Aloft hotel contractor sued over $1 million in alleged damages

New Century Investments, developer of the Aloft hotel in Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce, is suing contractor Tulsa Dynaspan alleging months of delays and damages exceeding $1 million during the fabrication and installation of concrete panels.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: June 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm •  Published: June 25, 2013
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The developer of the Aloft hotel in Deep Deuce is suing a Tulsa contractor alleging months of delays and damages exceeding $1 million during the fabrication and installation of concrete panels.

New Century Investments, led by Jim Thompson, alleges in the suit filed in Oklahoma County District Court that Tulsa Dynaspan started the job with “inadequate” manpower and equipment. The suit also alleges that when Dynaspan's delays caused a steel contractor to drop from the job, Dynaspan promised to cover the additional work.

Instead, New Century alleges Dynaspan submitted an invoice for final payment without completing its own work or starting steel erection. The suit also alleges Dynaspan changed field superintendents on the job five times before abandoning the site when New Century withheld final payment of $149,450.

Phil Rush, president of Dynaspan, declined to comment on the allegations Monday. Dynaspan's website shows the company was started in 1980 and that past projects include the Harkins Theater in Lower Bricktown.

“We have filed a lien on the property,” Rush said. “We filed last week. A lien is filed to protect subcontractors and suppliers from nonpayment for work performed. That's as far as I can comment since a lawsuit has been filed.”

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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