Montgomery County is refusing to foot the bill for repairs on the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center in Silver Spring, Md.
The Washington Post reported that General Service Director David Dise sent a letter last week to general contractor Foulger-Pratt Cos. (FPC), stating flatly that the county will not pay for repairs to sub-par work on the multi-modal transportation facility. Dise explained that the county is “not satisfied with the overall level of service that FPC has provided thus far on the project and with respect to the remediation efforts.” He added that FPC would not be paid for work that results from defects.
Intended as a hub for Metrorail, MARC trains, buses, cabs and bikes, the $120 million transit center is more than two years behind schedule, more than $80 million over budget, and continues to face a barrage of problems. Earlier this month, Dise called for the installation of a two inch layer of latex-modified concrete on the upper levels to address more design flaws.
However, FPC Managing Principal Bryant Foulger wrote a letter of his own to Montgomery County, advising against installation of latex-modified concrete. According to Foulger, latex-modified concrete is the "wrong approach" because it does not address "underlying design issues causing the concrete cracking."
Foulger was also skeptical about Dise’s initial estimate that it would take about six weeks to lay down the concrete. Foulger said adding the layers would likely delay the facility’s opening until mid-2014 and would be costly for the county.
FPC also insists that it has every right to be paid for repairs, though Dise said that the county will not pay anymore.