The Petersen Events Center is a state-of-the-art sports arena located at the University of Pittsburgh. This extraordinary 430,000-square-foot arena has a seating capacity of around 12,500, includes a 40,000-square-foot recreational facility and required nearly 5,000 tons of structural steel to build.

GREYHAWK was engaged by the architect’s counsel, Burns White, to provide comprehensive construction claims services relative to a professional design errors and omissions claim brought about by the Center owner. GREYHAWK performed a detailed evaluation of approximately 360 professional error and omission changes orders asserted by the owner, resulting is additional charges in excess of $11 million.

In this matter, GREYHAWK developed a timeline using a project database of information it prepared that was culled from project records. The timeline provided factual input for understanding the planned and actual performance of the design efforts and facilitated the investigation of the issue(s) causing changes from the planned scope, level-of-effort and timing of the design activities. This investigation aided in, among other things, the determination of any time, direct labor or cumulative impact to the design work of the architect due to various owner design changes.

The attorney for the architect contracted GREYHAWK to analyze the performance of the architect and to determine the merits of the design deficiency claims made by the University, as well as the cause of delays to the construction of the arena. Additional expert analysis and opinions for error and omissions
and design deficiency issues were offered by specialty experts engaged by counsel.

GREYHAWK’s services in representing the design professional included:

  • Expert report
  • Delay analysis
  • Issue investigation
  • Damages assessment
  • Design deficiency investigation
  • Demonstrative evidence preparation
  • Trial and testimony support
  • Expert testimony

The expert testimony provided by GREYHAWK on this matter was presented to the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County. The GREYHAWK testimony was successful in refuting the majority of delay-related costs and more than half of the overall claims.