King County awarded millions of dollars in lawsuit against contractor

7 May 2013

A superior court awarded King County, Washington, USD 14.7M in legal fees last month in a dispute over a tunneling project for the Brightwater sewage-treatment plant in Woodinville, local press reported.

King County filed the lawsuit against VPFK in 2010 with claims that contractors failed to meet deadlines after two TBMs broke down hundreds of feet into the ground. VPFK -- a joint venture of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Parsons, and Frontier-Kemper Constructors -- had been given a USD 212M contract to bore two Brightwater tunnels after a bidding process in 2006.