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June 14, 2022

Construction work of Elon University’s Park Place becomes subject of lawsuit

Source: https://www.elonnewsnetwork.com/, June 11, 2022 By: Miranda Ferrante One of Elon University’s student apartment complexes, Park Place at Elon, is at the center of a dispute in which Greensboro-based Samet Corporation is suing a subcontractor and architecture company hired to work on the mixed-use development for allegedly failing to provide services in a way that would have prevented […]

June 1, 2022

Engineer faces hearing over Canadian bridge that collapsed hours after opening

Source: https://www.newcivilengineer.com/, June 1, 2022 By: Catherine Kennedy A Canadian engineer will face a disciplinary hearing this month after a bridge he designed collapsed just hours after opening. The five-day hearing in front of a panel of the Discipline Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) will begin on 6 […]

May 24, 2022

Greeley threatens lawsuits over ‘defective’ $25M renovation of main water treatment plant

Source: https://www.greeleytribune.com/, May 21 By: Trenton Sperry The Greeley City Council on Tuesday gave City Attorney Doug Marek permission to pursue legal actions, including potential lawsuits, against the construction and engineering firms tasked with a $25 million renovation of the city’s Bellvue Water Treatment facility completed in 2020. Built in 1907 at the mouth of […]

May 16, 2022

Engineer who designed Sask. bridge that collapsed hours after opening facing disciplinary hearing

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/, May 13, 2022 By: Geoff Leo Regina engineer Scott Gullacher will face a disciplinary hearing next month over allegations that he broke the rules when he designed a bridge in rural Saskatchewan that collapsed just hours after it was opened to the public. On Sept. 14, 2018, the Rural Municipality (RM) of Clayton announced […]

May 12, 2022

Surfside Condo Families and Survivors Reach $1B Settlement with Insurers, Others

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, May 12, 2022 Families of the 98 victims of the 2021 condominium collapse near Miami Beach, along with injured survivors, could split hundreds of millions of dollars in payouts under a preliminary settlement agreement announced Wednesday. The settlement will top $997 million, the plaintiffs’ lawyer said in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, according to reports […]

April 1, 2022

Project Payment Reviews: Quite the Site to See

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ A large multi-discipline engineering firm working on a design-build project was retained by a general contractor to review payment applications for certification of the project to the owner and lender. Correspondence between the contractor and policyholder indicated that those reviews were to be “desktop reviews” only without a requirement for […]

April 1, 2022

You’re Blocking My View

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ A surveyor was retained by a general contractor to perform construction staking for a new multi-family residential development adjacent to a waterway. Negotiations had occurred with adjacent property owners to adjust the rear-yard setback of the new project to preserve open space views from the adjacent properties. The project’s site […]

April 1, 2022

Careless Contracting

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ A small civil/survey firm had a master agreement with a municipality to provide on-call engineering services and periodic site inspections. The firm’s individual projects were handled with a purchase order, not a contract. On a road improvement project a motorcyclist was severely injured when the driver lost control and crashed […]

March 31, 2022

When Plans Go Down the Drain

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ Grading for a new road entering private land for a new office building abutting a state highway was determined utilizing a drone survey. The civil-surveyor neglected to field check benchmark elevations from the aerial survey with actual elevations at the interface of the property to the state highway. The new […]

March 31, 2022

Curb Your Deliverables

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ Elevation data for curb height was improperly represented in the CAD files and plotted to the hard copy construction documents for a 2,500 linear-foot-portion of a concrete curb surrounding a large bus storage parking area. The policyholder, a civil/surveyor firm, neglected to perform a check of the 2D construction document […]

March 31, 2022

The Stake That’s Out of Date

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ A surveyor was retained by a contractor to stake the corners of a new single-family house. The surveyor referred to a site plan and utility data that was out of date. An updated site plan, including revised building location and existing utility information, was issued by the architect and civil […]

March 30, 2022

Changing Code Requirements

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ An architect completed the design for a multi-use project which included retail, office and residential components. The project was put on hold prior to construction. Eighteen months later, the developer approached the architect and wanted to put the project out to bid. Unfortunately, in the interim, several local building codes […]

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