CRYSTAL FALLS—Iron County Medical Care Facility officials testified before an administrative judge as arbitration against a defunct architectural firm continues.
The issue stems from construction projects at the facility. The medical care facility seeks about $180,000 in damages, according to Administrator Chester Pintarelli.
“The bottom line issue is whether there should have been a below-slab drainage system put in,” he told the Iron County Department of Human Services Board during its monthly meeting.
Pintarelli said that preconstruction core samples showed water at levels shallower than the planned depth of the basement floor. He and board Chairman John Archocosky testified that Albert Goudreau of the architectural firm Wakely Associates from Mount Pleasant failed to design sump pumps into the project.
That caused flooding, they said, which created unnecessary expenses for the facility. The litigation seeks compensation for cleanup of flooding and work to alleviate the problems.
“It’s fixed now,” the administrator told the board. “We installed sump pumps and it doesn’t flood anymore.”
Pintarelli and Archocosky are finished testifying. Attorneys from both sides will submit briefs in the case, and an administrative judge should rule on the matter within 30 days.