Singapore Embassy Construction

Singapore Embassy Construction
Dillingham Embassy Constructors v. The United States of America

The Department of State awarded Dillingham Embassy Constructors (Dillingham) a contract to construct a $30 million United States embassy in Singapore. The project required removal of existing structures and utilities, excavation and construction of a temporary retaining wall, and performing erection build-out, as well as creating finishes for a new 110,000 square foot, 5-story office building and Marine Security Guard Quarters.

Dillingham filed a $25 million claim that included allegations of defective, incomplete, and inaccurate design drawings; drawings not fully coordinated among trades at the time of bid; drawings not in compliance with Singapore Codes at time of bid; building permits received in an untimely manner; hazardous materials present on the project site; differing subsurface soil conditions; and failure to cooperate. Dillingham alleged that these problems caused disruption, inefficiency, and delay.

Cotton & Company, as a subcontractor to Capital Project Management, Inc. (CPMI), worked with the U.S. Department of Justice to provide claims analysis, litigation support, and expert witness services. We evaluated the reasonableness, allocability, and allowability of the claim and participated in settlement negotiations. The case was resolved prior to trial.