MyBrickell condo owners name Related, Arquitectonica in lawsuit alleging shoddy design and construction

After a big opening celebration in 2014, the 27-story tower has been plagued by structural, mechanical, electrical defects, suit contends

Miami /
Jan.January 03, 2019 12:30 PM

When the Related Group completed MyBrickell in 2014, it was amid great fanfare, with a grand opening party on the rooftop pool deck of the 27-story, 192-unit condo tower. At the time, MyBrickell was one of the first condo projects to be completed after the real estate collapse of 2008, as well as one of the first to highlight a collaboration with global brand name: industrial designer Karim Rashid.

But five years later, the building’s condo association has sued the developer and others over an extensive checklist of alleged design and construction defects. Spokespersons for Related did not respond to email requests for comment.

The association is also suing Arquitectonica, the Miami-based architecture firm that designed MyBrickell; John Moriarty and Associates of Florida, the project’s general contractor; and subcontractors Steven Feller P.E. and B and J Consulting Engineers. Officials for the four companies also did not respond to messages and emails requesting comment.

The lawsuit doesn’t state exactly when the condo association became aware of the construction defects and MyBrickell’s lawyer Marc Smiley declined comment. But the complaint alleges Related, Arquitectonica and John Moriarty are responsible for “numerous defects and deficiencies” in the building’s structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, roofing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and life safety systems.

In the 38-page complaint, 13 pages document specific defects in building units and common areas allegedly caused by Related and the design and construction firms. Some are cosmetic, while others are considered life threatening. For instance, kitchen cabinets in eight units were improperly installed, and the wrong flooring was installed in some areas of the fitness center and pool deck, the lawsuit alleges.

More serious alleged defects included water intrusion in the recessed LED floor lights of the pool that could cause electrocution, and pipes were installed over fire alarm systems that could burst and render the systems inoperable.

MyBrickell Condominium Association is seeking unspecified damages for repairs, plus interest and other costs against Related, Arquitectonica, John Moriarty and the two subcontractors.

Since MyBrickell, Related hired Arquitectonica and John Moriarty to design and manage construction, respectively, for other Brickell condo projects, including the SLS Lux Brickell and the SLS Brickell Hotel and Residence.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Douglas Elliman’s Jay Parker, Related Group's Jorge Pérez and Fisher island (Google Maps, Getty, Douglas Elliman, Related Group)
VIP only: Related, partners begin sales of Fisher Island condo project
VIP only: Related, partners begin sales of Fisher Island condo project
Focus’ Tim Anderson and the purchased development site at 128 Southwest Seventh Street in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood (Work with Focus, Google Maps)
Focus pays $28M for Brickell apartments development site
Focus pays $28M for Brickell apartments development site
GL Homes' Dick Norwalk and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (GL Homes, Miami-Dade, Third District Court of Appeals)
Court ruling throws wrench in GL Homes’ Calusa project
Court ruling throws wrench in GL Homes’ Calusa project
Grant Cardone and Related's Stephen Ross (Getty; Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Grant Cardone sues Hard Rock Stadium, F1 over stolen $750K watch
Grant Cardone sues Hard Rock Stadium, F1 over stolen $750K watch
Carlos Rosso, Bruce Eichner, & Arnaud Karsenti
“Winter doesn’t really come to South Florida”: Developers on economic climate
“Winter doesn’t really come to South Florida”: Developers on economic climate
Joe and Avi Nakash and the Hotel Breakwater at 940 Ocean Drive (Google Maps, Getty Maps)
Nakash family hit with $17M judgment tied to South Beach hotel
Nakash family hit with $17M judgment tied to South Beach hotel
Mayor Francis Suarez and Citadel's Ken Griffin (Illustration by The Real Deal with Getty)
Billionaire Ken Griffin on politics, all things Florida and building a trading room in 5 days
Billionaire Ken Griffin on politics, all things Florida and building a trading room in 5 days
Avison Young's David Duckworth, Tricera Capital's Ben Mandell and Colliers' Jonathan Kingsley (Avison Young, Tricera Capital, LinkedIn, Vizzda, Getty)
South Florida office sales nosedive
South Florida office sales nosedive
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...