WALTER M. DREW
Walter Drew is a man for whom
conflict resolution is a way of life. Whether mediating or arbitrating
construction-related disputes, training others in the process, or helping to
resolve conflicting points of view among various board members, within community
and professional groups, and among his own family members, he eagerly approaches
He strongly believes that people
have the ability within them to resolve their own conflicts to various degrees
and is excited about the opportunity to help empower them as a mediator in this
process. He understands that sometimes the parties need the decision-making
abilities of a skillful arbitrator, but in either case, his goal is to assist
others in achieving fair and unbiased resolution of their disputes.
Walter is a well-respected
member of the building and remodeling community and has served as a guest
speaker and panelist on many occasions over the years. He
has also served as a judge for various awards programs for the Santa Fe Area
Home Builders Association including the Excellence in Remodeling Awards program
and the Parade of Homes.
Walter has performed over a
hundred mediations and arbitrations, both for the American Arbitration
Association and in his private practice. Having been a general contractor since
1970, he has focused his efforts on construction, land-use planning, large-group
workplace mediation, and facilitation of partnering agreements. His experience
includes helping resolve conflicts between owners and contractors;
designers/architects and owners; contractors and subcontractors; employers and
employees; and owners as partners. Some individual cases have exceeded over $1
million in their claims.
Walter has taught mediation in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Department of Defense, the Department of the
Interior, and EEO counselors in the public sector. His clients have also
included the State of New Mexico, the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and
the Public Service Company of New Mexico. In addition, Walter has served as a
facilitator for several neighborhood association/developer meetings.
SUMMARY OF CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE
Walter was the founder of Adobe
Corp, a general contracting firm specializing in high-end custom residential
construction with 40 employees and an annual gross of $3 million when sold in
1989. He served as president and CEO for 19 years.
Since 1989, he has performed
thousands of bank draw inspections and residential and commercial inspections.
He has served as an owner’s representative for many clients, overseeing
construction projects totaling over $20 million. Walter has also acted as an
expert witness and offered litigation support in construction-related cases for
the past 30 years.
Consulting 1974 - Present
Building Inspector 1974 - Present
Bank Inspector 1990 - Present
Owner's Representative 1990 - Present
Expert Witness 1974 - Present
Construction Mediations 1987 - Present
American Arbitration Association 1993 - Present
Association for Conflict Resolution 1994 - Present
FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CEO
Adobe Corp*, Santa Fe, N.M. 1972 - 1989
*Adobe Corp was a general contractor specializing in
high-end custom residential construction; 40 employees;
annual gross of $3 million in 1989.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR 1970 - Present
New Mexico License #33325
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
CONSULTING As construction consultant, work in various capacities as an adviser
in construction-related lawsuits; a mediator between contractors and clients;
and an "owner's representative," overseeing construction projects. Assist
owner-builders in design development, materials selection, estimating, crew
selection, and quality control.
BUILDING Have done more than 3,000 inspections of residential and commercial
INSPECTIONS buildings in northern New Mexico. Certified Construction Inspector,
#3015, Association of Construction Inspectors.
BANK Do construction loan draw inspections for Wells Fargo Bank,
INSPECTIONS Century Bank, Los Alamos National Bank, First State Bank, First
National Bank of Santa Fe,Valley National Bank, People's Bank and private
contracting firms. Out of state institutions include: Lenders Choice (CA)
Cocamar (AZ) and Granite Loan Management (CO.)
Over 4,000 inspections done since 1990.
OWNER'S Manage and oversee construction projects in northern New Mexico.
REPRESENTATIVE This involves plan development and compliance; giving aesthetic
advice and checking for quality; selection of contractors and subcontractors and
payment of same; development of punch lists and conflict resolution.
LITIGATION Have worked with numerous attorneys as a construction professional.
SUPPORT Have assisted attorneys in developing construction-related cases to
include preparation of cost estimates, job reviews, questions for depositions,
diagrams, and code compliance.
MEDIATION Have acted as a mediator for contractors, subcontractors, architects,
municipalities, neighborhood associations and owners in conflicts over quality,
costs, punch lists, and general communication issues.
ARBITRATION Arbitration panel member for the American Arbitration Association.
Have conducted arbitrations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, northern
New Mexico and Phoenix, AZ.
PUBLIC SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Board Member, The Mediation Alliance 1991 - 1997
Historic Design Review Board, City of Santa Fe 1990 - 1994
Board Member, Old Santa Fe Association 1990 - 1998
Archaeological Subcommittee, City of Santa Fe 1986 - 1987
Larragoite Site Affordable Housing Subcommittee, City of Santa Fe 1983
Planning & Development Committee, City of Santa Fe 1982 - 1983
Zoning Committee, Urban Policy Board, City of Santa Fe 1981 - 1982
Alternate, Urban Policy Board, City of Santa Fe 1980 - 1982
Chairman, Citizen's Bond Issue Steering Committee, Santa Fe 1978
AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION, 1993
MEDIATION TRAINING PROGRAM, 1990
Albuquerque Mediation Center, Albuquerque, NM
MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING, 1968
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
**Awarded Title V Fellowship for study of educationally disadvantaged
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, 1966
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Officer Candidate School, U.S. Army, 1963
Fort Benning, G
American Arbitration Association
Association for Conflict
Dispute Avoidance and Resolution
Task Force (DART)
New Mexico Mediation Association
|1. Peter B.
- Expert witness - water penetration
- Expert witness - quality of
construction in a fraud case.
- House inspection for quality; owner
had issues with contractor's attitude and failure to complete punch
2. William D. Winter
3. Richard C. Bosson
4. Carol J. Ritchie
5. James E. Thomson
6. Herbert M. Silverberg
7. Robert P. Worcester
8. Jerome Ginsburg
9. Janet McL McKay
10. John A. Jacobson
11. Harry S. Connelley
12. Robert A. Engel
13. Ralph H. Scheuer
14. James S. Rubin
15. Randolph B. Felker
Owner/contractor conflict over contract, quality
Contractor/subcontractor conflict over plaster
quality (2 cases).
Punch list/radiant heat
16. Owen Rouse, III
17. Mark Ish
City of Los Alamos v. developer.
Expert witness - quality of construction/code
Height of building in Santa Fe County.
Consult on construction.
18. Linda Hemphill
19. Peter Culbert
Expert witness - personal injury case; evaluate
Personal injury - door opening over public
Expert witness – collapsing floors, structural
Expert witness – water damage.
20. Patrick Whelan
Expert witness - personal injury related to water
Expert witness - construction charges, Santa Fe
standards for plans.
21. Tim Vidal
22. Joe Canepa
23. Richard Lees
24. William Waggoner
Expert witness - budget for completion of home.
Family dispute regarding investment in family home.
Two building inspections.
25. James O. Bell
26. Judith Nakamura
Miller, Stratvert & Torgerson, P.A.
Expert witness - maintenance on automatic doors.
27. Charlotte Hetherington
28. Jeffrey E. Jones
Miller, Stratvert & Torgerson, P.A.
Expert witness - water penetration and stucco.
29. Michael Kauffman
30. Joe M. Romero
31. Eric Sommer and Craig Othmer
32. Susan Hapka
33. Scott Hatcher
34. David Houliston
35. William Keller
36. Leonard G. Espinosa
37. James Sullivan
Slip and fall.
Staircase at hotel.
38. Charles Purdy
Wind blown door.
Slip and fall – steps.
39. Michael Hyatt
40. Nelse Shreck
41. Jack Hardwick
42. David Bunting