The Houston Gateway Academy, Bowie Campus consisted of the construction of a two-story charter school in Houston, Texas for a lump sum of $7,306,165. The project was contractually required to achieve substantial completion by July 1, 2012. However, numerous delays occurred during the project, and the substantial completion date was not achieved. A dispute occurred between the owner and contractor, Journeyman Construction, Inc., (Journeyman), resulting in the termination of Journeyman on April 5, 2013. The project achieved substantial completion on May 1, 2013, upon receipt of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.
In April 2014, Spire was hired by Journeyman Construction to provide opinions on issues related to the dispute. Spire prepared a testimony presentation at the request of Andrews Myers, P.C., on behalf of Journeyman to quantify and allocate the days of delay that occurred during the project, and rebut opposing experts’ findings related to schedule delay and cost of future repair work. Spire also provided expert testimony on August 27 and 28, 2014.
As a result of Spire’s efforts, Journeyman was awarded its contract balance, change orders, and extended general conditions. In addition, it was awarded interest and attorney’s fees for a total of $1.2 million. Houston Gateway Academy, Bowie Campus was not awarded the $5.5 million it originally asserted against Journeyman.