It's been about three years since the the Connecticut Science Center sued some of the contractors who built it, looking to recoup some of the money it lost from a faulty roof. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the science center has resolved some -- but not all -- of those claims.
High atop the science center at the heart of Hartford sits what has been called its "magic carpet" roof -- and undulating canopy, parts of which had to be taken down before they fell down shortly after construction. It was a costly mistake and a costly fix that delayed the opening of the science center. And in 2009, the center sued the architect -- Pelli Clarke Pelli -- and many of its subcontractors. That suit is still pending.
But last month, the science center withdrew its action against three companies -- Whiting-Turner, its construction manager; Thornton Tomasetti, its engineers; and a third company. An attorney for the science center would not discuss the terms of the settlement, saying that they were confidential. Pelli Clark Pelli -- the architectural firm of the renowned Cesar Pelli -- is still a defendant.