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Building Code and Disabled Access Consultant Specializing in Code Design Requirements, Disabled Access and Plan Check

Technical Consultant #1854


  • International Building Code and California Building Code.
  • Disabled access design requirements.
  • Building department administration.
  • Plan check processing.
  • Building code compliance design analysis.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Expert witness and depositions on behalf of the City of Newport Beach Building Department.
  • Law suits include: ADA lawsuit, slope failure due to adjacent neighbor's alterations, property damage by tenant.


Independent Consultant, Present

City of Newport Beach, 1981 - 2011

Deputy Building Official, 1998 - 2011

  • Review drawings and calculations for complex projects.
  • Coordinate with the geotechnical plan check consultant.
  • Provide preliminary plan review.
  • Resolve customer complaints.
  • Represent the Building Department on the Development Review Committee.
  • Review and decide on applications for modifications to the California Building Code.
  • Manage the Plan Check and Permits Division.
  • Prepare the budget for the Plan Check and Permits Division.
  • Work on the amendment and adoption of the building codes.
  • Write department policies and standard operation procedures.
  • Recruit and train plan check and permitting staff.
  • Review and decide on documentation of unreasonable hardship requests for disabled access.
  • Prepare reports to the Building and Fire Codes Board of Appeals and participate in public hearings.
  • Provide technical support to plan check engineers and inspectors.

Chief Plan Check Engineer, 1983 - 1998

  • Review drawings and calculations for complex projects.
  • Manage the plan check operation and supervise plan check engineers.
  • Provide preliminary plan review.
  • Provide technical assistance to plan check engineers, inspectors, design engineers and architects.

Plan Check Engineer, 1981 - 1983

  • Review drawings for complex projects and high rise structures for compliance with the structural and nonstructural requirements of the California Building Code.
  • Coordinate project approval with other departments.
  • Provide technical support to architects, engineers and inspectors.

John A. Martin & Associates, Los Angeles, CA, Design Engineer, 1979 - 1981

  • Perform structural design of concrete, steel, masonry and wood structures.

Honors & Publications



  • California Licensed Civil Engineer


  • Certified Building Official, ICC
  • Certified Building Plans Examiner, ICC
  • California Access Specialist (California Division of State Architect)
  • Instructor Credential, California Community College
  • Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green)


  • Speak, read and write Arabic.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • International Code Council.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers

Professional Activities

  • Served as chairman to the education committee and code development committee of the ICC Orange Empire Chapter - served as Treasurer, Vice president, and President.
  • Worked on the adoption of the California Building Codes including writing code amendments, staff report, and preparing the related power point presentation to the Newport Beach City Council.
  • Taught the California Building Code and disabled access requirements at community college.


  • M.S. Degree, Civil Engineering, California State University, Northridge, CA
  • B.S. Degree, Civil Engineering, California State University, Northridge, CA
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