A construction firm is suing the City of Kamloops in connection to renovation work done at Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre in 2016.
“The city is confident and hopeful that we’ll be able to respond to this and address it and take care of it without any further compensation by the city,” city capital-projects manager Darren Crundwell said.
Kamloops-based D&T Developments’ notice of civil claim also lists as defendants contracting company Anvil Ironworks and structural engineering firm Reid Christoffersen. D&T was the general contractor hired by the city to complete the $3-million upgrade of the fitness centre after problems were found with the facility’s roof. The centre was closed in June 2015 and re-opened more than two years later
D&T retained Anvil to complete steel upgrades on the building’s roof.
In its notice of civil claim, D&T alleges the City of Kamloops and Reid Christoffersen were negligent and made “inaccurate and misleading” representations about the project.
Crundwell said the city has done nothing wrong, but has been caught in the middle after hiring a professional engineer and contractor. The city’s legal counsel is in the process of responding to the claim, which Crundwell expects will happen “very soon.
“We’re not going to sit on it,” he said.
D&T alleges Anvil installed the steel decking on the pool roof over a five-day period in November 2016. Later inspections determined the steel did not meet the standard set out in the project’s contract and it had to be removed and replaced.
According to D&T, Anvil knowingly installed the wrong steel.
“At no time prior to Anvil delivering and installing the steel decking did Anvil advise or warn D&T that the steel decking as set out in the design and specifications was unavailable, or that Anvil would supply and install steel decking that did not conform with the design and specifications,” the claim reads.
In December 2016, when work was halted due to the decking dilemma, Crundwell said the city's contract with general contractor D&T required the decking to be treated with a special coating to make the material more resistant to high-moisture environments. The process is done at the factory where the decking is produced.
Crundwell said no one noticed the incorrect material had been used until more work had been completed, including the installation of insulation and some of the roofing membrane.
None of the allegations in either claim has been proven in court.
In a previous lawsuit filed in May, Anvil sued D&T and the city, among others, alleging it was not paid more than $180,000 for its work on the project.