Claims – A&E Prof Liability

December 23, 2019

U. sues architecture firms for $10.7M over Andlinger Center construction

Source: https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/, December 21, 2019
By: Zachary Shevin

The University has filed a $10.7 million lawsuit against firms involved in the design and construction of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

The Trustees of Princeton University are suing Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA), a New York-based firm that provided architectural services related to the Andlinger Center project, as well as Texas-based sub-consultants Jacobs Architects/Engineers, Inc. and Jacobs Consultancy Inc — referred to collectively as “Jacobs Entities” in the suit. Tod Williams ’65 GS’67 received his Master of Fine Arts from the University.  Read more.

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 another vs. Continental Casualty Co. that consent-to-settle clauses in professional liability policies do not violate state statute. Read more.

November 21, 2019

Fla. Courts Continue to Expand Liability of Design Professionals on Construction Projects

Source: November 21, 2019
By: Charles E. Fombrun and Freddy X. Munoz

Design professionals such as architects and engineers are exposed to significant risk and potential liability for errors and omissions in their designs and other work on construction projects. In addition to potential up-front design errors, many professionals participate in project administration, which includes the review and approval of payment applications, inspecting and approving construction work as it progresses, and providing clarification and information through submittal approval and RFI responses, which also puts them at risk for post-completion claims.  Read more.

November 20, 2019

Florida bridge collapse | Catalogue of engineering errors revealed in final report

Source: https://www.newcivilengineer.com/, November 14, 2019
By: Sa,m Sholli

A catalogue of engineering errors during design and construction led to the fatal collapse of the Florida International University bridge, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has ruled in its final report.

The report concludes that design calculation errors made by Figg Bridge Engineers were ultimately to blame for the collapse of the main span which killed five motorists and one construction worker in March 2018. Read more.

October 25, 2019

After the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel collapse, lawsuits mount

Source: https://www.theadvertiser.com, October 24, 2019
By: Todd A. Price

In the wake of the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site on Oct 12, 11 lawsuits have been filed by site workers, nearby businesses, bystanders and the children of two of the men killed.

All but one of the lawsuits, filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, make unspecific allegations of negligence against the owners of the project, the general contractor Citadel Builders and numerous sub-contractors. Those suits read like placeholders for facts that will be established later as the litigation moves forward. Read more.

October 25, 2019

Final Report: ‘Weak Engineering Management’ Led To Gas Explosions

Source: https://patch.com, October 24, 2019
By: Christopher Huffaker

The Sept. 13, 2018 natural gas line explosions that killed one, injured 22 and damaged 131 structures in the Merrimack Valley were caused by “weak engineering management” on the part of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a unit of NiSource, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report. According to the report, a crucial step in the abandonment of an old cast iron gas line was skipped, resulting in misreadings of gas pressure and thus the release of high pressure gas into a low pressure system, which could not handle the pressure. That step was skipped due to “inadequate planning, documentation and record-keeping,” the investigators found. Read more.

October 23, 2019

Miami bridge fall blamed on design, lack of oversight

Source: https://www.thesunchronicle.com, October 22, 2019

A Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people last year showed significant design errors and should have been more carefully monitored by the state government because of the project’s complexity, federal officials said Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board members concluded that the design firm FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. underestimated the load of the bridge and overestimated its strength in a critical section that splintered, dropping a 174-foot-long (53-meter-long) span onto eight cars on March 15, 2018. Read more.

October 23, 2019

Design errors draw blame in collapse of FIU pedestrian bridge that killed 6

Source: USA today Online, October 22, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com

A doomed design was the “probable cause” of the horrific collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Miami last year that killed six people and injured 10, the National Transportation Safety Board found Tuesday.

The 174-foot-bridge section, designed to connect Florida International University with the city of Sweetwater, was still under construction on March 15, 2018, when it crashed to the road below. Eight vehicles were crushed, seven of which were occupied. Read more.

October 23, 2019

NTSB: Errors by FIGG Led to Fatal Bridge Collapse

Source: https://www.enr.com, October 22,2 2019
by: Scott Judy and Tom Ichniowski

Multiple design errors by FIGG Bridge Engineers and its engineer-of-record were the primary probable cause of last year’s Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Oct. 22.

In a more than three-hour presentation of its findings, the three-member board pointed to FIGG’s “load and capacity calculation errors” and its “design of the main span truss member 11-12 nodal region and connection to the bridge deck” as key explanations of the collapse. [View abstract of NTSB findings, probable-cause determination and safety recommendations here.] Read more.

September 26, 2019

City suing Solano Streetscape Project engineer, contractor

Source: https://www.appeal-democrat.com, September 25, 2019
By: Julie R. Johnson

The city of Corning is suing the construction company and the engineer who did the work on the town’s Solano Streetscape Project. The project has been the subject of debate and complaint from residents since its completion, which some say left the town’s main thoroughfare like a minor rollercoaster.

The city, as plaintiff, is claiming Trent Construction, the general contractor on the job, and Ed Anderson, the city’s former engineer who prepared the plans and specifications for the project, failed in their duties and left Solano Street in worse condition than what it was previous to the project. Read more.