SkyscraperCity banner

1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Moderator
Joined
·
16,440 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
A construction FUBAR is unfolding front and center on Lower Manhattan's skyline.

Contractor Sues Fortis Over ‘Unsafe’ Leaning Tower Condo Near Seaport

The 670-foot-tall, 58-story apartment building under construction at 161 Maiden Lane is leaning three inches to the north, according to a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court by the project’s contractor, Pizzarotti. An off-kilter foundation is affecting the building’s structural integrity, facade, waterproofing and elevators, the recent suit argues.

Developer Fortis Property Group, working with a previous general contractor, opted not to drive piles into the soft ground of the site by South Street Seaport on the East River before it laid the foundation because Fortis wanted to save money, the contractor claims in the suit. Instead, Pizarrotti alleges, Fortis decided to use a cheaper “soil improvement” method, which involves compacting and draining the damp earth to make it more stable.

[...]

The Fortis spokesman acknowledged that the building was off-kilter, but said it’s not a safety issue, as Pizzarotti claimed. The general contractor actually caused the leaning condition by failing to plan for the settling of the foundation while pouring the concrete slabs of the building, the spokesman shot back.

[...]

“As two of the top engineering firms in the world—Arup and WSP—have certified, there are no safety issues at the building and construction can continue immediately,” the Fortis spokesman said in remarks
a recent photo

 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top