Kenneth Baker

Partner

Ken is a partner at HKA with over 40 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. A registered professional engineer and a licensed general contractor, his varied, hands-on project experience provides a strong basis for over 180 expert appointments in various delay, disruption, and quantum matters.

Ken has previously worked as principal engineer, structural engineer, project manager, construction manager, and in various leadership roles in the contracting and claims arenas. He has been involved in projects across North America, ranging from major infrastructure developments and a wide variety of building projects, to power, utility, and industrial facilities.

Ken’s claims-related expertise includes the identification and evaluation of construction and real estate risk; claims related to schedule delay and extended performance, lost productivity and disruption, and acceleration; scope, documentation, and contract performance disputes; general contractor performance issues; construction manager professional practice issues; and construction defect matters. He has prepared and evaluated as planned and as-built schedules; contemporaneous and retrospective delay analyses; TIA analyses; productivity impact and acceleration analyses; issue merit and responsibility analyses; construction defect inspections, defect lists, and repair cost estimates; and cost and damages claims. Ken also provides services to clients in the areas of project advisory, risk assessment, and claims avoidance and mitigation; distressed real estate asset investigations; mechanics lien claim analysis, priority and valuation; construction management, and general contracting services during pre-construction, design, construction, and post-construction.

Ken develops expert reports and regularly provides expert testimony in arbitration, litigation, and mediation. He specialises in complex construction claims related to delay, lost productivity, acceleration, disputed contract scope and extra work, professional practice issues, construction defect matters, and claim damages. In support of his extensive expert testimony experience, he has developed graphs, charts, spreadsheets, annotated schedules, and visual displays of quantitative information for use as trial exhibits and in expert presentations. He has been cross-examined at arbitration and trial on more than 20 occasions, including concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing).

Ken has written articles and delivered numerous seminars regarding his specialist subjects. Clients agree that Ken is a “consummate professional” and that his expertise has been “a key component in being able to reach a negotiated settlement.” Others agree that he “quickly grasped the issues… successfully bridged the gap between the parties” and that he is skilled in “meticulously gathering data and researching… works without bias and in the most neutral manner possible.”

Qualifications BS Civil Engineering
MBA Real Estate and Construction Management
Professional Memberships FPMCOS, ASCE, DBIA, AGC, CMAA, AACEI, ABA
Expert Details
Location San Diego, CA, USA
Services Quantum, Delay
Sectors Buildings, Infrastructure, Industrial, Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas, Technology, Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space
Expert Statistics
Years of Experience 40+
No. of Expert Commissions 180+
No. of Cross Examinations 20+

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