Lawsuit filed over museum expansion

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' recent expansion is at the center of a lawsuit. The engineering firm that worked on the project is suing two architectural firms.

It's been nearly a year since the remodeled museum reopened.

The engineering firm, Hankins and Anderson, claims it got stiffed on the museum's multi-million dollar expansion.

The engineers are suing architects Rick Mather and SMBW.

According to the civil lawsuit, the engineers say the architects didn't pay a huge portion of the bill. They also claim the firm mismanaged the project, causing delays and additional costs.

In the suit, Hankins and Anderson is asking for nearly $228,000 in past due payments, plus no less than $500,000 for additional expenses they say they had to pay because of delays.

A hearing date has not yet been set.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is not a party in the lawsuit.

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