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Projects of all sizes are approached with creative thinking, leading to the best possible solution consistent with the economics, construction techniques, and aesthetic qualities desired. Our goal is to build a lasting relationship with our valuable clients; we thrive on achieving excellence in our performance.

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July 20, 2016

 
I am on the board of a commercial condo association and have worked extensively over the last several years with Fadi Debbas of ABC Consulting, Inc. on a variety of repairs and renovations. Most recently in the summer of 2015 when we pursued having our parking lot repaved.

One would assume getting a quote for repaving a parking lot would be simple, but we soon found out that the each of the vendors had their own idea of what was needed. The result of which was quotes that not only varied significantly in the scope of the project but also in the cost. I quickly called Fadi to see how he would be able to assist us. As in the past, he stepped right in and put together a process that allowed him to talk directly with the different vendors so that each of the quotes were based on the same scope of work. In addition, the scope was based on what was needed for our parking lot and not what the vendor wanted to “sell” us.

The biggest benefit that we received in working with Fadi is that with his extensive knowledge in construction and experience in working with various vendors, our board and property manager were relieved of the responsibility both of the time commitment in navigating a process none of us had experience in and trying to determine a reputable vendor that would follow through on the scope of work. Once the quotes were in Fadi attended our board meeting and presented his findings and recommendations in an easy to understand format that greatly simplified our decision making. Once we decided on which vendor we were going to us, Fadi was able to provide someone on site during the repaving process to make sure the vendor did what they were supposed to do.

All of the owners at the condo association are busy with the running of their respective businesses, having Fadi oversee this project was a huge relief to us and in the end we got the parking lot we both wanted and needed. In addition to the parking lot, Fadi has directly assisted us in multiple repair and improvement projects over the years, ranging from the strengthening our weather beaten walkway structure, coming up with inventive ways to reduce the amount of rust accumulating on our stairs and railings, resolving water damage caused by inadequate construction, overhaul of our elevator, and several other areas.

Fadi always finds a way to get the job done by competent vendors in the most cost effective manner. Fadi is the consummate professional; he is responsive, friendly, a great communicator, holds the vendors accountable, and is our advocate. Our facility has been significantly improved, actually transformed, in its appearance because of Fadi. Anytime we have an issue, he provides the solution.

If you are considering hiring ABC Consulting, Inc. and want to discuss my experience further, I will be willing to do so.

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Cook
(Daniel S. Cook, CPA, CFP)
Cook Financial Designs, Inc.

December 29 2014

Dear Marybeth and Fadi,

In the spring of 2014, Maggie and I contacted you with regard to renovations and an addition to our home here in Norfolk. Your “hands-on” approach was evident from the very beginning and we benefitted from that approach throughout the project.

Your role as construction manager both saved us money and guaranteed us a better product out of the subcontractors. Maggie and I cannot thank both of you enough for all of the time, effort, and care that you gave to our small project.

To anyone considering hiring your company in the future, they should expect top quality work. No corners were cut, no subcontractors were allowed to slide or get away with less than perfect. Multiple daily visits to the worksite by Fadi, detailed cost sheets and records by Marybeth, staying in constant contact with the architect, and on-site staffing by Robert showed a level of professionalism and quality that only ABC was able to provide.

We cannot thank you enough, We have, and will continue to, recommend you to our closest friends and family.

Sincerely,
Martin A. Thomas
(Martin A. Thomas, Jr.)

June 29 2012

Dear Fadi,

Thank you for everything! The new addition is beautiful and is so functional. The space was needed and it looks like it’s always been there–wonderful. Enjoy the summer and the time with your family and bon voyage a Lebanon shukran!!!

Sincerely,
Joe
(Father Joe)
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

April 23, 2012

Dear Fadi,

I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the professionalism and knowledge that ABC Consulting brings to a worksite. I have worked with ABC both as President of Hidden Shores Condo Association and on a personal basis, using your firm to oversee major repairs to the condos within the property and my unit. These experiences have been nothing but positive.

In May of 2010 was the first time I used your firm to evaluate the condition of flooring in my condo that was subjected to extensive flooding. Despite having to put up with my busy travel schedule and coordinating most everything by phone, your evaluation of the damage and negotiations with my insurance company, led them to authorize a complete replacement, rather than their “it doesn’t need to be replaced” position. You also put me in touch with a reputable contractor with the experience needed, assisted with the contractual aspects, and oversaw what turned out to be a Grade A project.

More recently, this April, I used your firm to review a proposal and contract for a local contractor to replace my decks, which was to include “making right” what a previous contractor was doing wrong. The technical oversight provided by ABC ensured the project was done in accordance with good construction practices. I was kept informed of issues when they arose and continuously provided schedule updates. Under the watchful eye of ABC staff, I am confident no shortcuts were taken and everything has been completed as it should be.

As I’ve learned first-hand, there are many companies in the construction business who call themselves professionals who are anything but. I can honestly say that ABC Consulting lives up to its commitment of “Achieving Excellence in Every Task.” I would not hesitate to recommend you and your firm. Please feel free to use me as a reference at any time. It has been a pleasure working with ABC.

Sincerely,
Kim M. Massey
(Ms. Kim M. Massey)

March 1, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to recommend the professional services of ABC Consulting, Inc. and Power Catch, Inc. owned by Fadi E. Debbas. Mr. Debbas and his associate, Toby Wagner, proposed upgrading the fluorescent lighting in our public accounting firm office.

Although I was skeptical at first, I agreed to have them install one of the retro fit kits in our conference room at no charge. There was a remarkable difference between the new lighting in our conference room and the old existing lighting throughout our offices. I was very pleased with the new lighting they installed throughout out offices. Additionally, as accountant, we were impressed with the 60% energy savings we would recoup within two years after installation. In the accounting profession, not only is it important we have good lighting for detail work, but it was important the installation work be performed to minimize distractions, since time is money.

Both Mr. Debbas and Mr. Wagner were willing to accommodate our schedules and even came in on weekends to minimize distractions to our firm associates. Everything they promised us regarding price, quality and timeliness was performed to our satisfaction. There were not surprises that were encountered, which is very unusual in construction related work. Every time they said the work would be performed, they met their commitment and were most professional in all our dealings with them. In addition to the immediate benefits of increased lighting output and cost savings, we look forward to the tax reduction of the energy credits we will be applying for.

We will certainly use ABC Consulting, Inc. and Fadi Debbas’ services again if the need arises. Their professional, efficient engineering skills and attention to detail are something we, as accountants, certainly admire. We trust their judgment and the workmanship they represent. In the event you would like to discuss anything regarding the services mentioned, I would be glad to talk to with you.

Very truly yours,
James V. Strickland
(James V. Strickland, Jr., CPA)
Strickland & Jones, P.C.,

January 10, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to recommend the professional engineering services of ABC Consulting, Inc. Services and Mr. Fadi Debbas, P.E. I am a Community Association Manager and two of the communities I manage recently employed Mr. Debbas for structural engineering purposes.

The first occasion was due to Chinese Drywall being suspected and confirmed to be in existence in a community clubhouse. Neither the Board of Directors nor I had any experience with Chinese Drywall and Mr. Debbas was found to be very knowledgeable and experienced with the latest discoveries regarding the defective product and the court approved procedures for its remediation. Mr. Debbas attended several meetings of the Board of Directors for this community and was able to answer all questions from the Board and Owners alike. Mr. Debbas provided a complete set of specifications for the remediation and continues to follow the community’s progress.

The second occasion that I was able to work with Mr. Debbas was with a condominium association in very poor structural condition. This community has aged and become outdated according to current building codes. Mr. Debbas was hired to write the specifications needed to begin reconstruction of the buildings’ envelope systems. Again, Mr. Debbas and his team attended several Board Meetings to answer questions directly from Board Members and Owners. He was also constantly available by phone and email to answer the unexpected questions that inevitably arise on construction projects.

I will use ABC Consulting, Inc. and Fadi Debbas’ services again if the need arises. His professional and efficient engineering skills enabled me to complete my job to the best of my ability.

Sincerely,
Sara K. Kight
(Sara K. Kight, CMCA, AMS), Association Manager
The Select Group, Inc.

September 27, 2010

Dear Fadi:

Thank you and your staff for providing both structural engineering and construction management for this addition to the Social Hall, Kitchen and Classroom wing at Blessed Sacrament. You provided excellent guidance at the progress meetings with Father Joseph Metzger and the building committee members. Your drawings and details were well coordinated with our architectural documents and you managed the construction process with numerous contractors and city inspectors so the job ran smoothly. The addition came in 12% under budget and 5 weeks ahead of schedule. Knowing the busy schedule of church activities and the importance of this Social Hall to all the activities of the congregation, the early delivery was a pleasant surprise.

I have been involved in numerous church construction projects over my career. This was one of the smoothest processes and one of the best finished products I have seen.

I have received a letter of appreciation from Father Joe and I add my congratulations to you and your company for a job well done.

Sincerely,
C. Michael Henry
(C. Michael Henry, Sr. AIA), President
Michael Henry
(Michael Henry Architect, PC)

September 17, 2010

Dear Fadi,

I write this to express my sincere gratitude for your excellent work and dedication on our parish’s building project.

The Construction Management philosophy has proven to be an excellent method of a cost-saving and engineering system. Moreover, I was well pleased with the attention paid to the project in general and to details in specific. We were certainly blessed to have had Alonzo Barnes as our project supervisor. He was always present and his expertise is unrivaled.

Although I have nothing but positive things to say, the truest and most objective perspective comes from our parishioners. The over 2, 200 people who attend Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church are thrilled with the beauty, quality and functionality of the building.

Sincerely,
Fr. Joseph H. Metzger
(Fr. Joseph H. Metzger III)
Pastor

September 8, 2010

Re: Fadi E Debbas

To whom it may concern:

This is to inform you that I have known Fadi Debbas PE, president of ABC Consulting Inc. for the last eight years in several capacities – as an engineer, consultant and bank customer. I initially met Fadi when I was a board member of St. Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk and he was serving as the engineer (program manager) during the construction of the school. Located on 17 acres on the west side of the city, the construction cost of the school was approximately $18,000,000, and the engineering was handled in a professional, competitively-priced, comprehensive manner, with Fadi providing the best possible service during the 14 months of the school construction. He subsequently assisted my daughter with some complicated engineering work when she purchased a 100+ year old house in Ghent, in addition he provided excellent suggestions regarding methods of making my personal house more storm-resistant when it was being constructed two years ago in East Beach.

Fadi has also been a strong bank customer of mine for the last five years, initially at Bank of the Commonwealth and currently at Monarch Bank. In all of my dealings I have found him to be extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. He is creative in his approach to business, always responsive and follows through until completion. I hold him in the highest esteem and would recommend him to anyone requiring first-class engineering service.

In the event you would like to discuss the above in more detail, please call me at (757) 965-4635.

Sincerely,
Donald F. Price
(Donald F. Price)
Norfolk President, Monarch Bank

August 3, 2010

Dear Fadi:

Thank you for constructing our porch and pergola. You have made me a believer in construction management; at least as you practice it.

We are particularly pleased with the first rate quality of the work and the final price, which was under the initial estimate. I attribute both benefits to your supervision and your good eye for details. You noticed many things that I would not have seen and corrected them quickly.

I would be delighted to act as a reference for you in the future.

Sincerely,
Anne B. Shumadine
(Anne B. Shumadine)

October 14, 2009

ABC Consulting, Inc.

Dear Mr. Fadi Debbas,

We would like to commend you for the overall outstanding job you did in providing expertise in the construction of New Season Clinical Services. We would especially like to thank you for all recommendations made that enhanced the overall appearance of the facility. The finished project reflects your integrity and dedication to detail. You provided us with a turn-key product that surpassed our expectations. With every visit made by the owners we were impressed with the high quality work being performed. We have received numerous compliments from all who visited the facility. You are a consummate professional and an asset to this region.

Thank you again and we are very pleased with our building.

Sincerely,
Preston and Delores Thomas
(Preston and Delores Thomas)
New Season Clinical Services, LLC

June 22, 2009

Dear Fadi:

I would like to thank you for your help with our Freeman Avenue Office Warehouse, RV and Boat Storage facility. You have done a wonderful job. I have enjoyed our working relationship over the past ten years, first me as a subcontractor to you, back then I was very impressed not only with your knowledge of my trade but your knowledge and professionalism of all other trades and I have always thought you were the best organized individual I have ever met in the construction/development industry. While being a licensed General Contractor myself, I felt we could save time and money by having you assist us with this project. I was right, we have achieved both!

I would not hesitate to recommend ABC Consulting, Inc. to anyone and should have the need for this type of service on any future projects; I will be calling ABC Consulting, Inc. for a job I know will be well done.

Sincerely,
Jesse W. Martin
(Jesse W. Martin)
Managing Member

September 3, 2008

To Whom It May Concern:

We engaged Fadi Debbas, P.E. of ABC Consulting Inc. in June 2007. He entered a very difficult contract dispute with our chosen general contractor for the development of a residential subdivision in Chesapeake. We signed a fixed price contract to clear the site and import over 35,000 cubic yards of select fill to raise the grade of the overall site. Once we were notified that the contract was complete for Phase 1 of the project, we received a bill for more than double the contract amount. This caused us great concern and we did not know how to handle this large discrepancy.

Mr. Debbas negotiated through all the red tape over a series of meetings. The outcome was a final bill of just over $100,000.00 in lieu of the $494,000.00 requested in change order extras by the contractor. The final change order of $100,000.00 was to pay for legitimate additional cut and fill actually delivered and installed on the project. I am convinced that had it not been for Mr. Debbas’s tenacious devotion to settling this huge variance we may had ended up in a lawsuit with the contractor. Once the contract differences were settled, we asked Mr. Debbas to continue with construction management until the project was completed.

The final development took approximately 8 additional months. Each month the contractor submitted progress payments. Mr. Debbas would carefully examine every billing detail against progress in the field. He would not let one charge slip past his review.

By the second or third billing cycle, the contractor asked permission to submit bills and scrutinized their charges to keep Mr. Debbas from calling to reprimand them or deny a request. The project was completed within the budget and was managed with great precision.

We are grateful to have ABC Consulting Inc. on our team and for Mr. Debbas’s contribution and expertise in managing the project. We are continuing to use him on other projects and would highly recommend his services.

Sincerely,
Troy A. Brinkley
(Troy A. Brinkley)
Landfall Development Group, LLC., Manager

November 11, 2008

Dear Mr. Debbas:

Since 1905, The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command has been committed to serving the disadvantaged of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Much has changed since then, but our determination to reach out our hands and open our hearts to those in need has not.

We would like to thank you for your donation of $11,900.00 for construction management services for our H.O.P.E. Village program. The Salvation Army serves those in need, and with your contribution, women and children in our community will be helped through this transitional program.

May God richly bless you for your support of The Salvation Army’s H.O.P.E. Program; because of your heart felt compassion we can continue to help others. Thank you again for your continued support.

God Bless You!
Lewis R. Reckline
(Lewis R. Reckline, Captain)
The Salvation Army, Tidewater Area Commander

June 30, 2008

To whom it may concern,

I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Mr. Fadi Debbas in regards to the superior work that he did for us in the field of construction management. Mr. Debbas executed a large parking lot upgrade at our facility in Chesapeake, Virginia. He and his staff handled the project through every phase of design and construction while allowing us to be intimately involved in the decision making process. Working with Mr. Debbas was not only a learning experience for me, but also gave me the piece of mind that we received the highest quality product at the absolute best price. Our project, including his fees, came in 13% under budget and was completed on time.

I highly recommend Mr. Debbas’ services to anyone who is undertaking any type of construction project.

Sincerely,
Dale F. Farino
Dale F. Farino
Associated Distributors, Vice President-Chief Financial Officer

January 24, 2007

To Whome It May Concern:

I am pleased to provide a very favorable reference for Fadi Debbas and his construction-management talents. In embarking upon our $15 million construction project, consisting of six building and extensive grounds, we chose to employ Mr. Debbas’ firm (Abiouness, Cross & Bradshaw, Inc.) as the owner’s representative to protect our interest. As the individual in charge of ACB’s construction management division, Mr. Debbas was our primary point of contact during the construction process. He was also very instrumental in assisting the firm’s president, Al Abiouness, in the negotiation of a favorable construction contract with the general contractor.

Mr. Debbas performed in a most competent and professional manner throughout the engagement. We were able to rely upon him for conscientious supervision of the construction process from the owner’s point of view. At various points, he was able to save the School significant monies due to his intimate knowledge of the construction process and the pitfalls to be avoided. He was a fair but firm negotiator on behalf to the School with respect to requested change orders and any number of other important issues that arose during the approximately 18-orders constituting only about 3% of the total construction cost, a good result that we attributed in large part to the quality of our design and construction team, including Mr. Debbas and his employer.

I am most pleased to provide this endorsement of Mr. Debbas’ professionalism and skills in furnishing construction-management services.

Very truly yours,
Charles V. McPhillips
(Charles V. McPhillips)
St. Patrick Catholic School, Chairman & Director

February 5, 2003

Dear Abiouness, Cross and Bradshaw,

I write this to express my sincere gratitude for your excellent work and dedication on our parish’s building and renovation project.

The Construction Management philosophy was new to me and, now having utilized this, has proven to be an excellent method of a cost-saving and engineering system. Moreover, I was well pleased with the attention paid to the project in general and to details in specific. We were certainly blessed to have had Martin Slater as our project supervisor and Fadi Debbas as our point man for all contracts and fees. They were always present and their expertise is unrivaled.

Although I have nothing but positive things to say, the truest and most objective perspective comes from our parishioners. The over 900 people who attend Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church are thrilled with the building – its beauty, quality, and functionality.

Thank you for having been a part of our community.

Sincerely,
Fr. Joseph H. Metzger
(Fr. Joseph H. Metzger III)
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Pastor

January 31, 2003

Dear Al,

I want to thank you and your experienced staff for the outstanding job performance on our building project at St. John the Apostle. Our Parish Center was an ambitious project covering over 48,000 square feet of space. I often spoke about the million decisions that had to be made during construction. This would have been a daunting task had it not been for both Fadi Debbas and Alonzo Barnes from your office. They guided me through the rigors of this project. They gave me the time I needed to be both a Pastor to this Parish with 1,600 households and be the general contractor for the project. Their leadership and professionalism was evident in their attention to detail and the job performance of many sub-contractors. They allowed me to accept this building to the acclaim of our parishioners and our many visitors.

I know firsthand the advantages of using a construction manager. I recently served on another building committee where a decision was made to hire a general contractor for the project. The low bidder was given the task of construction. The project came in 14% over budget and seven months late. Our project came in at significantly less than the architect’s estimate and was accepted on schedule. You have accomplished what few others ever will: you have found a combination of experts to make a construction project manageable.

May God continue to reward your efforts. Your firm is certainly a first class operation.

Sincerely,
Rev. Dwight E. Shrader
(Rev. Dwight E. Shrader)
Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church, Pastor

February 23, 1996

Dear Fadi:

As we come to a close on the Granby Municipal Building, I want to let you know that I have enjoyed our working relationship on a weekly basis over the past year. Your professional experience has guided this project to a very good conclusion.

I think both the interior and exterior of the building represents a very well thought out and planned facility for the City of Norfolk and I truly appreciate your eye for detail in the completion of the exterior.

We have enjoyed having you as a part of our City work team to bring this project to completion and we have truly enjoyed creating a personal friendship with you.

This is one project I am sure you will be proud to say “it is complete”. Thanks.

Sincerely,
Shurl R. Montgomery
(Shurl R. Montgomery)
City of Norfolk, Assistant City Manager

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