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Tower General Contractors Responds to Huntington Memorial Hospital Allegations

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 27, 2013) -   Tower General Contractors, the largest minority contractor in Los Angeles, responded today to allegations made by Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital in response to a recent $5 million lawsuit filed on November 13, 2012 against Huntington Hospital by Tower General Contractors.

The lawsuit outlines issues Tower uncovered during its work on the expansion of Huntington Hospital's emergency care facility, including:

  • Financial mismanagement on the part of the hospital and its Trustees.
  • Serious health hazards such as black mold in the walls and inadequate protection from radiation in a wall that bordered a nurses' lounge.
  • Cost overruns due to several factors, including flawed architectural plans, ran up project costs to $40 million.

In response to Huntington Hospital's allegations, Nato Flores, president of Tower General Contractors, said, "Huntington Hospital's management and its design team instructed us to make changes to correct flaws in the plans prepared by their architect. Huntington management approved all $16 million that resulted from these changes. If they thought Tower was doing something wrong, they wouldn't have approved the $16 million in necessary change orders."

Flores added, "Tower makes it a priority to deliver on the contracts it agrees upon. Until the Hospital wrongfully terminated us, we thought that we would be able to find a reasonable way to work things out so we could successfully finish the project. Huntington Hospital wrongfully terminated Tower because they needed someone to blame for their flawed plans and the cost overruns and delays that resulted from them. We believe they also did this in retaliation because we brought up the presence of hazardous substances, such as black mold, in the walls of the existing building. The presence of mold is confirmed by independent 3rd party inspectors that Huntington had us hire."

About Tower General Contractors
Based in Los Angeles, California and founded in 1985, Tower General Contractors (TGC) is the largest minority-owned General Contractor Company in the county of Los Angeles and one of the leading construction firms in California. TGC has a distinguished reputation in construction for key industries including: healthcare, education, entertainment, retail, industrial and defense. Some of the firm's notable projects include: The LAX Theme Building, The Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center, The UCLA Astronomy Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Emergency Department, the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Office and The Beverly Hills City Hall remodel. Tower is committed to working with qualified minority and women owned subcontractors on all projects. The company provides services in three key areas: pre-construction, general contracting and design/build. For more information, visit the company's website at www.towergeneralcontractors.com.