Skanska sues Miami museum for millions over unpaid bills

The American arm of Swedish contractor Skanska has filed a lawsuit against the Frost Science Museum in Miami.

Skanska USA is seeking back payments for work already undertaken and for work to complete the $300m project, which opened officially in 2017.

The Miami Herald quotes Michael Brown, Skanska USA’s general manager, as saying: "The public is enjoying downtown Miami’s newest museum, but the workers who built the building haven’t been paid in full for their labour."

Skanska has not cited an amount for what it is owed, but Brown commented: "Skanska and its subcontractors – including many small and local businesses – are owed millions."

Construction Dive has said that officials believe outstanding work on the museum is minor and can be covered by insurance.

Skanska was working under a fixed-payment contract until March 2017, when it switched to a time-and-materials contract.

Construction of the 23,225 sq m Frost Museum has been fraught with issues, including the termination of a contract with Boston’s Suffolk Construction, the previous contractor on the project, which also filed a lawsuit against the museum in 2016 seeking $800,000 for unpaid work.

The museum was originally known as the Junior Museum of Miami when built in 1949; it relocated to downtown Miami in 2017.

Images courtesy of the Frost Science Museum

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