America’s national pastime deserves to be seen in person at a beautiful ballpark. That’s just what Fayetteville residents got with the construction of Segra Stadium, a project valued at over $40 million. But while watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers from the stands of their new stadium, fans began noticing cracks in the concrete that make up the stadium — not the first challenge that engineers and construction crews have had to face while working on Segra Stadium.
Below, we discuss the construction challenges behind Segra Stadium. Although this project is located in Fayetteville, the unexpected issues that affected Segra Stadium can occur on any project in North Carolina. For legal representation that can protect your company no matter the challenge, partner with a Charlotte construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law.
Weathering the Storm
On Sept. 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, bringing with it heavy rains, high winds, and extensive flooding — only a few weeks after groundbreaking was held at the project site. As the Fayetteville Observer reports, Hurricane Florence and other rain delays lead to the stadium project falling behind schedule, and an additional $1 million was requested to ensure that construction would be completed by opening day. There is always the chance that a hurricane or other act of God will lead to extensive delays. For this reason, we encourage contractors to review their contracts with a Charlotte construction attorney to ensure that they are protected, regardless of unforeseen circumstances.
Construction on Segra Stadium reached completion and the first ballgame was held on April 18, 2019. However, engineers were soon called to investigate concrete cracks at the stadium. Deemed to be “cosmetic,” the cracks are not a threat to the public; however, they may be a source of contention, as it is still being decided who will be responsible for paying for repairs.
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Debates like this are not uncommon in the industry, and contractors must do everything they can to prevent disputes that can develop following the discovery of a construction defect. Again, your contracts should specify how defects are to be resolved. If you are unsure of the contents of your construction contract, consult an experienced attorney from our Charlotte construction law firm.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.