Payment disputes plague Spire construction

Noted architect Santiago Calatrava is among the latest to file suit against the Chicago project’s developer for nonpayment.

10/30/2008


According to a Chicago Tribune report , Santiago Calatrava, the architect behind the striking design for the Spire project in Chicago, has joined a long line of people unhappy with the developer and is suing for nonpayment.

Calatrava’s representatives claim their client has been shorted $11.3 million in fees by Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. Separately, architectural firm Perkins + Will filed a lien for $4.8 million. According to developer representatives, the actual amounts owed are in dispute, and because the project is slated to stretch out over four years, they still have several months to deliver the checks.

The Spire, a planned 150-story skyscraper sited near the shore of Lake Michigan, first broke ground in June 2007; if completed as planned, the structure would be the tallest skyscraper in the world. The developer reports about one third of the units already have been sold, including the penthouse, with a price tag said to be $40 million. In recent months, however, construction activity at the Spire site has all but stopped, leaving a 76-foot-deep hole surrounded by caissons, and nothing more.





No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Combined heat and power; Assessing replacement of electrical systems; Energy codes and lighting; Salary Survey; Fan efficiency
Commissioning lighting control systems; 2016 Commissioning Giants; Design high-efficiency hot water systems for hospitals; Evaluating condensation and condensate
Solving HVAC challenges; Thermal comfort criteria; Liquid-immersion cooling; Specifying VRF systems; 2016 Product of the Year winners
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing Arc Flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
click me