An Associated Press article from Tuesday, November 29, 2005 reports that Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is seeking damages from Rafael Vinoly Architects, the Center’s architectural firm…
According to the lawsuit,
“This action arises from an architect who had a grand vision but was unable to convert that vision into reality, causing the owner to incur significant additional expenses to correct and overcome the architect’s errors and delays.”
It’s no mistake that the AP article appeared in the Miami Herald, a newspaper located in a city which has the dubious distinction of becoming a case example on how not to conduct a PAC project (if you look hard enough, you can see the defunct Richmond PAC project in their shadow). I’m sure Miami’s PAC Foundation and architect are going to watch this case unfold with intense scrutiny.
Nevertheless, what’s really interesting is whether or not Artec Consultants Inc, the PAC’s acousticians, will be included in any of the legal proceedings. Furthermore, it will be similarly intriguing to see if there’s any mention of the less than enthusiastic reception to Verizon Hall’s acoustics from the public and press. As a matter of fact, last January, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a recent study (conducted by Artec Consultants Inc.) concluded the hall suffers from a “relatively low level of impact” and blames the problem on “known construction deficiencies.”
That report from January, 2005 did not include a figure related to how much it would cost to improve the “known construction deficiencies”, but if these issues work their way into the lawsuit, I would be surprised if someone didn’t figure out a cost estimate.
Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride…