One of San Diego’s most historic office buildings, the 14-story John D. Spreckels office building, housed one of San Diego’s most eclectic and exclusive night clubs. The club encompassed much of the first floor and the basement of the Historical Landmark originally constructed in 1926. The problem for the building owner and club operator were the numerous subterranean leaks which negatively impacted the prestige of the club. PCA was retained to develop a plan to repair the aging basement walls and construction manage the repairs.
During the repair work, PCA’s staff identified that much of the damage was caused by the City of San Diego’s failure to properly maintain their street level improvements. The City’s failure to maintain and the resulting damage to the building was the basis of a suit filed on behalf of the building owner against the City.
PCA acted both as the construction manager and forensic expert on behalf of the property owner to describe to the jury the conditions that were impacting the building and its exclusive tenant. The jury ultimately sided with the building owner and awarded monetary damages for both the work completed to date, as well as for additional repairs necessary due to the City’s lack of maintenance.