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  • Interface Consulting sponsors the 28th annual Texas Construction Law Conference and golf tournament in San Antonio, Texas
  • Interface's Senior Consultant Gray Slocum selected as a Future Leader of the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association

Construction Litigation

Bombers stadium owners' lawsuit alleges poor design, construction

Global News

"The owners of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' stadium allege in a lawsuit that the architect and builder should be made to pay for extensive repairs to Investors Group Field made necessary by faulty design and construction. The $210-million CFL stadium, which opened in 2013 and will host the 2015 Grey Cup, has been plagued by problems such as leaky luxury suite roofs, insufficient insulation to keep plumbing operational in Winnipeg winters and poor drainage."

Sanitary district files suit against construction company, county

Global Gazette

"The Clear Lake Sanitary District has filed a lawsuit against an Ida Grove construction company and Cerro Gordo County over a severed wastewater pipe....The sanitary district allegedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the severed pipe. The sanitary district is seeking damages against the company for what it calls the negligently installed sheet pilings, an unlimited amount of punitive damages, a civil penalty of up to $20,000 and a judgment for alleged trespassing."

EMC files lawsuit over Younkers fire

The Des Moines Register

"Attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of EMC,...claiming that the Alexander Co., and the Hansen Co., which oversaw the building's renovations, failed to take measures that could have extinguished the fire earlier....Heat from the flames caused approximately $8 million in damages to two neighboring buildings owned by EMC....The lawsuit asks for EMC to be paid for damages and attorneys fees, as well as punitive damages that are designed to punish a defendant's wrongdoing."

Polk towns win $300k in lawsuit over joint water line

Tryon Daily Bulletin

"The Towns of Columbus and Tryon and City of Saluda won $300,000 recently in a lawsuit against the engineer of the towns' joint water line project that incurred problems after installation....The towns sued...after discovering the interconnect project was defective including that Saluda could not send the planned amount of water to Tryon without losing significant water pressure....In the lawsuit, the towns claimed as a result of Wood's breach of duties under the contract, the towns sustained damages in an amount in the range of $700,000."

Construction Costs

Surprise construction costs blow new Vernon sports track budget

iNFOnews.ca

"Unexpected costs mean Vernon's new sports track is more than three quarters of a million dollars over budget....A big reason the cost is so much higher than anticipated is due to a surprise finding in the soil. Initial test holes missed a large clay deposit in a corner of the site which later had to be dug out and filled in with new material. Other factors that played into the unforeseen costs were the plummeting Canadian dollar, and difficulty finding workers due to competition with the Alberta oil patch."

Another $8 million needed to finish Salt Creek Tunnel project on Highway 58 east of Oakridge

Associated Press

"It will cost the state $8 million more than expected to have contractors rebuild a tunnel on Highway 58 in the Cascade Range between Eugene and south-central Oregon....The work was expected to cost slightly more than $13 million and be done in 2013, but the first contractor fell behind and was let out of the contract....Among the causes of the increased price are extra engineering, design and bidding costs to finish the project and the addition of a backup electrical generator."

Price for Lauderdale's new swim center jumps $3.6 million

Sun Sentinel

"The 'guaranteed maximum price' on the city's new aquatic center lost its guarantee Wednesday when contractors told city commissioners the construction would cost an extra $3.6 million....But RDC representatives said the cost of concrete, steel and other materials rose significantly while the project languished with unexpected delays for more than two years....Mayor Jack Seiler said he didn't think 'in good conscience' he could hold the developer to prices that were agreed to more than two years ago, especially since the city's own consultant estimated the true cost of the planned center at more than $41 million."

Construction Opportunities

Construction begins on massive Vancouver waterfront redevelopment

KPTV

"After several years of planning, work is now underway on a $1.5 billion redevelopment project that aims to completely transform Vancouver's waterfront and reconnect the area with the city's downtown core. The project, which will cover 22 city blocks and 32 acres, will include a mix of unique shops, restaurants and housing, as well as a hotel and park along the Columbia River....The riverfront park is scheduled to open in August, while many of the buildings in the area will start going up at the end of the year."

Construction begins on West Sacramento riverfront food and music venue

The Sacramento Bee

"Power shovels rumbled through their paces on West Sacramento's waterfront this week as a clutch of workers began early construction on The Barn, a new entertainment space envisioned as an anchor of the city's Bridge District....City planners and developers envision events at The Barn centered on food and music, with a weekend beer garden. All would capitalize on pedestrian and bicycle traffic anticipated in the Bridge District, West Sacramento's push to become a food and urban farming hub and the Sacramento region's growing reputation as a craft-brewing mecca."

Construction begins on KU Hospital expansion

The Kansas City Star

"The University of Kansas Hospital broke ground Monday on its latest campus expansion - a $280 million, seven-story patient center that will add 92 beds....The Cambridge North Tower is part of a broad plan by the hospital to expand and modernize over the coming years to meet growing patient demand....The facility is expected to start accepting patients in 2017."

Construction Delays

Perth Children's Hospital construction delays push back opening

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"The opening of the new Perth Children's Hospital has been delayed by several months, with the $1.2 billion facility now not expected to open until as late as April 2016...The Minister said issues with the company behind the construction and a decision to reconfigure the hospital's layout to install an extra 24 rooms were factors behind the delay....Labor health spokesman Roger Cook said the significance of a delayed opening should not be downplayed."

Industry Spotlight

Increased Construction Defect Litigation Leading to Reform Nationwide

State legislators have struggled to find a bipartisan solution to construction defect law reform, which is now quickly becoming a focal issue for several states. Nevada and Colorado are paving the way as they revamp their laws surrounding construction defects, while states such as Arizona, Florida, and Washington actively follow suit. Considering the varied economic and political landscape, state laws are changing - or might potentially change - across the nation while advocating for the continued growth of the construction industry overall.

3 things you need to know about construction defect law

Reno Gazette-Journal

"Altering Nevada's construction defects law has been a hotly-debated topic during the first three weeks of the Legislature. The measure moved swiftly through the Assembly and state Senate as part of the 'reform package' of Republicans, who have the majorities in both houses for the first time since 1985....Why [do] builders want it [?]....Why [do] democrats call it the 'Homeowners Rejection Act'[?]....Why [will] construction defects...be an ongoing problem[?]"

Nevada, Other States Target Construction-Defect Lawsuits

The Wall Street Journal

"Several other states...have legislation pending to curtail their construction-defect laws. A bill in Arizona, as with Nevada, would eliminate a requirement that the losing side cover the winning side's legal costs. A Colorado bill proposes that homeowners go through mediation and arbitration before filing suit. In Florida, a proposed bill would require homeowners to provide specific details of an alleged defect when filing a claim....A Washington state bill aims to require that an alleged defect be inspected by a professional before a homeowner can reject a builder's settlement offer or sue."

Construction-defect bill advances

The Durango Herald

"Senate committee on Monday advanced a measure that would shorten the length of time homeowners have to sue over construction defects. The Republican-backed measure passed the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a party-line vote. It faces a tough climb if it makes its way over to the Democratic-controlled House....Lawmakers have been working on construction-defect reform for several years, hoping that this is the year to get a measure over the finish line. It is perceived as a centerpiece issue for the Legislature this year."

Sandoval signs bill to reform Nevada construction defect law

Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday signed the first major Republican-backed reform bill of the 2015 session, a measure making changes to Nevada's construction defect law. The bill saw final approval in the Legislature on Friday, when Senate Republicans beat back efforts by Democrats to amend Assembly Bill 125 and passed the measure on a party-line vote....The bill takes effect immediately."

New, but Far From Perfect

The New York Times

"As developers feverishly break ground on projects to cash in on soaring property values, lawyers, architects and engineers say they are fielding more calls from residents complaining of structural defects in newly built homes....Now, in today's increasingly heady housing market, untested developers are eager to get in the game, and some of those who built problematic buildings in the past are breaking ground again."

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