Construction testing firm charged with faking results at new Yankee Stadium, Second Avenue Subway

August 04, 2011 12:10PM

A Long Island-based concrete-testing lab responsible for ensuring the safety of several high-profile projects across the city is being charged with falsely reporting test results, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The firm, American Standard Testing and Consulting Laboratories, as well as six employees were indicted today, including Alan Fortich, the company’s president. American Standard Testing was charged with faking results of concrete strength and quality tests at the new Yankee Stadium, the Second Avenue Subway, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a LaGuardia Airport control tower, among several other projects.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office alleges that in addition to falsifying reports, Fortich lied to city agencies to obtain and keep the firm’s concrete testing licenses, and to be selected for city construction testing work.

According to its website, American Standard Testing was contracted for several Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Department of Transportation projects, one job each with the New York City Housing Authority and Con Edison, and for numerous commercial developments, including Tishman Realty’s Westin Hotel in Times Square (note: correction appended). [WSJ]