Construction Delays, Contractor Delays, Construction Project Delay?


Delayed, Distressed, Disturbed or Dysfunctional Construction Project?

Is your commercial construction project delayed, distressed, disturbed or dysfunctional?  Is your industrial construction project behind schedule with no plan for recovery? Has site work on your multi-family residential development been over certified and is the project over budget?  Is your single family residential construction project facing complex legal issues and possible construction liens?  Is the project in financial distress and has the timely flow of payments stopped?  Are Change Orders, Change Directives and RFIs being issued excessively and the responses to same (or lack thereof) spiraling out of control?   If you have answered yes to any of these questions The GeoFocus Group is uniquely experienced in analyzing and recovering delayed, distressed, disturbed and/or dysfunctional construction projects at all stages of the construction lifecycle.

The construction industry is facing an unprecedented personnel and material shortage and complex construction projects are often left to inexperienced general contractors, construction managers, project managers, site supervisors, contracts administrators, trade contractors, subcontractors, developers and owners which causes projects to be severely delayed, deficient and or distressed. This is leading to many construction projects failing and having work suspended.  In the face of crisis and uncertainty, The GeoFocus Group  provides leadership, experience and technical expertise.  Our 50+ year record in the industry combined with our experience in the provision of technical due diligence and strategic project recovery, enables us to understand the issues that are associated with project failure and or suspension.  With the priorities established and the issues defined, we progress to analyzing, creating, implementing, and then executing a construction project turnaround and recovery plan.

Examples of Delayed, Distressed, Troubled and or Dysfunctional Construction Projects Recovery by The GeoFocus Group:

Instruction on behalf of a DEVELOPER. Following a significant delay and severe budget overrun, the developer looked for alternative solutions to completing their delayed and troubled project.  The GeoFocus Group acquired control of site activities for the $19,000,000.00 Brand Name Hotel by implementing a project review and recovery process to monitor our clients’ project, identify possible intervention activities and to replace the existing Construction Management site staff. The project was successfully completed by our team.

Instruction on behalf of COMMUNITY LEADERS. The GeoFocus Group was instrumental in directing the assessment of the project which had been left dormant for approximately four years.  The GeoFocus Group’s team of strategic advisors and construction managers  assisted community leaders to position themselves to conduct a condition survey and defect analysis and eventually restart and complete the construction of the state of the art 165,000 square foot Mosque, community centre, school and world class library and research centre.

Instruction on behalf of DEVELOPER/LENDER. The GeoFocus Group was retained by the Developer to assist with project recovery activities and provide Construction Management and Contract Administration services towards the end of an extremely complex and technically diverse project.  Various issues including complex financial and legal issues hampered the development until it was eventually sent into Receivership.  The GeoFocus Group assisted the Lender through to receivership where the project was eventually and successfully completed.   The GeoFocus Group also  implemented an extensive claims and liens management system to assist all parties involved to revive the project.

Instruction on behalf of the OWNER. The GeoFocus Group was retained by the Owner perform an extensive critical path delay review, construction deficiencies assessment and cost overrun analysis.  The GeoFocus Group also performed a detailed project oversight and control review.  Our team was eventually retained to oversee and assist the Owner with all construction activities through to completion inclusive of claims management.  The Owner was introduced to The GeoFocus Group through a related associate whom had utilized our team previously to recover mismanaged construction funds.  In addition to implementing an expert Construction Management, Contracts Administration and Site Supervision team The GeoFocus Group also assigned a Litigation Support and Cost Consulting teams which essential in recovering a substantial amount of funds for the Owner.

Instruction on behalf of the OWNER. The GeoFocus Group was retained by the Owner to provide Owner’s Representation, Critical Path Delay Review and Analysis, Cost Overrun Analysis and to provide Contracts Administration and Oversight.  The GeoFocus Group was able to successfully assist the Owner to navigate its construction contract with the design-build contractor it retained to construct the project to ensure that project delays and cost overruns were mitigated and the project completed as expeditiously as possible to facilitate occupancy.

Instruction on behalf of the OWNER. The GeoFocus Group was retained by the Owner to perform an extensive critical path delay review, construction deficiencies assessment, cost overrun analysis and eventually to prepare and execute a project recovery plan.  Our team was eventually retained to oversee and assist the Owner with all construction activities through to completion inclusive of tendering, contracts administration, site supervision, project close-out and claims documentation preparation.

Who Can Recover and Turnaround a Project Behind Schedule and Over Budget?

The GeoFocus Group has been retained at all stages of the construction lifecycle from as early as permit submission to as late as the project closeout.

Below is a sampling of retainers wherein The GeoFocus Group was contracted to analyze and recover projects facing significant delays and cost overruns:

  • multi-family mixed-use condominium development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the building permit submission stage.
  • industrial manufacturing facility wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 25% completion stage.
  • community center and library wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 30% completion stage.
  • multi-family condominium and townhouse development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 35% completion stage.
  • single family residential development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 40% completion stage.
  • industrial and corporate office development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 45% completion stage.
  • restaurant and entertainment venue wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 50% completion stage.
  • brand name hotel development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 55% completion stage.
  • restaurant and wine bar development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 60% completion stage.
  • single family residential development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 65% completion stage.
  • multi-family condominium development wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 70% completion stage.
  • single-family estate home wherein The GeoFocus Group was retained at the 75% completion stage.

Our expertise and experience enables our personnel to offer advice at every stage of the property life cycle, including the provision of project and construction management from conception to completion, alternative financing arrangements, technical and environmental due diligence and specialist consultancy services.

Below is a list of the Top 25 items we are often contacted to review:


  1. Delay Analysis, Delay Claim Preparation, Delay Claim Evaluation
  2. Change Order and Change Directive Review
  3. Contract Administration
  4. Construction Management
  5. Expert Opinion, Witness and Testimony
  6. Delay Claim Management
  7. Interrogation of the Construction Process (review of the project record and/or preparation of contemporaneous documents)
  8. ODACC / Prompt Payment Adjudication Assistance
  9. Schedule (GANTT) and Critical Path Review
  10. Construction Claims Consulting
  11. Application for Payment and Payment Certification Review
  12. Deficiencies Identification Review / Rectification Management
  13. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation and Arbitration Assistance)
  14. Contracts Review
  15. Consultant Management and Consultant Coordination
  16. Claims Preparation and Claims Management
  17. Cost Consulting and Cost Monitoring
  18. Project Recovery, Turnaround and Completion Services
  19. Owner’s Representation Services
  20. General Contractor, Construction Manager, Site Supervisor Termination and Replacement
  21. Construction Management Services to facilitate Project Turnaround and Completion.
  22. Technical Due Diligence (including the coordination of condition surveys and defects analysis)
  23. Litigation Support
  24. Implementation of Project Controls for Advanced Project Monitoring
  25. Contract Negotiation Support

For further information on The GeoFocus Group’s Distressed Construction Project Recovery capabilities, please contact:

Roger Altobelli, Founder and Strategic Advisor: As The GeoFocus Group’s founding principal and in his current role as strategic adviser Roger brings to the table the value of his 50+ years of experience in the construction (general contracting and construction management), development (multi-family residential, industrial and commercial) and dysfunctional/distressed project recovery (litigation support and claims management) fields.  Roger has provided strategic advice, direction, organization and operational support throughout the course of every project with a focus on projects valued up to $100,000,000.00+ and upwards. Roger has established a reputation for revitalizing failing projects and mitigating client exposure to risk and liability. Most importantly, Roger has a fierce reputation for completing projects in full compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements.

Adam Altobelli, BA (law), President, Certified ODACC Adjudicator: As The GeoFocus Group’s acting President and Chief Construction Manager Adam brings to the table the value of his 20+ years of experience in the construction, litigation support, expert witness and distressed/dysfunctional project recovery fields.  Adam has worked with private and public sector clients, primarily providing advice on construction methodologies and strategic positioning pertaining to project recovery strategies, construction litigation support and claims management.  Adam has established a reputation for mitigating client exposure to risk and liability through advanced contracts administration and risk-assessment techniques.  From the strategic recovery of a flagship hotel in Vaughan (the Novotel Hotel Toronto Vaughan) to the delivery of an ultra-luxury beaux-arts condominium development in Oakville (The Randall Residences) Adam has been involved in all facets of the construction life-cycle from conception through to completion.  Most recently Adam was retained to provide an expert opinion report to the Ontario Provincial Police.


, , , , , , , , ,

Comment (1)

  1. Hi, this is a comment.
    To get started with moderating, editing, and deleting comments, please visit the Comments screen in the dashboard.
    Commenter avatars come from Gravatar.

Comments are closed.


Connect With A Construction Expert

We welcome you to contact us for more information
about any of our construction management, project management, project workout & turnaround, real estate land development advisory, owner’s representation and claims management services.

Toronto - Let’s Talk About Your Construction Project

Should you require Construction Management or Project Management Services we would love to hear from you. With extensive experience with CCDC 5A, CCDC 5B, CCDC 17 and all associated CCDC and CCA contracts.

Vaughan - Let’s Recover Your Construction Project

We are experienced in the recovery projects of varying sizes from single family homes to hotels. Having been retained at all phases of the construction lifecycle as early as the building permit submission phase to the commissioning stage we are typically retained between the 30% completion to 60% complete stages.

Ontario - Let’s Analyze Your Construction Project

Your options are not limited. Contact our team today and we will perform a comprehensive analysis of your current construction program. Utilize our expertise as expert witnesses, construction advisory, project recovery specialists, developers, construction managers, owner’s representatives, payment certifiers, claims consultants and litigation support specialists.

CALL: 416-622-0456

Let’s Talk
close slider

    Let’s talk about your project

    T. 416-622-0456