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Jail break: Utah County suing architect for $1.35 million

Published May 21, 2011 10:04 pm

Jail expansion • The county lists seven pages of problems at the facility.
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Utah County government is suing the architect of its jail expansion, saying poor designs cost the county at least $1.35 million.

The drawings and specifications submitted by GSBS Architects contained "numerous safety, security and functional defects, including but not limited to Defective Work," according to the suit filed Monday in state court in Provo.

The lawsuit says Utah County contracted with GSBS in May 2005 as it was expanding the Utah County Jail in Spanish Fork.

In its suit, Utah County listed seven pages of problems with the GSBS plans. The list ranges from plumbing and ventilation systems Utah County says didn't meet building codes to failing to request shelving in the jail library to "inadequate design of toilet paper holders in inmate dormitories."

Utah County says the design problems forced it to make changes that totalled $1.35 million. In its lawsuit, the county is asking for that amount, plus other expenses and damages it can prove at trial.

GSBS lists offices in Salt Lake City and Fort Worth, Texas. The company's president, Michael Stransky, declined to comment on Saturday.

Dates for hearings or written responses to the lawsuit's allegations have not been scheduled.

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