City manager reports Elk Grove Aquatics Center construction litigation settled

Defendants in the city's lawsuit contended emails from Elk Grove's current public works director Jeff Werner validated their claims. | 

In litigation that pre-dated the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced at last week's Elk Grove City Council meeting that a construction defect lawsuit had been resolved.

During his administrative report, Elk Grove City Manager Jason Behrmann announced that litigation the city pursued against companies involved in constructing the District56 Aquatics Center had been resolved by mediation. See Behrmann's complete statement from last week's meeting in the video below.

The Aquatics Center opened in May 2019 and not long after Elk Grove filed suit against contractors, including Big B Construction, Arntz Construction, Willdan Engineering, and SWA Sausalito. The center's opening was delayed by one year due to faulty concrete work that the city asserted caused the delay and cost overruns.

Big B was most vocal in their opposition countering that the city's design was defective, and when brought to attention, their advice was ignored. Bolstering Big B's argument were emails from Elk Grove's current public works director Jeff Werner that seemingly validated their claims. 

Behrmann did not disclose the settlement terms.  

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D.J. Blutarsky said...

With all the settlement checks City Attorney Jonathan "No-Litigation" Hobbs has been writing over the past 15 years or so, I'd love to see what the City's liability insurance premium has been doing! Better yet, I wish a law was passed that would require public disclosure of settlements that use taxpayer dollars!

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