$5.5M Awarded to Community College in Building Case

May 11, 2015 – In The News
New Jersey Law Journal

Ronald Williams was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal article, “$5.5M Awarded to Community College in Building Case.” Full text can be found in the May 11, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

In a recent case, the Community College of Philadelphia won $5.5 million because of an architectural firm’s big mistakes.

The community college sued mainly because the architectural firm agreed to provide a new campus building with the work of seasoned professionals. Instead, they slowly substituted their experienced staff (including the leading project architect) with underqualified employees including inexperienced interns from a nearby university.

Additionally, the price of the project had increased by more than half. The firm agreed to watch over the mechanical, electrical and plumbing process (MEP) delineated in the proposal. Instead, they passed this responsibility off to another firm. This second firm caused delays and added to the increased budget.

The community college’s attorney, Ronald Williams, commented that the blame should have been on the first architectural firm only, although the second one was responsible for $1.5 of the verdict.

“I'm thrilled for the Community College of Philadelphia,” Williams said. “The Community College of Philadelphia obviously touches the lives of a lot of people. It helps educate a large portion of the population of Philadelphia and also employs almost 1,400 people.”