In 2010, a CenterPoint 138 kV transmission tower in the Houston Ship Channel was struck by an M/V Safety Quest towboat, owned and operated by AEP River Operations, L.L.C,  with three barges in tow. As a result, the existing tower structure collapsed and its foundation was damaged.  After evaluating the damage, CenterPoint decided to demolish the existing crossing tower and build a new crossing tower approximately eighty-five (85) feet away.  As a result of the damage caused by the collision between AEP’s towboat and CenterPoint’s Original Tower, a dispute occurred involving the costs associated with building the New Tower.

Spire assisted CenterPoint by providing an objective opinion regarding the reasonableness of the construction costs of the New Tower. Our team performed a detailed analysis of key documents and contracts, conducted site visits and interviews with several parties associated with the project, and performed a comparative scope analysis between the Original Tower and New Tower, and conducted interviews to identify potential variances. In addition, our consultants compiled, reviewed, and analyzed the development of the Original Contract Price and actual costs incurred by CenterPoint to determine if the price and costs were reasonable. We then quantified damages based on the reasonable costs incurred and the discounted additions to the project.

Spire’s team of experts is comprised of experienced construction engineering professionals that understand the range of risks companies face throughout the dispute resolution process. From managing claims and quantifying damages to assessing productivity loss, calculating schedule delays, and evaluating standard of care, Spire’s litigation support experts analyze each particular dispute situation to ensure the best outcome for its clients.

Resolving construction disputes is challenging. From mediation to arbitration and litigation support, Spire can provide guidance in navigating the technical challenges throughout the dispute resolution process to provide your case the support it requires. Spire’s construction claims and litigation support experts bring years of hands-on construction experience to every dispute and render opinions that are clear, concise, and objective to help make the strongest case possible. 

Spire’s construction claims and litigation support experts provide the following services: