Construction work on Elon University’s Park Place faces a lawsuit

One of Elon University’s student apartment complexes, Park Square in Elonis at the center of a dispute in which the Greensboro-based company Samet Corporation is suing a contractor and architectural firm hired to work on the mixed-use development for allegedly failing to provide services in a manner that would have prevented future structural damage to the property.

Samet filed the lawsuit in Alamance County Civil Superior Court versus Beachman Architecture in Burlington and Teabo & Son Stucco in Jacksonville, North Carolina, seeking more than $25,000 in damages for alleged breach of contract and additional claims – as well as recovery of more than $2 million, which Samet claims he spent in 2020 to make repairs structural.

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EDG Properties, the owner, hired Samet in November 2014 to design and build Park Place at Elon University, located in downtown Elon at 202 W. Haggard Ave. Park Place is a four-storey student residence with retail space and a restaurant on the ground floor and 43 apartments on the first, second, third and fourth floors. The university manages the apartments for the students.

Plageman and Teabo – the defendant companies – were hired in 2015 and 2016, and by June 2016, according to the lawsuit, “construction of the project was substantially complete.”

According to the court filing, Plageman was hired to provide architectural and consulting services and Teabo for exterior labor, materials and equipment.

Samet was notified of the landlord’s discovery of water intrusion in February 2020 during the “due diligence process of a potential sale,” according to the court filing.

The water intrusion was caused by “numerous deficiencies in the construction of the project, particularly with respect to the design, materials, workmanship, equipment and services provided by the defendants and the ‘Defendants’ failure to perform their work in a reasonably professional manner… such as to avoid reasonably foreseeable damage to property,’ the court filing reads.

From May 2020 to September 2020, the record says Samet made necessary repairs to the property, including “roof covering, plywood sheathing, and masonry, to repair damage caused by water intrusion. “.

Brad Moore, an academic architect and director of planning, design and construction management, wrote in an email to Elon News Network that the Desk was not involved in the project and did not have specific details.

Samet’s attorneys are Jeffrey D. Keister and Stephen K. Pytlik of McAngus Goudelock & Courie, PLLC, Kimberly J. Kirk and Kevin Marshall of Johnston, Allison & Hord, PA are attorneys for Teabo and Melissa Dewey Brumback of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC is Plageman Architecture’s attorney, according to the court filing.

None of the attorneys responded to Elon News Network’s immediate request for comment.

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