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Haste makes waste
Contractor seeks $34 million in cost overruns for Bank One park
Posted: Thursday November 19, 1998 11:10 AM
PHOENIX (AP) -- The main contractor on Bank One Ballpark wants the Arizona Diamondbacks and others involved in building the complex to understand that haste makes waste -- and to pay for it.
Perini-Tutor-Saliba filed a lawsuit this week seeking nearly $34 million to cover cost overruns the company says resulted from the rush to finish the ballpark prior to opening day of the major league baseball season, the Arizona Republic reported on Thursday.
The Maricopa County Superior Court suit names the architect and others in contending that the increased costs were a result of mistakes by the architect, the team, the construction manager and the Maricopa County Stadium District during the rush.
The newspaper said most of the parties declined to comment on the lawsuit but that one said anonymously that the builders were led to believe overruns would be covered so long as the ballpark was completed on time.
Brad Holm, an attorney for the Diamondbacks, told the newspaper, however, that Perini, the low bidder, was paid the full $147 million bid and got an additional $18 million to cover the cost of changes made during construction.
"We have paid dearly for them to get this done," Holm said.
Overruns pushed the stadium's cost to $365 million, of which about two-thirds came from a county sales tax. The agreement between the team and the stadium district provided for the team to cover all costs over $253 million.
Many of the cost overruns resulted from adjustments as the unusual retractable roof was built.
Joe Gross, a vice president for Ellerbe Becket Inc., the architect, told the Republic he could not comment specifically on the lawsuit because he has not seen a copy of it.However, he said, "We're proud of the facility that's sitting over there. We think we did an exemplary job. We think everybody in Maricopa County is probably happy with the results."
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