Friday, November 4, 2011

YMCA lawsuit settled out of court

Terms of agreements not available to the public

Express Staff Writer

A lawsuit filed more than two years ago by the Wood River Community YMCA against the architect and construction contractor for the new YMCA building in Ketchum has been settled out of court.

Settlements finalized this week led to cancellation of a lengthy jury trial that was scheduled to start Tuesday in Blaine County 5th District Court. The trial was expected to last about a month.

"We can't disclose the terms of the agreements," Ketchum attorney Michael Pogue, who represented the YMCA, said Wednesday. "We're pleased that it's resolved and that the YMCA can continue its mission of serving the community. We're glad it's behind us and that's about as much as we can say."

The lawsuit was filed in May 2009 against Sink Combs Dethlefs, an architectural firm headquartered in Denver, and Okland Construction Co., a Utah corporation with an office in Ketchum. The YMCA was originally seeking about $1 million in damages, alleging breach of contract and negligence in design and construction of the organization's 55,000-square-foot facility on Saddle Road in Ketchum.

Over the course of the years, the lawsuit was expanded to eventually involve 22 defendants, including construction subcontractors and insurance companies.

Out-of-court settlements were reached with some of the parties starting in September and the remainder of the agreements were being finalized this week.

Pogue said he could not discuss whether or not the YMCA received financial compensation.

Construction of the YMCA building was started in 2006 and completed in 2007, at a cost of about $22 million.

Terry Smith:

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