Unknown Conditions Cause Waterproofer to ask For Change Order, Gets Fired Instead

School board dismisses subcontractor on new EHS project

Filed by Lisa Roberson November 20th, 2010 in Top Stories.

ELYRIA — Elyria Schools and the contractor hired to do waterproofing on the Washington Building are at odds over how the work should be completed, and the board has elected to find a contractor to do the work the way it wants.
At a special board meeting Friday morning, three of the five board members voted to hire a new contractor to do work being disputed by Cleveland-based Baumann Enterprise. Board members Kathryn Karpus and Ginny Hawes were absent from the 8 a.m. meeting.
Through attorney T.J. Weyls, Baumann declined to comment.
Baumann was hired in early spring to do demolition and excavating work on the project. The original contract totaled more than $717,000 and included waterproofing the foundation of the Washington building, which was constructed in 1894.
Since then, Baumann has completed nearly 90 percent of the scope of its work, including knocking down the technical building, old gymnasium and smoke stack.
However, according to Steve Friedman, the board’s construction attorney, when it was time to start the waterproofing in late August, Baumann took the position that there was an unforeseen condition at the Washington building, and it needed additional compensation to complete the job.