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It Takes An Expert To Refute Architect's Skill And Care

Sunday, April 01, 2012 02:16 am


Defective Design

City of Alexandria v. Ratcliffe Construction Co., LLC, 2012 La. App. Lexis 176 (Feb. 15, 2012)

An expert determined that building defects were not the result of negligent design, and no other expert was called to rebut that finding. Thus, the architects were off the hook.

Architects Ashe Broussard Weinzette Architects, LLP and Witsell Evans & Rasco, PA designed a performing arts center for the City of Alexandria, Louisiana. After the center was completed, it began to leak--rainwater seeped through masonry wall systems. The city sought damages, blaming the contractor's workmanship and the architects' design.

The city hired a consultant to determine the leaks' cause and assess the quality of the design and workmanship. The resulting report placed the blame on faulty workmanship and [...]

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