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October 31, 2019

How San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center, dubbed the ‘Grand Central of the West’, went from the ‘safest building in the world’ to a $2.2billion construction debacle six weeks after it opened when workers found cracked steel beams

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk, October 29, 2019
By: Megan Sheets

When the Salesforce Transit Center and Park opened last fall, the $2.2billion architectural marvel promised to revolutionize commuting in the Bay Area as the cornerstone of an expanded and improved network of trains, buses and streetcars.

Six weeks after a triumphant ribbon-cutting at the so-called ‘Grand Central of the West’, that promise was upended when workers uncovered a pair of substantial cracks in the building’s beams.  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 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.

October 22, 2019

Fort Bliss hospital cost rises to $1.4 billion as years of troubled construction near end

Source: https://www.elpasotimes.com, October 17, 2019
By: Vic Kolenc

The most expensive U.S. military hospital project currently under construction is nearing the finish line — three years late and more than $629 million over the original contract awards.

After six, troubled years of construction, the new, mammoth William Beaumont Army Medical Center complex in East El Paso is expected to be completed Nov. 15, with a price tag that’s ballooned to $1.4 billion, reported officials at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District office, which oversees the project. Read more.

October 17, 2019

Did Concrete Error Doom Florida Bridge?

Source: https://www.enr.com, October 16, 2019
By: Richard Kor,man and Scott Judy

In their competing accounts of what went wrong before last year’s Florida pedestrian bridge collapse, both the contractor and designer agree on one point: The concrete was never “roughened” at locations where it was required. The process involves altering the material to promote mechanical bonding. Among the most important locations were the key junctures where bridge truss diagonals and verticals met the bridge deck. Read more.

October 1, 2019

Leaks, Structural Issues at Root of Coral Rock House Court Battle

Source: https://www.law.com, September 27, 2019
By: Lidia Dinkova

The historic Coral Rock House in Miami Beach was supposed to reopen as a cigar store and lounge but stands vacant amid allegations of major structural defects including corroded rebar, failing concrete and leaks.

The tenant and building owner C&A Collins LLC, affiliated with New York-based real estate investor Robert Cayre, are locked in a legal dispute over the property, each side alleging the other didn’t live up to its duties under the lease. Read more.

September 16, 2019

Construction Group Seeks Defense Coverage for Hard Rock Stadium Claims

Source: https://www.lexology.com, September 10, 2019
By: Sergio F. Oehninger and Daniel Hentschel, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In an insurance coverage action pending in the S.D.N.Y., Hunt Construction Group (Hunt) contends that Berkley Assurance Company wrongfully denied defense coverage for claims arising out of the renovation of Hard Rock Stadium (home to the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes football teams). Read more.

September 9, 2019

College of Marin appeal rejected in lawsuit over building project

Source: https://www.marinij.com, September 6, 2019
By: Gary Klien

A state appeals court has rejected an appeal by the Marin Community College District in a failed lawsuit over a major construction project.

The lawsuit involved the new Fine Arts Building at the College of Marin campus in Kentfield. The project was part of the facilities overhaul funded by Measure C, the $249.5 million bond measure passed in 2004. Read more.