Liens filed in events center metal panel dispute
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A Sioux Falls roofing company contends that it isn't responsible for bulging panels on a side of the new Denny Sanford Premier Center and that it should be paid for its work.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A Sioux Falls roofing company contends that it isn't responsible for bulging panels on a side of the new Denny Sanford Premier Center and that it should be paid for its work.
M.J. Dalsin Inc., a subcontractor on the project, has filed liens against the city for more than half-a-million dollars that it says it is owed for its work on the $117 million event center, which opened in September, and roofing repair work it performed on the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
Some of the flat horizontal metal panels on the west side of the event center's exterior are bulging where they join the facility's curved face. The city is holding the project's primary contractor, Minneapolis-based M.A. Mortenson, and the subcontractors responsible.
"In essence the city isn't satisfied with how the siding looks on the events center and so we told Mortenson we're not going to pay you for that part until you get it figured out," said City Councilor Greg Jamison.
City attorney David Pfeifle said Dalsin performed the metal work that caused the problem. The city withheld payments to Mortenson, which in turn has not paid Dalsin because the work "did not conform to the contract documents," he said.
Jared Kuik, Dalsin's operations manager, said Mortenson was concerned that Dalsin wouldn't be able to install the panels on time, so it brought in another subcontractor, MG McGrath, to install the panels on the building's west side.
"We didn't design, didn't specify and didn't install the panels in question on the west side of the event center," Kuik said. "We don't feel it's our responsibility for what happened on the west side, or that this issue should hold up our being paid."
Kuik said he believes Dalsin is caught in the middle of a dispute and shouldn't be penalized for something the company didn't do.