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Architect Pays $1.6M for School Design Flaws

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Ohio-based DNK Architects Inc. is to pay $1.6 million for design flaws associated with a school building project completed in 2006, which was negatively impacted by a botched roof installation and other design issues.

DNK Architects Inc. will pay $1 million to the Dayton Public Schools Board and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for the Wogaman project, which needed to have its roof replaced, and $595,000 for the Louise Troy project, according to Dayton Daily News.

School Building Design Flaws

DNK was hired to serve as both the architect and engineer of record for the Wogaman project in 2002, followed by the Louise Troy project in 2005. In 2013, the school system needed to fix roofing and building envelope problems at Wogaman, which resulted in a complete roof replacement. In 2015, the school sued several contractors; last year, two contractors agreed to pay $900,000 to settle.

As for DNK, the company’s project documents included a combined 2,314 “design errors and omissions," which resulted in 319 change orders. Neither side has admitted fault.

Even though how the settlement money will be split remains unclear, a previous settlement divided 39 percent for the school system and 61 percent for the state, matching each institution’s investment in the project.

Roof Replacement

When the work on Wogaman was being completed, Kerkan Roofing Inc., of Cincinnati, installed the roof system for Columbus-based Thomas & Marker Construction Inc. After the issues regarding the roof and building envelope cropped up in 2013, the shingle roof was completely torn off and replaced with the current metallic-style roof.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission approved the settlement against these contractors in January, which called for Thomas & Marker to pay $392,000 and for Kerkan Roofing to pay $508,000. No party admitted fault.

“This is just a settlement of one portion of the claim, against Thomas & Marker and Kerkan. Other parts of the lawsuit are still going forward,” said DPS attorney Jyllian Bradshaw, in January. “From a legal standpoint, we are always advocating for the best interests of our students and trying to protect our taxpayers and taxpayer dollars.”

The original 2015 lawsuit identified 12 problems with the Wogaman roof, including but not limited to wrongly installed flashing, code violations and incorrect materials.


Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Good Technical Practice; Lawsuits; North America; Roofing contractors; Schools

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