Clark Construction alleges the city has not paid the firm and more than 30 subcontractors for some of the work it performed
TRD MIAMI | By Keith Larsen
January 29, 2020
During Art Basel Miami Beach, attendees enjoyed new exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center, thanks to the completion of a half billion-dollar renovation project.
But Clark Construction, the contractor on the project, alleges the city of Miami Beach still owes it about $90 million in unpaid work, even as the convention center was hosting events and generating revenue from conferences.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, the Bethesda, Maryland-based construction company alleges the city has not paid the firm and more than 30 subcontractors for some of the work performed on the project. That includes $70 million in unpaid work and $20 million in contract balance owed.
Despite the convention center operating, it has not yet received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, also known TCO, primarily due to an issue with the fire alarms, said Etan Mark at the Miami-based law firm Mark Migdal & Hayden, who represents Clark Construction. Yet, over 92 shows were held throughout construction, including 52 since the substantial completion date of August 23, 2018, according to the complaint.
Mark said the city’s actions have had a large financial impact on many of Clark’s subcontractors, which are based in South Florida. “There are now dozens of Miami-based subcontractors who have not been paid,” Mark said.
The suit follows one filed in June by Banker Steel against four insurance companies that provided a $515 million performance bond for the project. The suit alleged that Clark Construction failed to pay by Lynchburg, Virginia-based Banker Steel $3.2 million for unpaid labor, services and materials that were furnished by June 2018.