George Bush Intercontinental Airport ITT
FINDINGS KEY IN LOWERING DAMAGE CLAIM AMOUNT
The George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the largest of Houston’s two airports and boasts a total area of 17.19 square miles with five runways, five terminals, and an on-site hotel. In June of 2020, Total Contracting Limited, a Houston-based general contractor, began rehabilitating the John F. Kennedy approach roadways to Terminals A and B, and the Marriot Hotel through an award from the City of Houston. During the removal of concrete roadway pavement, Total Contracting and its subcontractors caused damage to the roof of the Inter-Terminal Train (ITT) Tunnel. This prompted the City of Houston to issue an emergency purchase order and employ a secondary general contractor to repair the Tunnel roof.
On February 2, 2021, the City of Houston submitted a Notice of Claim to Total Contracting alleging the incurrence of $2.9 million to perform repairs resulting from the damage to the ITT Tunnel roof, substantiated with the secondary general contractor’s repair estimate and payment applications. Based on a preliminary review of the secondary general contractor’s payment applications and backup documentation, the City of Houston alleged the damages were improperly substantiated and may need to be adjusted. A dispute evolved and our client Taunton, Snyder, & Parish, a litigation firm working with Total Contracting, engaged Peritia to review the alleged expenses incurred by the secondary general contractor through the City of Houston to repair the ITT Tunnel. Peritia’s team examined the expenses submitted and the corrective work performed on the ITT Tunnel.
With a substantial background in dispute resolution and litigation support, our experts were able to determine a more accurate report on the financial impact of remedying the damage. The damage claim for corrective work was settled in mediation, with the final amount agreed upon substantially less than the original claim. Taunton, Snyder, & Parish noted that Peritia’s report of findings was a key component in lowering the damage claim amount and has engaged our team on other projects because of this initial engagement.
Taunton, Snyder, & Parish
Total Contracting Limited/Allied World Assurance Company
1,500 SF (roof) and 5,000 SF (pavement)
Infrastructure & Transportation
Claims & Expert Witness, Cost of Corrective Work, Damage Quantification