According to the Inquirer, the Kimmel Center cost $180 million to build, about $23 million more than the amount budgeted for construction. The lawsuit alleges that "most, if not all, of the cost overruns" were the fault of Viê±oly Architects.
A lawyer for the firm declined to comment on the lawsuit, but told the Inquirer that "the project speaks for itself. It's a fabulous building."
The Kimmel Center officially opened in December 2001, but construction went on for another year. Excitement over the opening was dulled by disappointment with the acoustics in Verizon Hall, the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra—problems that were attributed in part to the hall's unfinished state.