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December 4, 2020

UMass lawsuit seeks nearly $3 million over alleged construction flaws

Source:, December 3, 2020 By: Scott Merzbach The University of Massachusetts and the UMass Building Authority are suing eight contractors for almost $3 million for their alleged role in the collapse of ductwork in kitchen exhaust systems at a refurbished dining facility on the Amherst campus. The lawsuit, filed in Hampshire Superior Court in […]

November 9, 2020

Fire Sprinkler Design Mishap

Source: Sirius Group “In-Box”, November 2020 A fire sprinkler company was hired to design and install a fire sprinkler system for a boutique hotel in Texas.  During the inspection for the certificate of occupancy, it was determined that the sprinkler system was improperly designed for the hotel.  The opening of the hotel was delayed and the sprinkler system had […]

November 9, 2020

Specialty Contractor

Source: A specialty contractor was hired by a general contractor (GC) to design and build a retaining wall for a commercial development. The GC was responsible for the initial site development and infrastructure. Upon competition, the building developed cracks in both the walls and floors. It was determined that the design of the retaining […]

November 9, 2020

Concrete Contractor

Source:</span A specialty concrete contractor under a design-build contract of a parking garage hired an engineering firm to provide the structural specifications. Following construction, the garage owner noticed cracks in the support columns. The cause was determined to be that the rebar specified in the engineering plans was insufficient to support the structure. The […]

November 9, 2020

General Contractor (GC)

Source: A GC under a design-build contract hired an HVAC subcontractor to design and install an HVAC system for a residential apartment project. Once completed and occupied, the apartment units began developing mold and residents subsequently began complaining of respiratory problems, headaches and other physical ailments. An error in the HVAC design plans caused […]

November 9, 2020

General Contractor (GC)

Source: A GC was hired to build an athletic field using plans from a civil engineer who was retained by the owner to complete a preliminary design. At the owner’s insistence, the GC hired the civil engineer under a design-build contract. After the field was constructed, it was determined that the completed design was […]

November 9, 2020

Construction Manager (CM)

Source: A CM for a bridge replacement project was responsible for scheduling the procurement and delivery of steel beams necessary for the project. Due to a communication error, the delivery of the beams was going to be delayed for 4 weeks. Rather than have the steel subcontractor sit idle on the jobsite, the CM […]

November 9, 2020

Roofing Contractor

Source: A roofing contractor was hired to design and install the roof of a new office building including a solar panel array. The design was performed in house by a licensed PE employed by the contractor. After the building was complete, the roof collapsed during an ice storm. The PE failed to consider the […]

October 22, 2020

Defending Against Construction Delay Claims

Source:, October 22, 2020 By: Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt Delays are inevitable in construction. They can also cause the project owner to lose a lot of money resulting from contractor claims, loss of use of the project, the cost of construction funding and other damages which are incurred when a project extends beyond the scheduled […]

August 10, 2020


Source:, August 8, 2020 By: Jaimie Julia Winters The Siena was touted as one of Montclair’s most luxurious condominium buildings when it opened in 2008. Developed on the former Hahne’s Department Store property, the building’s owners quickly sold all but eight of its 101 units as buyers sought what the builders termed an “enclave […]

August 10, 2020

‘Horrible sequence of mistakes’: How bullet train contractors botched a bridge project

Source:, August, 10, 2020 By: Ralph Vartabedian A series of errors by contractors and consultants on the California bullet train venture caused support cables to fail on a massive bridge crucial to the project, triggering an order to stop work that further delayed a project already years behind schedule, the Los Angeles Times has learned. […]

February 5, 2020

Construction Defects Claimed at 537-Unit Doral Condo

Source:, February 4, 2020 By: Lidia Dinkova The homeowner association for a Midtown Doral condominium claims construction defects, including leaky plumbing with erratic water pressure, rooftop pools of rainwater on the roof and exposed rebar in cracked concrete. A member of the development partnership maintains all issues will be worked out and stands by […]

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