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Contractor’s bankruptcy could delay Science and Engineering Hall construction

The bankruptcy could delay construction on the Science and Engineering Hall. Hatchet File Photo
The bankruptcy filing could delay construction of the Science and Engineering Hall. Hatchet File Photo
Updated: Aug. 1, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.

A subcontractor hired to complete electrical work for the Science and Engineering Hall filed for bankruptcy last week, which could delay the project and cost thousands of dollars a day.

Truland Systems’ bankruptcy filing could cost Clark Construction, the company GW hired, about $7,000 a day. An attorney representing Clark gave that estimate in a motion he filed in bankruptcy court to replace Truland, the Washington Post reported.

“The delay in completing the critical path electrical work will not only result in late delivery of the project, […] but, it will impact the other trade contractors on the project, resulting in potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in trade contractor delay claims,” Clark’s attorney Patrick Potter wrote.

Truland, a Reston, Va.-based electrical contractor with about 1,000 employees, filed for bankruptcy on July 23. The company’s employees stopped work two days before, the Post reported.

University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said GW does not expect the bankruptcy to affect the building’s 2015 opening. The University is working with Clark to “mitigate any potential impacts related to the recent bankruptcy,” Hiatt said.

Truland would be liable for the costs of the delay because of the provisions in its contract with Clark, Potter wrote in the motion.

Two former Truland employees filed a class action lawsuit against the company Wednesday, claiming they did not receive written notice of their termination 60 days in advance as required by federal law.

Construction for the Science and Engineering Hall is expected to cost $275 million.

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