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Part II: Florida city, county fight to get construction defects fixed

Regular readers of our legal blog will undoubtedly recall a recent post about a construction defect dispute that has embroiled both a Florida city and county.

The exterior of the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton is defective; pieces of it have fallen to the ground, putting pedestrians and passing motorists at risk. Both government entities have been frustrated in their efforts to get the construction defects resolved.

The nine-story County Judicial Center in downtown Bradenton set taxpayers back more than $77 million by the time the glass-and-brick building was completed in 2008. The contractor on the project was Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC and the architectural firm HOK was responsible for the structure's design, including the flawed shell precast paneling exterior.

The county attorney's office issued a statement that officials had "recently identified issues with the quality of the architectural precast panels on the exterior of the County's Judicial Center building." They said testing and investigation has been done with more expected.

The county said it notified the contractor in November of 2018 about the defective panels and the caulk in between the panels but that the flaws have not yet been fixed.

Officials point out that this isn't the first problem with the building's exterior. A stucco section of the fa├žade required $2 million in repairs back in 2013. There is no firm estimate on what current repairs would cost.

Please let us know if we can help your property owners' association resolve construction defect issues anywhere in the state of Florida.

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