Washington-based construction lawyer, Douglas Reiser, posted an update on the LEED certified Courthouse Square project in Salem, Oregon. Following substantial completion in 2000 and LEED certification in 2002, serious construction defect were discovered. The structural defects uncovered resulted in the building being vacated. A claim has been filed with the insurance carrier, and talk remains of demolishing the building. Reiser brings up some interesting points:
I am a bit surprised that little has come out about this project. Perhaps this is because the most significant defects are largely unrelated to its LEED certification. But, this project has called into question the issued of decertification. Does a building that has been condemned deserve a LEED plaque? This is a big question that the USGBC might need to answer.
Recently, a Washington engineering firm performed a forensic investigation of the building, its building process, and the people involved. For the first time, the public has been given a sneak peak into the people involved in this building, the engineers who have inspected it and the events that led to its demise. You can review the Forensic Report on Scribd by following this link.