Miami is home to many a complex commercial construction project. From large hotels and resorts to office buildings and condominiums and more, the world of engineering and constructing complex structures is anything but foreign to this area. Like any business area, some of the times problems occur with such ventures. The reasons for these problems can vary dramatically and, when unable to be resolved in any other way, construction litigation may ensue.
Las Vegas is another city in the country that has experienced its fair share of construction successes and controversial projects. One of the latest such situations involves what would have been the Harmon Hotel and Condominium in the midst of the larger CityCenter Project. Construction on what would have been a 49-floor building began in 2008 but was halted when the 26th floor was reached.
A construction dispute concerning steel reinforcement columns that provide structural support for each floor has contractors and engineers at odds. The columns are alleged to be faulty, putting the building at risk of collapse in a major earthquake. Multiple construction litigation lawsuits have emerged in the case and the structure has been ordered to be demolished by a judge. However, the demolition will be postponed long enough for the current site to be utilized as an exhibit in the cases.
A complex construction dispute such as with the Harmon can lead to a lengthy process putting a lot of pressure on the construction industry to defend itself. Working with an experienced lawyer in the face of a construction defects conflict can be one way that businesses can prevent unnecessary financial losses.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “On Vegas Strip, the Harmon tower set to fall—with a wimper,” John Glionna, April 12, 2014