Chicago Hospital Sues Architectural Firm Over Alleged $8 Million Errors

Rush University Medical Center broke ground for its new building, a 14-story structure located along the Eisenhower Expressway, in 2008, and the facility finally opened its doors this January. Although the project’s budget had steadily increased since its inception, Rush says that they spent an unnecessary $8 million due to errors made by architecture firm Perkins & Will.

In a lawsuit recently filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Rush alleges that Perkins & Will made multiple errors related to offsetting the amount of heat generated by the flat-screen televisions that are present in each of the 304 patient rooms. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, engineering firm Environmental Systems Design Inc., also made critical mistakes leading to unnecessary last-minute changes in the building’s heating and ventilation system. However, Rush’s complaint does not name Environmental Systems as a party to the lawsuit, and states that, as architecture firm, Perkins & Will is responsible for the engineers’ errors.

According to the article, the defendants may point to the fact that the project employed what’s referred to as the fast-track method, meaning that construction was started before the engineering and architectural drawings were complete. However, Rush’s complaint points out that this isn’t an unusual practice in these types of construction projects, and says it isn’t the reason for the errors. The hospital project ended up costing Rush around $677 million, and according to a Rush representative, all of the building’s systems are functioning properly.

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