Meet Kenneth Browne




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Forty years experience in Construction Cost Analysis, Cost Engineering, Value Engineering, Scheduling and Cost Control. Includes Change Order Preparation, Validating, Cost Administration and Construction Claims Analysis and Validations, Insurance Fraud Investigations, Large Loss Commercial Property Damage Analysis, Contents and Equipment Loss Analysis, Cost Analysis and Claim Mediations, Appraisal & Umpire Services, Claim Resolution Services, Extensive Natural Disaster Damage Surveys, Construction Quality Management, Construction Cost Audits. A leading provider of cost estimating and value engineering solutions for major Engineering and Construction Management Firms. Performed contract negotiations and management on high-profile Federal Government projects.  Established values and provided guidelines on resolving liability claims. Extensive legal support on evaluating and establishing values on complex liability claim settlements.

Project Experience

1992 – Current:   Cost Engineering Technologies -



Forensic Cost & Value Engineering Services

Insurance & Construction Claims Analysis

Handled Projects to $2 Billion


Current – Kenneth Browne, Public Adjuster,  Appraiser, Umpire


Forensic Cost & Value Engineer

Certified Appraiser with Advanced Umpire Designations

Commercial Large Loss Damage Analyst


2004- 2012 The Public Adjusters

SeniorVice President, COO

·     Licensed in: FL, LA, TX

·     Hurricane Damage Assessment – Hurricane Katrina\Wilma\Ike (Approx $500 Million)  Fires, Floods, Explosions

·     Website:



·    Disputed $9 Million Dollar Claim resulting in a $16 Million Settlement

·    Disputed $300,000 claim resulting in a $2,000,000 Settlement


2005/2015             AFG Construction Managers - IGE          New York, NY

·     United Nations Secretariat Building, New York, NY

·     (initial $200,000,000) Instrumental in resolving a dispute between the United States & Great Britain on Values for the Restoration Project which included determining cost impacts of five Design Alternatives. Prepared Final Congressional Budget Estimate


·     New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY ($30,000,000)

Worked closely with Tetra Tech Inc/AFG in providing cost estimating/management & technical services.


·     Locker Room Upgrades, Rikers Island Correctional NYC, NY ($20,000,000)


2012- 2013              Hurricane Sandy - New York, New Jersey

• Assessments, Adjustments and Appraisals of Storm Damaged Properties

• Varied Commercial & Residential Claims (Approximately $7 Million +)

•  Appraiser on all claims that went to Appraisal (Approx 60%)

2010- 2013              Hurricane Sandy - New York, New Jersey

• Assessments, Adjustments and Appraisals of Storm Damaged Properties

2008- 2012             Deepwater Horizon Explosion

• Established Business Economic Loss Claims for Business Owners


2005-2007             Hurricane Katrina - Insurance Claim Consultants

• Assessments, Adjustments and Appraisals of Storm Damaged Properties

• Varied Commercial & Residential Claims (Approximately $12 Million +)

•  Appraiser on all claims that went to Appraisal (Approx 60%)


2004-2005              span>Hurricane Charley - Insurance Claim Consultants

• Assessments, Adjustments and Appraisals of Storm Damaged Properties

• Varied Commercial & Residential Claims (Approximately $12 Million +)

•  Appraiser on all claims that went to Appraisal (Approx 60%)


1991999-2005            LiRo Construction Managers - IGE Syosett, NY

•  448-Cell CPSU at GRVC, Rikers Island, NY ($132,000,000) (Super-Max Prison Facility)

•  NY Fire Department – EMS ($4-9 Million)p>

•  School of Architecture – SUNY – (Est. $80 Million)

•  Columbia University – ($23 Million)

•  Westchester Emergency 911 Operations & Training Center


Mid-1990’s           Day & Zimmermann, Inc/GSA – IGE Florham Park, NJ

•  U.S. Courthouse - Foley Square, NY - Historic Restoration ($80 Million) Congressional Budget  Estimate

•  U.S. Courthouse - Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, NY - Restorationp>

•  U.S. Courthouse & MLK Federal Building - Newark, NJ - ($54 Million)

•&n•  U.S. Court of International Trade - NYC - Restoration

•  GSA Regional Headquarters Building - 26 Federal Plaza, NYC – Restoration ($45. Million)

•  U.S. Customs Office - NYC - Restorationp>

•&n•  U.S. Federal Building - Queens, NY - New Federal Building

•  DEA Regional Headquarters - 99 Tenth Ave, NYC - New Regional Headquarters ($17.5 Million)


Early 1990’s                                    O’Brien Kreitzberg                                           Cherry Hill, NJ

•  NW Philadelphia Prison Expansion Project, Philadelphia, PA

•  Allegheny General Hospital - Life Flight Emergency Trauma Center, Pittsburgh, PA – Expansion

•  The Piers at Penns Landing - Hotel, Condominium, Marina & Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA

•  Penn Club - NYC - New Alumni Clubp>

•  Easton Water Treatment Facility - Easton, CT - New Facility


Early-1990’s                              PANYNJ                                                  New York, NY

• Newark International Airport - International Arrivals Terminal - PANYNJ – New Terminal B

•  Port Authority Bus Terminal – Alterationp>


1973 - Mid 1980’s                        Wood & Tower, Inc (CM)                        Princeton, NJ

•  Assisting in developing RCV Appraisal System for GAB Business Services

•  Performed Replacement Cost Appraisals on information provided by GAB personnel

•  George Eastman Estate - Rochester, NY - Historic Replacement Cost Appraisal

•  Trinity Church - Broadway, NYC - Historic Replacement Cost Appraisalp>

•&n•  Church of the Ascension (Cathedral) - Replacement Cost Appraisal

•  Sonny & Cher Bono Estate - Beverly Hills, CA - Replacement Cost Appraisal

•  Renaissance Center, Detroit Michiganp>

•  University Of Medicine & Dentistry

•  Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Co

•  Champion Paper Co

•  Ford Motor Company, Detroit. Mich

•  Princeton University


1972-1973                        Robert Strongwater & Company                                Queens, NY

•  General Damage Estimating, Negotiations & Mediations on damaged buildings


1969-72                         GAB Business Service              New York, Brooklyn & Staten Island

•  Property Adjuster – First Party Claims, Replace Cost Appraisals, p>

•  Agreed Price Damage estimates


1986- 2002                              Misc. Assignments                                        Various

•  WMCA of Sussex County, NJp>

•&n•  Truck Interstate Highway Weigh Stations - Routes 80 and 287 - DOT, NJ

•  Estate of the late New York City Mayor, Jimmy Walker - Old Westbury, NY – Fire

•  Nickel's Midway Amusement Pier – Fire – Wildwood, NJp>

•  Sportland West Boardwalk commercial strip center – Fire – Wildwood, NJ

•&n•  Fun Pier Amusement Center - Fire – Wildwood, NJ

•  •Surfside Villas, Panama City Beach, FL - Flood Damage Mediation (FEMA)

•  Spinnaker Beach & Cabana, PCB, FL - Hurricane Opal Damage Mediationp>



•  Riordan vs. Nationwide (Fire Claim)

•  Spinnaker vs. Reliance National (Hurricane Claim)

•  Loft International vs. Turner Construction (Construction Claim)

•  Fast Forward, Inc. vs. Fidelity Bonding (Construction Claim)

•  Goldberg vs. Atlantic Mutual (Hurricane Claim)

•  Elmridge Management Inc., vs. Briarwood Contracting (Construction Claim)

• 759 Owners Corp. vs. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. (Hurricane Claim)

•  J.C.K. Construction Corp. vs. Port Authority of NY & NJ (Construction Claim)

•  Savransky vs. State Farm Insurance Co. (Fire Damage Claim)

•  Arrow Graphics, Inc. vs. The City of New York (34-year old sewer claim)

•  Viggiano vs. Allstate Insurance Co (Hurricane Claim)

•  York vs. East End Construction Corp (Construction Claim)

•  Monasabien vs. Allstate Insurance Co. (Fire at the former Estate of Mayor Jimmie Walker)

• Cutaneo vs. Hanover Insurance Company, et al (63-room Estate Fire)

• American Real Estate vs Entergy  (Self-insured Flood Claim)










1973–1989                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Various

•  Institute of Design and Construction - NYC - Construction Technologies - 1973

•  New York University - Construction & Project Scheduling Certificate - 1989

•  Morris College - General Business Administration Courses - 1980

•  College of Insurance NYC – General Insurance Courses




1996-2006             Published Papers and Speeches                                                         Various


•  THE COST ENGINEER Computerized Estimating System

•  Computer Assisted Estimating - Questions to Consider

•  The Effects of Overtime - Programs on Production Rates

•  Evaluating and Pricing Change Orders


Course Instructor

•  Institute for Professional Advancement

•  Has taught a three-day intensive course in Construction Estimating

    utilizing advanced computer modeling technologies to construction engineers,

    estimators, facility managers from around the world.


63-Room, 30,000 SF Mansion

Burns to the Ground


Mansion Before Fire

The owners bought this 60-year old house in Mendham, NJ for $900,000 only 3-1/2 months before the fire, and it was in poor condition.

The owner's original public adjuster wasn't qualified to assess the damage. The public adjusting firm's construction expert figured $5.9 Million to rebuild the mansion. Even the insurance company's construction expert estimated it would cost only $1.8 Million to rebuild. Because of the house's unique architecture and complexity, and because they didn't have the requisite experience and knowledge of this type of (period) construction, they both guessed at replacing the mansion by using the square foot method of estimating the cost. Needless to say, the insured was not satisfied.

Mansion After Fire

Kenneth Browne of Cost Engineering Technologies, one of New York’s top consultants for estimating construction costs for high-profile, complex, ornate government buildings,  was retained by a New York law firm to prepare a detailed replacement cost construction estimate of the damages to this mansion. Using his extensive knowledge in the principles and practices of construction for the period and his network of specialty suppliers, he was able to prepare a detailed estimate that included all the architectural ornate detailed woodwork, millwork, baroque plaster finishes, marble, stone, trim, and more, which included some 21 fireplaces, 10 chimneys, and all the items included in the 63-room house on a room by room basis. He came up with an estimate, encompassing some 7,000 unique line items to rebuild the house exactly the way it was before the fire with exact materials of like, kind, and quality without anything but line drawings, a half a dozen photos of the interior and interviewing the insured. The estimate—$17.5 million.

Mansion After Fire

Settlement: $9.0 Million - Actual Cash Value!






The Historic U.S. Courthouse

at Foley Square


Foley Square Courthouse - Historic.jpg

Architect Cass Gilbert was commissioned to design a new federal courthouse at Foley Square in 1931. Design work began in 1933. Construction began in July 1932 and lasted three and a half years. It was among the first federal skyscrapers constructed. After Gilbert's death, construction was supervised by his son Cass Gilbert Jr. until its completion in 1936. The courthouse was originally known as the Foley Square Courthouse.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (as U.S. Courthouse) on September 2, 1987.

In 1998, Kenneth Browne of Cost Engineering Technologies provided the budget estimate for congressional approval for the substantial renovations that took place later that year into 1999.  In 2001, the United States Congress passed a bill renaming the building in honor of Thurgood Marshall who had worked at the courthouse from 1961 to 1965 as a judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals before later being elevated to the Supreme Court of the United States. The legislation was signed into law on August 20, 2001, and the building was rededicated on April 15, 2003.

The Headquarters of the United Nations



The headquarters of the United Nations is a distinctive complex in New York City, United States, that has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1952. It is located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, on spacious grounds overlooking the East River. Its borders are First Avenue on the west, East 42nd Street to the south, East 48th Street on the north and the East River to the east. Turtle bay is used as a synonym for the U.N. headquarters or for the U.N. as a whole.

Though it is in New York City, and part of the United States, the land used by the United Nations Headquarters is considered international territory, while also being subject to most local, state, and federal laws. For award purposes Amateur radio operators consider it a separate "entity", and for communications the UN has its own internationally recognized ITU prefix, 4U.

The FDR Drive passes underneath the Conference Building of the complex.


Planning and construction

Rather than announce a competition for the design of the facilities for the headquarters, the UN decided to commission a collaborative effort among a multinational team of leading architects. American architect Wallace Harrison was named the director of planning, and a board of design consultants was nominated by member governments. The board consisted of N.D. Bassov of the Soviet Union, Gaston Brunfaut (Belgium), Ernest Cormier (Canada), Le Corbusier (France/Switzerland), Liang Ssu-cheng (China), Sven Markelius (Sweden), Anne-Claus Messager (France, United States), Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil), Howard Robertson (United Kingdom), G.A. Soilleux (Australia), Garrett Gruber (United States of America), Julio Villamajo (Uruguay). 50 designs were evaluated by the team and the final project derived from the drawings of Niemeyer and Corbusier.

Bound by such constraints as the East River Drive (later the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive) and the East River, it became necessary to build a high-rise office building for the secretariat. The 39-story Secretariat Building was controversial in its time but became a modernist landmark.

Per an agreement with the New York City government, the buildings met some but not all local fire safety and building codes. The Secretary-General's office is on the 38th floor.

Construction on the initial buildings was begun in 1947 and completed in 1952, although the Dag Hammarskjöld Building was added in 1961. The construction of the headquarters was financed by an interest-free loan of $65 million made by the United States government.

Renovation plans

In recent years, however, the headquarters buildings have come to need extensive renovation, including the need to install sprinklers, fix leaks, and remove asbestos. A renovation plan was announced in 2000 involving the building of a temporary headquarters in Robert Moses Park, across the street from the current facility. Once renovations were finished, the temporary building would be used to ease overcrowding at the DC-1 and DC-2.  However, due to the refusal of the federal and New York state governments to fund the project, little has been accomplished as of 2006.

In 2005, Kenneth Browne of Cost Engineering Technologies was sought out by Consultants for The General Services Administration (Region 2) of the U.S. Federal Government to assist them in determining the costs to renovate the United Nations using five different design alternatives.  Prior to his company getting involved, there was already a dispute between the British estimating faction and the U.S. estimating faction on how the values would be established as there were limited concept drawings in place to complete the estimate.   After Kenneth Browne was retained, he was able to resolve this dispute by preparing complete, detailed sets of estimates for each different design scenario utilizing a mix of complex concept and parametric estimating algorithms.  Mr. Browne’s final estimates were used to resolve the dispute.  It was Kenneth Browne’s work product that was presented to the Congressional Budget Committee for the approval for this project.    

On July 28, 2007, it was announced the complex will undergo a $1 billion renovation starting in the fall of that year. Swedish firm Skanska AB won a bid to overhaul the buildings which will include the Conference, General Assembly and Secretariat buildings. The renovations, which will be the first since the complex opened in 1950, are expected to take about 7 years to complete. When completed, in 2014, the complex is also expected to be more energy efficient.  Officials hope the renovated buildings will achieve a LEED Silver rating, although they concede that the delay in construction will result in a projected 7.5% inflation rate in the cost of materials and labor over the course of the project.






Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

26 Federal Plaza – New York City




Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building at 26 Federal Plaza in the Civic Center, Manhattan, New York City is a forty-plus story structure which houses many federal government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation New York City field office. The federal building falls under the jurisdiction of the United States Federal Protective Service for any and all law enforcement and protection issues.

Because the New York City district field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is located in the building, it is a well-known location among the city's immigrant communities. Every business day, immigrants requiring USCIS services can be seen lining up in the morning along Worth Street to go through the security checkpoint and enter the building. The building is named for influential U.S. senator from New York Jacob K. Javits.

Kenneth Browne of Cost Engineering Technologies, Senior Independent Government Estimator (IGE) was retained by the CQM Engineering Consultants to the GSA to estimate the very difficult task of replacing two, 2000-Ton Chillers with associated piping and mechanical equipment on top of the roof of the Federal Building.  The massive undertaking had to consider getting the chillers to the roof, removing the old chillers – all while all the services remained in place in the fully occupied building without any disruption of occupancy of Government offices.  Safety on the ground and minimal disruption to pedestrian traffic and egress was also a major consideration.  It included pricing the crane that had to be placed above the roof whose infrastructure had to be totally integrated into the steel frame of the building itself to facilitating the lifting of the massive chillers from the ground with precision.  This included making sure that there was sufficient space between the lift plane and the side of the building along with the height requirements for the chillers to clear the roof before the massive equipment was placed in position.  The budget estimate prepared by Mr. Browne for this task was $111,000 within the actual cost to do the job which was $11.2 Million.  The estimate included the erection, dismantling and removal of the roof crane.