Railings howl in wind, condo owners claim

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 28, 2010, 9:40am

Palisade Palms Towers on Galveston's East Beach

GALVESTON – East Beach Project Phase I Ltd. claims Architectural Railings & Grilles Inc. installed defective exterior railings at a condominium tower it was constructing, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed July 16 in Galveston County District Court, East Beach says defendant ARG was brought on to design, fabricate, manufacture, and install interior and exterior railings for the Palisade Palms Condominium Project, which consists of two 27-story buildings each containing 144 units, on Galveston's East Beach.

After the installation of the exterior railings, the plaintiff insists that during windy conditions the railings resonate and create a loud howling sound.

"Once it discovered the resonance, East Beach began a thorough investigation, which ultimately yielded the condition's causes and revealed several latent defects within ARG's design, fabrication, and manufacture of the exterior railings," the suit says.

East Beach argues the defendant "has failed and refused and continues to fail and refuse to take any action to bring the railings into compliance" despite prior notice.

In addition to unspecified monetary damages, the plaintiff demands a jury trial.

Cokinos, Bosien & Young is representing East Beach.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner.

Case No. 10-cv-1950

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