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Stadium Construction Allegedly Disrupts Business

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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The recent construction of the Orlando City Stadium has caused some backlash from a nearby business, which claims that the vibrations from the stadium’s construction cost it more than $1 million in damage.

Mark Hess, owner of E.R.  Precision Optical (a tech company that makes crystal and silicon lenses for jets and tanks) is suing the Orlando City soccer team, the city and the general contractor, Barton Malow, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Case

Hess spoke with the Sentinel about the construction, which lasted about two years through 2015 and 2016, and said that the company’s highly sensitive equipment was useless while construction was ongoing nearby.

“They claimed they would do something, have a schedule and let us know, but nothing was done,” Hess said. “We met with the contractors and the city about 50 times and nothing was done.”

Both Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office and Malow have declined to comment on the case, while an Orlando City spokesperson told the Sentinel that the team was unaware that there was ever any issue.

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Mark Hess, owner of E.R.  Precision Optical (a tech company that makes crystal and silicon lenses for jets and tanks) is suing the Orlando City soccer team, the city and the general contractor, Barton Malow, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“If there was any communication about this matter between the stadium’s construction partners and the company mentioned below, the Club was not made aware of this or any issues between these parties during the construction phase of the stadium,” said Jacklyne Ramos, senior director of communications for Orlando City.

Hess’ company makes window coverings that protect systems and sensors related to military equipment. The process involved baking silicon and germanium at high temperatures and then cutting and smoothing the lenses—which needs to be done in a vibration-free environment.

Tucker Byrd, the lawyer representing Hess, confirmed that damages could be more than $1 million.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Good Technical Practice; Lawsuits; North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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