U.S. Supreme Court
Contractor Claims Supreme Court’s Need for Quiet Caused Millions in Cost Overruns
Posted May 6, 2011 1:02 PM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A contractor working on U.S. Supreme Court renovations claims requests for quiet and decorum added millions of dollars in costs to the project.
Grunley Construction is seeking as much as $40 million in disputes over project costs in a series of claims in the administrative appeals process, the Daily Business Review reports. One claim before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Grunley had pledged the Supreme Court would not be interrupted during the project, the story says. Its contract, however, anticipated only 16 days a year would be lost because of court events.
Grunley claims memos in 2005 required additional restrictions on its work for nearly 80 days a year. The government says there was no contract change because Grunley was already supposed to suspend work during court sessions.
Hat tip to How Appealing.