Bayfront Tower condo owners sue architects for noise problems from renovation

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 5, 2018

CLEARWATER — Condominium owners at Bayfront Tower in St. Petersburg are suing Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc. and Jason W. Jensen, AIA, alleging noise and acoustical problems from a renovation project.

Marlene Starr and Ted Starr filed the complaint on July 30, in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida - Pinellas County, alleging that the defendants "failed to exercise professional skill and care" ordinarily provided by architects, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs allege that a contract with the firms stipulated that the architects had a responsibility to inform Bayfront Tower if additional consulting services for the project were needed, which neither Wannemacher Jensen or Jensen provided, "resulting in a failure to identify the impact sound to the residence(s) like plaintiff," according to the lawsuit.

The new design and expansion of the condo caused "recurring impact and noise and acoustical problems," according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs holds Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc. and Jason W. Jensen, AIA responsible because the defendants allegedly" failed to adequately address the floor impact sound issues in any phase of the project and could have and should have addressed the floor impact sound issues early in the project," according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for damages in an amount in excess of $15,000, including design and repair costs, expert Witness fees and costs, loss and dimunition in value, and all special damages, award of interest and costs. They are represented by Brian P. Battaglia of Bleakley, Bavok & Denman in Tampa.

6th Judicial Circuit of Florida - Pinellas County Case number 18C4993

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