Healthcare

February 25, 2019

OPPI Claim Example

A hospital owner experienced a large loss due to a structural steel design error. Due to design negligence, part of the new hospital tower was rendered unusable. The result was approximately $20,000,000 in direct damages to the building, and another $5,000,000 in consequential damages. The Owner’s architect had a policy with a $1,000,000 limit. However, most of these policy limits were exhausted in legal costs. Additionally, the structural engineer did not have a professional liability policy. The Owner did not obtain an Owners Protective Indemnity policy.…

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 that in the 1960s, when the dam was being planned, designers did not call for a thick enough concrete spillway floor. Nor did they require the continuous steel reinforcement needed to keep its slabs intact during decades of service.

The design also did not require strong enough anchors into the underlying mountainside to resist movements downhill and from side to side.

The analysis is the first major assessment of what caused the massive damage that forced the evacuation of nearby Oroville and left the state with a repair bill likely to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

It also sends a warning that the state’s aging fleet of dams may contain unknown defects that would threaten public safety in future wet years.

California Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon said the agency has not seen Bea’s analysis.…

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 its contract and negligence, in the lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court last month.

Stephane L’ecuyer, I.D.E.A.’s principal, did not return two phone messages seeking comment. McKafka principal Stephan Gietl also did not respond to The Real Deal, but his lawyer Bruce King said, “We had several discussions to get a resolution and have been unable to do so.” He declined further comment.

According to the lawsuit, McKafka hired I.D.E.A. on Feb. 8, 2013 as the architect of record and Facchina Construction of Florida as the general contractor for the Crimson. However, the architecture firm performed poorly, the lawsuit alleges. The Crimson, at 601 Northeast 27th Street, remains unfinished today.

“I.D.E.A. failed to timely coordinate with or respond to Facchina, prepared incomplete or inconsistent drawings and specifications, and failed to perform in a manner consistent with the design schedule,” the lawsuit states.

McKafka alleges that I.D.E.A. also failed to timely respond to requests for information, change order requests, or provide staff to ensure continuity of service. In addition, according to the suit, I.D.E.A. improperly designed the garage ramps that led to substantial structural changes. The company also improperly designed the temperature control system, resulting in high humidity in the condo units, the lawsuit alleges.

Other significant revisions at the Crimson included the relocation of piles and beams and the redesigning of the height of the building’s stairs and the size of an emergency generator room, McKafka alleges. As a result of the repairs and revisions, the project was delayed and Facchina charged the developer for the delays, as well as additional construction costs, according to the suit.…

September 10, 2013

Medical Center Facility Renovation and Expansion

Single prime design delivery system for the renovation and expansion of a public medical center facility. Due to multiple conflicts between the structural, MEP and architectural drawings, and the submission of several hundred requests for information (“RFIs”) by the contractor, the project was delayed more than one year and experienced substantial budgetary overruns. Owner claim against the design team exceeded the available design professional insurance.

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September 10, 2013

Physician Office Renovation

Multiple prime design delivery system for the renovation of a physician’s private office space to accommodate MRI equipment and a “clean room” for lab analysis. Structural plans failed to account for the load presented by the MRI equipment, resulting in overstress of floor joints and deflection of walls on lower floors. “Clean Room” was not functional, as the HVAC system was undersized and generated negative air pressure. Owner claim against design team for remediation costs and lost profits due to inability to perform MRI/lab tests exceeded available design professional insurance.

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September 10, 2013

Dental School Facility Construction

Single prime design delivery system for construction of a new dental school facility associated with a University. University made claim against the architect alleging design errors relating to structural steel; Life Safety Code violations; non-insulated pipe failures;  failure to properly staff project; failure to perform contract administration duties; lost value engineering opportunities; and project delay. Total asserted value of the claim exceeded available design professional insurance.

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September 10, 2013

Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Center Project

Design-Build delivery system for new state-of-the-art medical diagnostic and treatment center project. Project experienced significant cost overruns and delay due to design errors in the HVAC, MEP and structural steel plans and failure to coordinate design with original owner-specified equipment. Claim amount exceeded the available design professional insurance.

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September 10, 2013

Hospital Expansion Project

Multiple prime design delivery system for a private hospital expansion project. Plans called for separate HVAC units for each hospital room, rather than a centralized HVAC system. The compartmentalized cooling system led to inconsistent humidity levels, and the development of mold in certain HVAC units due to condensation. Owner claim against the design team for property damage, remediation costs and indemnity for patient personal injury claims exceeded the available design professional insurance.

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September 10, 2013

Hospital Renovation and Expansion

Single prime delivery system for a public hospital renovation and expansion project. MEP engineer failed to specify correct type of piping to carry “clean steam” through the hospital, resulting in system-wide pipe failure and risk of pressure combustion. Remedial plan consisted of complete removal and replacement of piping. Owner claim against the design team for repair costs exceeded the available primary design professional insurance.

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December 4, 2012

Deadly ‘superbugs’ invade U.S. health care facilities

Source: USA Today, November 29, 2012
By: Peter Eisler, USA Today

Deadly bacteria that defy drugs of last resort

A new family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as CRE, is raising concerns across the medical community because of its ability to cause infections that defy even the strongest antibiotics. The antibiotic resistance is spread by mobile pieces of DNA that can move between different species of bacteria, creating new, drug-defying bugs.

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A USA TODAY review finds that deadly CRE bacteria are showing up in hospitals and other health care facilities across the country and there is virtually nothing to stop these “superbugs” at this point.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The doctors tried one antibiotic after another, racing to stop the infection as it tore through the man’s body, but nothing worked.

In a matter of days after the middle-aged patient arrived at University of Virginia Medical Center, the stubborn bacteria in his blood had fought off even what doctors consider “drugs of last resort.”

“It was very alarming; it was the first time we’d seen that kind of resistance,” says Amy Mathers, one of the hospital’s infectious-disease specialists. “We didn’t know what to offer the patient.”

The man died three months later, but the bacteria wasn’t done. In the months that followed, it struck again and again in the same hospital, in various forms, as doctors raced to decipher the secret to its spread.…