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Hawaii condo owners file lawsuit against building contractor

May 21, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of a Hawaii condominium association have filed a lawsuit saying their building is unsafe and uninhabitable, a report said.

The lawsuit filed by owners of units in the 3-year-old Waiea tower in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu said the property has more than 100 construction defects that have lowered its value, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

The lawsuit names Waiea’s general contractor, Nordic PCL Construction. It also targets subcontractors, designers and suppliers who were not named.

Nordic failed to construct the building to the level of quality promised, including a wall of windows the contractor promoted as “smooth and seamless . like the ocean on a calm morning,” the lawsuit said.

Other building defects named in the lawsuit range from missing pool cabana door-latch bumpers and discolored pool grout to including faulty air conditioning, inconsistent hot-water temperatures and a defective parking garage door.

“Instead of being one of the most sophisticated, luxurious buildings in Honolulu, Waiea is riddled with dozens of construction defects, several of which have marred its reputation and market value,” the complaint said.

The lawsuit renews allegations made in a 2017 federal lawsuit filed against Nordic by Waiea’s developer, Hughes Corp., which said Nordic owed the developer more than $75 million in damages for alleged defects, cost overruns and late delivery. The suit was dismissed in August.

A Nordic manager declined to comment, citing company policy.

The Dallas-based Hughes Corp. spent about $300 million to build Waiea. The average price for 171 units in the nearly sold-out tower was $3.6 million.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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