Transit projects gone bad
By: Eric Felton
In May, the London-based architectural engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners collected an award from the International Association of Lighting Designers for their work on the addition to the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. The year before, the company's engineering work on that same Renzo Piano-designed building earned an award of merit in an international Excellence in Structural Engineering competition.
This week the company found itself getting some rather less flattering attention for the project. The Art Institute of Chicago filed suit in federal court accusing the Arup firm of slipshod work, and asking for $10 million to cover the cost of needed fixes.
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