U. Iowa lawsuit alleges defective work on iconic Old Capitol

FILE PHOTO - Old Capitol building, University of Iowa
FILE PHOTO - Old Capitol building, University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has filed a lawsuit against a contractor that it blames for defective construction work that damaged the historic Old Capitol building.

UI hired Knutson Construction to restore and improve the campus icon after a 2001 fire destroyed parts of the building.

The project involved reconstructing and improving the famous gold dome, cupola and tower and replacing the roof. Knutson received $1.63 million for the work, which was completed in 2004.

In a lawsuit this month, the university says it discovered construction deficiencies in 2011 that Knutson has since refused to correct. It says water leaks through the roof and the wood siding and trim have deteriorated.

UI has hired Portzen Construction to repair those problems in a $1.3 million project that’s scheduled to conclude by December.

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