Science Center

The new state-of-the-art science center in downtown Hartford, CT, includes six-story north and south towers separated by an enclosed atrium on top of a parking garage. The centerpiece of the building is a 280-foot-long parabolic structure, the “Magic Carpet Roof,” which cantilevers 49 feet on the east side and 86 feet on the west side.

The structural design professional retained CPMI to evaluate claims of delay and acceleration during construction. The project was constructed on a fast-track delivery and was impacted by value engineering changes and deflection in the Magic Carpet Roof, requiring retrofit. CPMI evaluated the impact of structural issues on fabrication and erection, including wind girt changes and redesign and repair of the roof. CPMI prepared a schedule delay analysis, analyzed cost impacts, and presented findings at mediation. The case settled based on CPMI’s analysis.

On litigations of any size, but particularly on complex, large litigations, over the past 15 years, CPMI has been my go-to consultant. They are, in my opinion, and based upon my experience, the class of the field.

Michael K. De Chiara

Founding Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara, LLP