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December 14, 2021

Houston Bridge’s Revised Design Adds $300M to Price

Source: https://www.enr.com/, December 1, 2021 By: James Leggate Officials in Texas have settled on plans to replace a flawed design for the new Houston Ship Channel bridge project over safety concerns, with an added build cost of nearly $300 million on top of the original $962 million price. The new design for the 4.1-mile bridge, […]

December 8, 2021

Wisconsin condo building evacuated due to structural defects

Source: https://dailyreporter.com/, December 3, 2021 A six-story condominium building has been evacuated in a Milwaukee suburb after engineers found the structure was in imminent danger of collapsing. Police and firefighters cleared the 48-unit Horizon West condominium building in Waukesha on Thursday night after an engineering report said its structural columns were compromised. Read more.

December 6, 2021

‘Significant’ flaws: Partially built Beltway 8 Bridge over Houston Ship Channel will be demolished due to design errors

Source: https://www.chron.com/, December 1, 2021 Jay R. Jordan Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to demolish and rebuild parts of the under-construction Beltway 8 bridge over the Houston Ship Channel after the original designs were found to have “significant” flaws. The setback will cost the county $291 million, including $50 million to demolish some sections that […]

November 16, 2021

Out with Lonergan, In with Spearin: Texas Legislature Provides Contractors with Limited Protection for Defective Plans and Designs

Source: https://www.natlawreview.com/, November 12, 2021 As of September 1, 2021, in a change to Texas case law that had been in place for over a century, Texas contractors now have protection in certain circumstances from liability for defective plans and specifications provided to the contractor by someone else. In the 1907 Texas Supreme Court case Lonergan […]

November 1, 2021

Design Error Leads to Building Settlement

Design build contractor responsible for 11-story dormitory for University housing.  Deep foundation package was a design-build subcontract.  Geotechnical study was commissioned and subcontracted by the design build contractor.  Differential settlement was specified to be no more than ½”.  Construction of the rammed-aggregate pier system completed with no apparent issues.  Installation of the building cast-in-place concrete […]

November 1, 2021

Surveyor Sued After Erroneously Plots Points for Construction

Design build contractor responsible for surveying activities of a coastal commercial property in Florida.  Surveyor plots the points for the construction of the building and foundation.  The foundation is laid with sub-terrain electrical and plumbing complete. The contractor discovers that the surveyor failed to take into account the required municipal 2 feet setback and construction […]

October 20, 2021

Design-build pitfalls for owners, contractors & design pros

Source: https://neworleanscitybusiness.com/, October 19, 2021 As projects become more and more complicated, owners often look to simplify the building process by hiring a single firm to handle both design and construction. This is perfectly legal and commonly known as the “design-build” delivery method. A design-build project has many advantages. There is only one point of […]

October 13, 2021

Engineer provides updated explanation for NOLA Hard Rock Hotel collapse

Source: https://www.wbrz.com/, October 13, 2021 By: Paula Jones This week, a structural engineer who helped demolish New Orleans’ partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in 2020 provided officials with updated information on the cause of the building’s collapse, according to WWL-TV. The news outlet says Walter Zehner was hired by the owner of the Hard Rock project, […]

October 1, 2021

Court says DC isn’t liable for severe structural issues at a Ward 8 town house project it helped fund

Source: https://thedcline.org/, October 1, 2021 By: Will Schick On a Friday afternoon in early September, Britney Bennett, a single mother of two children aged 6 and 13, sat on a blue couch in Davina Callahan’s living room and sighed. “They’re not even telling us what’s going on with our homes — or what’s going to […]

September 28, 2021

Residents whose homes were damaged file suit against Margate, city engineer, contractor

Source: https://www.downbeach.com/, September 28, 2021 By: Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Residents whose homes were damaged when a road construction project went awry on Amherst Avenue have filed a lawsuit in Atlantic County Superior Court and are asking for a jury trial demanding judgement against the city, its engineer and the contractor and any sub-contractors who performed […]

September 27, 2021

New York City’s ‘Billionaires’ Row’ residents say their 96-floor building sways, floods, and traps families in elevators, according to new lawsuit

Source: Business Insider, September 24, 2021 Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/ Residents in one of New York City’s most expensive buildings are suing the developers for $125 million over a bevy of complaints, including flooding, unbearably loud noise when the building sways, and faulty elevators. Dissatisfaction with the pricey building on “Billionaire’s Row” has been brewing for […]

September 24, 2021

Condo board at luxe NYC skyscraper sues over 1,500 design flaws

Source: https://nypost.com/, September 24, 2021 By: Will Feuer A condo board representing the residents of one of the tallest and ritziest buildings on Manhattan’s Billionaires’ Row have sued the developers of the ultra-luxe building, alleging that over 1,500 design flaws have led to flooding, electrical explosions and “horrible and obtrusive noise and vibration.” The board accused the developers […]


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