Integrated Project Delivery

February 5, 2020

Construction Defects Claimed at 537-Unit Doral Condo

Source: https://www.globest.com/, 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 the general contractor hired for the project, saying it had a good track record and insurance. Read more

February 3, 2020

Insurer must defend contractor in arbitration

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, January 30, 2020
By: Judy Greenwald

An insurer is obligated to defend a contractor in arbitration over a construction project under a provision in its commercial general liability policy, says a federal appeals court, in affirming a lower court ruling.

Construction of a luxury apartment complex was plagued with problems from the start, which eventually led the property owners to terminate contractor St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Miller Architects & Builders a little over a year after construction began, according to Wednesday’s ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis in Westfield Insurance Co. v. Miller Architects & Builders. 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 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 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.