New York City's Battery Park City Authority Settles Claims Against Architects, Landscape Architects, and Raytheon Corporation
June 2001


The New York City's Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority recently settled a lawsuit against Carr Lynch Hack & Sandell, Inc., Architects of Boston, MA, Oehme van Sweden & Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects of Washington, DC, and Ebasco, Inc., Construction Management Services (now) Raytheon Corporation of New York, NY, arising from alleged design and construction errors for the Nelson B. Rockefeller Hudson River Park. Battery Park City Authority is one of the largest redevelopment authorities in New York and has been redeveloping the submerged lands surrounding the old shipping wharfs along the Hudson River. The Authority owns the land on which the World Financial Centers, as well as many of the other new buildings, parks, and marinas along the river and adjacent to Wall Street. The settlement and payment to the Authority closes a long contested case that originated back in 1987 with the design of the multi-million dollar promenade and park along the river. BPCA Chairman James Gill was quoted in the press after the settlement that "I wanted the world to know that you can't fool around with us". The Battery Park City Authority retained Dr. Barrett L. Kays, Soil and Groundwater Scientist, and President of Landis, Inc., of Raleigh, NC and Mr. Alfred H. Brand, P.E., Partner of Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, of New York, NY, one of the oldest geotechnical engineering firms, as their experts in the litigation case. The experts conducted forensic investigations of the construction claims. Dr. Kays also assisted in providing litigation support and scientific interpretative services to Mr. John F. Grubin of Wasserman Grubin & Rodgers, New York, NY which represented the Authority in the lawsuit.