Design firm sued for alleged defects in student-housing project

FORT COLLINS — The owner of a student-housing complex in Fort Collins has filed a lawsuit against the architect and construction-management company that oversaw construction of the facility in 2013 and 2014.

The property, known as The District at Campus West, is a multi-building complex with 189 apartments at 1308 West Plum St. The owner is Fort Collins Properties I LLC. The defendant in this case is Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects LP.

The District at Campus West is valued by the county at $53.8 million. Its owners claim that Humphreys contracted with Fort Collins Student Housing LLC, the predecessor owner, for design and construction management. Fort Collins Properties alleges that Humphreys is responsible for “construction defects, violations of applicable building codes and violations of industry standards.” The lawsuit itemized the defects, including loose fiber cement panels, cracks in cement panels, loose nail fasteners, panels not attached to stud framing, moisture intrusion, failure to meet fire ratings and more.

Fort Collins Properties seeks damages to be proven at trial, which would include costs to repair the defects.

The architectural firm did not respond to either an email or phone call seeking comment.

The case was filed Jan. 14 in Larimer County District Court. It is Fort Collins Properties I LLC v. Humphreys & Partners Architects LP, case number 2022cv30027.

FORT COLLINS — The owner of a student-housing complex in Fort Collins has filed a lawsuit against the architect and construction-management company that oversaw construction of the facility in 2013 and 2014.

The property, known as The District at Campus West, is a multi-building complex with 189 apartments at 1308 West Plum St. The owner is Fort Collins Properties I LLC. The defendant in this case is Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects LP.

The District at Campus West is valued by the county at $53.8 million. Its owners claim that Humphreys contracted with Fort Collins Student Housing LLC, the predecessor owner, for design and construction management. Fort Collins Properties alleges that Humphreys is responsible for “construction defects, violations of applicable building codes and violations of industry standards.” The lawsuit itemized the defects, including loose fiber cement panels, cracks in cement panels, loose nail fasteners, panels not attached to stud framing, moisture intrusion, failure to meet fire ratings and more.

Fort Collins Properties seeks damages to be proven at trial, which would include costs to repair the defects.

The architectural firm did not respond to either an email or phone call seeking comment.

The case was filed Jan. 14 in Larimer County District Court. It is Fort Collins Properties I LLC v. Humphreys & Partners Architects LP, case number 2022cv30027.