Cedarhurst nursing home sues engineer and architect

Andrea Dearden May 2, 2012, 5:00am


The owner of a Shiloh nursing home claims the architect and engineer failed to comply with several construction codes in the design of its building.

Cedarhurst of Shiloh LLC. filed a lawsuit April 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Farnsworth Group Inc. and Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc.

According to the complaint, Cedarhurst hired FGI to be the architect for the Cedarhurst Assisted Living Facility and contracted with TWM to be the civil engineers of the project. However, Cedarhurst claims both FGI and TWM failed to follow through with their agreements and committed numerous errors in the completion of the building.

Cedarhurst says mistakes include an improperly-designed sidewalk for the main entrance, a failure to include showers in several of the units and lighting issues.

The company says the inadequacies caused Illinois' Department of Public Health to refuse occupation of the building. Cedarhurst claims the delay caused it to incur losses such as staff costs, mortgage fees and repair costs without the benefit of revenue.

FGI and TWM are accused of breach of contract and negligence.

Cedarhurst asks for more than $200,000 in damages plus court fees.

Attorneys Timothy J. Walsh and Erin C. Luke of St. Louis are representing Cedarhurst.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-196

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