About Us

Services Offered

Expert Construction Witness Services, a division of Innovative Builders, Inc. a company owned and operated by Steven M. Rich, provides the following services to clients and counsel, including:

Consultations, on site or in office

Inspection Services, specific area or whole project

Photographic Documentation

Opinion Letters

Project Information, historical, permits and inspections

Contractor Verifications, licensing status, complaints

Reports, condition and resulting damages

Scope of Repairs

Job Costs and estimating

Project Management

Expert Industry Testimony

Knowledge and Experience

Experience in all facets of Residential and Light commercial Construction: Whether your client has suffered damages due to construction defects or due to unwarranted accusations of improper installations, Steven can be an asset to your client and legal team.

Steven Rich has worked with both Plaintiffs and Defendants as an        

Expert Witness in controversies arising from construction defects and resulting issues as well as verification that possible defects do or don't comply with applicable manufacturer's guidelines and building code standards. His 40 years of hands-on construction experience affords him the knowledge and expertise necessary to identify the cause (s) of damage resulting from errors in the application of materials and or the materials themselves. As a Building Inspector he is able to verify whether the installation was completed correctly, in accordance with the current building codes and consistent with the manufacturer's specifications and warranty requirements. He has the ability to clearly communicate the facts as related to the project and the requests of legal council. Working with attorney's and their clients, he has provided research, information and testimony, written and oral, as necessary to bolster their cases with many positive outcomes.

History and Evolution

Expert Construction Witness services and Innovative Builders, Inc. has evolved from a sole proprietor, general construction business, originally named Commencement Bay Construction Co. in Tacoma, WA.                      

Innovative Builders, Inc. has a long and stellar history of residential and light commercial projects beginning back in 1980. After nearly four decades, the owner Steven M. Rich, decided it was time to hang up the tools and change the direction of his business. Still passionate about the industry to which he had devoted his working life, he has identified an opportunity that can be profitable to his clients and where his knowledge of the industry is beneficial as well. With the growing need within the legal community for expert witnesses, specifically a construction expert, the decision was made to become an Expert Witness within the area. Steven brings more than just decades of hands-on experience to this arena. He has pursued educational opportunities afforded through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); he has obtained certifications as a Graduate Builder, Green Professional and Aging in Place Specialist, and attained his teaching certification to become an Instructor. He has attended several NBI classes in order to maintain his continuing education credits. To further his professional development, Steven has sought formal education through the International Code Council (ICC), a national organization that certifies inspectors in all construction related disciplines for municipalities. After a great deal of study and advanced schooling, he received his ICC Certification as a B-1 Residential Building Inspector, not to be confused as a "real estate home inspector". He attended the Residential Inspection Institute and is Certified in Building, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Inspection services consistent with the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), the current building code as adopted by the majority of municipalities. 

CV available upon request

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Mission Statement

It is our mission to provide accurate information based on experience, education and comprehensive investigation, delivered clearly through written reports and expert testimony. 

Expert Construction Witness Services by I.B.I.

P.O.Box 261 Fox Island, WA 98333

(253) 606-9549