The Hiring of Hillman Construction for Aquarius 40 Year Re-Certification


The Hiring of Hillman Construction


Mr. Mark Farber called me  and asked to post reviews of Hillman Construction on the blog. He had submitted this content a few days ago. It was posted when submitted. The comment can be seen HERE  and bellow this brief introduction.  It is not a good practice to double post the same material. An exception is going to be made to Mr. Farber at this time. The second post of Better Business Bureau and Angies List transcription are at the bottom of this post.

Before it would be good to present some facts and reviews that may not be fresh in the minds of many Aquarius residents.

In April and May of 2016 The Board of Directors organized  a couple of presentations with six engineering firms. The purpose was to select a reputable firm of engineering that would conduct the Broward County law mandated 40 year Re Certification exercise. The work of the to be selected firm would be: 1) Conduct  the evaluation of the areas of building in need of repair to pass the 40 Year Re Cert.  requirements, 2) Prepare cost estimates of these repairs, 3) Conduct a competitive process to select a General Contractor responsible for the execution of these repairs and 4) Supervise in technical terms and manage the project in managerial terms up to its conclusion a final full compliance with the law.

In April and May of 2016 six firms came to the Cascade Room and gave their presentations. The firms were:

  1. United Architects, Coral Gables
  2. M2E Consulting Engineers, Miami
  3. Swaysland Professional Engineering Consultants, Fort Lauderdale
  4. S & D Engineering and Construction, Margate
  5. Paramount Consulting and Engineering, Miami
  6. Hillman Engineering, Fort Lauderdale

After detailed examination the contract was awarded to Hillman Engineering. All candidates have excellent references, experience and positive qualities. The Board felt that Hillman Engineering was a best fit to Aquarius.

The contract was signed in June 2016 with the objective to start the construction work supervised by Hillman early 2017.

It is surprising that more than 3 months after the comprehensive work done some doubts emerge. Every week in the Construction Committee meetings there are presentations and discussion of the project. Budgetary estimates were presented in September. Every month, in the Board of Directors meetings, some aspects of the work have been aired. Both meetings are open to the owners and participation is encouraged.

It may be of value to mention that Hillman Engineering was instrumental in the dispute Aquarius had with the construction of the neighbor Trump Building. The result negotiation gave Aquarius a sizeable sum back in 2009.

Before reposting Mr. Farber findings on Hillman Engineering it is important to mention that the company clients are mostly business, commercial concerns and condominiums. Hillman has limited work with private clients. Most sites like Angie’s List, YP, Google, Home Advisor, Yellow Pages and others contemplate the experience homeowners have with vendors. They are, in general,  not Business-to-Business evaluation and review sites.

An interesting review on BuildZoom a site that caters Business-to-Business  firms like Hillman is worth mentioning. They give Hillman a score of 92 saying that Hillman is better than 68% of all firms pooled.

BuildZoom Scores

Hillman Construction Corp has a BuildZoom score of 92, which places them above 68% of 191,428 contractors in Florida.


And now re posting Mr. Faber correspondence


To President and V.President Board of Directors.


From Mark Farber, apt.1503N. 954-239-8369.

Yesterday ,October21, I received by emall  Contract w/Hillman Engrg for 40y ReCertification,which was singed by President of the BOD in June 2016.

Please post on website information about HILLMAN ENGINEERING INC  every resident of Aquarius must know.  This company have worked for Aquarius Association and because of bed experience with us company was fired by the BOD.

Please keep in mind the company has operated since 1996,but:



3.On A scale of a+ to f company HILLMAN ENGINEERING INC has valuation “C”.

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Phone: (954) 975-9008Fax: (954) 975-9011970 W McNab Rd STE 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-1145
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Business Management     Principal: Mr. Henry Hillman (President)

Business Category   Engineers – Professional


signed:   Mark Farber, apt.1503N.         TEL:954-239-8369.




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