ArchDaily’s list of the 9 worst architectural lawsuits and disputes

Thomas Musca, writing for ArchDaily, compiled a list of nine examples of the worst architectural claims, disputes and lawsuits:

What did Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry get when he designed the Stata Center, an exuberantly whimsical academic complex for MIT? A very large check, plus a major lawsuit, alleging negligence and breach of contract due to rampant leaks, mold, cracks, drainage problems and sliding ice. Sometimes the most inspired designs can go awry. And when they do, some clients lawyer up. Here are 9 fascinating examples.

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Mechanics Liens released at Las Vegas SkyVue – “Observation Wheel” project rolling forward

I’ve had the opportunity to see the Las Vegas strip from vantage points that most people aren’t afforded — rooftops in surrounding residential developments. The view is much different from what you see walking the sidewalks of Las Vegas Boulevard (plus you don’t have to keep turning down offers for paid companionship). The SkyVue project, … Continue reading Mechanics Liens released at Las Vegas SkyVue – “Observation Wheel” project rolling forward

FBI: 14 additional guilty pleas entered related to Las Vegas construction defect scandal

The FBI issued a press release concerning the ongoing Las Vegas HOA construction defect litigation fraud saga. On May 31, 2012, fourteen additional co-conspirators entered guilty pleas. Nancy Quon, the attorney at the heart of the conspiracy, was found dead as a result of an apparent suicide in March of this year. According to court … Continue reading FBI: 14 additional guilty pleas entered related to Las Vegas construction defect scandal

Nancy Quon, key figure in Las Vegas construction defect scandal, found dead

I was afraid things might turn out this way… Nancy Quon, the embattled attorney involved in a far-reaching HOA scandal, was found dead Tuesday in the bathtub of her Henderson condo. Henderson Police were at Quon’s condo at the District investigating her death. Officers say foul play was not involved. A family member of Quon’s … Continue reading Nancy Quon, key figure in Las Vegas construction defect scandal, found dead

Detailed Report on the Ongoing Las Vegas Construction Defect Corruption Investigation

Felix Gillete, reporting for Bloomberg Businessweek, has published perhaps the best account yet of the ongoing construction defect litigation corruption investigation in the Las Vegas area. It is a long read, but Gillette has done a wonderful job of piecing together the details of this story. Before the market crashed and home prices tumbled, before … Continue reading Detailed Report on the Ongoing Las Vegas Construction Defect Corruption Investigation

Las Vegas CityCenter Update – Subcontractors Object To Demolition of Harmon

Steve Green has published an excellent report at VEGAS INC, on some new developments in the ongoing CityCenter saga. According to Green, Harmon subcontractors Pacific Coast Steel and Ceco Concrete Construction LLC have joined general contractor Perini Building Co. in opposition to MGM Resorts International’s plans to implode the troubled building. According to experts on … Continue reading Las Vegas CityCenter Update – Subcontractors Object To Demolition of Harmon

Las Vegas CityCenter’s Harmon At Risk Of Collapse In Seismic Event, According To Structural Expert

Forensic and consulting engineering firm, Weidlinger Associates, claims that the Harmon could be at risk of collapse during an earthquake. Oskar Garcia, reporting for the Associated Press at Forbes.com, states that the engineering firm was brought in b… Continue reading Las Vegas CityCenter’s Harmon At Risk Of Collapse In Seismic Event, According To Structural Expert

Vegas, Baby!

For the first time ever, my family and I are taking a vacation together. We’re off to Las Vegas. Hopefully there won’t be too much fear or loathing… We are fairly frugal, so taking a family of five on vacation has typically proved beyond budgetary constraints. Most of my “vacation time” in the past several … Continue reading Vegas, Baby!