"An executive at Skanska's Boston office yesterday blamed Gehry for problems with the project and said Gehry ignored warnings from Skanska and a consulting company prior to construction that there were flaws in his design of the amphitheater.
'This is not a construction issue, never has been,' said Paul Hewins, executive vice president and area general manager of Skanska USA. He said Gehry rejected Skanska's formal request to create a design that included soft joints and a drainage system in the amphitheater, and 'we were told to proceed with the original design.'
After the amphitheater began cracking and flooding, Skanska spent 'a few hundred thousand dollars' trying to resolve the problems, but, he said, 'it was difficult to make the original design work.'
...Gehry 'thinks of himself as an artist, as a sculptor. But the trouble is you don't live in a sculpture and users have to live in this building.'"
"It's the condo owners' nightmare: The building's heating and cooling system needs an overhaul, so everybody must pay a huge one-time assessment.
But the 500-plus owners at Harbor Towers on Boston's waterfront are facing the mother of all bills: from $70,000 to over $400,000. And they're due by the end of this month. In full.
The owners are reeling from the news, delivered in August, that collectively they owe $75.6 million for replacing much of the buildings' main systems..."
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