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November 9, 2012

College finds flaw in new academic building

Work on SUNY Plattsburgh academic building will need to be redone

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“If you don’t address those issues, you live with them, and that’s what we have grown to get much better at,” Homburger said.

“By doing it properly, it reduces the potential for maintenance in the future.”

However, according to Homburger, the Pike Company was reluctant to fulfill the college’s request for a new wall, as it felt the workmanship met construction-industry standards. 

“The fact is they felt that the workmanship was fine,” he said.

Resolving the issue took time, he added, as several people were called in to look at the wall, including officials from the SUNY Construction Fund, who agreed that the wall did not meet specifications. 

Ultimately, the Pike Company agreed to tear it down and has begun to reconstruct it. 

”When we don’t get listened to in a reasonable way, we’ll stand our ground, and that’s what we did in this case,” Homburger said. 

“The most important thing is keep the project going, and that was the right decision everybody made.”

A representative for the Pike Company declined to comment. 

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As of now, the rebuild comes at no additional cost to SUNY Plattsburgh; however, Homburger added, the Pike Company could file a claim stating that the college is responsible for some or all of the cost of reconstructing the wall. 

“It could end up in a claim that they felt that it (the first wall) was fine, and then we would argue with them that it wasn’t fine,” he said. 

The actual cost of the rebuild has not yet been assessed, though Homburger noted it’s likely not a great deal of money. 

Other factors contributing to the delay in the building’s completion include modifications having to be made to the structure’s design and the placement of functions throughout the building. 

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