Film Defects the Focus of Construction Lawsuit in Portland

July 21st, 2015 by Casey Flores

Alleged defects in spandrel glass units on a newly completed mixed-use building in Portland, Ore., have prompted a lawsuit against the project’s contract glazier and glass supplier.

Building owner 12W RPO LLC is suing general contractor Hoffman Construction Co., contract glazier Benson Industries of Portland and glass fabricator Viracon Inc. for a collective $6 million to replace the units and cover the cost of lost rent at the 22-story building called “The Indigo.”

Indigo 12 West. Photo: Bill Taroll, Flickr

Indigo 12 West. Photo: Bill Taroll, Flickr

After completion of construction, according to a complaint filed in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, the owner allegedly “discovered the polyester metallic opacifier film adhered to the spandrel glass units installed in its building was defective in that it was separating and peeling away from the spandrel glass units, damaging the film, the spandrel glass units, and property exposed to sunlight through the damaged spandrel glass units.”

The lawsuit was filed in in Multnomah County on July 8.

Claims for relief in the suit include strict products liability, negligent products liability and breach of warranty against all defendants, as well as a breach of contract against Hoffman.

The complaint alleges that the defendants were negligent in failing to manufacture, inspect and install the film properly and that the three parties are on the hook for cost of remediation of the issues.

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