Contractor fired from Encore project hits back at Tampa Housing Authority
TAMPA — The general contractor fired from finishing a $25.6 million downtown apartment building has fired back at the Tampa Housing Authority saying it is owed more than $2 million in payments.
In a statement released Wednesday, The Siltek Group said its employees and subcontractors worked extra hours including weekends because of problems with the design drawings for The Tempo at Encore, a seven-story project that includes 203-apartments, a parking garage and some retail units.
“Tempo’s design drawings were replete with incomplete drawings, unsound structural drawing components and omitted work which caused numerous delays, additional costs, work stoppage and inefficiencies since the start of the project,” the release said.
The company, which is based in Plantation, also said its requests for payment had been delayed and ignored by the housing authority and its development partner, the Bank of America.
“The development team has stated in multiple open meetings that they will not pay Siltek because there is “no more money” to pay for these extra costs,” the release states.
Siltek in March filed a lawsuit against the Bessolo Design Group, the St. Petersburg architect that designed Tempo, and KEM Engineers, which did Tempo’s structural design.
The lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of Bessolo and Kem and states that architectural design documents for the 203-unit tower contained errors and omissions making the plans impossible to build without revisions.
Authority leaders on Monday said they terminated their contract with Siltek because of poor management of the project and the firm’s failure to meet critical deadlines.
Leroy Moore, chief operating officer of the authority, said Siltek was behind schedule and made mistakes that have created an adversarial relationship with other companies working on the project.
Siltek specializes in low- and mid-rise residential projects and has a portfolio that includes residential towers in Miami, Coral Gables and also in Texas.
It also built The Reed, a seven-story senior living facility that is also part of the Encore project, a 28-acre $450 million mixed-income housing redevelopment replacing Central Park Village.