State Sues Over Alleged Delays in Construction of SIUE Science Building

By on August 9, 2019

From Madison-St. Clair Record:  Illinois is suing a construction company over alleged delays to the completion of the University of Southern Illinois’ science building in Edwardsville.

The state’s Capital Development Board (CDB), which oversees the construction and rehabilitation of buildings, is suing Williams Brothers Construction Inc. (WBCI) over the $54 million, 140,000 square feet construction on the Edwardsville campus.

CDB accuses the construction company of breach of contract for failing to substantially complete the building by the agreed date, which had already been changed twice previously, according to the complaint.

The science building, which opened in 2013, was supposed to have been substantially completed by October 2012. However, the building wasn’t substantially completed until May the following year, the suit states.

Williams Brothers Construction did not return calls from the Record asking for comment on the suit, which was filed in Madison County Circuit Court.

The complaint states that an architectural firm, Hastings and Chivetta (H&C), was employed to determine the size and scope of the project, the amount of work to be performed, estimated cost, and to design the building.

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