

AWARDS and HONORS

Best Builder of Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the year of 2011 from U. S. Commerce Association (USCA)

Biltmore Who is Who 2011 Professional Community Builder.

PUBLICATIONS and REPRESENTATIONS

Recipe for a Successful Condominium Project.

Author:   Benny Bercovicz

Published by the Florida Community Association Nov. 2014

 AFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP

  • C.S.I Construction Specifications Institute Virginia
  • A.G.C Association of General Contractors Florida

SPECIAL SKILLS

  • Corporate Communications
  • Creative team leadership
  • In depth analysis and organization
  • Entrepreneur and visionary
  • Ability to delegate authority
  • Result oriented

HOBBIES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Flying single engine airplanes
  • Advanced scuba diving
  • Tennis
  • Boating and other water related sports

INTEREST

  • Current world affairs
  • Economy and stock markets
  • International politics

Some of my expert witness cases

Slip and fall case Boca Raton Florida

I was hired by a major personal injury law firm in Boca Raton Florida to provide expert witness services for a client that fell and broke the knee at a local restaurant.

I inspected and documented the contact surface area of the subject accident with: co-friction analysis of the surface, material composition and slippery test.

Upon presenting the insurance Company for the restaurant with my documentation, the case came to a successful conclusion and the attorneys obtain a very good settlement for the client.

Storm damage to a local hotel in Fort Lauderdale Florida

I was hired by the property owner to help documenting the property damages and negotiating with insurance. The insurance adjuster’s position was that the roof failed due to old age deterioration.

After my involvement in the case I first inspected the building, prepared a report and subsequently testified that the edge of the roof on the NE comer of the building lifted and failed due to a intense wind gust causing a larger portion of the roof to fail and flood the interior portion of the building. My testimony was supported by local radar reports showing the weather at the time of the occurrence, wind uplift calculation and a small building model was made for the court presentation.

The client in this case was awarded 100% of the claim.

Single family residence Fort Lauderdale Florida

I was hired by a major personal injury law firm in Plantation Florida to provide expert witness services and document a property damage claim for an out of Town homeowner that had a water leak from the rear of the refrigerator water line, flooding a major portion of the house. The insurance Company inspected the property and offered a settlement to restore the affected areas around the refrigerator. I have inspected the subject property and after careful analysis presented my findings to the insurance Co. The insurance Co. did not agree with my findings and a mediation was set. At the mediation I presented the following additional facts in connection with the claim, code compliance requiring the restoration to include upgrades not related to the flood, additional living expenses for the property owners during restoration time and other indirect related expenses. The conclusion of the mediation was a settlement that awarded the client 6 times the amount of the original insurance Co estimate.

Storm Damage to a major Hotel St. Thomas USVI

I was hired by the property owner to help documenting the property damages and negotiating with insurance. The insurance Co. position was that the exterior doors and windows with east exposure to the open ocean were not maintained properly and failed due to poor maintenance.

After my involvement in the case I first inspected the building, prepared a report and subsequently testified that the exterior wall facing the ocean with all related components did not fail and is in good condition after the storm. My investigation revealed that the structural damage from the storm originated at the front lobby canopy and compromised a major portion of the front structure. My testimony was supported by local radar reports showing the weather at the time of the occurrence, wind uplift calculation for the front canopy and the common structure elements connecting the canopy to the building.

The client in this case was awarded 95% of the claim.

References

Biltmore Who is Who Directory

Dear Mr. Bercovicz,

You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2011 Edition of Biltmore Who’s Who.

We are pleased to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved November 2, 2011.

Congratulations.

The Publishing Committee selects potential candidates based not only on their current standings, but also focusing on criteria from professional directories, associations, and trade journals. The Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication.

There is no fee or obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. We will then validate your registry listing within seven business days.

To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before the December 9, 2011 deadline. On behalf of our Committee, I salute your achievement and look forward to welcoming you to our association.

 


Press Release

Creative Builders Corporation Receives 2011 Best of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, November 3, 2011 — Creative Builders Corporation has been selected for the 2011 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award in the Building Restoration & Preservation Contractors category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@uscaaward.com
URL: http://www.uscaaward.com