RT ECP: Structural

September 8, 2023

Surfside condo collapse investigators say pool deck construction ‘deviated’ from design requirements

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/, September 7, 2023 By: Laura Romero Federal investigators looking into the Surfside, Florida, condo building collapse that killed 98 people in June 2021 revealed new findings in the probe on Thursday. The report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s investigation into the cause of the disaster at the Champlain Towers South building says, “the […]

July 13, 2023

Hunters Point Library architects sued over building’s accessibility issues

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/, July 12, 2023 By: Elle McLogan Widely regarded as one of the most stunning public buildings in recent New York history, the Hunters Point Library came with a luxury price tag of $41.5 million. But weeks after the concrete-and-glass structure opened in Long Island City in 2019, structural flaws were visible. Read more.

June 16, 2023

Pool deck at Florida’s collapsed Surfside tower had ‘critically low margins against failure,’ probe finds

Source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/, June 15, 2023 By: Aaron Leibowitz, Sarah Blaskey and Linda Robertson Investigators with the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a preliminary summary of their findings Thursday regarding the catastrophic collapse of Champlain Tower South, stating the pool deck had “critically low margins against failure.” According to the summary, the pool deck […]

June 8, 2023

Who will pay to fix Spokane Valley’s sinking City Hall?

Source: https://crosscut.com/, June 8, 2023 By: Nicholas K. Geranios When the new city hall in the newish city of Spokane Valley was completed in 2017, Mayor Pam Haley quickly knew something was wrong. Big cracks were forming in some walls, around doors and in the concrete floor and brick exterior. And water was seeping into  […]

June 5, 2023

Resident of collapsed Iowa building sues property owner and contractors

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/, June 5, 2023 By: Marlene Lenthang and Erik Ortiz A resident of the Iowa building that partially collapsed last week filed a lawsuit Monday against its owner, the city of Davenport, and engineers and contractors who worked on the building, alleging that they knew it was failing but intentionally kept tenants in the dark, even […]

October 17, 2022

Owner of evacuated student-housing development sues engineer over alleged design defects

Source: https://www.reporterherald.com/, October 14, 2022 By: Tommy Wood The owner of Union on Plum, the Campus West apartment complex that was shut down and evacuated because of structural issues last year, has sued the development’s architect and engineer for alleged design defects. The complaint was filed Oct. 7 in Larimer County District Court. Read more.

March 28, 2022

The Failing Foundation

Source: Berkley Design Professional, https://www.berkleydp.com/ The Failing Foundation An architect designed a new church building and was also responsible for providing engineering services. There were numerous issues regarding the quality of the construction work—the foundation, in particular. The architect used its standard contract which stated that they would “ensure” contractor performance in accordance with plans […]

October 22, 2020

Defending Against Construction Delay Claims

Source: https://www.law.com/, 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 […]

September 30, 2020

Blast that knocked down old Tappan Zee Bridge cost contractor extra $43M

Source: https://westfaironline.com/, September 30, 2020 By: Bill Heltzel Blowing up a section of the Tappan Zee Bridge in 2019 apparently cost the general contractor an extra $43 million. When the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opened in 2018 – spanning the Hudson River between Tarrytown and Nyack – the old Tappan Zee, as part of […]

June 10, 2020

Construction After COVID-19: Mitigating Design-Related Risk in a Post-Pandemic Paradigm

Source: https://iclg.com/, June 8m 2020 By: Faegre Drinker Among various other disruptions and turbulence that COVID-19 has brought to the construction industry, it has also introduced new concerns about the way we use and design public spaces. These insights provide new and distinctive opportunities — and risks. What design changes should professionals put in practice […]

May 11, 2020

UCF receives $1.4 million in football stadium defect suit

Source: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/, May 8, 2020 By: Annie Martin The University of Central Florida has received $1.4 million from the architect and some of the contractors involved in building its football stadium, which suffered from defects, including problems with rust. More than two years after the university filed a suit alleging the steel structure was wearing prematurely and […]

December 19, 2019

CNA unit wins professional liability A&E ruling

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, December 17, 2019 By: Judy Greenwald Massachusetts’ top court affirmed summary judgment Monday in favor of a CNA Financial Corp. unit in a professional liability case in which its policyholder had refused to agree to a settlement. The unanimous ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts also held in Douglas M. Rawan and […]

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