About BLH,INC.
Barry Houseal's CV


Over 40 years of experience in the construction industry, 15 years of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer of a construction company that achieved a “TOP 200” ranking in the Engineering News-Record’s “TOP 400.” Extensive experience in construction management, civil and structural engineering design (Engineer of Record in excess of 1000 projects), estimating, scheduling, claims analysis, forensic investigations, contract administration and design/build projects with extreme concentration in high-rise structural formwork, concrete and value engineering techniques.

Involved in the design and construction of numerous types of major projects including the third and fifth tallest buildings in the world (Standard Oil and Hancock in Chicago) and the largest hotel in the world at the time (MGM Grand in Las Vegas). Other projects include water treatment facilities, hotels, motels, office buildings, casinos, airport terminals, shopping centers, schools, industrial warehouses, apartments, custom log residences (13,700 SF “Stonebridge” in Telluride, CO) and commercial log and timber framed structures (Grand California Hotel for Disney in Anaheim and Bridge spanning I-80 in Kearney, NE featured in movie “About Schmidt” w/Jack Nicholson). Granted patents (USA #6,266,934, #6,543,193 & Canada #2,304,344) related to non-settling techniques to compensate for log structure shrinkage. He appeared as construction and structural expert witness to both plaintiffs and defendants in construction claims and construction defect cases exceeding $1 Billion. He’s acted as an independent fact finder and additionally as the mediator on a large complex $80 million structural steel project.

Drawing from his construction experience, he has also conducted numerous seminars on construction techniques and reinforced concrete design to Financial Institutions, City Building Departments, Developers, Architectural Firms, General Contractors, Structural Engineering Societies, International Conference of Concrete Forming Techniques, the World of Concrete and Officials of the Federal Republic of Germany. He also appears annually as a guest lecturer on structural systems, construction means and methods and estimating at the Graduate Program in Real Estate Development, School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Southern California. Additionally, he has conducted earthquake/seismic seminars to insurance company adjusters.

He was involved in the initial and continued development and use of a new innovative high-rise concrete forming technique known as “tunnel forms”, whereby the walls and slabs of a typical hotel or apartment room are formed, poured and stripped monolithically. The patented unique features of the system allow the user an approximate 20% - 40% savings in both time and money over all other conventional systems. He has published and produced technical films and structural details on the utilization of the system.

He performed seismic assessment and damage surveys for 82 structures following the 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco earthquake, the 1991 Sierra Madre, CA earthquake, the 1994 Northridge, CA earthquake and the structural assessment of 13 structures of wind damage caused by Miami’s 1992 Hurricane Andrew.