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Board of Higher Education authorizes NDSU to retain law firm for construction lawsuit

The A. Glenn Hill Center at North Dakota State University is the subject of a $1.3 million claim for cost overruns that contractor Roers Construction said it incurred when forced to accelerate construction to finish in time for a dedication ceremony. Special to Forum News Service

BISMARCK—The North Dakota higher education board voted Thursday, Feb. 22, to allow North Dakota State University to retain a law firm to defend against a construction lawsuit.

Roers Construction, the general contractor for the $29.4 million A. Glenn Hill Center, claimed it accrued added costs because of delays it blamed on poor designs. It also complained of "acceleration costs" when it had to rush the project's completion before a dedication ceremony in December 2015.

Roers is seeking $1.3 million.

The State Board of Higher Education approved a motion allowing NDSU to retain the Stinson Leonard Street law firm. It also allowed the university to establish a fund to pay litigation costs, with the expectation NDSU would seek reimbursement from the Legislature.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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