RT ECP: Highway & Bridge

April 19, 2017

Serious design, construction and maintenance defects doomed Oroville Dam, report says

Source: http://www.latimes.com, April 17, 2017 By: Ralph Vartabedian Design flaws, construction shortcomings and maintenance errors caused the Oroville Dam spillway to break apart in February, according to an independent analysis by Robert Bea for the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at UC Berkeley. Bea, a co-founder of the center and retired civil engineering professor, found […]

April 18, 2017

Developer McKafka sues architect, alleging construction delays and defects at the Crimson

Source: https://therealdeal.com, April 17, 2017 By: Francisco Alvarado An Aventura-based architecture firm allegedly left McKafka Development Group hanging, delaying construction on its 90-unit high-rise called the Crimson in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood, according to a lawsuit. McKafka, through its limited liability company Alpine Estates, accuses International Design Engineering and Architecture, or I.D.E.A. for short, of breaching […]

September 6, 2013

Highway Expansion Project

State Transportation Authority sued the geotechnical engineer, project engineer and construction manager on a $250,000,000 highway expansion project, following a catastrophic failure of a section of one of the bridges.  Authority alleges that the pre-construction sub-surface geotechnical investigation was insufficient, and that the construction manager was negligent in its construction oversight duties.  Asserted damages of […]

September 6, 2013

Bridge Construction Project

State Transportation Department sued the project engineer on a new bridge construction project after an expansion deck failure led to cost overruns and re-design costs.  $2,000,000 claim amount exceeded civil engineer’s available professional liability coverage, which had been depleted by other claims.  Matter settled for $1,000,000 above the design professional insurance.  

May 3, 2011

Costly detours: State errors delay completion of I-287; overruns push cost to $63M per mile

Source: http://www.lohud.com, May 1, 2011 By: Jorge Fitz-Gibbon and Jonathan Bandler Multimillion-dollar mistakes, design flaws and obstacles for which state engineers failed to account drove the cost of the Interstate 287 reconstruction up more than $67 million and delayed completion of the decade-long project by two years, a Journal News investigation reveals. Taxpayers have spent […]


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