Orange County PAC Sues Architect Cesar Pelli, Fluor Corp.

Classic Arts News   Orange County PAC Sues Architect Cesar Pelli, Fluor Corp.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center in California filed a suit on August 17 against architect Cesar Pelli and the contractor Fluor Corporation, alleging that they exceeded construction costs by over $30 million and made permanent errors in the building and design of the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The center cites expenses rising from the original plan of $200 million to $240 million, obstructed sight lines and uncomfortably tight seating areas. Most of the errors were mended at a cost of millions of dollars, while others remain irreversible, the Orange Country Register reports the suit as alleging.

The suit also mentions problems between builders and designers during construction. Fluor claims that the firm of Pelli Clarke Pelli presented imperfect plans that caused an irregular construction schedule, while the architecture firm compliained about Fluor's "inefficient building methods."

Arts center president Terrence Dwyer said that the suit will not prevent the center's campaign to pay off the hall's remaining $63.5 million debt, expecting to obtain all funds from donors instead of a court win or settlement. Nonetheless, he is satisfied with the new venue.

"The center, and I believe the community, is extremely pleased with the quality of the hall's design and construction," Dwyer said. "It's a very complex project, and this is not an unusual thing to have happen."

Officials of Fluor and Pelli Clarke Pelli would not comment on the suit.

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