Series of errors led to new Meeker school's closing for serious structural problems - The Denver Post

Meeker spent millions of dollars to build an unsafe school, and now the Denver Post tries to unravel how that could have possibly happened. At the center of this story seems to be a pretty questionable owner's representative, the person hired by the district to coordinate the construction effort with the district's interest in mind. Meeker seems to have hired one aligned with the architect/contractor and together they cut their costs in exchange for safety. Owner's reps are important in this process, something I learned at Florence. There the superintendent essentially hired himself as the owner's rep despite not having any background in construction. The district saved some money, but the school has suffered cracks in walls, heaving floors, and a now-unusable stadium. Could that have been prevented? Maybe, but that answer only comes at the end of a long court battle.