Park City Condominium Association Hits Developer with $1.8M Jury Verdict in Construction Defect Case

May 22, 2015 | By:

The Lodges at Bear Hollow Condominium Association obtained a jury verdict on Tuesday for $1.8 million in its four-year-long construction defect lawsuit against its developer, Bear Hollow Restoration, LLC, which is managed by Hamlet Homes. The three-building, 97-unit condominium project is located in the Bear Hollow Village below the Olympic ski jump near Kimball Junction.

Hamlet Homes built the project between 2006 and 2010. In the spring of 2011, the Association became aware of water intrusion problems in the exterior wall assemblies of buildings, and the Association board hired a forensic building envelope specialist to investigate the source of the water intrusion. The investigation uncovered a host of construction defects, including building code violations and missing components that are essential to keeping water out of the building walls.

After a five-day jury trial, the eight-member jury made up of Park City residents unanimously determined that the Association is entitled to $1.8 million to fix construction problems related to structural support columns, exterior wall assemblies, and stone veneer. The Association was represented by our Salt Lake City VF Law attorneys.

“We are delighted with the jury’s verdict,” says Ted McBride, lead trial attorney and long-time Park City resident. “The verdict sends a clear message to developers and builders that there are severe financial consequences for cutting corners in new construction. The jury confirmed that our community wouldn’t tolerate sub-par work.”

As for the Association homeowners, “we are delighted with the result and we’ll put the funds to good use in repairing the property damage as soon as the Association receives the funds,” said Roy Hood, president of the Association board.

Our firm has been proud to represent homeowners and their associations in cases like these over the past 30+ years, providing advocacy, education, and representation. We are thrilled that we were able to assist this condo association in getting the money to make repairs to their homes, and look forward to helping others do the same. For questions or to chat with an HOAdvisor for free today, email [email protected].