The 4-year-old Bronx County Hall of Justice has been wearing an emperor's new suit, as its transparent glass accordion-fold facade is reportedly hiding considerable structural problems in plain sight. The 2.5 million square foot building situated on a two-block site facing East 161st Street near the borough’s Grand Concourse was designed by Rafael Viñoly (and is considered in some corners some of the best new architecture in New York).
Sources speaking with the Daily News call it a "lemon" and place blame with its electrical infrastructure. In addition, the courthouse's underground parking garage remains shuttered over "fears it will collapse" and the interior courtyard never opened at all because of structural concerns. It's not the only recent kerfuffle involving contractor Bovis Lend Lease, either: various missteps over the Deutsche Bank building landed the company in hot water earlier this year.
· Faulty construction, gushing leak make Bronx's 4-year-old Hall of Justice 'shabbiest' court in N.Y. [NYDN]
· Lawsuits [Curbed]