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Church Sues Architect over Fire

What are a church's rights when construction goes wrong?

• A New York state court ruled that a church could sue an architect for damages sustained in a fire allegedly caused by faulty installation of insulation around light fixtures. A church hired an architect in connection with the renovation of its facility. Among other things, the renovation involved installation of insulation above the church ceiling. The contract between the architect and the church was a standard agreement requiring the architect to prepare design and construction documents for the project. The contract also imposed certain obligations upon the architect. One provision specified that "the architect shall visit the site at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction … to become generally familiar with the progress and quality of the work and to determine in general if the work is proceeding in accordance with the contract documents." The contract further ...

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  • January 1, 1992