Tampa Florida

September 11, 2013

Pinellas County sues contractors over Lake Seminole clean-up

Source: http://www.tampabay.com, September 3, 2013
By: Anna M. Phillips

Pinellas County is suing the two companies it hired years ago to design and build several water treatment facilities for Lake Seminole as part of an attempt to reduce water pollution.

The lawsuit, filed Aug. 21, claims that Environmental Research and Design and Tampa Contracting Services failed to properly design the project that, once built, suffered structural problems and ultimately cost the county additional money to repair. The county is suing for damages and negligence.

The project was funded with money from Penny for Pinellas and also relied on grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as Swiftmud, which is not involved in the suit.

Leaders of both companies said the lawsuit came as a surprise.

The Lake Seminole project ended in 2011, said Daniel Harte, founder and chief executive officer of Tampa Contracting Services, which is based in Palmetto.

“The project was done and substantially complete,” he said. “This is news to me.”

An attorney for the county declined to comment, citing the ongoing legal dispute.

In 2003, Pinellas officials brought in Environmental Research and Design as a consultant to study the feasibility of building a stormwater treatment system, which would use the chemical alum to reduce turbidity. The company still lists the project on its website, where it says it was paid about $2.4 million for engineering and construction work that was completed in September 2009.…

June 13, 2011

Tampa’s Troubled Highway Finally Nearing Completion

Source: http://enr.construction.com, June 12, 2006
By: Bill Chastain

With joy and relief, the contractor on Tampa’s Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway is set to complete the elevated portion in August, a year after the original date. Despite many setbacks, including an ongoing lawsuit, officials say the high-tech reversible lane toll road will fulfill technical expectations.

PCL Civil Constructors, a division of Edmonton-based PCL Enterprises, in April placed the 3,032nd and final segment of the 29,000-ft-long elevated portion—a big milestone for an ambitious but troubled project.

Initially, the project had a price tag of $372 million and a July 2005 completion date. Heavy commuter traffic on 9 miles between downtown Tampa and the eastern suburb of Brandon made the innovative toll road, designed by Tallahassee-based Figg Engineering Group, an attractive solution.…

March 17, 2011

Tampa Bay Water, reservoir engineer reach settlement

Source: Tampa Bay Online, February 21, 2011

The region’s water supplier settled today with the general contractor of its faulty reservoir but will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the engineering company that designed the 15-billion gallon structure.

The settlement approved by Tampa Bay Water’s board calls for contractor Barnard Construction and subcontractor McDonald Construction Corp. to pay $750,000 before the case goes to trial. The company also could be liable for up to $5 million, depending on the outcome of the case.

Tampa Bay Water will continue its case against HDR Engineering, the company that designed the massive, above-ground reservoir in southeastern Hillsborough County.

The regional utility is suing to recover some of the $125 million estimated cost to fix cracks in the soil cement covering over the sides and bottom of the reservoir. The reservoir cost $140 million to build.…