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School board files lawsuit against construction company and architect


The Collinsville Board of Education claims it was forced to cancel a 2007 basketball game due to a flood caused by a defective roof. The school places the blame on builders and architects in charge of construction, The Record reports.

On October 14, the board of education filed a lawsuit to Madison County Circuit Court against Morrissey Construction and AAIC. After hiring Morrissey to build a new school in 2003, the construction company hired Waterhout as a subcontractor. Waterhout placed plywood sheathing on top of the buildings based on the design from AAIC, which the district says was faulty.

"The design did not provide enough ventilation under the roof," the complaint says. "According to J&S, excessive moisture due to the insufficient ventilation caused warping in the plywood sheathing of the CMS roof."

The complaint states Morrissey or Waterhout didn't follow manufacturers' instructions during construction, including neglecting to add ridge vents onto the roof. When asked to fixed the damages following the leak, Morrissey refused.

The potential impact of lawsuits such as these are reason for general liability insurance, which can cover business' legal fees resulting from an error.

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