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We've Moved!

Introduction

For the past 15 years, Pete Fowler Construction Services' San Clemente office has been located in a small business park on Calle Negocio. We've been thinking about moving spaces for years, and the time has finally come.

With the recent expansion of the marketing team and purchase of Marc C. Viau & Associates, our little office was getting a bit crammed. Last time Pete was in, we had to set up a make-shift desk in the corner (see photo). So began our hunt for the perfect office space.

After searching high and low, we are eager to announce that on Monday (8/28), we will be moving to an office space a whopping 0.2 miles down the road from the current location to 905 Calle Amanecer, San Clemente, CA.

  The outside of our new San Clemente office building!

The outside of our new San Clemente office building!

While we're sad to leave the space PFCS has called "home" for more than a decade... We aren't really all that torn up about it. How could we be?! Our new office is beautiful and has room for us all.

In the past week, we've had movers and painters come through to help make the space feel like a true PFCS workplace. On Friday, our San Clemente employees will pack up their desks and return to the new office on Monday morning. How exciting!

 

  The foyer in our new building

The foyer in our new building

Photo Update - 9/6/2017

We've been in our new office for a little over a week now and we are in love. Here are some photos of the PFCS team enjoying the work space:

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  Now that's what we call a conference room!

Now that's what we call a conference room!

  Clean, new workspaces are exciting

Clean, new workspaces are exciting

  Mike V. and Orchid getting a feel for Mike's new office

Mike V. and Orchid getting a feel for Mike's new office

  Pete in his new space

Pete in his new space

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  Farewell old office, you will not be missed!

Farewell old office, you will not be missed!

Additional Information

New Address: 905 Calle Amanecer San Clemente, California 92673

Hollywood U2 at The Canyon - 3/18/2017

Introduction

On Friday, March 18th, PFCS and friends gathered at The Canyon in Agoura Hills for the World's Greatest U2 Cover Band, Hollywood U2.

Here are some highlights from the night:

 The Canyon is a spacious, yet intimate venue. We heard one of the original players from U2 was in the audience with us!

The Canyon is a spacious, yet intimate venue. We heard one of the original players from U2 was in the audience with us!

 Hollywood Bono totally tore up the stage! Did you know he's preformed alongside the real Bono?

Hollywood Bono totally tore up the stage! Did you know he's preformed alongside the real Bono?

 So much fun with  Pete Fowler  and friends!

So much fun with Pete Fowler and friends!

Berlin at The Coach House

On Friday, December 8th, 2016, PFCS and friends gathered at The Coach House in Orange County to see 80's Synth Electro-Pop band, Berlin.

Here are some highlights from the night:

  The Coach House  is an awesome, intimate venue with a great atmosphere. Awesome for a group gathering! Teri Nunn is still super talented.

The Coach House is an awesome, intimate venue with a great atmosphere. Awesome for a group gathering! Teri Nunn is still super talented.

  Aurora Spine  CEO and PFCS friend,  Trent  Northcutt, with Berlin's drummer, Chris Olivas, before the concert.

Aurora Spine CEO and PFCS friend, Trent Northcutt, with Berlin's drummer, Chris Olivas, before the concert.

 The group enjoyed some food and drinks together during the show.

The group enjoyed some food and drinks together during the show.

 The group got to meet and talk with Terri Nunn after the show for Trent's birthday. All smiles!

The group got to meet and talk with Terri Nunn after the show for Trent's birthday. All smiles!

 Pete was lucky enough to spark up a conversation with Terri after the show!

Pete was lucky enough to spark up a conversation with Terri after the show!

2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference

This year, PFCS sponsored the 2016 CLM (Claims & Litigation Management Alliance) National Construction Claims Conference in San Diego, California! Pete Fowler and Mike Villalba were there representing PFCS and the show was a major success!

Summary

From the CLM website:

This September, the CLM will hold the most comprehensive construction claims conference ever. In addition to addressing construction defect claims, conference sessions will also address facets of construction-related claims including construction site accidents/injuries, coverage issues, subcontractor issues, and new technologies. Sessions also will address issues on the national, regional, and state levels.
 
In addition to three days of interactive, educational sessions, conference attendees will have many opportunities to network with other thought-leaders in the construction claims industry.

Where

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

When

September 28 - 30, 2016

 

Document Management

Introduction

On June 21st, 2016 at 10:00 A.M., Whitney Woolf presented a one-hour webinar called "Document Management for Construction & Claims". Document Management for Construction & Claims has two focuses: a general method for staying organized with multiple documents from multiple parties. Or really, it's for anyone who has more than a 1" thick stack of papers on their desk at any given time.

If you are a consultant, property owner or manager, builder or developer, designer, construction contractor, product manufacturer, insurance or legal professional, or a member of the PFCS staff, you probably engage in some form of document organization. The business of building contains plans, contracts, memos and reports just to name a few. Another difficult wrinkle is that some of these files are paper, some are electronic and often times there's more text available to be read than hours in the day to read it. In essence, we are inundated with documents and data, and having a strategy for deriving a solution or insight from an overwhelming amount of data is essential to presenting a solution. 

This program addresses specific ways to manage information efficiently, effectively manage files, and derive meaning from a file on your desk by applying some project management principals and an understanding of the construction and claims process. Our projects require the ability to separate the 'vital few from the trivial many'; to turn data into actionable information. 

The PFCS mission, simply, is to provide solutions to our clients. To begin to do this, we must first understand the available information. Typically this is in the form of documents, images, interviews and testimony. All of this information begins to present a narrative for the project, that can be summarized and analyzed in a sentence, a paragraph or a detailed report amidst this pile of paper.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce some methods for information organization.
  • Provide a basic flow for document management.
  • Discuss the specific applications for Document Management to Construction & Claims.

Program Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Collect
  3. Organize
  4. Index
  5. Summarize & Understand
  6. Reference, Retrieve & Share
  7. Conclusion

This program is approved for one hour of CLE for attorneys in California. Pending approval in Nevada and Oregon. This program is not approved with the California Department of Insurance.

Whitney Woolf

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine 9/16/2016

If you are looking for an evening of great music mixed with adult humor, join Pete Fowler at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano to see America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese perform swingin' Vegas versions of rock and rap songs and "swankifying" popular Top 40 hits into retro vocal standards.  Imagine Sinatra singing Radiohead, and you've got Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine.

The finger-snapping, liquor-lapping, night-capping crooner first stepped into the spotlight in 2000 with his LOUNGE AGAINST THE MACHINE album.  This critically acclaimed CD featured "swankified" versions of alternative rock songs, such as Radiohead's CREEP and Limp Bizkit's NOOKIE, arranged for a big band sound. Thanks to radio stations including KROQ/Los Angeles, Z100/New York City, and the nationally-syndicated Dr. Demento Show, Cheese soon found an audience that shared his love of lounge music, including rockstar Brian Setzer, who hired Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine to play at his private Christmas party with The Stray Cats!

Richard Cheese's songs have been featured in the movie "Dawn Of The Dead," on ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars," and he's performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN with Anderson Cooper, The Jonathan Ross Show, KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show, MTV's Say What Karaoke?, Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony, and as the house band 20 times on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly. 

The hardest working Dick in show business continues to perform sellout shows all over the world, from Las Vegas to London, from New York to New Orleans, from Hollywood to Honolulu.  Thanks to eighteen albums, hundreds of concerts, 120,000 FaceBook fans, and a million martinis, Richard Cheese has earned a prominent place in that prestigious pantheon of lounge legends:  Frank ... Sammy ... Dean ... and Richard Cheese.

Here is a sampling of Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine videos:

Baby Got Back:

Gin & Juice:

West Coast Casualty May 12th & 13th

Every year, PFCS attends the largest event of its kind in the world, the annual West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, CA. This year, we sponsored the WiFi in the main area, and exchanged business cards for bottles of wine! We had a great time seeing old friends and connecting with some new ones. If you missed us this year, we hope to see you next year! 

One of our premier consultants, Mike Villalba, greeting attendees at our booth. Gabriella Wittenberg, our project manager, and Chase Henry, one of our project coordinators, are behind the table.

Background

From the WCC website:

"Since 1993, the West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar has become an institution, a staple and must go to event for all the members of the construction defect community. In no other single place can one learn so much about the prosecution, defense, insurance coverage, science and technology regarding this specialized subject of claims and litigation . . .  and . . .  in no other place will you be able to meet your colleagues where great long lasting relationships can be established which assist you in your claims and litigation handling throughout the business year. It has been long said about our event that it helps bridge the gap between parties by giving them an opportunity, in a neutral forum, to resolve many disputes that they couldn’t do otherwise.

The West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar series is the largest event of its kind worldwide and continues into its 23rd year of bringing the national and international construction defect community its most informative event regarding this specialized subject.

Our attendees, from the legal, insurance, builder, contractor, subcontractor and numerous other communities averaging in number approximately 1,500 per year, come from all across the United States and several foreign countries to hear our speakers views on this continuing and emerging area of claims and law."

WSHB Legendary Party

This year, we also sponsored the WSHB Legendary Party in Downtown Disney. It was a studio 54 theme and everyone had a wonderful time!

Jonny Lang 6/3/2016

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On Friday, June 3rd, Pete Fowler and friends will be amazed by the guitar skills of Jonny Lang when he performs at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

Take a few minutes to check out this video of Jonny ROCKING  IT!

Born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1981, Jonny picked up the guitar at the age of 12 and played everything from modern hits to classics. Two years later A&M Records, then home of Janet Jackson and Soundgarden, spotted him at a showcase in Minneapolis, and he was suddenly the latest in a trend of shockingly young blues-guitar prodigies.

At 15, Jonny Lang made a blues album, 1997's "Lie to Me," which went platinum and hit No. 1 on Billboard's New Artist chart. At 17 he made another, "Wander This World," which earned a Grammy nomination. Lang's 2006 album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around, won him his first Grammy Award.

Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting. In 1999, he was invited to play for a White House audience that included President and Mrs. Clinton. Earlier that year he was selected by the newly elected Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura to perform at his Inaugural Ball. Lang also makes a cameo appearance in the film Blues Brothers 2000 as a janitor. In 2004, Eric Clapton asked Lang to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua.

Lang also appears regularly as a part of the Experience Hendrix Tour along with many other well-known guitarists to pay tribute the deceased guitar legend.

US Legal Presentation Calendar

Summary

Experts from PFCS will be presenting continuing education programs in 7 US Legal Support offices in Southern and Northern California during April and May, 2016. US Legal Support surveyed their contacts surrounding each office, asking which topics they would most like to see, and the results are in! One of our most popular presentations, "Allocation of Responsibility of Construction Defects" won the majority vote at several of the locations.

If you would like one of our presentations delivered to your office, let us know!

Dates & Locations

PFCS Expert Presenters

Pictures

Fresno

Costa Mesa

Leon Russell 6/2/2016

When

On Thursday, June 2nd, Pete Fowler and friends will be entertained by the infamous Leon Russell at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

Summary

Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. Leon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.

Leon led the famous Joe Cocker "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh.  He has played with Eric Clapton, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Edgar Winter, Dave Mason and countless other artists.  He performed his song 'Dixie Lullabye’ with the Zac Brown Band at the 2010 Grammys. 

His songwriting credits include 'A Song For You', ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’.  Leon and Sir Elton John recorded a duet album, The Union, with T-Bone Burnett as the producer.

CAI - Orange County Symposium & Expo 6/30/2016

On June 30th, 2016, the Orange County chapter of CAI hosted a symposium & expo from 2:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Irvine Marriott. As part of this event, there were multiple panels talking about a variety of topics. We submitted a proposal to be one of the panels, and they selected us!

Panel Members

Pete Fowler, Lesley Millender-Irwin & Bobby Ameen

Prioritizing Maintenance & Repairs On A Limited Budget

Whether you have a limited budget or not, you should always make decisions about property maintenance, improvements and repairs with two ideas in mind: (1.) Lifetime costs and (2.) costs versus benefits. If you perform work (spend maintenance dollars) too early, you will be spending more money over time. But if you spend too late (deferred maintenance), then damage can cause costs to escalate. We will discuss a framework for making smart long-term, cost-benefit decisions about building and property maintenance, repairs and improvements. Pete has given various programs on this and closely related subjects on numerous occasions as webinars and seminars, including for CAI Portland and CAI National (in San Diego).

The event was a major success! And if you ever want to have this program sent to you, let us know!

Resources

Click here for a PDF version of this program.

Gin Blossoms 3/5/2016

When

On Saturday, March 5th, Pete Fowler and friends will be spending the night with the Gin Blossoms at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.

Summary

Formed in the late 80's in Tempe, Arizona, the Gin Blossoms rose to fame after the release of their first full-length album New Miserable Experience in 92', which spawned the classic 90's hits "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You". The album went on to become certified platinum four times. After their new-found success, they provided another hit, "Until I Hear It From You", for the soundtrack to the cult-comedy film Empire Records. The release of their second album, Congratulations I'm Sorry, yielded yet another top-ten hit, "Follow You Down", but the band broke up shortly after the album was released, and would spend the next five years on hiatus.

In 2002, the band reunited and have been touring ever since, also releasing two more albums in 2006 and 2010.  So, if you're into that 90's non-grungy alternative sound,  come join us for a night of nostalgia!

Paul Stanley's Soul Station 2/26/2016

When

On Friday, February 26th, Pete Fowler and friends had a suite at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano to enjoy a night of music by Paul Stanley's Soul Station.

Summary

For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. Although preferring to live his off stage life out of the media spotlight he continues to be the chief songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS. A visionary and trendsetter since the early 1970s, Stanley’s passion for both the musical and visual arts has perhaps been the key to the astonishing ongoing worldwide phenomenon known as KISS.

Paul has begun a surprising new gig: soul singer. His new side group, Soul Station, plays a mix of sixties and seventies soul classics, "I don't play guitar in the band and we don't do a single Kiss song," Stanley said in a statement. "That's not what this is about."

The Kiss vocalist's nine-person Soul Station backing band consists of musicians who have played with artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Bobby Brown. Its drummer, Eric Singer, also plays with Stanley in Kiss. The group will play a mix of songs by the Stylistics, Dramatics, Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles and Blue Magic, among others. Their repertoire includes the Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby," the Temptations' "Just My Imagination" and the Stylistics' "You Are My Everything."

Over the last 30 years Stanley has channeled his musical vision designing and developing signature musical instruments including guitars that continue to be marketed by numerous musical instrument companies with sales now standing at well over $20 million.

Pictures from the Show

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2016 International Builders Show

What Is It?

The NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, attracting more than 50,000 visitors from more than one hundred countries.

  • Dates: January 19-21
  • Location: Las Vegas Convention Center

Why?

Key Questions

My Key Questions for the 2016 International Builders Show in Vegas:

  • Who has come the closest to a 6D BIM project? (see PFCS blog on BIM)
  • Who has the best off the shelf details and specifications for standard building assemblies like roofs, rain screen exterior walls, and decks? 
  • Who has the best technical support for product specifications for roofing, waterproofing, and paint? 
  • Who do I compete with, that is doing awesome work, that I should learn from? 
  • Who do I NOT compete with, that is doing awesome work, that I should learn from?
  • Net zero? Really? Who is the smartest guy in the room on this one?

Super Diamond 4/1/2016

What!? 

On April Fool's Day, PFCS and friends will be rocking to Super Diamond — The World Famous Neil Diamond Tribute Band, at The Coach House in San Juan Capistano, CA.

Check out their promotional video here. 

Why

Super Diamond delivers a glittering, smoke-filled show performing Neil Diamond’s power ballads and up-tempo hits with unrestrained enthusiasm. The show is pure entertainment - classic music combined with fun, energy and passion - creating nostalgia for the good old days and excitement for today's generation.

Super Diamond has generated an exuberant audience response previously unheard of for a tribute band. Many would say that Super Diamond has transcended the label of "tribute band" by passionately immersing themselves in Neil Diamond's huge repertoire and delivering a high-octane show of unforgettable classics such as Cracklin’ Rosie, Sweet Caroline, Forever in Blue Jeans and many others.

Front man The Surreal Neil, Randy Cordeiro, astonishes audiences with his live interpretation of the "Real Neil". Randy created the charismatic character when he discovered he had the uncanny ability to capture not only Neil Diamond's voice, but also his mannerisms and performance style.

Super Diamond has caught the attention of major media publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Spin Magazine, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post and LA Times. The band has been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Comedy Central and interviewed for VH1's Behind the Music-Neil Diamond Episode. 


2015 Construction Defects Seminar & Holiday Reception For ASCDC & CDCMA

On December 3rd, 2015, PFCS will be exhibiting at the 2015 Construction Defects Seminar for ASCDC & CDCMA in Costa Mesa, CA from 1:30-5:30 p.m.  Come visit our booth and get some face-to-face time with two of our consultants, Mike Villalba and Paul Kushner, and learn more about our construction defect litigation services!  Register now before it's too late!

Dave & Pete's Excellent Adventure! - CDLA 2012 Annual Conference

On July 27, 2012 David McMahon and Pete Fowler of PFCS embarked on fun-filled roadtrip to beautiful Crested Butte, CO to attend the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association's (CDLA) 35th Annual Conference. CDLA is a statewide organization that is 700 members strong, dedicated to the defense of civil actions, defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation, and the promotion of fairness and integrity in the civil justice system.

Here are some highlights from Dave & Pete's Excellent Adventure:

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Pete and Dave leaving the Boulder office --- Crested Butte or bust!

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Our first stop on our excellent adventure was the Coney Island Boardwalk in Bailey, CO.

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We indulged ourselves in some tasty, heavily loaded Coney Island style hot dogs!

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Our booth at CDLA, where we distributed our finest Pete Fowler Reserve Wines.

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Conference attendees testing out our raffle item, an awesome RYOBI 18V One+ Drill Set!

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Dave and Pete waiting to ride the lift to the top of Mt. Crested Butte.

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Dave and Pete at the summit of Mt. Crested Butte.

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On our way back down from the summit: the beautiful city of Mt. Crested Butte and the fantastic CDLA Friday Night Bash with live band!

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On Saturday we took in the sights. Here we are in front of Crested Butte's Old City Hall and Montanya Distillers. Some other great bars were passed through included Kochevar's, Eldo, and The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, definitely worth checking out if you ever find yourself in lovely Crested Butte.

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Dave and Pete at Teocalli Tamale, some of the best Mexican food you can find this far North!

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We found friends old and new while in Crested Butte! Can't wait to see you all again soon!!