DETROIT -

Wayne County and its Building Authority filed suit Wednesday against AECOM Services of Michigan, Inc., AECOM Technical Services, Inc., Ghafari Associates, LLC, and the Walbridge-dck Joint Venture for the failed construction and design work on what was supposed to be a new county jail.

In their complaint, the county and Building Authority claim the defendants committed in written agreements and/or certifications, that the project could be designed and constructed for a construction cost of less than $220 million.

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The county and authority are seeking $154 million from the defendants that they say was spent by the Building Authority on the project to date resulting from the wrongful conduct of defendants including, but not limited to:

• Failing to keep the cost of construction for the project under $220 Million despite their contractual obligations to work together to do so.
• Failing to perform their contractual obligations in a timely manner and without errors and omissions.
• Failing to design and construct the project at the lowest possible cost consistent with the Authority’s quality requirements and at the earliest reasonable time.

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