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Gehry, MIT resolve Stata Center lawsuit

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has settled a lawsuit with Frank O. Gehry and Associates and Skanska USA Building regarding design and construction issues at the Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer Information and Intelligence Sciences. The Massachusetts Superior Court dismissed the lawsuit on 8 March.

In the lawsuit, MIT cited design and construction failures in the building including masonry cracking, poor drainage in the amphitheatre, ‘mold growing at various locations on the brick exterior and vertical elevations’ as well as ‘persistent leaks’ and sliding ice and snow.

In a joint statement issued by Gehry and MIT on 30 March, Rodney Brooks of the Computer Science and Artificial Laboratory, a major tenant of the building, said, “MIT is enormously proud of Frank’s design and our ongoing relationship with him. The building has had a huge impact on campus life, fulfilling the many missions we brought to Frank at the outset of the design process. It provides highly functional and extraordinarily pleasant spaces for creative interaction”.

Gehry said, “I am pleased that we have come to a constructive resolution on this matter. I am gratified to see students and faculty using the building the way it was intended to be used. This is the most important thing to me - that the building works for those who use it on a daily basis.”

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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