May 24, 2024
By Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto City Council is scheduled to hear Swinerton Builders’ and other subcontractors’ claims on August 7. Alo Alto, California is getting ready for a possible lawsuit on Sherman Avenue over the construction of an $118 million building dedicated to public safety. The City Council will consider a number of claims from […]

By Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto City Council is scheduled to hear Swinerton Builders’ and other subcontractors’ claims on August 7.

Alo Alto, California is getting ready for a possible lawsuit on Sherman Avenue over the construction of an $118 million building dedicated to public safety.

The City Council will consider a number of claims from Swinerton builders and subcontractors as the main contractor for the city on August 7. The new building, in addition to housing the Police Headquarters, will also house the Fire Department Administration and Office of Emergency Services.

The three-story building, which is 50 feet tall, has a large training area, meeting rooms, public spaces, an underground parking garage and a lot more. It’s the most costly and largest project of the infrastructure plan. Palo Alto has planned for the construction of a new police station for more than 20 years. A number of studies showed that its current facility is inadequate and vulnerable to earthquakes.

The nature of the disagreement is not clear, but according to Thursday’s council agenda (released on July 27), the city is working hard to correct numerous Swinerton changes orders and construction mistakes. The City Council awarded RossDrulisCuisenbery Architects a contract worth $687.500 in May as compensation for their assistance in resolving the errors.

The Public Works Department also reported that the cast-in place concrete had been installed incorrectly, requiring its removal and replacement, as well as the improper installation of the skylight in the middle, resulting in the need to remove and replace it. Also, exterior tiles were provided which did not comply with the tile requirements.

The winter storms also caused damage to the building, including flooding and water infiltration. There was even potential for roof membrane and insulation that had been partially installed.

Deductive change orders were also issued by the city at that time to charge back contractors for errors in construction directly caused through design mistakes.

The agendas of the council released Thursday by the city do not give much information about the dispute. However, they cite the Public Contract Code (9204), which regulates construction disputes. On the agenda are Swinerton, Structures, Inc., CCI Construction, Inc., Walters & Wolf, WSA, Helix Construction Company, BMC, Sandis, and Northern Services, Inc.

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