Federal Building, 50 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, California
Wrongful termination claim on $120 million Recovery Act project to design, renovate and upgrade the National Historic Landmark Federal Building at 50 U.N. Plaza. SCH represented the architectural firm at the head of the design team that had been awarded an $8 million design contract for the design of the renovation, upgrades and application of green technologies to the 1936 Neo-Classical structure, which is slated to become the GSA's new regional headquarters upon its scheduled completion in 2013. Disputes with the owner (GSA) arose during the early stages of design concerning the design team's compliance with budgetary and other requirements. These disputes ultimately evolved to the GSA-ordered terminations of the vast majority of the consultant members of the design team, which resulted in the assertion of claims for wrongful termination by several of the terminated design consultants. Each of these claims proved to be unsuccessful and were resolved fully in our client's favor.