University blames firms for defects in building

By John Suayan | Aug 1, 2017

HOUSTON – Texas Southern University has pursued legal action in response to what the school alleges to be the defective design and construction of one of its facilities, according to recent Harris County District Court records.

TSU filed a lawsuit on July 31 in the Harris County 80th District Court against Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Kirksey Architects, Inc.; Paradigm Consultants, Inc.; Nathelyne Kennedy & Associates, L.P.; and Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc. Structural Engineering.

Court papers state that the plaintiff contracted with each entity a decade ago regarding the aforementioned construction of the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Building.

Per the complaint, the SOPA Building bore numerous defects and issues including but not limited to cracks and water intrusions.

The defendants allegedly failed to identify the source of the problems and those responsible, to which the TSU engaged and paid others to do.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Al Odom of the law firm Schiffer Odom Hicks & Johnson PLLC in Houston is representing the complainant.

Harris County 80th District Court Case No. 2017-50716

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