If you encounter a dispute involving leakage, alleged design
or construction defects, or other construction-related problems,
consider the following:
- Many disputes happen because parties disagree on the cause
or the fix. Solve the technical problem, and you end the dispute.
- Other disputes happen because the parties lack credibility
in each other's eyes. Having a credible third party who can
talk to both sides is a big help.
- Sometimes, people with good intentions waste time and money
trying solutions that do not work. This can make the situation
worse, not better.
We practice the art of winning people over to our side by presenting
them with reliable facts, without giving in to unreasonable demands.
We have had repeated success in building credibility with hard-boiled
Solve the technical problem, and you end the dispute.
Associates was contacted to resolve a problem in a recently
completed condominium. After a long and arduous construction
process, the last thing the owner, developer, and contractor
wanted to think about was a construction problem. Unfortunately,
there were leaks in a skylight, that had not gone away,
despite several good-faith repair attempts.
The repair proposed by the glazing contractor was expensive,
and it required extensive work within an occupied unit,
so a stalemate ensued. Leavitt Associates was called in
to propose an alternate solution that would be financially
possible as well.
We studied the existing conditions and developed an effective,
long-term solution, that could be installed from the exterior,
without scaffolding inside the occupied unit. We got the
parties to agree to the solution, hired a contractor to
implement the repair, supervised the work, and water tested
the completed skylight, for a cost that the developer was
very willing to pay, including our own consulting fee. The
owners were satisfied, because their problem was solved.
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