Work schedule changes, discovery of lead contamination and a two-alarm fire at the Naval Academy’s Rickover Hall led to delays and extra costs in a project to replace the hall’s HVAC, according to claims in a lawsuit against Liberty Mutual.
Baltimore-based Enterprise Electric Co. was subcontracted by Rockville contractor John C. Grimberg Co. Inc. to do work on Rickover Hall, which is an engineering class building at the Naval Academy. The project received $44.5 million in funding in 2017, according to previous Capital reporting.
Enterprise Electric received $6,616,000 for its work, according to the complaint it filed in the District Court for Maryland. However, due to delays and other issues with the work, the final cost due to the electric company exceeded the planned amount.
In the lawsuit, Enterprise Electric attorney Jackson Nichols wrote that the inefficiency costs, which it claimed were $1,844,935, were not the fault of the company.
The lawsuit, filed Aug. 25, lists Liberty Mutual as the defendant as Enterprise Electric submitted a claim after not receiving payment from the contractor, according to the lawsuit. Liberty Mutual, which declined to comment on the pending litigation, is listed as the surety on the Aug. 25, 2017, payment bond for the project.
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The extra costs come from delays in the project, according to the lawsuit. Enterprise first started its work Jan. 8, 2018, although it was supposed to start earlier, according to the lawsuit. It last did work on Rickover on Aug. 25, 2020.
Changes to the work schedule also caused Enterprise to replace Rickover’s HVAC system in two parts, which meant keeping half of the system operational while the other half was replaced, according to an Aug. 24, 2020, claim letter sent to the John C. Grimberg Co.
The project was supposed to be completed in October 2019, but the project was extended by 10 months, according to the claim letter.
One factor in the delay was a two-alarm fire in Rickover Hall in July 2019. The building was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Safety violations by the roofers involved in the project led to another delay in February 2020 as did the discovery of lead contamination, according to the claim letter.
Enterprise also had to repair damages caused by others while fixing the HVAC system, which were not foreseen or part of the original contract, leading to additional costs, according to the claim letter.
Enterprise is asking the judge to find it is owed the $1,844,935 by Liberty Mutual and that it also receives interest, payment for the cost of the suit, attorney fees and other relief deemed appropriate by the court.