School district

September 4, 2013

School Building Construction

Multiple prime design delivery system for construction of new elementary and middle school buildings. The building foundations experienced cracking due to expansive soils beneath the slab-on-grade foundation design. School district conducted review and determined that the pre-design subsurface investigation by the geotechnical engineer was insufficient and should have discovered the expansive soils and recommended against slab-on-grade foundation. Remedial plan consisted of driving structural steel columns from foundation into bedrock 20 feet below grade. Claim by School District for inadequate geotechnical investigation and increased construction costs exceeded available design professional insurance.


June 21, 2011

Toxic Mold Discovered Inside Area Elementary School

Source:, November 26, 2007

A concerned parent called NewsChannel 11 thinking mold might be growing inside her daughter’s school. She told us school administrators were not letting parents know what was really going on. We went looking for answers.

Five days a week, 180 school children as young as four-years-old come to Lorenzo Elementary to get an education. The Texas Education Agency rates this school as “Academically Acceptable.” But if this school was graded on appearance, parent Amy Cisneros, would give it a failing grade. “Just look at the pictures. That says it all right there. It’s a nasty room,” said Amy.

NewsChannel 11 was able to get a hold of pictures taken of classroom 15. This is what it looked like before the wood paneling was stripped off the wall. It appears nothing is wrong with it. According to school officials, this room was used for in-school suspension students, or ISS. Nearby, a classroom for special education students; the only thing separating the two rooms is this bathroom.…

March 22, 2011

Pesticide cleanup costs school district over $850K

Read here about an Arizona school district that had to pay over $850K to cleanup pesticide.…

March 17, 2011

PRINCETON: New lawsuit filed over high school construction

Source: The Princeton Packet, March 10, 2011
By: Stephanie Vaccaro

As promised in late December, an additional lawsuit has been filed in relation to the construction project for Princeton High School.

In late February Princeton Regional Schools filed a lawsuit against Hillier Architecture for approximately $5 million, said Superintendent Judy Wilson.

Dana Ostrovsky, attorney for the school district, said $4.6 million of it is to recoup what was paid in delay damages to Ernest Bock & Sons, the construction company, that resulted from alleged architectural errors and omissions in the plans, plus approximately $300,000 to $400,000, which is the premium on change orders that were required during the project that were not competitively bid.

”There were issues right from the beginning of construction as contractors began to translate the drawings into work on the building, both new construction and renovation,” said Ms. Wilson.…

December 27, 2010

Architect’s Design Defect Delays School Project & Leads to Lawsuit

A contractor retained an architect for a school project who provided a certificate of insurance showing a $3 million limit of liability. During construction, a design defect was discovered that delayed the project for several months. The school district was forced to rent portable classrooms and filed for substantial damages against the contractor. Although the contractor tried to pass the claim on to the architect, his $3 million limit had already been exhausted on other claims, leaving the contractor liable for the damages.

This is a claim scenario developed from a single claim or several claims and has been developed for illustrative purposes only.

December 10, 2010

Augusta Schools Face Big Bill for Mold Removal

Publication Date 10/13/2010
Source: Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, WI)

The Augusta school district might be forced to pay for the estimated $415,000 cleanup of its elementary school after the district’s insurance company rejected a claim seeking payment for mold removal that closed the building for the start of this school year.

“It’s kind of disheartening,” Augusta schools Superintendent Bill Perry said. “We had to get it cleaned. You let it go for a couple days, and you have a disaster.”

District officials will continue to try to persuade its insurance carrier, EMC Insurance of Des Moines, Iowa, to pay the bill.…

September 3, 2010

Soil Contamination Found on Middle School Grounds

Acknowledgement to Great American

A school district demolished a middle school built in the 1940’s in order to build a new school. During excavation activities, an unknown underground storage tank was discovered. Findings from an environmental study noted soil contamination. Localized groundwater contamination was found on the school property and at two adjacent residential locations that use wells. The adjacent residents filed bodily injury and property damage claims against the school district. Contaminated soils were excavated and properly disposed. The two adjacent residents were provided bottled water. Groundwater remediation and monitoring continued until the State provided clean closure of the site.…