Archive for September 22nd, 2010

September 22, 2010

Art Institute sues firm for shoddy work on new wing

September 22, 2010 2:40 AM
The Art Institute of Chicago is suing a London engineering firm for what it calls delays and shoddy engineering in its Modern Wing addition that opened last year.

According to the suit filed Tuesday in federal court, the museum faces $10 million in repairs and upgrades to the addition. Among the problems cited in the suit are cracks in concrete floors, condensation clouding the main vestibule glass and an air-conditioning system that can’t maintain a safe climate for artwork.

The suit also alleges Ove Arup & Partners caused costly delays in the construction because metal blades for the “Flying Carpet” design of the roof required changes to prevent “a noticeable whistling sound on windy days,” and the bridge connecting the museum to Millennium Park also needed modifications to achieve the “sharp, knife-like effect” envisioned by award-winning architect Renzo Piano’s design.

The suit said the engineering firm failed to offer any settlement after the Art Institute submitted a list of defects and expenses.