Non-profit claims substandard renovation led to water damage

Kelly Holleran Jan. 16, 2012, 7:53am

Garth House-Mickey Mehaffy Children's Advocacy Program

A nonprofit organization claims it has been forced to replace portions of its facility after moisture invaded the space.

Garth House-Mickey Mehaffy Children's Advocacy Program filed a lawsuit Dec. 22 in Jefferson County District Court against Basco Construction.

In its complaint, Garth House claims it hired Basco to renovate its facility on McFadden in Beaumont.

Following Basco's renovation, in June 2010, employees of the Garth House began to notice cracked tile floors in the building, the suit states. Construction workers tore apart the floor to find it had been damaged by moisture, the complaint says.

Garth House then claims it hired experts to inspect the building. According to the complaint, they found that Basco had failed to properly install windows, failed to properly install a moisture barrier in the walls and failed to install the plywood subflooring and the subfloor ventilation system.

Since then, the building has been repaired by other contractors, the suit states.

Garth House alleges negligence, breach of contract and breach of warranty against Basco.

It seeks actual and consequential damages, attorney's fees, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

R. Kelly Donaldson of Orgain, Bell and Tucker in The Woodlands will be representing it.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A191-561

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