The Wharf’s general contractor sues project’s lead architecture firm for $5M

Source:, March 13, 2018
By: Michelle Goldchain

Clark Construction’s lawsuit alleges that Perkins Eastman made significant errors and omissions in its design documents

The first phase of the $2 billion, 24-acre mixed-use project in Washington, D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront, known as The Wharf, may be finished, but the general contractor still has a bone to pick with the lead architect of the project. Clark Construction has filed a lawsuit against The Wharf’s master planner and architect Perkins Eastman and is seeking $5 million in damages, as reported by Bisnow.

According to the lawsuit, “Between approximately May 2014 and September 2015, Perkins supplied design packages of various completion and detail levels to Clark Construction … As construction proceeded, Clark Construction incurred significant damages as a result of errors and omissions by Perkins in the performance of its professional services in connection with the Design Agreements and the Project.”

The more than 10 alleged errors and omissions cited by the lawsuit include exterior retail doors that were inoperable, structural beams that required modifications, and structural columns that did not accommodate the architectural layouts and conflicted with other building components and finishes, such as walls, doors, and cabinets. The lawsuit further alleges that there may be additional problems down the road when the project’s second phase begins later this year.

Clark Construction is the same contractor behind the the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Museum of the Bible, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

Additional past projects in Washington, D.C., completed by Perkins Eastman include Dunbar High Schooland the Deanwood Community Center and Library.

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