Brickell City Centre Developer Suing Arquitectonica & Contractors Over Design, Construction Defects

Swire Properties has filed a lawsuit claiming that there are design and construction flaws at the Brickell City Centre complex that it developed.

Arquitectonica, which designed the complex, is named as a defendant. Other defendants include contractors John Moriarty & Associates, Americaribe, and numerous subcontractors.

Here is a list of problems that have been discovered at Brickell City Centre, according to the lawsuit:

  • Defective stucco throughout the project. Examples of the defective stucco include delaminated stucco, spalling, and breaking at the intersection of the shear wall, which will necessitate the removal and replacement of large portions of the stucco.
  • Defective windows and sliding glass doors. Large numbers of windows and sliding glass doors throughout the project are defectively installed. Defective installation at the windows and sliding glass doors has allowed for water intrusion into the structures and has resulted in damage.
  • The balcony rail systems at the project have been defective installed and many of the balconies have a negative slope.
  • The roofs and amenity deck roofs throughout the project are defective and have become saturated with water.
  • The pool decks throughout the project are defective and substantial leaking exists.
  • The panels affixed to the exterior of project are defective, and damage and water intrusion have resulted.
  • Planters throughout the project are defective and are not sufficiently watertight.
  • The drains throughout the project are defective.
  • Certain post-tension cables at the project are defective.
  • The canopy connecting various portions of the project is defective, and corrosion has resulted.
  • The cooling tower enclosures at the project are defective, and rust has resulted.
  • Waterproofing membranes throughout the project have failed.
  • Leaks exist in the north block mechanical rooms.
  • The mechanical, plumbing and HVAC systems at the project are defective.
  • Severe water intrusion has occurred in the garage, and substantial stalagmites have formed.
  • Showers and shower pans throughout the project are defective and leaking.
  • Hammams, steam rooms and spas throughout the project are defective.

The lawsuit was filed on January 22, and the defendants have not yet responded to the claims. The Real Deal first reported on the lawsuit.

 

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Anonymous
19 days ago

Its more surprising when a developer/contractor doesnt get sued after building lol

Anonymous
19 days ago

Especially in Miami.

Anonymous
18 days ago

It’s not only Miami. It’s every development in every city. Look at 432 park in Manhattan one of the most expensive buildings in the world and the have a crazy amount of issues as well

Anonymous
17 days ago

Looking at it, I wouldn’t be surprised. Who would pay hundreds of millions to live somewhere that looks like a concrete telephone pole?

Anonymous
16 days ago

“Who would pay hundreds of millions to live somewhere that looks like a concrete telephone pole?”

Who would?..thousands of rich people,

Anonymous
13 days ago

Agrees that grey scheme will be the mall’s main negative once the innovative design/architecture wears off its cool…

William
18 days ago

Contractors get asked why the pricing is so high? .. well – here you go. Btw the exorbitant impact / permit fee’s – and then the law suits for just about anything including workers comp and all the post construction condo law suits… Slowly the law suits are stifling the economy….

Anonymous
17 days ago

They do get sued all the time but they declare bankruptcy in fact they are the first second or third most sued business or group sorry for the bad English and the top three also that the clear bankruptcy multiple times by the way too much to get into but basically imagine if you’re a contractor and I say to you okay I want you to do the plumbing for this building they’re going to be 300 units and I have land and another building that I’m starting on I want you to bid on that too so what do you do you bid on it and then you even use cheaper materials so you can actually make a profit hoping that I’ll use you again when actually I’ll declare bankruptcy you’ll get screwed either way and that’s unfortunate this is exactly why even the poorest European countries are now developing better military airplane submarines satellites cheaper faster than the United States too much corruption too many hands in the pot so to speak no oversight and no what’s the word I’m looking for no punishment no consequences that’s it if you don’t have the money then you have to take your time and make good use of it here we just print more dollars to dollar is not worth anything frankly I think covid was a litmus test for money honestly to see how if the economy could survive in fact if I’m correct we will not be using currency as we know it in the next 10 years they’ve already eliminated it in parts of I believe Denmark Sweden and or Norway

Anonymous
16 days ago

Dude, you gotta learn when and how to use comas and periods. Your sentences run on and on and on and on and on and on and on……

Anonymous
19 days ago

Where were all the building inspectors?
All the municipalities do is charge money, and their permit process/ inspections do nothing to prevent defective construction.

Anonymous
19 days ago

theyre always wearing a white polo white with the city or county logo with a beer gut, grey hair, hotdogs behind their head and with a shot of cafe in their hands, and talking about boats with their eyes wide open.

Anonymous
18 days ago

true true – total cluster F. you pay the permit and then when you go to close one out the inspector barely looks at anything. I had closed out a plumbing permit and the inspector was signing off and I said- but you haven’t crawled under the house to look at the pipes??? what’s the point of signing off if you didn’t actually check the work??? i guess he didn’t want his white polo and khaki to get dirty— i told him to go under and look and he did……. so yes, just a way for the city to stall projects and make money but it does nothing to protect the buyer

Anonymous
17 days ago

yes. Building inspectors should also be on the list of being sued as they approved it.

Anonymous
16 days ago

They generally can’t because of the sovereign immunity. It is a total scam. The world use to work fine back in the old days without this bureaucratic local money making pit.

Anonymous
18 days ago

So, basically Suing their insurance policies.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Ultimately, the insurance companies pay to avoid the expense, uncertainty and inconvenience of protracted litigation–

Anonymous
18 days ago

That’s America. We always sue. I’m suing TNM for not telling me this!😂

Anonymous
18 days ago

OMG what a shock – defective construction in Miami? No… totally shocked.

Anonymous
19 days ago

this is actually scary seeing how many problems they have because of all the times i have been there

Anonymous
18 days ago

These are simple water proofing issues that come up in many 558 litigations, what are you scared about?

Anonymous
18 days ago

scared i might drown or trip or have the building fall on my head

Anonymous
18 days ago

Unbelievable! Was there anything done right?

Anonymous
19 days ago

Very chapuceros these contractors…

Anonymous
18 days ago

RUN!!! Get out … that structure is 5 minutes away to collapse!!

I remember when an inspection at Brickell Key II showed the parking was poorly done !

The other issue I will be suing is not having Air Conditioning instead of the environmental joke that doesn’t bring anything cool in the summer !!
🤨

Anonymous
17 days ago

“substantial stalagmites have formed”!! LOL

Anonymous
17 days ago

Please get us a picture of this!

Anonymous
17 days ago

they better help them for art lol

Anonymous
18 days ago

Like so many of these inflated and over exaggerated FL statute 558 claims… Just a money making scheme to collect on an insurance policy in lieu of addressing the actual issues. Probably a wrap-up that covers everyone named. 99% Chance this settles, plaintiffs walk away with a check and maybe 10% of the alleged issues get resolved.

Anonymous
15 days ago

…and don’t forget about the attorneys pushing this for their 33%!

Anonymous
8 days ago

OCIP and OPPI on this one….

Anonymous
17 days ago

Hire Arquitectonica; find defects.

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Anonymous
17 days ago

Usually the condo association sues the developer and all developers have a “fund” and will offer whatever is left over to shut them up.

This case sounds stupid, the developer is suing the architect it approved and hired?

Playedthegame
12 days ago

Most all construction defects….Owner blames contractor….contractor blames architect…..insurance companies pay……lawyers get rich

Anonymous
19 days ago

We have to live with this culprit in Miami everywhere.
Humidity averaging 87% all year round is untenable.
That’s why we must live with AC all year round otherwise it would be a mold cave.

Anonymous
18 days ago

NYer here and I love the heat and humidity. Way better than my cold city😂

Anonymous
18 days ago

Nobody asked you…I know tons of NY family and such who hate the cold…and tons of folks living in heat who hate the heat, nothing that unique – that qualification at the start means little…saying NYer here at the start of every sentence is so 80’s…i bet you do it all the time down here. And on a side note, the next time I hear a fellow NYer use the ‘I am from NY so therefore I know everything about pizza’, I am going to throwup. I know many NYers whose pizza recommendation you would not listen to – just cause they live in Astoria some place. You wait until you arrive in the boonies then you start to flaunt your NY brand. It is so tired.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Somebody ate the wrong empanada at lunch……….

Anonymous
18 days ago

Forget him.. If you’re from New York City, flaunt it. I’m a born and homegrown Miamian. I’ll tell anyone that to pinpoint exactly where I’m from in Florida.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Okay tough guy only see you do that in Philadelphia or Baltimore or in the deep South where you’ll end up mail to a tree stump and alligators in your legs for dessert

Anonymous
16 days ago

Wtf?!

Anonymous
18 days ago

Touchy. Someone must have been over the target.

Realtalk Reilly
18 days ago

Typical Miami “Mas o Menos” misconstruction