Philadelphia's Kimmel Center Sues Architect Rafael Viê±oly

Classic Arts News   Philadelphia's Kimmel Center Sues Architect Rafael Viê±oly
Philadelphia's four-year old Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has sued Rafael Viê±oly Architects, charging that flaws and delays caused by the firm cost it millions, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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.

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