Thursday’s big news around LAX was that the airport is suing the construction firm that built a new 13,000 foot runway completed in 2007. The suit filed in California state court accuses Tutor-Saliba, and others, of using shoddy construction techniques on Runway 25L.
“As a result of the defendants’ negligent construction,” the suit states, “the runway is deteriorating in an accelerated fashion and will ultimately interfere with ongoing runway operations.”
An astute reader emailed me this morning with some links about other lawsuits Tutor Saliba has been involved in during the past decade. (A company spokesman has not called me back yet.)
- This Los Angeles Times story from 2002 says that Tutor-Saliba was …”was found guilty of fraud for its 1990s construction work in Los Angeles on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Red Line subway. The company was ordered to pay $51 million in damages and legal fees in that case.” According to the Times, an appeals court eventually reversed that decision.
- This Times story, from 2010, says legal proceedings against Tutor-Saliba related to Metro actually went on for nearly a decade. “Many MTA board members (say) contractor Tutor-Saliba tried to cheat the agency out of millions of dollars by submitting a low bid and then asking for dozens of change orders and other requests that dramatically increased the price of constructing parts of the Red Line subway,” the times reported.
- In 2006, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Tutor-Sailba made several mistakes with a new terminal at San Francisco International Airport. According to the story: “Construction giant Tutor-Saliba Corp. has agreed to pay $19 million to settle claims that it overcharged for building the international terminal at San Francisco’s airport and violated city minority-contracting laws, officials said Thursday.”
- And finally, in 2004, the Times reports that Tutor-Saliba had issues operating a garage and bus terminal in Van Nuys. The story says: “City officials took the first step Monday toward removing contractor Tutor-Saliba Corp. from a park-and-ride project in the San Fernando Valley that has been plagued by construction defects that may force the city to tear down the five-story parking garage.”