Brockport, New York, Roof Collapse

When a post-tensioned concrete roof system collapsed during construction of a university athletic complex, the general contractor was quickly embroiled in litigation with the owner, subcontractors and design consultants. We were engaged by the general contractor to prosecute its claim for delay damages and to defend against claims asserted by others. Contract plans for an ice hockey arena called for 174-foot roof girders. Each girder was comprised of three pre-cast concrete beams to be spliced and post-tensioned at the site. Pre-trial testimony established that the failure resulted from a defect in the design of a coupling system for connection of post-tensioning cables in the segmented roof girders. As the case was about to be tried, we negotiated a $1.0 million settlement on behalf of our client and its subcontractors.