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Settlement Recoups Pittsburgh Convention Center Repair Costs


Pittsburgh, PA – A $4.78 million settlement has been approved for the damage caused when a truck broke through a loading dock at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in February 2007. The board of the City of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority, which owns the facility, approved the deal, which was mediated with various contractors involved in the construction of the center. The settlement and earlier insurance payments will together cover 91% of the $7.4 million in repair costs and lost business from the 2007 collapse.

An investigation concluded that the collapse was the result of an improperly installed connection joint. The joint failed to prevent a support beam from contracting properly on the bitterly cold February day when the rear wheels of the truck broke through the second floor dock. No one was hurt in the mishap. However, the damage postponed the Pittsburgh International Auto Show and also delayed the opening of the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.

The repairs to the facility, which is managed by SMG, included installation of Teflon-coated iron “seats” to reinforce the support beams along the convention center’s main expansion joint. The repairs were completed in the Spring of 2007 with no changes to the floor’s capacity of 350 pounds per square foot.

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