Commercial

Taking on New Risks: Businesses Evolve to Face Challenges Posed By COVID-19

Businesses in the United States and Canada have had to adapt to an unprecedented set of uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances in recent weeks. According to a recent Goldman Sachs survey of U.S. small business owners, 96 percent say that they have already been impacted by coronavirus, or COVID-19. “Many companies are experiencing changes in…

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Last month, KDA Architecture agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Yakima School District in Washington over water and mold damage. The alleged design flaws were related to a nearly 750-foot blue wall, constructed of stainless-steel shingles and porcelain tiles that cut through the center of the high school campus….

Property Owner Sued Over Fatal Shooting at Apartment Complex

Earlier this month, the parents of Jonathan Swierski, a 20-year-old man fatally shot last July in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Matthews, North Carolina, filed a lawsuit against the complex’s property management company, Highmark Residential LLC, citing “negligent security” as a factor in their son’s tragic death. The altercation that led to…

Overturned Tanker Truck Spills 5,000 Gallons of Hazardous Material, Prompts Evacuation

Several homes were evacuated on February 3 after a semi-truck tanker overturned near Williamsburg, Kentucky and leaked 5,000 gallons of highly flammable butyl acrylate onto the railroad tracks below. Several agencies responded to the incident, including a hazmat crew to clean up the strong-smelling irritant. While officials reported the risks of the chemical spill spreading…

97,000-Plus Gallons of Wine Spill in California, Toxic Chemicals Ooze onto Michigan Highway

More than 97,000 gallons of cabernet sauvignon were spilled on January 22, when a door malfunctioned on a blending tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. The winery estimated roughly half the wine spilled was captured, recovered or contained within the winery; the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services estimated roughly 20 percent of…

Stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab Sued by Owners of $1.36 Million Renovated Home

The stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab are being sued by the buyers of a luxury home they renovated. The homeowners said their $1.36 million dream house became a nightmare, alleging the contractors are responsible for water leaking into the kitchen from an upstairs bathroom, a roof that was never replaced as promised, crumbling mortar…

Millions on Flood Watch Following Winter Storms

A powerful storm system that tore through a massive swath of the U.S. on January 11 and 12 was responsible for the tragic loss of 11 lives, cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of households and putting more than 20 million Americans under flood watch. The deadly storms in the South and Midwest brought…

6 Action Steps to Support Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? According to a YouGov poll, the top personal New Year’s resolutions for 2019 were to exercise more, adopt healthy eating habits, and save more money. Business leaders commonly resolve to improve efficiency, update technology or facilities and reduce their carbon footprint. Whatever your resolutions for 2020, the odds…

Mitigate Elf Mischief Risks This Holiday Season

Broken light fixtures, dented drywall, syrup-coated appliances—these are classic examples of holiday magic gone wrong. With the season in full swing, more and more homeowners are waking up each morning to a new dose of destruction brought by a well-intentioned but sometimes overzealous houseguest: the Elf on the Shelf. What began in 2005 as a…

Apartment Building Catches Fire Twice in Less than 48 Hours

A 16-unit apartment building was decimated and all 50 of its residents displaced after two fires broke out within 30 hours of each other at the Spring Hill Apartments complex in Goose Creek, South Carolina. While no one was injured in the early October blazes, which officials said appeared to be unrelated to one another,…