Kimmel Center Settles Lawsuit With Architect

Classic Arts News   Kimmel Center Settles Lawsuit With Architect
Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has reached a settlement with architect Rafael Viê±oly in a lawsuit over cost overruns in the center's construction, lawyers for both sides announced. Terms were not disclosed.

The Kimmel Center sued Viê±oly's firm late last year, charging that flaws and delays in the construction of the four-year-old complex cost it millions. The Kimmel Center cost $180 million to build, about $23 million more than the amount budgeted for construction. The lawsuit alleged that "most, if not all, of the cost overruns" were the fault of Viê±oly Architects.

Viê±oly blamed the delays on the center's staff, saying in an angry letter last month that the "escalation [in cost] was the result of the failure of [the Kimmel Center] to make timely and consistent programmatic and budgetary decisions."

In a statement released yesterday, the lawyers said that Viê±oly Achitects and the Kimmel Center had reached "an amicable agreement."

"Neither side admits liability or fault," the statement read. But "the Kimmel Center recognizes that the Viê±oly-designed and delivered Kimmel Center is a stunning, state-of-the-art concert hall.... It is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings of its kind in the world."

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