February 8th, 2012
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A six-story building that collapsed and killed 115 people during last year's New Zealand earthquake did not meet construction standards, according to a government report released Thursday. The report was contested by the building's designer, which called it "technically inadequate." … The findings could open the door for legal claims by victims' families. Brian Kennedy, whose wife Faye died in the CTV building collapse, said that family members
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By: Michael H. Payne The growth of contracting by negotiation or “best value” procurement, has had a chilling effect on the submission of claims by construction contractors. There seems to be a growing fear that claims are frowned upon by …
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Mr. Riggins is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. Mr. Riggins began his career with the California Department of Transportation, CALTRANS, in Los Angeles, California in 1991. Later, he managed many projects for Security Paving Company and Yeager SKANSKA, formerly known as E.L. Yeager Construction Company throughout southern California and New Mexico. Mr. Riggins' background is tailored toward working with the project's contractor and owner on various sized heavy civil and highway projects.

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"Frank was one of the Engineers assigned to me at the beginning of the work (Earthquake Rehabilitation, Sylmar, California). He was very knowledgeable in the work that needed to be done and willing to go to any length to get the job done. He often worked day and night to get the job done right and get the contractors paid for their work performed. He prepared and managed several large size change orders while performing his regular duties, all with only a car, a desk, a radio and without a cell phone or laptop computer. Estimates were issued bi-weekly, The projects were 24 hour, calendar day projects for nearly a year. Frank's "around the clock" dedication, motivation and performance was absolutely crucial in allowing the state of California to complete several major reconstruction projects early and restore a major California freeway system severely damaged by a large magnitude, Los Angeles area earthquake. I have worked with Frank several times since we first worked together on the Earthquake reconstruction projects and he displays the same intense amount of professionalism and dedication to his projects as he did then. He is an asset to anyone's team or project." Jay Steele, Civil Engineer, Caltrans (Retired)




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